December 21, 2014, at 11:07 pm

Federal Ska from Dubstore

Out on 7″ vinyl today four singles from Dub Store in Japan featuring stupidly rare or previously unreleased Ska tunes from the Federal stable. More info here.

The Maytals & Don Drummond – Coppa The Maytals & Don Drummond – Come Along With Me

Clive Wilson & The Ska talites – One Ska, One Ounce of Weed, One Beer Federal Singers – Love Is All I Have

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May 3, 2012, at 6:03 pm

Lloyd Brevett RIP

Lloyd Brevett bassist for the Skatalites has died. RIP brother Lloyd.

The Gleaner.

November 5, 2011, at 10:09 am

The art of Studio One

When I first heard that Soul Jazz were going to do a book of Studio One album covers I was quite excited. To get a full colour coffee table size book with dozens of large illustrations of Studio One LP covers is surely the stuff of dreams? No one would be mad enough to do it would they?

Well I’m glad to say they’ve done it and pretty damn good it is too. More than … continue reading…

October 3, 2011, at 11:47 pm

Soul Jazz back with Studio One

It’s been over three years but finally some more Studio One from Soul Jazz. Coming soon is a single CD/double vinyl compilation called The Legendary Studio One Records: Original Classic Recordings 1963-80. As the name implies it’s something of a sampler and even though there are no ultra rare label spotters delights here there are plenty of killer tunes including many that are a lot more than the usual compilation fodder.

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April 26, 2011, at 1:58 pm

Studio One – Rocka Shaka V's Dubstore

The two foremost reissue labels in Japan seem to be at each others throats about a recent Studio One reissue from Rock A Shacka.

The release in question is a lovely 7″ of the classic Skatalites tune Freedom Sound backed by Every Body by Norma Fraser on a replica C & N label. This is the first time for Freedom Sound on 7″.

Dubstore have released a statement accusing Rock A Shacka of releasing … 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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December 19, 2007, at 8:14 pm

Lloyd Brevett speaks

Peter I interviews The Skatalites legendary bassist Lloyd Brevett over at