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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Derrick Morgan - White Cross Collection -2017

01. Derrick Morgan – See and Blind 
02. Derrick Morgan – Marjorie 
03. Derrick Morgan – Troubles 
04. Derrick Morgan – Now We Know 
05. Derrick Morgan – Meekly Wait 
06. Derrick Morgan – Going Down to Canaan 
07. Derrick Morgan – Travel On
08. Derrick Morgan – Leave Earth 
09. Derrick Morgan – Golden Rule 
10. Derrick Morgan – I Pray for You 
11. Derrick Morgan – Don’t Cry 
12. Derrick Morgan – Cherry Home 
13. Derrick Morgan – Forward March 
14. Derrick Morgan – Are You Going to Marry Me? 
15. Derrick Morgan – Don’t You Know Little Girl 
16. Derrick Morgan – I’m Gonna Leave You 
17. Derrick Morgan – Joybells 
18. Derrick Morgan – In My Heart 
19. Derrick Morgan – Come Back My Darling 
20. Derrick Morgan – Terrible Headache 
21. Derrick Morgan – Wigger Wee Shuffle? 
22. Derrick Morgan – Teach Me Baby 
23. Derrick Morgan – Shake a Leg 
24. Derrick Morgan – Sunday Monday 
25. Derrick Morgan – Isabella
26. Derrick Morgan – Be Still 
27. Derrick Morgan – Oh My! 
28. Derrick Morgan – Nights Are Lonely 
29. Derrick Morgan – The Hop 
30. Derrick Morgan – Fat Man 
31. Derrick Morgan – Lover Boy 
32. Derrick Morgan – Day in Day Out 
33. Derrick Morgan – Should Be Ashamed
34. Derrick Morgan – Please Don’t Talk About Me 
35. Derrick Morgan – Tell It to Me 
36. Derrick Morgan – Come on Over

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Mojo Magazine Presents - Jamaican Explosion!

1–Laurel Aitken-BarTender
2–Prince Buster & The Blue Beats-Independence Song
3–Roland Alphonso-Four Corners Of The World
4–Derrick & Patsy*-Housewife's Choice
5–The Folkes Brothers*-Oh Carolina
6–Byron Lee And The Dragonaires-Jamaican Rock
7–Leon And Owen* & Drumbago All Stars-Murder
8-–Azie Lawrence*-Jamaican Blues
9–Bell's Group-Kingston 13
10-–Winston & Roy With Count Ossie On The African Drums*-Babylon Gone
11–Rico*-Rico Special
12–Jimmy Cliff-Miss Jamaica
13–Don Drummond-Schooling The Duke
14–Clue J & His Blues Blasters With Vocal By Theophilus Beckford-Easy Snapping
15–Lord Creator-Independent Jamaica

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The Treasure Isle Story - The Soul of Jamaica -2017

The first comprehensive anthology of one of Jamaican music’s greatest record labels, the 4CD set comprises 115 tracks, including numerous major ska, rock steady and reggae hits, as well as 29 tracks new to CD.

This sumptuous package also include a 16 page booklet featuring a detailed bio of Treasure Isle producer Duke Reid, embellished with lots of rare and fascinating imagery.

This essential collection, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first UK Trojan label, created specifically to showcase Reid’s productions.

Penny Reel – Lord Power
Lollipop Girl – The Jiving Juniors
Judgment Day – Laurel Aitken 
In And Out The Window – Monty & Roy
Feel So Fine (aka Feel So Good) – Derrick & Patsy
River Bank (aka Bank To Bank) Part 1 – Baba Brooks & His Band
Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole
Watermelon Man – The Baba Brooks Orchestra
When You Call My Name – Stranger & Patsy
Musical Communion – The Baba Brooks Orchestra
Solomon A Gundy – Eric Morris
Woman A Come – Margerita
Yeah Yeah Baby – Stranger & Patsy
Eastern Standard Time – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
Carry Go Bring Come – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Garden Of Love – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
The Fits Is On Me – Owen & Leon
Down Town Gal – Joe White
Street Corner – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
Rub Up, Push Up – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Occupation – The Skatalites featuring Don Drummond 
Vacation – The Melodies
Latin Goes Ska – The Skatalites
Little Did You Know – The Techniques
Don’t Call Me Daddy – Derrick Morgan
Dance Crasher – Alton Ellis & The Flames
Lucky Seven – Don Drummond & The Tommy McCook Band
Try Me – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes


