• You can't keep a good band down. With ceaseless, unwavering fan support, The Aggrolites reconvened in late 2015 to lay down three songs, "Aggro Reggae Party," "Help Man" and "Western Taipan," which reminded them that, hey, they're still pretty damn good at this. They never gave up, thankfully! That one-off recording session was the spark that eventually created this album, certainly their best to date. REGGAE NOW! is the Aggrolites' sixth full-length, and first with Pirates Press Records. Written and recorded throughout 2018, the album finds these architects of "Dirty Reggae" reestablishing their signature sound, re-recording those three songs from 2015 as well as adding on 11 more originals that snap, crackle and pop just as much as your favorite Aggro songs from back in the day. The Aggro Army is excited to get back in the groove. "We're passionate about reggae, we're passionate about our band, and I don't think we?re ever gonna stop," Singer Jesse Wagner notes. "Everybody clicks right now. That's why we're calling it REGGAE NOW! because this is us NOW."
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    Best of compilation from reggae legends. 180g Colour Vinyl, Ltd to 1.111 Numbered Units. Tracklist A1 No Woman No Cry [live] 7:09 A2 Lively Up Yourself 5:18 A3 Sun Is Shining 4:59 A4 Keep On Moving 3:10 A5 Duppy Conqueror 3:29 A6 Soul Almighty 2:41 A7 Soul Rebel 3:42 B1 Jah Is Mighty 2:26 B2 Don‘t Rock My Boat 4:31 B3 Put It On 3:36 B4 Satisfy My Soul 4:31 B5 Fussing And Fighting 2:30 B6 Stir It Up 5:31 B7 Stop That Train 2:20 (Gold Vinyl)
  • Bob Marley and The Wailers are the most legendary figures to emerge from Jamaican popular music, a trio of icons that brough reggae to the broader public consciousness and helped the Rastafari faith to spread outside of their native island. Robert Nesta Marley, Peter McIntosh and Neville O’Riley Livingston, AKA Bunny Wailer, are responsible for our understanding of reggae music itself, as well as the now-global movement of Rastafari consciousness and the general popular culture of Jamaica in a way unlike that of any of their peers. This retrospective on their 70's production, packed in a collectable double vinyl set,provide a tantalizing glimpse of the international stardom that would soon be achieved by the group, charting some particularly fertile and evolutionary phases of their formative years. Limited double LP on color vinyl, one green and one red vinyl, comes with extensive liner notes by David Katz, out for Record Store Day 2020. (Radiation Records)
  • Easily one of the greatest roots reggae albums of all time, 1970's 'Soul Rebels' resulted from the intensive partnership brokered by the group and maverick producer, Lee "Scratch" Perry. It was the first Wailers 'concept' album, conceived as a long-player based on a rebellious theme, rather than a collection of isolated singles, and the presence of the Barrett Brothers in the rhythm section pointed the way for greater glories to come. (Radiation Roots)  
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    16 track best of compilation on 180g yellow marbled vinyl, limited to 1.111 hand-numbered copies. Tracklist: Side A 1. Israelites 2. You Can Get It If You Really Want 3. Sing A Little Song 4. Busted Lad 5. Licking Stick 6. Peace Of Mind 7. Live And Learn 8. Travel On Side B 1. Perseverance 2. Pickney Gal 3. Intensified 4. No Place Like Home 5. Life Of Opportunity 6. Rude Boy Train 7. It Mek (Early Jamaican Recordings) 8. 007 (Shanty Town) (Early Jamaican Recordings) (Gold Vinyl Records)
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    1111 Numbered Units Only Marbled 180G Collectors Vinyl handle numbered. Tracklist A1 The Harder They Come A2 Many Rivers To Cross A3 Sufferin‘ In The Land A4 You Can Get It If You Really Want A5 Roll On Rolling Stone A6 Roll On Rolling Stone A7 Stepping Out Of Limbo B1 Reggae Night B2 Sunshine In The Music B3 (Ooh La, La, La) Let‘s Go Dancin‘(with Kool & The Gang and Bounty Killer) B4 Fantastic Plastic People B5 Peace (Gold Vinyl)
