May 19, 2013, at 9:15 pm

Some great Studio One and a bit of controversy

Tokyo’s Dub Store Records have just announced a series of reissues of Studio One Ska and Rocksteady tunes on 7″ vinyl. Something like this had been expected for a while so it’s great to see the first singles appear. Less good new is some of these issues appear to duplicate releases put out from Dreum & Bass/Rock A Shacka, more of that later.

Expect around 20 singles in coming months, they boast that most … continue reading…

May 3, 2012, at 11:02 pm

Rock A Shacka Studio One

Coming soon from Rock A Shacka; two more nice Studio One sevens:

From Russia With Love / Cleopatra – Roland Alphonso & Studio 1 Orchestra People Get Ready / Tropic Island – The Ministrels / Jackie Mittoo

August 6, 2011, at 10:08 am

Mighty Merritone

The fourth instalment of Merritone 7″ reissues from Dub Store are released on 22 August and unsurprisingly there are some more fine tunes on offer.

The Paragons – We Were Meant To Be/(Acappella) The Untouchables – I Do Love You/Mackie Mackie Roland Alphonso – Stranger For Durango/Sounds Of Silence The Termites – We Gonna Make It/The Ethiopians – We Gonna Be Free Hopeton Lewis – This Music Got Soul/Rocksteady

The acapella for We Were Mean … continue reading…

June 18, 2011, at 9:03 am

More Merritone

Dubstore have just confirmed the next five singles to be released from the Merritone series:

Tomorrow’s Children – Bang Bang Rock Steady / Rain (Rock Steady) [audio:] Bang Bang has been in demand for quite sometime mostly due to the novelty value as it’s a cover of Cher’s 1966 hit (sung by Nancy Sinatra in the film Kill Bill) Henry Buckley – Beware Of All Those Rude Boys / If I Am Right [audio:] A … continue reading…

January 13, 2011, at 12:24 am

A Beverley's Special

Just out on Trojan records is a fine 7″ single pairing the apparently previously unreleased Dancing Time by Desmond Dekker with Beverley’s Special AKA Nothing For Nothing by Roland Alphonso. Nothing For Nothing was released back in the day on the otherside of Desmond Dekker’s Rude Boy Train, on Beverley’s in Jamaica and Pyramid in the UK and then as now is every bit as good as the A side.

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June 15, 2010, at 1:53 pm

Pyramid style

Three more re-issues on a facsimilie UK Pyramid label have just appeared. When I mentioned the first lot of these in January I said they were Jamaican pressings which was wrong, these actually originated in the UK.

The Maytals – Pee Pee Cluck Cluck/Beverley’s All Stars – The Monster The A side was previously only available on the 1970 LP, From The Roots. The Maytals – Alidina/Don Drummond – Dragon Weapon Dragon Weapon is a … continue reading…

May 9, 2010, at 1:09 pm

What is Mod Reggae?

Trojan records have announced that four double CD compilations will be released at the end of the month. These appear to be a bit of a departure from other recent releases as they seem to cater to some extent to the collectors market with a higher proportion of obscure tunes. The four releases are Dub, Ska, Mod Reggae and a hits/rareities package called Heavy Heavy Monster Sound: The Story Of Trojan Records.

A few years … continue reading…

January 30, 2010, at 3:26 pm

60's to 80's sevens

Coals to Newcastle style, three Lesley Kong titles have recently been pressed up on an exact copy of the old UK Pyramid label in Jamaica, I don’t know the source of these so I’ve no idea if they are legit or not. There is some nice Rocksteady either way, pick of the bunch being a couple of tough instrumentals from Roland Alphonso. All three presses have the same A and B sides as the original … continue reading…

December 31, 2008, at 2:40 pm

Psycho Rhythmic, a Studio One download

Another Dancecrasher mix is rescued from the obscurity of Podomatic, this time Studio One style. Enjoy.


You’ll Want To Come Back – The Ethiopians (Studio One 7″) People Keep Quarrelling – Alton Ellis (Grooving With Bamboo LP) Sunday Coming – Alton Ellis (Studio One 7″) Sunday Version – Karl Bryan (Studio One 7″) A Get It – The Lyrics (UK Coxsone 7″) Change Of Plan – Joe Higgs (UK Studio One 7″) In Cold … continue reading…

September 16, 2008, at 12:00 pm

A fine half century for Randy's

To celebrate 50 years since the start of Randy’s VP records are releasing a special 2 CD retrospective with a 40 minute DVD. The CD’s are split down the middle, the first one featuring Ska to early Reggae and the second 70’s sounds. The release has it’s fair share of fairly obvious tunes as is usual in this kind of release but there are some less well known titles thrown in too. CD 1

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