July 11, 2012, at 10:45 pm

The Bass Culture Four

Bass Culture is a series of four double CD releases covering Jamaican music from the mid 60’s to the mid 80’s. Subtitled This Town Is Too Hot! for ska and rocksteady, Boss Sounds for early reggae up to 1972, When Reggae Was King for roots and Mash You Down for early dancehall up to 1985.

This series is a remarkable undertaking in that it has included productions from all the major players; Coxsone, … continue reading…

November 12, 2011, at 6:28 pm

Lucky Sevens

Trojan have put out a number of quality releases this year, latest off the block and up there with the best of them is a box set of seven singles which are described with good reason as some of the most sought after releases on Trojan and it’s associated labels. All come with replicas of the original labels including classics such as Blue Cat, Amalgamated and off course Trojan itself.

[audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/2011/11-11/stiritup.mp3] Stir It Up

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August 22, 2011, at 10:46 pm

The Story Of Trojan Records – again?

When Trojan announced they were producing a “The Story Of Trojan Records” box set I’d have to say I was just a little underwhelmed, after all Trojan have been producing Trojan Story compilations since 1971, what would be different this time?

First things first. This set totals 123 tracks over five CD’s. It’s packaged in a smart box and comes complete with a 50 page book, four reproduction print/cards and a window sticker. Now the … continue reading…

November 7, 2010, at 11:30 pm

Ebay Tales: dubplate dupes?

An almost regular look at the last seven days of reggae vinyl sales on ebay.

How to make money on ebay – lesson 1. Buy a copy of 7 Inch Auction, an LP released by Peckings in 2004. Take Ska Diap by Glen Brown from the LP, cut it onto a 7″ dubplate for around £20, then sell it on ebay and get £106 ($170) for it.


The seller soundof67 says that this tune … continue reading…

October 8, 2010, at 11:05 pm

Solomonic Sevens

The Japanese Dub Store crew have just re-issued another four Bunny Wailer 7″ singles (all are on the Solomonic label unless indicated):

Wailers – Pass It On / Trod On Wailers – Arabs Oil Weapon / Dubd – Version Bob Marley & The Wailers – This Train / Wailers – Reincarnated Souls (Wail N Soul M label) Wailers – Life Line / Big Youth – Black On Black

Dub Store don’t skip on the quality … continue reading…

August 22, 2010, at 11:46 am

Seven more days on ebay

Another seven days watching the goings on in the reggae vinyl sales sections on ebay.

People are strange, ebay is strange – whatever… Earlier this week a copy of the quality instrumental Eastern Memphis by the Wailers band sold for £60.99 ($95.00). There is nothing particularly strange about that, this is an indemand tune and the copy described as VG+ by it’s seller Kingtuney sounds very clean.


Kingtuney may be a little dissapointed though … continue reading…

August 8, 2010, at 10:42 pm

7 days on ebay

I thought it would be interesting to have a quick look at what’s been selling on ebay this last week. What was cheap, what definitely wasn’t and who got ripped off. It would be impossible to monitor every sale so if anything of note was missed then leave a comment.

First up over recent months Bob Brooks of the legendary and much missed Reggae Revive store has been working with reggae author and former main … continue reading…

April 26, 2010, at 10:30 am

A rocksteady style: Jump And Shout

So here is another old mix from my old podomatic site. This is called Jump And Shout. As I said in Feb 2007 when this first appeared: A Rocksteady mix focussing mainly on the later period circa 1968 just as the music was turning into Reggae.

Jump And Shout by Tim Dancecrasher on Mixcloud

Who Will She Be – Barry York (UK … continue reading…

February 15, 2010, at 2:39 pm

Read it in the Gleaner

A couple of articles in the Gleaner that are worth a read; a very short piece by Mel Cooke about Dennis Brown’s classic, Promised Land and a longer piece pondourously titled “Reempowering the Unsung Wailers – The importance of Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston to Marley’s ascendancy” by Herbie Miller. The title may be long but it does what it says and is worth a look.

February 3, 2009, at 2:40 pm

Test Match Special

Retired cricketer Derek Pringle (formerly of England and Essex) talks to the Jamaican Gleaner ahead of the England V’s West Indies series and gives them his Reggae top 10:

Heart of The Congos – The Congos Soul Rebel – The Wailers Soul Revolution – The Wailers Rocking Time – Burning Spear King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown – Augustus Pablo Intensified Dirt – Desmond Dekker and The Aces Man Ah Warrior – Tappa Zukie Super … continue reading…