Slits - Return Of The Giant Slits. Dble CD. The full 1981 album + a bonus CD that features ALL the archived dub versions and an american radio interview of the time that was subsequently used by CBS for a ultra rare promo disc. New graphic Artwork and two of the classic photos by Anton Corbijn from the NME magazine cover session. The 1981, second, and final, Slits studio album, featuring the same line up as their first album "Cut", Ari Up, Tessa Pollit and Viv Albertine. This record has often been overshadowed by the more controversial 1979 "Cut" album. It represents their natural development as artistes by focussing more on their interests in dub and "world music" sound eclecticism (featuring Steve Beresford and ex Pop Group drummer Bruce Smith ) that is well suited to their, by then, more accomplished playing style. Perhaps, in retropsect, the Jamaican half sister to The Raincoats recordings. A "lost"gem, ripe for reappraisal, of this still vastly influential and important group in both musical and sociological terms. Produced by Dennis Bovell and Dick O'Dell (Y Records) Previously only available as an expensive Japanese import and never before released in the USA. DISC 1 1/Earthbeat 2/Or What It Is 3/Face Place 4/Walkabout 5/Difficult Fun 6/Animal Space/Spacier 7/Improperly Dressed 8/Life On Earth DISC 2 1/Japanese Earthbeat 2/ German Earthbeat 3/ Dub Beat 4/Face Dub 5 /Begin Again, Rhythm 6/ Earthbeat [12in] 7 /Earthbeat 8/ WORT FM Radio Interview
(Label: Blast First, Cat.No: PTYT008)
King Tubby - Shalom Dub. CD. Produced by Bunny Lee, at the height of his popular ‘Flying Cymbal’ phase and mixed by the Godfather of Dub, King Tubby, the set featured some of the heaviest rhythms of 1975, courtesy of the Aggrovators. Available in its original form for the first time in over 30 years and augmented by a number of equally sublime bonus tracks from the same period, this CD has to be the hottest Dub release of recent years. Bonus tracks: Crashing Dub, Natty Dread Girl Dub, A King Version, I Want To Stay Here And Love You Dub, Behold Dub, Since I Fell For You Dub, Jah Jah Dub, Seven Letters Dub, Too Much War Bass & Drum Version, Some Woman Must Cry Version, Back In My Arms Version, Musically Intelligent Version.
(Label: Trojan, Cat.No: TJDCD377)
Johnny Nash - My Merry-Go-Round. CD. The Nashville born Reggae star's most acclaimed Long Playing achivement. Released by 1973, it doesn't feature any of the big crossover number that Nash would become famous for and was cruelly ignored by the public. Concentrating more on more soulful arrangements than the previous years: I Can See Clearly Now LP, it highlights his sweet vocal talents. A real gem.
(Label: RPM, Cat.No: RETRO 821)
Orb - I'll Be Black - Various. Dble CD. Dr. Lx Paterson from The Orb’s two disc eulogy to his favourite record label. In celebration of the 40th anniversary, he includes not only some of Trojan’s finest material but also 4 unreleased tracks by Mad Orb; Mad Professor Vs The Orb. Featuring tracks by Lee Perry, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Alcapone, Augustus Pablo, Alton Ellis, Johnny Clarke,Tapper Zukie, King Tubby and many more. Forty two tracks in total. Cracking cover as well.
(Label: Trojan, Cat.No: TJDDD369)
Garland Jeffreys - Escape Artist. CD. Jeffreys had long been held in high regard by the US artistic community when he released this album in 1981.Released after extensive tours with Toots & the Maytals and Jimmy Cliff, this was the singer songwriters first album on the Epic label. This is classic Garland, his fine blend of pop, rock, reggae and soul here boosted by apearances from guests: David Johansen, Nona Hendryx, Lou Reed, Adrian Belew, Randy & Michael Brecker. The CD features 7 bonus tracks, 4 of which are taken from the American CD reissue of the album,plus re-mastered versions of the 1981 single '96 Tears / Escape Goat Dub', finished off with thes eminal track 'Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll'. Booklet features an extensive discography covering Garland's thirty-seven years plus in the music industry.
(Label: Cherry Red, Cat.No: CDMRED 334)
Garland Jeffreys - Guts For Love. CD. Available for the first time on CD in the UK, this reissue of the excellent 1983 album, co-produced by Garland Jeffreys and legendary US record producer, BobClearmountain. The album features 4 bonus tracks, all well known Garland Jeffreys titles, including the singles 'WildIn The Streets' and '35 Millimeter Dreams'. All four recordings are taken from the 1982 album "Rock'N' Roll Adult". His last album for nine years.