  • 1969 proved a crucial year in the development of Jamaican music. Reggae had just superseded Rock Steady in becoming the island s national sound, with the new exciting style swiftly embraced by a fast developing British working class youth movement noted for their smart, functional clothing and cropped hair Skinheads. So it was in such an environment that leading independent Doctor Bird Records released Laurel Aitkens long awaited second album in 1967, Laurel Aitken Says Fire, a collection comprised of his most popular singles from the preceding months along with previously unreleased material. Unsurprisingly, the LP became an immediate best-seller, its success only hindered by the record company’s sudden and unexpected demise soon after. LIMITED EDITION OF 500 COPIES (Black Butcher Classics)
  • Ska with Laurel tells the story of Ska legend, Laurel Aitken. A major force within Ska music, Laurel was a hugely influential figure in the development of new Jamaican musical styles in the 1950s and 60s. He played a key role in bringing these genres to popularity in England. Laurel Aitken lived in the heart of Leicester for 35 years and made a huge contribution to the cultural life of the city, inspiring and helping hundreds of young musicians. Dubbed by Gaz Mayall as ‘The Godfather of Ska’, Laurel moved to England from Jamaica in the early 1960s, releasing records on the ‘Blue Beat’ label. Proving popular with the Mods and Skinheads in the 1960s and 70s, Laurel’s music also influenced the Two Tone sound of the early 1980s, in particular with bands such as The Specials and Bad Manners. The exhibition, which will include audiovisual material, stage clothes, photographs, posters and press cuttings, celebrates the life and work of Laurel Aitken, a pioneer of Ska music and one of the first musicians to popularise Jamaican music in the UK. (Black Butcher Classics)
  • Sophomore solo album from Manu Chao, the former leader of French Alt rockers Mano Negra. Though Mano Negra experienced some success while together, Manu Chao's solo career has earned him an international audience of music lovers and critics. Originally released in 2001, Chao extends his musical reach and adds a heavier Caribbean flavor than his debut album, Clandestino. 17 tracks including 'Merry Blues', 'Eldorado 1997', 'Me Gustas Tu' and more. Because (Because Music/Radio Bemba/2013)
  • 2018 repress. Originally released in 1998. Gatefold double LP with a CD copy of the album. "The first solo album released by the former frontman of Mano Negra, Clandestino is an enchanting trip through Latin-flavored worldbeat rock, reliant on a potpourri of musical styles from traditional Latin and salsa to dub to rock 'n' roll to French pop to experimental rock to techno... Just about every track has odd sampled bits from what sound like pirate radio-station broadcasts (a possible link to the title). There are so many great ideas on this record that it's difficult to digest in one listen, but multiple plays reveal the great depth of Manu Chao's artistry." (Because Music/Radio Bemba)
  • Since their formation in 1983, the BossToneS have been credited as one of the forefathers of ska punk and the creators of its subgenre, ska-core. With a career spanning over 30-years Boston's best dressed band has built and continued to build a devoted following with their unique brass-infused brand of punk rock. Here with their 11th studio album , When God Was Great , their first for Hellcat Records, produced by Tim Armstrong (of Rancid) and Ted Hutt (of Flogging Molly), and featuring guest artists from the many punk and ska bands that they have influenced. The Mighty Mighty BossToneS are vocalist Dicky Barrett, bassist Joe Gittleman, saxophonists Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton and Leon Silva, Bosstone Ben Carr, drummer Joe Sirois, guitarists Nate Albert and Lawrence Katz, keyboardist John Goetchius, and trombonist Chris Rhodes. Issued in a Gatefoldcover including printed inner sleeves. (Hellcat Records/Big Rig)
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    The second Mr. Review album originally released in 1994 for the first time on vinyl. (Mad Butcher Records)
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    Re-issue of their first album from 1989 - alltime classic, a milestone of third wave ska. 13 tracks. (Mad Butcher Records) [https://youtu.be/VKMcolZ1TZk
  • PAVEMENT | same title | LP