Girl I’ve Got A Date – Alton Ellis & The Flames
Happy Go Lucky Girl – The Paragons
Cry Tough – Alton Ellis & The Flames
On The Beach – The Paragons
Don’t Stay Away – Phyllis Dillon
The Tide Is High – The Paragons
Save A Bread – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Do It Right – The Three Tops
Rock Steady – Alton Ellis & The Flames
Things You Say You Love – The Jamaicans
Only A Smile – The Paragons
Why Birds Follow Spring – Alton Ellis & The Flames
I Will Get Along Without You – The Melodians
You Don’t Care – The Techniques
Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon
You Don’t Need Me – The Melodians
Ain’t That Loving You – Alton Ellis & The Flames
Queen Majesty – The Techniques
You Have Caught Me – The Melodians
Baba Boom (Festival ‘67) – The Jamaican
Last Train To Expo ‘67 – The Melodians
I’m A Loving Pauper – Dobby Dobson
Travelling Man – The Techniques
My Willow Tree – Alton Ellis
I Wish It Would Rain – The Techniques
Angel Of The Morning – Joya Landis
Those Guys – The Sensations
True, True, True – Ken Parker


I’ll Be Lonely – John & Joya
Moonlight Lover – Joya Landis
Get On The Right Track – Phyllis Dillon & Hopeton Lewis
Tonight – John Holt
Breaking Up (Is Hard To Do) – Alton Ellis
Ali Baba – John Holt
Everybody Bawling – The Melodians
Drink Milk – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Lock Jaw – Dave Barker
Stealing Stealing – John Holt
I Can’t Hide – Ken Parker
Funky Reggae – Dave Barker
Remember That Sunday – Alton Ellis & Phyllis Dillon
Wake The Town – U Roy & Winston Wright
What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) – Alton Ellis 
Boom-Sha-Ka-Lacka – Hopeton Lewis
Rule The Nation – U Roy
You Made Me So Very Happy – Alton Ellis
Wear You To The Ball – U Roy & John Holt
One Life To Live, One Love To Give – Phyllis Dillon
Drive Her Home – Hopeton Lewis & U Roy
Botheration – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Sister Big Stuff – John Holt
Pirate – The Ethiopians
Mighty Redeemer Part 1 – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Help Me Make It Through The Night – Ken Parker
Wake Up Jamaica – Dennis Alcapone
Blackbird (Singing) – Rosalyn Sweat & The Paragons
Sunshine (On My Shoulders) – Pat Kelly
Sinners Where You Gonna Hide – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes


Feeling Of Love –Stranger & Ken
Guns Fever (original mix – take 2) – The Baba Brooks Band
Want Me Cock (take 1) – Owen & Leon
You Wish Me Bad (take 6) – The Spanishtonians
Nuclear Weapon (original mix) – Roland Alphonso & The Baba Brooks Band
Wake Me, Shake Me (take 2) – The Zodiacs
Honey I Love (All My Tears) – Alton Ellis & The Flames
Storm Warning (take 1) – Lyn Taitt & The Boys
My True Confession (take 1) – The Silvertones
Michelle – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
Once A Man (alternate version) – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
The Lesson – The Teacher Man
Soul Love – Joey & Group 
Breaking Up (Is Hard To Do) – The Termites
There She Goes – Hopeton Lewis
What A Situation – Hopeton Lewis & Sir Lord Comic
Boys And Girls Reggae (take 3) – Phyllis Dillon & Hopeton Lewis
Cry Little Girl, Cry – Tyrone Evans
Don’t Run For A Hiding Place – The Silvertones
What Have I Done – The Versatiles
Sufferation 1969 – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Wooden Heart (alternate version – take 3) – John Holt
Every Day Is A Holiday (alternate version) – The Sensations
Reggae Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) (take 2) – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
Barbwire (alternate version) – Nora Dean
Chant – Duke Reid All Stars
Fire Fire (take 3) – Tony & His Group
Woman Of The Ghetto (original mix) – Phyllis Dillon
I Wish It Would Rain (rehearsal) – Pat Kelly

domingo, 20 de agosto de 2017
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Track List 

sábado, 19 de agosto de 2017
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Toots & The Maytals - Life Could be A Dream - Coxsone LP 1965

Track List

A1-Get Ready
A2-Heaven Declare
A3-He'll Provide
A5-Give Him Another Chance
A6-Sitting On The Top Of The World
A7-A Man Who Knows
B2-Life Could Be A Dream
B3-Give Me Your Love
B4-You're Treating Me Bad
B5-I Am Still In Love
B6-Love Devine
B7-Hello Honey

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Skatalites -Independence Ska & The Far East Sound (1963-65)

