Bob Marley & The Wailers - Nash & Sims Demo 1968

In late 1967, Bunny was arrested for possession of marijuana and sent to jail for 14 months. Shortly after, in early 1968, Peter Tosh also went behind bars, being arrested at an anti-Rhodesian rally for singer / producer Prince Buster.Bob also did not escape the bars. Also in 1968, Bob was driving his newly acquired second-hand Hillman Minx in Kingston when he let his passenger, Mortimer Planner, take control of the direction. Planner did not have a driver's license, so when they were stopped by the police, they were both arrested and spent the night in jail.
It was Mortimer Planner who introduced Bob to Danny Sims, a Jamaican based American who has promoted concerts throughout the Caribbean. Sims was also the manager of Johnny Nash, an expressive force, a Texan singer who had benefited from several hit singles in the States. Both Sims and Nash were highly impressed with Bob's songs and he persuaded himself to sign an editorial with the company of Sims, Cayman Music.
Sims also allowed the Wailers to record freely with other producers, giving them the best of both worlds - if their records could not sell, they can always count on the Sims money. The Wailers will record a series of demo tapes for Sims, remaking versions of "Put It On," "Nice Time," and even a version of "I'm Still Waiting," rephrased as "I'm Still Wailing '".
By the time the Wailers consisted of Bob, Peter and Bunny, who had just been released from Richmond Prison Farm. Rita would add harmonies to the recordings made for the Sims, but none of these demos were released until that time. In the early spring of 1969, the Wailers, produced by Leslie Kong, who had already produced Bob on their first recordings, Beverleys Records and released the Jamaican No. 1 hit in Britain along with Desmond Dekker's 'Israelites'

Track List : 
Soul Rebel 
Gonna Get You 
All it Takes 
Lonesome Feeling 
Stay With  Me 
Milksjake and Potato Chips 
Reggae On Broadway 
Do The Reggae 
I'm Hurting Inside 
Oh Lord 

lunes, 5 de marzo de 2018
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Peckings The Supreme -Various Artist

1)Peter Hunnigale - Love You So
2)Peter Spence - Mummy Use To Pray
3)Patrick, The Soul Agents - Chris Peckings Special
4)Tarrus Riley - Chocolate
5)Baby Boom - Hot Chocolate
6)George Nooks - Raindrops
7)Randy Valentine - I Can Love You Better
8)Chris Ellis - English
9)Macka B - Eternal Loving
10)Caroline Thompson - Feel Like Jumping
11)Ras Ranger - Give Me A Vibe
12)Patrick, The Soul Agents - Peckings The Supreme
13)Nereous Joseph - Hooked On You
14)Layla Rose - I Love You
15)Ras Demo - Love The Empress
16)Lady Lex - Forever
17)Jah Maya - Prayer To Jah
18)Bitty Mclean - Crusing [Mix 2]


domingo, 4 de marzo de 2018
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Lee Perry & The Upsetters - The Trojans Albums Collection 1971 -1973

Four classic Lee 'Scratch' Perry-produced albums from the early 1970s.
Originally released by Trojan between 1971 and 1973.

01. Dave Barker - Do Your Thing
02. The Upsetters - Dreamland (My Dream Island)
03. The Upsetters - Long Sentence (Instrumental)
04. The Upsetters - Not Guilty
05. The Upsetters - Cool and Easy
06. Addis Ababa Children - Well Dread
07. The Upsetters - My Girl
08. The Upsetters - Saw Dust
09. Winston Prince - Place Called Africa (Version 3)
10. The Hurricanes - Isn't It Wrong
11. The Upsetters - Go Slow
12. The Upsetters - Bad Luck
13. The Upsetters - Move Me
14. The Upsetters - Surplus
15. The Upsetters - Battle Axe
16. Junior Byles - A Place Called Africa
17. The Upsetters - Cheerio
18. The Upsetters - Picture On the Wall
19. Delroy Wilson - Cool Operator (Edit)
20. The Upsetters - Knock Three Times
21. Andy Capp, The Upsetters - Pop a Top
22. The Upsetters - Earthquake
23. Little Roy - Don't Cross The Nation
24. The Upsetters - Dark Moon (Blue Moon)
25. Stranger Cole - Rough and Smooth (Rough and Tough)
26. The Upsetters - Groove Me
27. The Upsetters - Easy Snapping
28. Delroy Wilson - I'm Yours
29. Dillinger - Tighten Up (Skank)
30. The Upsetters - Django Shoots First
31. The Upsetters - Uncle Charley
32. The Upsetters - Sokup
33. The Upsetters - Double Power
34. The Upsetters - Lover Version
35. The Upsetters - Rumpelsteelskin
36. Dillinger, The Upsetters - Skanking
37. The Upsetters - Kuchy Skank
38. Dillinger, The Upsetters - Connection
39. The Upsetters - Operation
40. Lee Scratch Perry - Kentucky Skank
41. U-Roy, The Upsetters - Double Six
42. David Isaacs, The Upsetters - Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On)
43. The Upsetters - In the Laah
44. The Upsetters - Jungle Lion
45. David Isaacs, The Upsetters - We Are Neighbours
46. Lee Scratch Perry, The Upsetters - Soul Man
47. U-Roy, The Upsetters - Stick Together
48. I Roy, The Upsetters - High Fashion
49. The Upsetters - Long Sentence
50. I Roy, The Upsetters - Hail Stones
51. The Upsetters - Ironside
52. The Upsetters - Cold Weather
53. The Upsetters - Waap You Waa