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    Radiation Roots present a reissue of Pavement's self-titled album, originally released in 1969. Pavement's sole long-player is the stuff of legend, a record so rare that in-the-know vinyl connoisseurs have questioned its very existence. As one of the many vinyl anomalies of the day, Pavement's obscure story is very much about a particular place and time, in this case, the fringes of the multi-cultural London music scene that existed at the tail end of the swinging sixties. According to the liner notes of the original LP, Pavement was formed in 1968 after "Dexter Pat and John had left their original group," and "Tony and George left theirs to unite with them." Then, "an express letter to Beirut brought Mick, who was playing there at the time." We are told that these musicians were "digging the solid soul sounds" and "the exciting rhythms of the Caribbean, ska and reggae," and after two months of steady rehearsals, the band "launched themselves into the rat race of popular music" in November 1968. They supposedly had so much success as a warm-up act after playing up and down the country in support of various unnamed groups that they were "soon being booked as top of the bill," hence the need for this. Pavement's self-titled debut album was the first LP released by Crystal, the subsidiary of President Records that was established in 1968 by Jack Price, a songwriter and harmonica player that had just replaced Siggy Jackson as label manager at Melodisc Records. Price had his finger in a number of different pies: in addition to promoting Melodisc's ska and reggae catalogue, he was soon to produce the ground-breaking various artists album Rock Steady Hits Of 69 for Fontana with London-based reggae performers, which helped bring Caribbean rhythms into non-specialist music shops for the very first time, and enjoyed the publishing on The Cats' massive "Swan Lake" 45, a hugely successful pop-reggae adaptation. Jack also ran a recording studio of his own, reputedly the first London facility with eight-track recording equipment. The original liner notes suggested that we should "rest assured that there will be more singles and albums to come from this refreshing group" and that "this news will please a lot of people." Of course, things didn't quite work out that way. This reissue reminds that reggae, soul and other foreign forms were spicing up the London music scene as the 1960s drew to a close. (Radiation Roots)  
  • Bush Doctor is the third studio album by Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers (1963-1974). Tosh also established himself as a successful solo artist. In 1978 he was contracted by Rolling Stones Records and the album Bush Doctor was released in the same year, introducing Tosh to a larger audience. The single from the album, a cover version of The Temptations song “Don't Look Back”, performed as a duet with Mick Jagger, made Tosh one of the best-known reggae artists. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is also featured on the album, playing guitar on “Bush Doctor” and “Stand Firm”. Available as a limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on transparent red vinyl. 180-gram audiophile vinyl Insert Remastered audio (2002 remaster) Includes the number 1 hit single ”(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back" feat. Mick Jagger Keith Richards on “Bush Doctor” & “Stand Firm” Limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on transparent red vinyl (Music on Vinyl)
  • The scum of toytown is back! 20 years after their fantastic debut album "Strike", the band from Stevenage (UK) is back together and recorded a brand new full lenght LP in 2014. On here they feature a set of previously unrecorded older material alongside with new songs that sound just as they picked it up again where they left off in 1995. A festival of tuneful but subversive punk-MUSIC (yes, in capitals) merging the drive and rage of anarcho punk with reggae parts and hints of pop and dub groves. Transporting a personal yet punk political message across the listener. Sometimes full on powerful riffage, sometimes furious, sometimes melancolic and melodic, all at the same time, wrapped up in a top notch DIY production. SCUM OF TOYTOWN were a obscure phenomena of the 1990ies, rootet in the North London punk scene of the late 1970ies and 1980ies. They crawled out of the void and managed in their short existence to make a lasting impact on everyone fortunate enough to catch them either live or on record before they sunk into oblivion for unknown reason. They appeared on festivals and squats in central Europe and making everyone (seriously) move and dance along to their unique style of innovative sounding punkrock. Music that makes you toss a brick with a smile on your face. They left us with their only legacy a 7“ and a genius LP.... ... we're more than happy to have them back with their new album. They haven't lost it, not a single bit! • Includes DOWNLOAD Codes. • Available 1st edition on black vinyl (Ruin Nation Records) https://ruinnationrecords.bandcamp.com/album/cells
