Soon come, new vinyl release on the Outta Sight record label, ‘The Northern Soul of Dynamo’. Dynamo premiered in January 1967 with Tommy Hunt’s return to the charts… “The Biggest Man”, a Billboard #29 R&B smash. The flip-side was Hunt’s original version of “Never Love A Robin” popularised in the UK by Barbara and Brenda and featured here, side two, track two. The song was co-written by Dixon and his then wife Inez Foxx. Inez and Charlie Foxx’s Dynamo debut was “Tightrope” released in March 1967 and featured here, side two, track three. The disc also scored a release in the UK on ‘Stateside’ and was to become a seminal track in the development of the Northern Soul scene played at the Mojo, the Wheel and the Torch.

Ironically, the rarest record in our set has nothing to do with Luther Dixon at all. He didn’t write, arrange … More

Trinidad born legendary guitarist, Lynn Taitt, who brought the first wave of Rocksteady to the Island, and Gladdy Anderson who is well known as a Skatalites’ pianist, got together to record this Rocksteady instrumental album ‘Glad Sounds’ at Federal Studio in 1968. Released from the Merritone label, which was managed under Federal, the album depicts the heyday and best sound of Rocksteady as well as the label itself. This album is for the first time reissued by Dub Store Records.

The album tracks consist mainly of cover versions of popular tracks, which were produced by Coxsone Dodd, Bunny Lee and … More

Born OTD in 1924, American pop and R&B singer, Lee Dorsey. A mainstay of the New Orleans music scene, Lee Dorsey’s funky and infectious sound was an essential party ingredient during the 60s and 70s. During this time he charted some ten singles, most of which were recorded under the aegis of producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint and often featured funk supremos The Meters.

Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, this collection includes a selection of Dorsey’s biggest US singles including ‘Ya Ya’ (R&B No.1), … More

Born OTD in 1945, Jamaican singer and songwriter, known as the leader for the reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals, Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert. Hibbert moved to Kingston as a teenager in the early 1960s, met Raleigh Gordon and Jerry Matthias, and formed The Maytals. The Maytals became one of the more popular vocal groups in Jamaica in the 1960s, recording with producers Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Byron Lee, Ronnie Nasralla, and Leslie Kong.

Vinyl LP available in store and online.

Born OTD in 1939, American singer & actress, Anna Mae Bullock, AKA Tina Turner. She began her career in 1958 as a featured singer with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm, recording under the name “Little Ann” on “Boxtop.” Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue with the hit single “A Fool In Love”. The Soul of Ike & Tina Turner is the very first longplayer from Ike & Tina, including the duos debut single A Fool in Love from 1960 and three additional singles. The album was originally released in 1961 from Sue Records in America and was reissued several times from different labels, it was also re-released in it’s original format on vinyl.

Vinyl LP available in store and online.

Soon come. Symarip were a ska and reggae band from the United Kingdom, originating in the late 1960’s. The group had built their reputation as Prince Buster’s backing band. They are widely marked as one of the first skinhead reggae bands. Symarip recorded one studio album under this synonym, Skinhead Moonstomp. This album includes their hits Skinhead Girl, Skinhead Jamboree, and Skinhead Moonstomp. Singer and trombone player Roy Ellis was the man behind many of their classics.

Yes, this still is the ultimate party album, with an excellent mixture of ska, reggae, and soul music. Skinhead Moonstomp … More

Soon come. Reissue of The Maytals ‘ Never Grow Old’ album. “This album which you are about to hear will give you more than an earful of the ingredients which are characteristic of a group of three youngsters popularly known by fans in the music world as “The Maytals”. When these three youngsters debuted on the scene two years ago, they brought along with them a new style, a new spiritual “Ske Beat”, which was eagerly welcomed by the listening public. When their recordings became “Giant Size Hits”, it was obvious that their phrasing and dynamic delivery had earned unreserved approval.”

Beginning with the tune “I’LL NEVER GROW OLD”, this record quickly established a bright jumping pattern of success followed by … More

Ska never stopped you know! From its Jamaican music if the piano’s not playing ska or the guitar….any music you have…Reggae…even the computer music..the piano’s playing Ska Ska Ska…it leads the music so Ska is still the backbone of Jamaica music, Right?’ Bunny Lee. The music of Jamaica has had a profound and lasting influence all around the world and reggae is the name by which it has become universally known. Although the term ska is often used to describe all Jamaican music before dub, deejays and dread in the mid 70s, the real Jamaican ska was made in Kingston between 1961/62 and 1966.

Vinyl LP available in store and online.

If given another chance to write for the series, which albums would 33 1/3 authors focus on the second time around? This anthology features compact essays from past 33 1/3 authors on albums that consume them, but about which they did not write. It explores often overlooked and underrated albums that may not have inspired their 33 1/3 books, but have played a large part in their own musical cultivation. Questions central to the essays include: How has this album influenced your worldview? How does this album intersect with your other creative and critical pursuits? How does this album index a particular moment in cultural history? In your own personal history? Why is the album perhaps under-the-radar, or a buried treasure? Why can’t you stop listening to it?

Bringing together 33 1/3’s rich array of writers, critics, and scholars, this collection probes our taste in albums, our longing … More