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Winston Samuels - Ska Authentic (1964-1966) Repost

Track List :
1. Be Prepared
2. Follow Him
3. Luck Will Come
4. I'll Wear The Corwn
5. You're The One
6. Broken Hearted
7. Here I Wait
8. Never Again
9. I'm So Glad
10. Come What May
11. Angella
12. My Angel
13. My Bride To Be
14. What Have I Done
15. Far Beyond
16. I'm Leaving

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Bob Marley -Capital Studios - Los Angeles -C.A (DEMO)1973

You Can't Blame The Youth 
Slave Driver 
Burnin And Lootin 
Rastaman Chant 
Duppy Conqueror 
Midnight Ravers 
I'm Gonna Put It On 
Stop That Train 
Kinky Reggae 
Stir It Up 
No More Trouble 
Get Up Stand Up  

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Bob Marley & The Wailers - Nutty Dread Demos Recorded at Harry J's Studios 1974

No Woman, No Cry - Alternative 
Them Belly Full - Demo 
Roadblock - Alternative 
Iron Lion Zion - Original 
Am A Do - Alternitave 
Am A Do- Demo 
Talkin'Blues - Original 
Revolution - Demo 
Roadblock - DUB 
So Jah Seh- Alternative 
Natty Dread Alternative 
Roadblock -DUB #2 
Am A Do -Demo #2 
Am A Do - Alternative #2 
Revolution -Demo #2 
The Belly Full - DUB 
Roadblock - DUB #3 
Natty Dread -DUB 
Am A Do - Dub 

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Hora del Rudeboy #15 Radio Show Best Ska & Reggae 2017

El primer recorrido musical del Año 
la hora del Rudy retomando el camino con lo mejor del Ska & Reggae a escala mundial  

Track List : 
The Kingstompers - Baisu 
The Steadys 45s - Rain or Shine 
The Steadys 45s - Anywhere but here 
Smooth Beans - The Road of Charokee 
Jr Thomas & The Volcanos - What a Shame 
The Delirians - I Really Love You 
Saucyhorn - Abssadors Suite 
Chris & Charlie - Trouble 
Chris & Charlie - After Laughter 
The Drastics - Murder At Stranger Manor 
Victor Rice - Mr Brooks 
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Suiren No Fune 
Prince Perry - Yo te Vi 
King Cooper & The Signal One Band - Test Preasure Ska 
Jackie Mendez - Forever True 
Thee Hurricanes - East Side Gate 
Mango Wood - River Rock 
Xalapa Ska Jazz - Latin Perspective 
Ska Makers - Las Noches de Salomon 
Quito Ska Jazz - City Ska 


domingo, 21 de enero de 2018
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The Outback Ska Split Mix

Lado A – Lucky 7 sesion 
The Skatalites - Outback Dub 
The Skatalites -Outback Ska
Malarians - HATARI 
Pressure Cooker - Burning Fence 
The Gramophone Allstars Big Band -I Dont Know 
Cool Wise Men - Chase the feel 
Victor Rice - Doce DECLINIO 
Victor Rice - Mr Brooks

Lado B – Shacka Ruthless Session 
The Bartenders -Hungarian Tabacco 
Gotham CT - Hypnotique 
Shoplifter - Underbitter 
The Silversonics -Starship 
Royal Family Blues -Gatemouth

lunes, 1 de enero de 2018
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Rico Rodriguez & Friends - Unreleased Early Recordings_ Shuffle & Boogie 1960

1.Rico Rodriguez - South Of The Border
2.Rico Rodriguez - Monaco Boogie
3.Hortense Ellis - I've Got A Secret
4.Rico Rodriguez - Sirent
5.Federal Singers - Funny Thing To Say
6.Federal Singers - You'd Better Marry Me
7.Rico Rodriguez & Herman Hersang - Sinclair Special

domingo, 10 de diciembre de 2017
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Merritone Rock Steady 3: Bang Bang Rock Steady 1966-1968

Track List :

01 Tomorrows Children - Bang Bang Rock Steady 02:13
02 The Renegades - Mr. Hops 02:44
03 Hopeton Lewis - Everybody Rocking 02:15
04 Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Why Am I Treated So Bad? 03:23
05 Hopeton Lewis - Cool Collie 03:00
06 Henry Buckley - with A Girl Like You 02:48
07 The Paragons - We Were Meant To Be 02:00
08 Joe Higgs - You Hurt My Soul 01:57
09 Henry Buckley - Thank You Girl 02:44
10 The Ethiopians - We Gonna Be Free 02:52
11 Eddie Perkins - I'm Coming Home 04:24
12 Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Rocking Mood 03:10
13 The Tartans - Rockin' Chair 02:38
14 Henry Buckley - Take Me Back 02:54
15 Merritone Singers - Rude Boy A Wail (Take 1) 02:57
16 The Tartans - It's Not Right 02:14
17 Lester Sterling, Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Check Point Charlie 03:29
18 Henry Buckley - You Never Could Be True 02:41
19 Henry Buckley - I'd Like To Know 02:34
20 Roland Alphonso - How Soon (Take 2) 03:06
21 The Paragons - We Were Meant to Be (Acappella Mix) 02:00
22 Eddie Perkins - Im Coming Home (Acappella) 04:24