  • When talking about Ska Music one group of musicians whose name always comes to the forefront of the conversation are The Skatalites. Formed around 1965 and named originally after the Soviet space satellite which was big news at the time and with a little help from band member Tommy McCook, making a play on the characteristic ‘Ska’sound made by the guitar when following the ‘after beat’ of the music. The band would have a name to go with its distinctive musical style. The group had honed their skills by playing under various guises around Jamaica in numerous ‘Hotel Bands’. When the big Sound System operators of the day, Sir Coxsanne Dodd, Duke Reid and King Edwards needed new material to play out with they turned to this group of musicians to provide it. Their usual source for the material was beginning to dry up, namely the American R&B records of the day due to tastes in the USA changing. They began by getting the group to record their own set of tunes in this still popular sound in Jamaica and also cut some tracks with the popular singers of the day, Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis and Lord Creator to name but a few. Their knowledge of the old mento tunes and an understanding of Jazz and the R&B sound under the tutorledge of their official band leader and main musical director Don Drummond made this possible and created a sound that was to dominate the Island from the early 60’s to around 1966 when the music would slow down to become Rocksteady. The time span of the Skatilites career considering their output of hundreds of tunes was a relatively short one of around two years. The line-up consisted of Don Drummond (Trombone), Roland Alphonso (Tenor Saxophone), Tommy McCook (Tenor Saxophone), Johnny ‘Dizzy Moore (Trumpet), Lester Sterling (Alto Saxophone), Jerome ‘Jah Jerry’ Hines (Guitar), Jackie Mittoo (Piano), Lloyd Brevett (Bass), and Lloyd Knibbs (Drums). We have caught a great set of tunes that the band cut at the legendary Treasure Isle Studio’s, built out of wood and positioned above Duke Reids liquour store it somehow worked in getting a great sound out of the band or maybe it was in intimidating sight of Duke Reid and his ever present loaded gun that he carried at all times that provided some inspiration!!. Whatever the reasons, the band cut some mighty fine tunes of which we have cherry picked a selection for your musicical pleasure ...Hope you enjoy the set. (Kingston Sounds)
  • Reissue for this SKA revival classic from the 80's, on the Mad Butcher label, limited to 500 copies. Don't miss out! Tracklist A1 Our Own Way A2 All The Fun A3 Baddies Boogie A4 Come Into My Parlour A5 Theres Much More B1 I Won't Be Fooled B2 More Than Skin Deep B3 The Sycamores B4 Another Way B5 What Else Could We Do (Mad Butcher Records)
  • Radiation Roots present a reissue of Aggrovators' Rasta Dub '76, originally released in 1976. During the mid-1970s, the Aggrovators could do no wrong. This ace team of session musicians, forged as an off-shoot of the Soul Syndicate, were responsible for some of the biggest hits of the decade, recorded with Bunny Lee's rising stars, such as Johnnie Clarke and his rival, Cornell Campbell. Following on from the great Shalom Dub set of 1975 (RR 313CD/LP), Rasta Dub '76 is another truly magnificent dub set culled from Aggrovators hits (by Johnnie Clarke, Cornell Campbell and others); this time, the entire album was given a scintillating mix-down at King Tubby's studio by the great Prince Jammy, and the sonic excellence has stood the test of time. Another must-have for all connoisseurs of dub. (Radiation Dub)