1-The Skatalites-Guns Of Navarone
2–The Skatalites-Christine Keeler
3–The Skatalites-El Pussy Cat Ska
4–Dizzy Johnny & The Studio One Orchestra-Sudden Destruction
5–Roland Alphonso-Scambalena
6–The Wailers-Tell Them Lord
7–Don Drummond & The Skatalites -Russian Ska Fever
8–Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites-Independent Anniversary Ska (I Should Have Known Better)
9–Delroy 'Bongoman' Byfield & The Skatalites-Marcus Garvey
10–Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso-Heaven And Earth
11–Delroy 'Bongoman' Byfield & The Skatalites-Jack Rubby Is Bound To Die
12–Don Drummond & The Skatalites-Further East
13–The Skatalites-Beardsman Ska
14–Don Drummond & The Skatalites-Surplus
15–The Skatalites-Fidel Castro
16–The Skatalites-Sauvito
17–Don Drummond & The Skatalites-Coolie Boy
18–Tommy McCook Adam's Apple (Don't Bother Me No More)
19–Tommy McCook & The Skatalites-Full Dread
20–Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites-King Solomon

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The Blackstones -Tribute to Studio One

Tracks Listing

1. The Happiest Man
2. Freeway (With Hot Pepper)
3. Tribute To Studio One
4. Don't Chuck Badness
5. If I Follow
6. Your Style
7. Am Gonna Love You
8. Only Sixteen
9. I Wanna Hold You
10. Young At Heart
11. Love Lost
12. Satamasagana
13. My Girl Sparkle
14. One More Time
15. Falling In Love
16. The Sometime Loving
17. You Don't Care

domingo, 23 de julio de 2017
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Downbeat The Ruler: Killer Instrumentals, Best Of Studio One, Volume 3 (Heart Beat Records)

 The third volume in the Heartbeat label's trawl through Studio One's back catalogue, this time focusing exclusively on instrumentals. Again, it's a tightfisted collection with a mere 12 tracks, and while the sleeve notes wax eloquently on how wonderful these songs are, they never get around to saying what they are, or when they were recorded. Admittedly, the very nature of Jamaica's recording industry makes instrumentals a minefield. Some really were true instrumentals, composed solely for instruments. Others were instrumental versions of a vocal cut, the inevitable flip side of a single, and while some of these were unique takes on the song, others were merely the A-sides with the vocals stripped off. Then there were dub plates, acetates created specifically for the sound systems, the prototype for dub, and then there's dub itself. The fact that a song's rhythm can be recycled endlessly over the years just adds to the confusion. Downbeat the Ruler, titled after Coxsone Dodd's own sound system, contains examples of most instrumental sub-types. "Man in the Street" perfectly illustrates the first -- a true instrumental and a seminal song to boot. Dating from 1965, it's the earliest track here; the vast majority of the rest date from the reggae era into the roots age, with an exclusive remix of "Throw Me Corn" bringing it back up to date. That song's earlier 10" version, also featured, is obviously a dub plate aimed at the sound systems and leaving plenty of space for the DJ. "Banana Walk," in contrast, is pure dub, while "Real Rock" is a take on "Armagideon Time" and shows just how older rhythms can be revived. With the rise of dancehall everything was elevated (or reduced, depending on one's point of view) to the level of a rhythm. And certainly many of these instrumentals were ripe for recycling -- and they were repeatedly. "Heavy Rock," "Baby Face," and "Rockford Rock" would all find new life in the '80s, while many of the rest were equally influential. Interestingly, regardless of the proliferation of groups and artists credited, they're all aliases, and every track here is actually performed by Studio One's house band. Even those credited to solo artists merely showcased a particular sessionman, normally the one who composed the song. But don't feel cheated, these musicians were some of the best, and were the powerhouse behind Dodd's success. It's only right that they should be glorified with their own album.
Review by Jo-Ann Greene

1–Dub Specialist-Banana Walk
2–Sound Dimension-Rockfort Rock
3–The Soul Vendors-Death In The Arena
4–Sound Dimension-Real Rock
5–Jackie Mittoo-Freak Out
6–Brentford All Stars-Throw Me Corn (10" Mix)
7–Don Drummond-Man In The Street
8–Sound Dimension-Heavy Rock
9–Sound Dimension-Baby Face
10–Brentford All Stars-Race Track
11–Tommy McCook -Tunnel One
12–Brentford All Stars-Throw Me Corn (1987 Mix)


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Blue Rivers And The Maroons‎– From Ska To Reggae - CD EDICION

1-Phoenix City
2-Seven Steps To Power
3-Searching For You Baby
4-Too Much
5-I've Got A Good Thing Going
6-I Found Me Somebody New
8-Guns Of Navarone
9-Witchcraft Man
10-Groovy Baby
11-Turn Me And Twist Me
12-Mercy Mercy Mercy
13-Tell Me

Recorded 1967 at Maximum Sound Studios & Colortone Studios, London 

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Prince Buster - Feel The Spirit 1963