Derrick Harriott And The Crystalites - Psychedelic Train

    1     Psychedelic Train Part One           
    2     No Man Is An Island                 
    3     Laugh It Off                         
    4     Message From A Black Man             
    5     Hum My Song                         
    6     Riding For A Fall                   
    7     Slave                               
    8     Go Bye Bye                           
    9     The Loser                           
    10    Born To Love You                     
    11    Walk The Streets                     
    12    Standing In                         
    13    Groovy Situation                     
    14    Been So Long-You Lied To Your Daddy 
    15    It's Alright (You're Just In Love)   
    16    Solomon                             
    17    You've Really Got A Hold On Me       
    18    Sitting On Top (I Gotta Know)       
    19    The Girl's Alright With Me           
    20    Do I Worry                           
    21    I'm Not Begging                     
    22    Have Some Mercy                     
    23    Tang! Tang! Festival Song           
    24    Long Time                           
    25    Psychedelic Train Chapter 3         

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First Class Rock Steady

01. Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy (2:54)
02. Roy Shirley – Hold Them (2:45)
03. Heptones – I Am Lonely (2:35)
04. The Tartans – Dance All Night (4:03)
05. Alton Ellis – Rock Steady (2:39)
06. The Jamaicans – Ba Ba Boom (3:20)
07. Patsy & The Count Ossie Band – Pata Pata Rocksteady (3:12)
08. The Melodians – Last Train To Expo 67 (3:09)
09. Dobby Dobson – I’m A Loving Pauper (3:15)
10. Errol Dunkley – Please Stop Your Lying (2:55)
11. Alva Lewis – Return Home (1:48)
12. Stranger Cole & Gladdy – Just Like A River (2:39)
13. Lynn Tait & The Jets – El Casino Royale (2:40)
14. Honey Boy Martin – Dreader Than Dread (2:35)
15. The Jupiters – The Return Of Ezekial (3:14)
16. Carlton Manning – Live And Love (3:01)
17. The Melodians – Last Train To Ecstasy (3:00)
18. Errol Dunkley – You’re Gona Need Me (2:12)
19. The Sensations – Born To Love You (3:12)
20. Hopeton Lewis – Sounds And Pressure (3:13)
21. The Techniques – You Don’t Care (2:40)
22. Pat Kelly – Little Boy Blue (2:47)
23. The Paragons – Left With a Broken Heart (3:10)
24. The Gaylads – ABC Rocksteady (2:09)
25. The Uniques – The Beatitude (3:11)
26. Alva Lewis – Revelation (3:23)
27. Ken Parker – A Change IS Gonna Come (2:52)
28. Val Bennett – The Russians Are Coming (3:40)
29. Derrick Morgan – The Great Musical Battle (3:35)
30. The Overtakers – The Big Take Over (2:34)
31. Lee Perry – I Am The Upsetter (3:06)
32. Keith Blake – Musically (2:22)
33. The Claendonians – Lonely Heartaches (2:14)
34. Lynn Tait & The Jets – Napoleon Solo (2:27)
35. Desmond Dekker – Intensified (2:44)
36. The Paragons – Got to Get Away (2:00)
37. Johnny Nash – Hold Me Tight (2:44)
38. The Sensations – Long Time Me No See You Girl (2:43)
39. Stranger Cole & Gladdy – Seeing Is Knowing (3:21)
40. Stranger Cole – Darling Jeboza Macoo (3:10)

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Symarip-Skinhead Moonstomp Revisited (New Stereo Mix)


01. Skinhead Moonstomp                                      
02. Phoenix Reggae (Phoenix City)                           
03. Skinhead Girl                                           
04. Try My Best                                             
05. Skinhead Jamboree                                       
06. Chicken Merry                                           
07. These Boots Are Made for Walking                        
08. Must Catch a Train                                      
09. Skin Flint                                              
10. Stay With Him                                           
11. Fung Shu                                                
12. You're Mine                                             
13. Skinhead Moonstomp 12" Version                          
14. Skinhead Girl 12" Dub Version           

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Skatalites & Friends At Top Deck Mixtape

Sktalites & Friends At Top Deck – Mixtape
Cuando los músicos trabajaban para mi, no necesitaban regresar al día siguiente, jamas les di un cheque siempre efectivo con la cantidad acordada ni un peso mas ni un peso menos, estas fueron las palabras dichas en una entrevista realizada a principios de los 90s al productor  Chino Jamaicano Phillip Justin Yap junto con su hermano Ivan iniciaron como todo  productor de la isla, Sound System y posteriormente  Fundaron la compañía discográfica Top Deck y su subsidiaria Tuneico ,Top Sound Label.

