2020 release. Rebelution is a reggae rock music band formed in Isla Vista, California. Sixteen years into an effervescent career, California reggae band and touring juggernaut Rebelution remains abundantly creative. It's members are as focused and committed as they are easygoing and laid-back. Ever expanding, the Rebelution phenomenon continues to spread good vibes on tour, and in the studio.
BLUE VINYL + BONUS 7". First time on vinyl for 1993 classic from ska originators. Part of the the Shanachie trilogy of 90's albums from legendary Jamaican big band that invented the genre in the early 1960's. Released in 1993, Ska Voovee finds original saxophonist Tommy McCook leading a lineup that includes original members (bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, alto saxophonist Lester Sterling ) alongside newcomers and jazz guests, including trombonist Steve Turre and trumpeter Frank Gordan. This edition of the Skatalites was quite faithful to the band's history, lively instrumentals like "Skamaica" and "Skapan" are instantly recognizable as authentic Skatalites performances. These dozen tunes are solid and engaging, an effort that both die-hard and casual fans will equally enjoy. Blue vinyl LP with bonus "Jamaican Blank" style 45 rpm 7 inch single, released for Record Store Day 2020.
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The Specials are one of the defining bands of the late 70’s/early 80’s along with Jerry Dammers iconic label Two Tone Records. Originally formed in 1977, as The Coventry Automatics, The Specials combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady, mixed with the energy of punk they launched a whole Ska Revival. They also helped likeminded bands such as Madness, The Beat, The Selecter to release their first singles. The Specials released ‘Gangsters’ as their first single in the summer of ’79, quickly releasing the classic singles A Message To You Rudy, Do Nothing and Rat Race. They released their debut album ‘Specials’ in 1979, followed by ‘More Specials’ in 1980. During this time, the band has two UK Number One singles, a live version of ‘Too Much Too Young’ from ‘The Special AKA Live EP’ and the unforgettable ‘Ghost Town’ in the summer of 1981. Jerry Dammers continued as The Special AKA following the departure of band members in late 1981, releasing their third album ‘In The Studio’ which included the iconic single ‘Nelson Mandela’. This 20 track compilation collects all their key singles and album tracks, made available on heavyweight 180g vinyl for the first time.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Rebelution is a reggae rock music band formed in Isla Vista, California. Sixteen years into an effervescent career, California reggae band and touring juggernaut Rebelution remains abundantly creative. It's members are as focused and committed as they are easygoing and laid-back. Ever expanding, the Rebelution phenomenon continues to spread good vibes on tour, and in the studio.
The breakthrough album that—in conjunction with the film of the same title—burst reggae through into the mainstream with its release in England in summer 1972 and in the US, on Island’s newly inaugurated reggae specialist imprint Mango, in spring 1973.
As film director and co-writer Perry Henzell said of the film, the first of its kind produced in the island nation’s first decade of independence, “There is no impact you will ever have greater than the impact of showing a society itself on the screen for the first time.”
The album captured the sound of Jamaica, and remains a vital document and evergreen collection of the best in Jamaican music.
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Honouring the 35th Anniversary of the extraordinary LEGEND: a 2-LP, 180-gram release of the original ‘BMW1’ version, adding the two original U.K.-only cassette bonus tracks to the vinyl.
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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. The Hempolics return with their sophomore album Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2. The album follows up on a string of new singles, including upbeat soul and reggae mash 'Play On', the trip-hop meets dub-influenced single, 'Full of Surprises' and the British reggae-funk stomper 'Bongadashi'. The Hempolics' blend of reggae, hip-hop, dancehall and pop. The album is a masterful culmination of The Hempolics musical development, drawing together the strength of their unique influences in what is one of the most captivating releases of the year.