  • While Montego Bay natives Jackie Bernard, his brother Footy Bernard and cousin Lloyd Kerr recorded under various guises in the early '60s, their collective arrival as The Kingstonians in 1967 marked a sea change not only in the vocal trio's productivity and popularity, but also in the emerging Reggae sound. The Kingstonians made several chart-topping singles between 1968 and 1970, including the massive hit "Singer Man" whose success ultimately led to the release of their sole LP, Sufferer. Originally issued on Trojan, Sufferer collects a dozen of The Kingstonians' best-known songs. Produced by Derrick Harriott, these truly boss sounds would pack dancehalls on the island as well as become the soundtrack for working-class youth across '70s Britain. The title track remains a classic of the early Reggae era with impeccable arrangements, stuttering organ and soul-steeped lyrics. The Kingstonians' shift away from Rocksteady modes is perhaps most apparent on the aforementioned "Singer Man" – an irresistible forward groove, prompting a deeper danceability that is rightly centered on real feeling. Antarctica Starts Here presents the first-time domestic release of Sufferer. Reproducing the original sleeve design, this reissue is part of an archival series that focuses on Trojan's essential '60s and '70s catalogue. Liner notes by Laurence Cane-Honeysett. (Antarctica Starts Here Records)  
  • Toots Hibbert and his Maytals recording at Studio One with Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd at the helm and the legendary Skatalites backing, what more could you possibly want? Never Grow Old is the first full length from the Maytals and Toots’ songwriting chops were fully formed right out of the gate, with most of the tunes being co-writes with Dodd. Bob was the king for a number of reasons but Toots may very well be The best male vocalist ever from the island of Jamaica. Real authentic ska from the source. (Slop'n'Mash Records)
  • Burning Sounds Records has reissued this standout recording on CD. Toots & The Maytals’ ska-heavy 1999 album features my favorite Maytals tune, “Pressure Drop” (I was introduced to Toots by The Clash’s cover of it on Black Market). The late Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and the band set a wicked pace from their opening cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” with inspired playing and singing throughout. This recording is a high-water mark in the Maytals’ discography. Tracklist A1 You Really Got Me 3:05 A2 Broadway Jungle '98 3:42 A3 Pressure Drop 3:49 A4 Bound To Win 3:39 A5 Do You Believe 4:06 B1 The Right And The Wrong Way 3:55 B2 All Alone 3:49 B3 Peter, James & John 3:54 B4 God Bless You 4:27 B5 Broadway Jungle (Dub Version) 3:39 (Burning Sounds/2018)
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    Long out-of-print, this classic sophomore album by one of the greatest ska bands ever has been given the proper 20th anniversary treatment. This is a must-have for any Slackers fan, regardless of whether you own the original or not. Having been remastered for vinyl, and pressed on 180gram vinyl, “Redlight” has never sounded as good; and with a two-color foil stamped cover, exclusive art-print insert, and lyric sleeve, it’s never looked so good either! Originally released by Hellcat Records in 1997, this album truly solidified the Slackers’ iconic sound, blending ska, reggae, soul, jazz and dub, seamlessly, with the passion and integrity that the band has embodied for over 25 years. Whether you’re a new fan, or an old diehard, and whether you pick it up at the band’s merch table, your local record store, or your favorite online retailer, this brilliant re-issue is not one to pass up, especially if you can scoop up one of the very limited splatter vinyl copies. Digital download is included. TRACK LISTING: A Side 1. Cooking For Tommy 2. Watch This 3. Married Girl 4. I Still Love You 5. Solider 6. Fried Chicken / Mary, Mary B Side 1. You Must Be Good 2. Redlight 3. Tin Tin Deo 4. She Wants To Be Alone 5. Rude And Reckless 6. Come Back Baby Bonus Digital Tracks: 1. When I Find A Place Where I Belong 2. Calypso Jazz (Iron Bar) 3. Come Back Baby (Glen Adams Mix)
  • Legendary The Specials playing Trojan classics. Following the success of their 2000 release of fifteen new recordings titled “Skinhead Girl”, The Specials lastest LP, “Conquering Ruler“, is another post-era ska/reggae beat sensation that includes fifteen new renditions from some of yesteryear’s best. Now on vinyl for the first time ever. (Mad Butcher Records)
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    Legendary The Specials playing 15 Trojan classics. Originally released in 2000 now on vinyl for the first time. Great stuff. (Black Butcher Classics)