No es la cantidad si no la calidad era unas de las filosofias de los Hermanos Yap en 1964 Justin se entero sobre Los Skatalites  que no eran exclusivos por  lo cual tuvo un encuentro con Allan 'Bim Bim' Scott (Amigo cercano de Coxsone  y areglista de Studio One ) el hizo posible el encuentro y presento a los miembros que integraban los Skatalites.

Con el saxofonista y líder Tommy McCook acompañando de Roland Alphonso,Lester Sterling, el trombonista de fama mundial Don Drummond y su compañero Roy Wilson; Los trompetistas Johnny Moore y Baba Brooks, Raymond Harper ; el bajista  Lloyd Brevett; el baterista Lloyd Knibbs; pianista Jackie Mittoo; los guitarristas Lynn Taitt y Jerry Hines, el grupo proporcionó la munición real que Yap necesitaba para ejecutar su plan.

Una de las mas memorables y increible sesion fue la de 18 horas en noviembre de 1964  los Skatalites hicieron para Yap, algunos de los mejores  temas instrumentales de Ska  que se hayan hecho,Confucius, Ringo Rides, The Reburial, Smiling ,Chinatown y Love In Afternoon,Pussy Cat  son unos de los grandes éxitos del Sello Discográfico.

Inclusive: Coxsone hurto los temas mencionados para el primer copilado de lo mejor de Don Drummond tomando como excusa ,los Skatalites  si estaban bajo contrato por lo cual tenia derecho a estos temas (1965 Coxsone libero Pussy Cat bajo su sello Studio One ) otra mención que hace justin yap afirma que en mismo mes se había realizado  una segunda sesion en Studio One pero la grabación  de la dicha sesion fue perdida .

Los músicos reconocían el profesionalismo y la generosidad de Justin Yap quizá esto era la clave para el éxito de muchas de sus producciones: se dice que pagaba el doble que sus rivales mejor establecidos y siempre le dio a cada músico cantidades precisas en efectivo,mientras que su otro  hermano Duke aseguraba que había comida y bebida a la mano de los músicos para  mantener un estado de ánimo adecuado.

La sesión final de Yap en  Octubre 1966 produjo A Love To Share de Jackie Opel, Jackie Mittoo's Warlock & Roland Alphonso's Devoted To You, ante inestabilidad social de Jamaica Justin Yap hizo su partida a Nueva York. En 1968-9, fue un chef de primera línea en el ejército de los Estados Unidos en la guerra de Vietnam, posteriormente trabajó en la industria de la informática y  finalmente como taxista.
 1980 s Una reedición de los copilado
Ska Boo Da Ba (considerado como unos de los mejores discos de Ska instrumental)
Scattered Lights (hasta 1998 finalmente quedo restaurado gracias a Giovanni Scatola )
surgió el interés nuevamente  en Los Skatalites a mediados de los 80s

1990s: Gracias al creciente interés del publico y el resurgimiento del Ska (Ska Revival ) U.K & U.S.A  Yap y el productor jamaiquino Donald 'Clive' Davidson comenzaron a limpiar las cintas maestras del catálogo Top Deck ademas aseguraron un contrato de distribución con Westside Récords preservar el legado del pionero productor de Ska bajo consentimiento de  Justin Yap era la prioriad para la disquera distribuidora y  lanzó numerosos  volúmenes en CD y LPS ( los CDs contienen folletos con mucho mas información sobre el sello ) ademas de ser Remasterizados .

Si bien esto es un pequeño resumen sobre el sello discografico queda en claro
la suma importancia de lo que fue Top Deck y el resurgimiento a mediados 1990s transcurrieron mas de 35 años para que reconocieran la posición de Yap (que nunca sacrificó calidad por cantidad)  inmortalizado  actualmente en la historia de la musica popular Jamaicana, por sus contribuciones inconmensurables al desarrollo musical en varios campos.

En este mixtape podras disfrutar un tema de los 18 volumenes que fueron liberados  90s con  tomas alternas,vocales y un ensallo .

Philip Stanford "Justin" Yap, productor discográfico, nacido el 23 de mayo de 1944; murió el 23 de julio de 1999.

by Shacka Ruthless

The Skatalites - Smiling
Roland Alphonso - Non-Stop  (Toma Desconosida )
The Skatalites - China Clipper (Restaruada 1980s)
Roland Alphonso - Determination
The Skatalites - Lawless Street (Vercion Instrumental )
King Sporty & Roland Alphonso - El Cid (Toma 4)
Don Drummond - Chinatown
Roland Alphonso - SKA-RA-VAN (Toma 2 )
Roland Alphonso- Pussy Cat - (Ensayo )
The Skatalites - Surftide Seve (Mellow Tone )
Tommy McCook - Scattered Lights
Lynn Taitt - Ska-Ta-Shot (Toma 3 )
Don Drummond - Love In The Afternoon -(Edicion Remasterizada)
Roland Alphonso - Rolli Rollin
The Skatalites - South China
Fredie Nelson - Lonely & Blue (Yours )
Jackie Opel - Turn To The Almighty (Toma 2 )
Raymond Harper -TI-PI-TIN




lunes, 4 de diciembre de 2017
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Ska-Jazz &Beyond Vol.3 Mixtape -Vocal