 Feel the Spirit was Prince Buster's first studio album, released in 1963. The album includes many well known songs such as "Madness", "They Got to Come", "Wash You Troubles Away" and "Black Head Chinaman". The musical accompaniment was by the Drumbago All Stars, Les Dawson Blues Unit and Rico Rodriguez 

Track List 
"I Feel the Spirit"
"Don't Make Me Cry"
"They Got to Come"
"All Alone"
"Soul of Africa"
"Wash Your Troubles Away"
"Black Head Chinaman"
"Beggars Are No Choosers"
"Run Man Run"
"Just You"

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Prince Buster - FLY FLYING SKA

01 Flying Ska 
02 Lucky Seven
03 Perhaps 
04 My Queen 
05 I Go 
06 Roland Plays The Prince 
07 Call Me
08 Eye For An Eye
09 River Jordan 
10 The Greatest
11  Ska War 
12 The Burial 

domingo, 2 de julio de 2017
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Original Jamaican Sound SYSTEM STYLE 21 R&B Scorchers - CD EDITION

AllMusic Review by David Jeffries
It'll take a while to explain this record to your friends, but what a concept. To be brief, Jamaican sound systems were once hungry for music (hard to imagine since rocksteady and reggae records would soon be issued as fast as newspapers), so the DJs turned to the world of American R&B. Original Jamaican Sound System Style features many of the American tunes Jamaican DJs were spinning in the '50s, and it's evidence that they had excellent taste. The liner notes are fantastic, and you can't even pretend that every song on here isn't anything but jaunty and rollicking Friday night fish-fry fun. But don't forget that the sound systems overdrove these tracks through monolithic but cheap speakers; they mixed the tracks in with their own Jamaican R&B, and entranced audiences with shouts of babble. To hear it would be amazing but the ultraclean digital remasters here only hint at the experience. It's unfortunate that no one dug up a tape of the real deal, but this is evidence that someone should try.

  1. Safronia B - Calvin Boze
  2. Monkey Speaks His Mind - Dave Bartholomew
  3. Live It Up - Ernie Freeman
  4. Let's Make A Whole Lot Of Love - Dodgers
  5. I'm Gone - Shirley & Lee
  6. I'm In The Mood For Love - Fats Domino
  7. Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris
  8. Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials
  9. Strator-Cruiser - Joe Lutchers
  10. Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers
  11. Someone Like You - Faye Adams
  12. It's Over - James 'SugarBoy' Crawford
  13. The Vow - Gene & Eunice
  14. If You Don't Want Me Baby - Ray Johnson
  15. Blue Moon - Lynn Hope
  16. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer -Amos Milburn
  17. Waiting & Drinking - Calvin Boze
  18. One Night - Smiley Lewis
  19. Be My Guest - Fats Domino
  20. 3 x 7 = 21 - Jewel King
  21. Return To Me - Ernie Freeman


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The Maytones - Brown Girl In The Ring - CD EDITION

The Maytones formed in the late 1960s, and comprised Vernon Buckley and Gladstone Grant, both of whom lived in May Pen in Clarendon, which inspired the group's name. After recording two rocksteadytracks for Studio One which were not released, they recorded much of their early material for Alvin Ranglin, having local hits with "Loving Reggae" and "Funny Man", and released a version of Greyhound's "Black and White" (written by Earl Robinson and David I. Arkin) in 1970.They had further Jamaican hits with love songs such as "Preaching Love", "If Loving You Was Wrong", and "Brown Girl", before adopting a roots reggae style for tracks such as "Judas", "Babylon a Fall", and "Run Babylon".They had a major success with "Madness", recorded again for Ranglin, which was followed by an album of the same name. The success of The Mighty Diamonds prompted the group and producers Ranglin and Clement Bushay to promote the duo as The Mighty Maytones.
 The Boat To Zion album followed in 1978, although did not meet with the success they had hoped for, and were overlooked by the British record labels that were signing up much of Jamaica's talent at the time, with their non-Rasta image identified as a factor.They contributed the track "Money Worries" to the Rockers soundtrack in 1979.

Track List : 

1-Billy Goat
2-Loving Reggae
3-Copper Girl
4-Funny Man
6-Bowe Who
8-This Kind Of Love
9-Gold On Your Dress
10-Sentimental Reason
11-Serious Love
12-Come With Me
13-Bongo Man Rise
14-Groove Me
15-Black And White
16-Let The Version Play
17-As Long As You Love Me
18-Hands And Feet
19-If Loving You Is Wrong
20-Born To Be Loved
21-Donkey Face
22-Wha Nu Dead
23-Land Of Music
24-Brown Girl
25-All Over The World People Are Changing
26-Sensuous Woman
27-Sha La La

28-Boat To Zion


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