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Spirit Of 69 – The Boss Reggae Sevens Collection (Trojan TJBOX001)

Single 1 - A. ‘Cuss Cuss’ – Lloyd Robinson

B. ‘Lavender Blue’ – Lloyd Robinson

Single 2 – A. ‘Dulcemania’ – Drumbago & The Dynamites

B. ‘Chinaman’ – Clancy Eccles

Single 3 – A. ‘Just Another Lonely Night’ – Derrick Harriott

B. ‘Been So Long/You Lied To Your Daddy’ – Derrick Harriott

Single 4 – A. ‘Freedom Sound...

The Gladiators – The Virgin Collection (CAROLR047CD)

Ernest Ranglin – Below the Bassline/Memories of Barber Mack (CAROLR048CD)

Rico – Man from Wareika/Wareika Dub (CAROLR049CD)

Millie Small – The Best of Millie Small (CAROLR058)

Released just in time to round off what has been another extremely good year for reggae re-issues comes this latest batch of double CDs, drawn from the vaults of Isl...

This eponymously titled album was nearly forty years in the making. In recent times Brooklyn’s Digikiller Records has re-issued a steady stream of excellent Carl ‘Stereo’ Fletcher’s late seventies productions for the Uprising label. The label itself was originally a musical outlet for members of the Rastafarian Twelve Tribes of Israel organisation featuring such stalwarts as Freddie McGregor, Pabl...

This eponymously titled album was nearly forty years in the making. In recent times Brooklyn’s Digikiller Records has re-issued a steady stream of excellent Carl ‘Stereo’ Fletcher’s late seventies productions for the Uprising label. The label itself was originally a musical outlet for members of the Rastafarian Twelve Tribes of Israel organisation featuring such stalwarts as Freddie McGregor, Pabl...

Hot on the heels of the recently released Universal CD, ‘Satta: the Best of The Abyssinians’, comes this 4 track 10” single featuring i) Satta Massa Gana, ii) Thunder Storm, iii) Satta Me No Born Yah, iv) Satta Dub.

Although some copies are available on line, it might take a bit of effort to track down a copy as:

“The only place to get your hands on these releases will be independent record sto...

London’s consistently excellent SoulJazz Records are finishing 2015 very strongly and it looks as though they will be starting 2016 in a similar vein.

Rastafari: The Dread Enter Zion 1955-1983 (CD SJR312) was released a couple of months ago and brilliantly demonstrates the depth and variety of musical expression the followers od Rastafari were able to achieve, ranging from the Mento of Lord Le...

Clarks in Jamaica - Various Artists (Greensleeves VPGSCD7034

“Put on mi Clarks and dem pass dem remarks!” Errol Scorcher

Following publication of his seminal work, Clarks in Jamaica (2012), which has recently gone out of print with second-hand copies selling for hundreds of pounds on line, and a recent lecture at the V & A, DJ Al ‘Fingers’ Newman has now curated this album of the same name. Draw...

John Holt – ‘Chanting’ (Greensleeves Records, GRE0902)

In 1983 the former lead vocalist of The Paragons, singer/songwriter John Holt, surprised many of his fans, myself included, when sporting the distinctive beard and dreadlocks of the followers of the faith of Rastafari, he released a new album, ‘Police in Helicopter’, backed by the Roots Radics and produced by the Dancehall Don, Henry ‘Junjo’ ...

The last couple of years have seen a huge resurgence in vinyl sales which seems to still be gathering momentum, there is also no reason to think that CDs are about to become obsolete as quality releases in both formats continue to appear. Happily the majors and the independent companies alike show no sign of letting up with their re-issue programmes. The following is a brief survey of some of my ...

Rico – Man From Warika

The recent obituaries of Rico Rodrigues, that appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and on Radio 4’s ‘Last Word’ in the last couple of weeks indicate the level of respect and affection in which he was regarded by many in this, his adoptive country. In the UK he was primarily known for his work with The Specials and Jools Holland’s R ‘n’ B Orchestra, that he’d worked...

Rico – Man From Warika

The recent obituaries of Rico Rodrigues, that appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and on Radio 4’s ‘Last Word’ in the last couple of weeks indicate the level of respect and affection in which he was regarded by many in this, his adoptive country. In the UK he was primarily known for his work with The Specials and Jools Holland’s R ‘n’ B Orchestra, that he’d worked...

Hot Milk II

‘Twelve Tribes of Israel’ – Mr. Spaulding (MILKCDD008)

After a quiet period for Hot Milk it is very pleasing to note their current resurgence. They have now followed up the release of their selection of Barry Brown 7” singles, timed to coincide with Record Store Day, with these two double CDs, which places the company at the very forefront of the Reggae re-issue business

Renford ‘Mr...