Ska-Jazz &Beyond Vol.3 Mixtape -Vocal 
 Side A 
 Un Kuartito -Skatalitiko 
 Court Jester's Crew -Remember
 St Petersburg Ska Jazz Review - Too Good To Be True 
 Trains Tone - Blue Hour
 Moon Hop -Cats On A Hot Tin Roof Rockets To New Hights 
The Orobians -Whose Side Are You On 
Begoña Bang Matu -Orchesta Kington - This Is Rhythm 
 PUT3SKA-Moonstomp Tonight 
 Blue Beat Makers - Como un Sueño 
 Side B
 Sig Ragga -Eclipse 
 Root Diamoons -From Jamaica 
 The Pepper Pots -Feat Dr.Ring Ding -Stay On Your Way 
 The Gramophone Allstars - In a Sentimental Mood 
 Ska-J -Senza Fine 
 The Oldians - Same Old Song 
 Beat Sunset - ???? 
WHSKS-Jazzy Ska 


miércoles, 22 de noviembre de 2017
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Ska-Jazz & Beyond -Mixtape Vol 2

 Track List : Side: A
 The Internacional -Bang Bang 
 Jamaican Jazz Orchestra Skank It 
 Moskovskaya - Jazzin Jazz 
 Banana Peel Slippers - Jazz on Monday 
 See Spot - After Hours 
 Skavoovie & The Epitones - Foster's Ghost (Theme) Stubborn Allstars - 
Rich Morrissey Kingstton Kitchen - Kroshka 
Smoking Flamingos - Wisper Not 

 Side :B 
 Mr.Swing & The Bongo Clan -Be-Bop (Dizzie Gillespie 
 Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra -The World Has Gone Mad
 Yellow Umbrella - Freedom Fries 
 Royal Family - King & His Court 
 Jhon James & The Soulmakers - Don Drummon 
 The Miceteeth - El Domingo 
 Mr.Fly Ska Band -The Sleeping Cat 
 Rude Rich & The Hightnotes - The Cat 
 Mampy - Another Monk


lunes, 13 de noviembre de 2017
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Ska-Jazz & Beyond Mixtape Vol 1

01.Eskalator -Golden Nightwolf 
02.La Ghenga - Mr Funeral 
03.Jazzbo -Skanking the Blues Away 
04.The Upsessions -Dirty Cash 
05.Blue Beat Players - Loco 
06.Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation - Goldie 
07.Eastern Standad Time - El Guapo 
08.Vespa -Jesien w Swinoujsciu
09.Kalles Kaviar -Flying On Cloud Nine 
10.Yebo -Reburial 
11.Moastrogiovanny Ska Jazz Ensemble - Song for My Father 
12.Cabernet Deneuve -tHEOPHANE sKA 
13.YESKA - Fried Neckbones & Home Fries 
14.Skazz -Welcome to Civilisation 
15.The Woodsenders - 15h44
16.The Beat Sunset - Akagi 
17.Desbaratanbanda -The Red Hot Navigator 
18. 5TA Ave Ska-Jazz -Taxman 
19.Train's Tone - Long Road 
20.Manifiesto Ska Jazz - Cielo 


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Don Drummond - Don Cosmic -2017

Don Cosmic is a new Studio One compilation that chronicles the legacy and influence of Don Drummond, one of Jamaica’s most legendary performers during the ska era. This collection features a handful of Don Drummond rarities, many of which have never been featured on prior albums. You can hear Drummond’s timeless sound all across the Studio One catalog, and Don Cosmic is the perfect vehicle for shedding light on the trombonist’s unrivaled legacy.


Track List : 
1. Don Drummond & His Group - Roll on Sweet Don

2. Don Drummond - Don Cosmic

3. Don Drummond - Coolie Boy

4. Don Drummond - Surplus

5. Don Drummond - The Shock

6. Don Drummond & His Green Landers - Schooling the Duke

7. Don Drummond - Reload

8. Don Drummond - Last Call (Take 1)

9. Don Drummond - Last Call (Take 2)

10. Don Drummond & the Skatalites - Far East (aka Further East / Trolley Song)

11. Don Drummond - Green Island

12. Don Drummond - Jet Stream

13. Don Drummond - The Rocket

14. Don Drummond & the Skatalites - Scrap Iron

15. Don Drummond - Rain or Shine (Take 1)

16. Don Drummond - Rain or Shine (Take 2)

17. Don Drummond - Rain or Shine (Take 3)

18. The Cecil Lloyd Group featuring Don Drummond - Grooving with the Beat

19. Workshop Musicians - Serenade in Sound

martes, 10 de octubre de 2017
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The Techniques & Friends -Winston Rileys -Rocksteady & Reggae 1968-1969

Winston Riley started his production career as a singer with an enviable track record, having formed the Techniques in 1962 and hitting the top of the charts two years later with the splendid 'Little Did You Know' for Duke Reid's esteemed Treasure Isle label. When the frantic ska beat slowed down and turned into rocksteady Winston remained the only permanent component of the Techniques, arguably Jamaica's finest vocal group. 

As the beat changed yet again from rock steady to the faster reggae format, Winston's thoughts turned to production, and he decided to create his own 'Techniques' label. A serious man with a serious work ethic, the quality of his music was apparent from the start as he released hit after hit, producing and singing as part of the different combinations of singers and vocal groups that he worked with. 