(Label: Cherry Red, Cat.No: )
Junior Murvin - Muggers In The Street. CD. Originally released in 1984 and produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes, it was the first of two albums that Greensleeves released by Murvin. He is of course best known for his massive hit from 1976 `Police and Thieves’ which the Clash went on to cover, but he had been recording since the early 60's and he still tours today. Here he is backed by The Roots Radics on this ten tracker. One of the last pre digital dancehall albums, this digitally remasterer re-release is presented in a digi-pack, featuring the original artwork. Includes: "Hook Line And Sinker", "Strikes And Demonstrations", "Judas And Jesus" and "I'll Follow You."
(Label: Greensleeves, Cat.No: GREWCD70)
Junior Murvin - Muggers In The Street. LP. Originally released in 1984 and produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes, it was the first of two albums that Greensleeves released by Murvin. He is of course best known for his massive hit from 1976 `Police and Thieves’ which the Clash went on to cover, but he had been recording since the early 60's and he still tours today. Here he is backed by The Roots Radics on this ten tracker. One of the last pre digital dancehall albums, this digitally remasterer re-release is presented in a digi-pack, featuring the original artwork. Includes: "Hook Line And Sinker", "Strikes And Demonstrations", "Judas And Jesus" and "I'll Follow You."
(Label: Greensleeves, Cat.No: GREL70)
Prince Jammy & Scientist - DC Dub Connection. CD. Featuring rhythms culled from the "Many Moods of Alton Ellis", some crucial Black Ark rhythms from the "Party Time" album and dubs of an unknown source, this is a top draw Dub re-release. Mixed entirely at King Tubby’s studio, of these delicious dubs bear the typical hallmarks of Prince Jammy’s skilful mixing, while Scientist is also credited as one of the album’s dub mixers on the original sleeve.
(Label: Auraluxx, Cat.No: LUXXCD019C)
Barrington Levy - Robin Hood. CD. Levy’s classic Robin Hood set originally released in 1980 is remastered and expanded. A more diverse album than his previous release Englishman, this has a more polished feel to the production and Levy' s exhuberant vocal tones are much more mellow. Another high class release from the godfather of dancehall. The four additional 12" versions are now available on CD for the very first time.
(Label: Greensleeves, Cat.No: GREWCD14)
Reggae Pressure - Boss Sounds From 1968-70 - Various. CD. A bumper thirty track single CD compilation featuring some the lesser known gems from the Skinhead era that have been criminally overlooked in recent years. Includes tracks by Crystalites, Kingstonians, Maytals, Count Matchuki & The Destroyers, George Dekker, Cats and many more.
(Label: Trojan, Cat.No: TJCCD366)
Dennis Brown - Lips Of Wine: The Roots Of Dennis Brown. CD. Featuring many of the hits that propelled the singer to national stardom in the early to mid seventies, this collection illustrates developing talent that was to see him rival Bob Marley in terms of popularity in his native Jamaica. Includes a number of rare tracks from the period that have, until now, remained largely over-looked. Twenty five tracks in all: including "Show Us The Way", "Hold On To What You've Got", "Wichita Lineman" and "Baby Don't Do It."
(Label: Trojan, Cat.No: TJCCD367)
Paragons - On The Beach - Best Of 1966-82. Dble CD. Fifty three tracks squeezed onto a double disc set, this is the first comprehensive anthology of this seminal reggae group's career. Starting with the whole of their hit laden debut album which became one of the first truly successful Jamaican long-playing releases (and featuring the single "Tide Is High") right up until their early 80's split, this is top drawer rocksteady packed with great tunes.
(Label: Trojan, Cat.No: TJDDD364)
Savage Pencil Presents Lion Vs Dragon In Dub - Various. CD. A rib-vibrating selection of dub classics, this record is the ultimate mix of the journalist / sleeve artist Savage Pencil's loves and talents. With a who’s who of Jamaican greats such as King Tubby, Lee Perry, Augustus Pablo and Johnny Clarke appearing here, it makes this an essential record for fans of Savage Pencil, Trojan Records or dub music generally! The cover is an exclusive by Pouncey (not that surprising really).
(Label: Trojan, Cat.No: TJCCD368)