By 1970, Lee Scratch Perry was firmly established as one of Jamaica’s premier producers, having issued a series of local hits on his Upsetter imprint, including the international best-seller, ‘Return of Django’. His no-nonsense, hard-hitting sound won him numerous fans, both in his native land and the UK, where legions of young skinheads snapped up every record they could find that bore the Perry hallmark sound. Originally issued by Trojan at the start of 1970, ‘Scratch The Upsetter Again’ illustrates Perry taking a contemplative glance further into the realm of instrumental sound.

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Robert “Dandy” Livingstone was one of the major influences in the spectacular rise of Trojan Records. Let’s Catch The Beat consists of some his best work he recorded before the end of the 1970s. Credited as the Brother Dan All Stars he brought the reggae rhythms with a British flavour. This fine combination marks one of the largest pieces in the early days of the Trojan Records label. Dandy’s third album Let’s Catch The Beat was released for the price of two 45’s-quite a bargain, and went on to become a big seller. Originally released in 1968.

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As one of Jamaica’s leading record producers Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid embraced the new reggae sound. London-based reggae giant Trojan Records brought together a dozen of his finest works under the title “Greater Jamaica Moonwalk Reggae”. If features many of the biggest Jamaican hits from 1969 to 1970. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics is one of the main artists to be found on this record. The 12 tracks bringing the best Jamaica had to offer during the heydays of their musical days.

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The period of 1967-1968 when rocksteady was in full flow, would also be a turning point for Bunny “Striker” Lee, when he became a producer in his own right. Many of the great tunes during this eventful year came out of his stable and initially saw the light of day on his own imprint label “Lee’s”. Jumping With Mr. Lee has been assembled from some of those fine tunes and tells the story of reggae in what was a stellar time for both reggae and Mr Bunny Lee. Edward “Bunny” Lee, later to become known as “Striker”, got his introduction to the music business around 1962 when his future brother in law singer Derrick Morgan introduced Bunny to producer Duke Reid, who gave him a job as record plugger for his Treasure Isle label.

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Out tomorrow. New Trojan Records vinyl release. Forming part of the ‘Spirit of 69’ anniversary campaign, ‘Sock It To Me’ collects a dozen of the rarest and most collectable tracks from the Trojan catalogue, all of which have remained unavailable on vinyl for half a century. With the demand for original boss reggae sounds from the late 1960s on the rise over the past decade, this stylishly designed collection is sure to attract the growing number of fans of the style.

Available in store Friday, 26 July 2019 and online.

Born OTD in 1946, Cuban-Jamaican singer, Rita Marley. “..When Beverly would travel to Studio One from Trench Town she says she and the Wailing Wailers would take a short cut through the Calvary Cemetary and pass Rita Anderson’s home…. Not only did Beverly help launch their career, but her connection also brought Rita Anderson and Bob Marley together. They were married on the 10th February, 1966.”

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“Whatever happened to the delicately arranged strings & brass, not to mention the odd harp? I was always told this is what makes reggae acceptable. As if you could saddle Toots & The Maytals with all that – No Sir, no restrictive music sheets on this, just funky music right down to the grass roots…”

Funky Kingston is the name of two albums by reggae group Toots and the Maytals.  The first was issued in … More

Coming soon! Pre-order here. As one of Jamaica’s leading record producers Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid embraced the new reggae sound. London- based reggae giant Trojan Records brought together a dozen of his finest works under the title “Greater Jamaica Moonwalk Reggae”. If features many of the biggest Jamaican hits from 1969 to 1970. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics is one of the main artists to be found on this record. The 12 tracks bringing the best Jamaica had to offer during the heydays of their musical days. Greater Jamaica Moonwalk Reggae is available as a limited edition of 750.

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Coming soon, pre-order here. Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths’ ‘Sweet And Nice’ reissued on 2 x LP. Kingston songstress Marcia Griffiths’ 1974 debut album Sweet And Nice is being reissued on double vinyl, via Be With Records this August. Though the album has been released under various names and iterations, Be With is presenting it in its original form, remastered from the studio tapes. Its 21 tracks include the 14 songs from Sweet And Nice on the first LP, alongside 7 rare cuts on the second LP.

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