In 1970 he produced his biggest ever hit 'Double Barrel', a ground breaking track that went on to be the biggest reggae track of 1971, reaching the very top of the UK national pop charts in May, and peaking at number 22 in the US Billboard charts in August. 

After this pop success Winston Riley continued working as he always had done, producing top quality reggae tracks with a host of Jamaica's finest singers and musicians. After opening his shop in Chancery Lane, he continued on his quest for the best throughout the 70's, 80's, 90's and into the 21st century, never failing to bring his decades of experience and peerless production skills to bear on whatever contemporary music he was producing. 

Winston Riley was at the forefront of the Jamaican music business for over forty years, an authentic reggae polymath who had embraced the roles of singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. He had been making plans for a new studio and museum in his Orange Street record shop right up to his death in 2012. He was truly one of Jamaica's hardest working and most consistent producers, and these two albums represent only a very small part of his huge musical legacy. 

Dave Barker - Your Love Is A Game

The Mad Lads - So Afraid
The Techniques - I Feel Alive Again
The Techniques - Heart Of A Man 
The Techniques - What Am I To Do
The Techniques -where Were You
The Techniques - The Reason Why
The Shades - Never Gonna Give You Up
The Techniques - Just One Smile 
The Techniques - Man Of My World 
The Mad Lads - Mother Nature
The Mad Lads - I Never Know
The Techniques You Are My Everything 
The Techniques - Time Has Come 
The Shades - She's Gonna Marry Me 

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Freddie Mckay - Deluxe Edition -Studio One

Picture on the Wall was Freddie McKay’s first album. It was released by Studio One in 1971, and this was the first real introduction to the singer for the reggae public after a series of unsuccessful singles. Despite a potential hit with “Love Is a Treasure” done for Treasure Isle the song was marred by its credit to “Treasure Boy”.

Coming to Studio One with the Soul Defenders allowed Freddie to finally find his voice. His recording of “Picture on the Wall” is a top Studio One track, and was a massive hit for the label.  Other top songs for the label include “Drunken Sailor,” “I Am a Freeman,” “Sweet You, Sour You,” and the remake of “Love Is a Treasure,” all found on this release.

Containing 24 tracks, with many tracks not found on album before, this is the definitive collection of Freddie McKay at Studio One. The original Jamaican stereo release is found on sides 1 and 2. On the remaining two sides are some of McKay’s top songs, including instrumentals, a DJ version and the extended mix of “Love Is a Treasure.” McKay’s untimely death in 1986 cut short a promising career, but here the listener can again rediscover the greatness of one of reggae’s unsung heroes.


01. Picture on the Wall

02. You Are Not the Kind

03. Love Is a Treasure

04. Father Will Cut You Off

05. So Long Forever

06. You’ll Be Sorry

07. High School Dance

08. Slip Away

09. Old Joe

10. A Little Bit Will Do

11. Can’t Go On

12. Watch Your Step

13. Drunken Sailor

14. Drunken Sailor (Version)

15. You’ll Be Sorry (JA Single Mix)

16. You’ll Be Sorry (Version)

17. Picture on the Wall (JA Single Mix)

18. Picture on the Wall (Version)

19. Picture on the Wall (Vers. 3) (Featuring Prince Junior)

20. I Am a Freeman (aka I Am Free, Freeman)

21. Sweet You, Sour You (JA Single Mix)

22. Old and Grey (aka When I Am Grey)

23. My True Love

24. Love Is a Treasure (Extended Mix)

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The Kingstonians: Sufferer Expanded Edition

Reissue of the Reggae vocal trio’s sole album from 1970 complete with 12 bonus tracks rounding up all their recordings for the producer Derek Harriott…..Ian Canty hears an influential outfit that only burned brightly for a short time, but what a time…..

Though the Kingstonians didn’t quite manage to hit the UK charts during the Skinhead Reggae boom (or Boss Reggae if you prefer), the cuts they released over the two year period documented in this release were wildly popular on dancefloors if not quite making that jump into the mainstream. Back in Jamaica however they set the pace for others to follow.

They were very much a family act with brothers Jackie and Lloyd Barnard joining forces with cousin Lloyd Kerr and, initially, the unrelated Seaford Campbell (though he dropped out after a couple of singles for Studio One). They first made the breakthrough in their homeland in 1967 with Winey Winey (an updated Reggae version is included here) cut with JJ Johnson behind the decks. Though the band recorded a few more discs for Johnson in the Rocksteady era, as the rougher Reggae groove took over they flitted between him and other producers again until another JJ production Mix It Up made a stir and was included the classic Tighten Up Trojan compilation.
Though Mix It Up made waves, the Kingstonians next release was to be perhaps the one record they are remembered for. That was of course Sufferer, the title track of their only album, produced by Derek Harriott who would be a vital component in their success. The lyric depicted the plight of the Kingston’s poor, which would have a tragic resonance given the fortunes of the band’s members fates after their success. Married to a winning tune, Sufferer kicked up a storm on both the JA and UK Reggae scenes and launched the Kingstonians to the forefront of the Reggae boom. It also featured on the second in the Tighten Up series, a key artefact in Skinhead subculture. Though not having the hits of their competitors the Pioneers, their originality saw them viewed in their homeland as the premier vocal act.

