Born OTD in 1934, Gladstone ‘Gladdy’ Anderson. “Gladdy”, was a Jamaican pianist, keyboard player, and singer, who played a major part in the island’s musical history, playing a key role in defining the ska sound and the rocksteady beat, and playing on hundreds of recordings as a session musician, a solo artist, and as leader of Gladdy’s All Stars.

“..And I hear Gladdy Anderson who was on piano say, ‘this one rock steady, you know. This one a rock … More

Follow up to the Reggae Girl compilation Germany’s Grover Supreme issued a year or so back, covering similar vintage “boss reggae” vocals and instumentals from the late sixties produced by A. G. Murphy. A definite scorcher from The Tennors – a set that’s overflowing with soulful harmonies from the rocksteady trio – and which also includes a few cuts by choice contemporaries as well!

The rhythms here are in the best late 60s Kingston modes – plenty of pre-reggae soulful sounds from Jamaica, with … More

Disappointed you didn’t get the Fathers Day gift you were after? Fear not, a repress of The Uniques – ‘Absolutely..’ limited edition on orange vinyl has just landed of the original Trojan release in 1968. ..”The Uniques are undoubtedly one of the most expressive in the field of entertainment in Jamaica today. Whenever they deliver a song, whether a bright or a sad one, the Uniques lift your soul & bring joy to you heart with their tremendous projection of soul, sung in Rock Steady & Reggae style..”

New Trojan Records repress vinyl LP available in store and online.

The saying don’t judge a book by it’s cover should also apply to this album. ‘Red Red Wine’ is a compilation album compiled by the Jamaican producer Brother Dan, better known by his stage name Dandy. The album consists of some of his most popular productions like Tony Tribe’s “Red Red Wine” and Israelites “Games People Play”. The reggae version of the Neil Diamond title song became a hit in the UK in the summer of 69. With his own showcase label ‘DownTown’, Dandy entered the music world, including his popular release ‘Reggae In Your Jeggae’.

Originally produced by Trojan Records in 1969. This repressed album is available as a limited edition of 750 individually numbered … More

1969 proved a pivotal year for Trojan and reggae as a whole. In the month’s following the company’s launch the previous summer, it was fast becoming a major force on the British music scene, its success propelled by the spending power of a new, powerful demographic that was successfully bringing reggae into the mainstream consciousness. Considered by many to be the best Trojan compilation LP.

Trojan released a 12 track budget-priced set that would become an era defining collection and one of the most popular … More

Another classic album release from Sunspot. This one originally appeared on Trojan’s High Note subsidiary set up to license the productions of Sonia Pottinger. The Hippy Boys were a studio band comprising of the Barrett Brothers, later of The Upsetters and The Wailers celebrated bass & Drum axis, supplemented by keyboardist Glen Adams and guitarist Reggae Alva Lewis. This instrumental album showcases the typical reggae sound of the day and includes perhaps the groups most celebrated single track as The Hippy Boys; Reggae Pressure, retitled inexplicably on this album as Spicy.

New vinyl LP available in store and online.

Pre-order, Mod DJ and writer, Paul Anderson’s new book ‘Suedeheads’, here. From the author of the best-selling ‘Mods; The New Religion’, ‘The Dead Straight Guide to Mod’ and the recent, ‘Mod Art’, comes the next release from Paul Anderson due to be out 15 August 2019.

The suedehead subculture was an early-1970s offshoot of skinhead subculture in the UK and Ireland. Although sharing similarities to 1960s … More

Born OTD in 1943, saxaphonist with The Soul Vendors, (AKA Soul Dimension), & The Skatalites, Cedric “Im” Brooks. Brooks became a pupil at the renowned Alpha Boys School aged 11, where he learned music theory and clarinet. In his late teens he took up tenor saxophone and flute.

One of the most intriguing, eccentric and original musicians to emerge from reggae is Cedric ‘I’M’ Brooks, the tenor saxophonist … More