After unleashing another cracking single in Singer Man and just as the Reggae boom was beginning to falter Sufferer, the album, appeared. Like a lot of Reggae LPs issued at the time Sufferer was mostly made up of single sides in an effort to cut expenses and get the most out of previously released material. Thus it is a little bitty and uneven at times but the tracks individually are a testament to the Kingstonians’ strengths. The closely grouped backing vocals perfectly compliment the lead and the stomping rhythm tracks were stuff of boot-boy dreams.

Rumble Rumble may not have had as great an impact as a single as its forebearers, but it’s a winning piece of rude Skinhead Reggae and The Clip plays to the band’s strengths – silky smooth vocals gracing an archetypal Reggae love song. Away from the singles, Complicated Scene has a great off-beat vocal line allied to nice skanking rhythms and Your Love comes with some of that “fairground” style organ that is very evocative of the times. Come We Go Moonwalk (also versioned on the only track on the original LP not to feature the Kings’ vocals Easy Ride Reggae) starts with a cracking guitar intro which gives way to a slow dancefloor killer that was almost a glance back to their Rocksteady days. The band’s Gospel roots, which were always somewhere in the background of their vocals, show through and enhance the ballad I’ll Be Around.

Though the album itself is a charming relic of the times, the vast majority of the tracks would still fill the floor at many a Reggae Revival show. The bonus offerings are not without interest either. Though producer Harriott was not on a par with Perry or Coxsone, some of the instrumental cuts here verge on primitive dub techniques and are garnished with strange echoing vocals introductions/interludes. On most of these re-cuts the band were renamed the Crystalites. Undertaker’s Burial works well with the vocal distortions adding to the spooky atmosphere and Rumble Version 2 make use of the drop-out which would quickly become a Dub trademark.

Of the few vocal takes among the bonuses, Out There shows the band ahead of the game again as this track hints at Roots which was to come to prominence later in the 70s. Version two of this song that follows is sparser and more upbeat and Right From Wrong catches the band’s vocal skills in fine style. The collection ends with the bizarre medley Version From 3, which bolts together Sufferer, Singer Man and Winey Winey in a curious and, it has to be said, slightly ham-fisted kind of way.
After this album the Kingstonians’ star waned and they stuttered on until the mid-70s as a shadow of the band they once were. Band leader and song writer Jackie Barnard recorded with Lee Perry under the nom de plume of Jack Lord, but sadly he and his brother soon slid into penury and his cousin Kerr found himself a prison inmate. Jackie made an attempt to relaunch the Kingstonians in 1998, but after that failed to come to fruition he returned to the life of a sufferer in Kingston, scraping a living until he passed away in September 2014 at the age of 66.
If I had one slight gripe with what is overall a fine reissue it would be that the sleeve-notes, which ably depict the Kingstonians rise and fall, don’t have much information around the album’s recording and release. Though to be fair the writer Lance Cane-Honeysett does explain that information about the group is scant at best even in the internet age and he can be commended for pulling what he did together. This aside we’re really in moonstomping heaven with sometimes sweet, sometimes impassioned voices combining with crunching rhythms to great effect, the true spirit of 69/70. All of which adds up to another quality release on the reactivated Doctor Bird label.
Review by : Ian Canty

Track List : 
1."Your Love"
2."Singer Man"
4."Hold Down"
5."I'll Be Around"
6."Winey Winey (Reggae)"
7."The Clip"
8."Rumble Rumble"
9."Come We Go Moonwalk"
10."Complicated Scene"
11."Easy Ride Reggae" (instrumental)
12."Nice Nice"
13."Kiss A Little Finger"
14."Undertaker's Burial" (instrumental)
15."Splash Down" (instrumental)
16."Sic Him Rover" (instrumental)
17."Right From Wrong"
18."The Bad" (instrumental)
19."Musical Madness" (instrumental)
20."Rumble" (version 2 - instrumental)
21."Barefoot Brigade" (instrumental)
22."Out There"
23."Out There" (version 2)
24."Version From 3"

No More Heartaches - What Am I to Do - Doctor Bird CD


Following its launch in the summer of 1968, Trojan Records swiftly became the dominant force on the UK’s West Indian music scene.
Over the years that immediately ensued, the company released literally hundreds of 7” singles and albums, showcasing the talents of every Jamaican music maker of note.

“No More Heartaches” and “What Am I To Do” were among Trojan’s most popular long players from the early years, when boss reggae ruled the dancehalls both in Jamaica and the UK.

Released in 1969 and 1970, respectively, each of the albums showcases a dozen of the finest recordings to date from the catalogue of leading Jamaican producer, Harry ‘J’ Johnson.

While both LPs have long been regarded as among the finest collections from the boss reggae era of the late sixties and early seventies, neither have previously been issued in their entirety on CD. Until now!

Track Listing:

1. NO MORE HEARTACHES – The Beltones
2. SOUL SPECIAL – King Cannon
3. LUCKY BOY – Glen & Dave
4. HOME WITHOUT YOU – The Beltones
5. SOUL SCORCHER – King Cannon
6. CUSS CUSS – Lloyd Robinson
7. HAPPY TIME – Keble Drummond
8. RICH IN LOVE (Version 1) – Glen Adams
9. PLEASE – Trevor Shield
10.HANG ‘EM HIGH – Richard Ace
11.CANDY LADY – Black & George
13.WHAT AM I TO DO – Tony Scott
14.SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE – Keble Drummond
15.RICH IN LOVE (Version 2) – Glen Adams
16.EARLY IN THE MORNING – The Jamaicans
17.COOL DOWN – Winston Hines
18.WHA PEN – King Cannon
19.HOLD THE PUSSY – Kid Gungo
21.SATURDAY NIGHT – Tony Scott
22.ZUMBELLY – The Woodpeckers
                                                   24.MR. LONELY – The Jamaicans

lunes, 21 de agosto de 2017
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Owen Gray - White Cross

01. Owen Gray – Farewell (2:06)
02. Owen Gray – Get Drunk (2:02)
03. Owen Gray – Lizabella (2:36)
04. Owen Gray – The Plea (3:18)
05. Owen Gray – Twist Baby (2:29)
06. Owen Gray – Let Me Go Free (2:24)
07. Owen Gray – Grandma, Grandpa (2:12)
08. Owen Gray – Sugar Plum (2:24)
09. Owen Gray – Millie Girl (2:59)
10. Owen Gray – Midnight Track (2:26)
11. Owen Gray – Twist so Fine (2:28)
12. Owen Gray – Dolly Baby (1:52)
13. Owen Gray – I Love Her (2:22)
14. Owen Gray – Lonely Days (2:00)
15. Owen Gray – Jenny Lee (2:25)
16. Owen Gray – My One Desire (2:38)
17. Owen Gray – Far Love (2:33)
18. Owen Gray – Pretty Girl (2:47)
19. Owen Gray – Time Will Tell (2:20)
20. Owen Gray – Running Around (2:12)
21. Owen Gray – Someone to Help Me (3:14)
22. Owen Gray – Mash It!, Pt. 2 (2:15)
23. Owen Gray – Jezebel (2:36)
24. Owen Gray – Audrey (2:05)
25. Owen Gray – Mash It!, Pt. 1 (1:59)
26. Owen Gray – Cutest Little Woman (2:18)
27. Owen Gray – Best Twist (2:48)
28. Owen Gray – In My Dreams (2:41)
29. Owen Gray – No Good Woman (2:26)
30. Owen Gray – I Feel Good (2:39)
31. Owen Gray – They Got to Move (2:10)
32. Owen Gray – Patricia (2:54)
33. Owen Gray – Nobody Else (2:58)
34. Owen Gray – Mash It! (4:12)
35. Owen Gray – Young Lover (2:34)
36. Owen Gray – Tree in the Meadow (2:42)
37. Owen Gray – On the Beach (2:33)
38. Owen Gray – Please Let Me Go (2:48)
39. Owen Gray – Keep It in Mind (2:24)
40. Owen Gray – Rocking in My Feet (4:10)
41. Owen Gray – Come on Baby (2:27)
42. Owen Gray – Do You Want to Jump (2:10)
43. Owen Gray – Sinners Weep (2:28)
44. Owen Gray – I’m Going Back (2:58)

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Bunny Lee & Friends - Tape Rolling!

Pressure Sounds deliver another mouthwatering feast of rare and unreleased recordings from the vaults of Bunny 'Striker' Lee, drawn from the peak years of the mid-seventies, when Striker ruled the musical roost in Jamaica, recording constantly, utilising the hottest session men at Dynamics and Channell One and voicing and mixing down at King Tubby's studio for that magic sound.  This album digs deep to present some of that magic here, from the lively, spontaneous exuberance of Big Joe's Rasta Train to the sublime trip through Tubby's echo chamber experienced through A Wonderful Version, as well as some fascinating alternative takes of classic material from Slim Smith, Cornel Campbell, I Roy, John Holt and Eric Donaldson.  Essential.


1. Slim Smith - The Time Has Come (unreleased cut)
2. I Roy and Augustus Pablo - Devil's Brother in Law (unreleased cut)
3. Ernest Wilson - Sentimental Man (extended mix)
4. Big Joe and King Tubby's - Rasta Train
5. Cornell Campbell - I Wonder Why (unreleased cut)
6. U Roy Junior - Two Ton Gulletto
7. John Holt - Stick By Me (unreleased cut)
8. King Tubby - A Wonderful Version
9. Cornell Campbell - Give Me Love (unreleased cut)
10. King Tubby - Straight To The Copycat Head
11. Busty Brown And The Clowns - Soon I'm Gonna Make It
12. Horace Andy - Man Next Door (unreleased cut)
13. I Roy - Noisy Place (unreleased cut)
14. Leroy Samuels - Trying To Wreck My Life
15. Delroy Wilson - Any Heart Can Be Broken (unreleased cut)
16. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby (unreleased cut)
17. I Roy - Festival Mash Up
18. Vin Gordon - Riding For A Fall
19. Cornell Campbell - My Confession (unreleased cut)
20. Slim Smith - Turning Point (unreleased cut)

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