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    Studio One Freedom SoundsSoul Jazz Records

    Studio One Freedom Sounds is the new collection from Soul Jazz/Studio One focussing on the intense period in the second half of the 1960s when Studio One’s vast and unbeatable output of ska, soul, rock steady and reggae made it literally one of the hottest musical empires in the world.

    During this highly successful period, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd released hundreds and hundreds of superlative singles seemingly on an almost daily basis, in the process making huge stars out of Jamaican singers such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, The Wailers, Slim Smith, Jackie Opel and many more.


    Powered by the finest in-house musicians working in Jamaica, whether it was The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo’s Soul Brothers, The Sounds Dimension or The Soul Vendors, Studio One functioned as hit factory on the scale of Motown in the USA, shaping and defining reggae music for decades to come.


    Singlehandedly Studio One’s founder Clement Dodd was able to create the most successful vertically-integrated record company that Jamaica had ever known with pressing plant, printers, studio, shops, and sound systems all running at once, with over 50 employees and hundreds of artists working with Studio One during this time.

    Studio One Freedom Sounds tells the story of Studio One in the 1960s with a stunning set of ska, soul, rock steady and reggae killer tunes as well as informative sleevenotes and track-by-track info by Noel Hawks. The album is released as heavyweight double vinyl (+ free download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

    • Don Drummond & The Skatalites – Rain Or Shine
    • The Gaylads – Morning Sun
    • Delroy Wilson – Just Because Of You
    • Alton Ellis – Sunday Coming
    • Jackie Opel – I Am What I Am
    • Peter Tosh – I Am The Toughest
    • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready
    • Mr Foundation – Timo-Oh
    • Roland Alphonso & The Soul Brothers – Provocation
    • Leroy & Rocky – Love Me Girl
    • Slim & Delroy – Look Who Is Back Again
    • The Skatalites – Spread Satin
    • Barrington Spence – Contemplating Mind
    • Ernest Ranglin – Psychedelic Rock
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Destiny
    • Roland Alphonso – Reggae In The Grass
    • Zoot Simms – We Can Talk It Over
    • Jackie Mittoo – Hi Jack
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    Black Man's Pride 2 (Studio One)Soul Jazz Records

    This is the second installment of deep roots Rastafarian reggae at Studio One and features classic music from some of the most important figures in reggae music – Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Gladiators – alongside a host of rarities and little-known recordings, such as a truly rare Mystic Revelation of Rastafari seven-inch single, Willie William’s first ever recording ‘Calling’ and Horace Andy’s righteous (and equally rare) masterpiece ‘Illiteracy.’

    Black Man’s Pride 2 extends the legacy of Studio One’s ground-breaking path in roots reggae which began at the end of the 1960s and continued throughout the 1970s. The album tells the story of how the rise of Studio One Records and the Rastafari movement were interconnected, through the adoption of the Rastafari faith by key reggae artists – everyone from the Skatalites and Wailers in the 1960s, major singers such as Alton Ellis and Horace Andy at the end of the decade, through to major roots artists such as The Gladiators in the 1970s – and how Clement Dodd consistently recorded this heavyweight roots music throughout Studio One’s history.

    The extensive sleeve-notes to this album also discuss the links between Rastafari and Studio One in time and place, noting how both the religion and Clement Dodd’s musical empire had their roots in the intense period of pre-independence Jamaica in Kingston, expanded in the 1960s following the visit of Haile Selassie in 1966, and how roots music then came to dominate reggae music in the early 1970s. Also discussed is how the outsider stance of both reggae music and the Rastafari movement relate back many hundreds of years to the original rebel stance of the Maroons, escaped slaves who set up self-sufficient enclaves in the hills of the Jamaican countryside.

    There is also a track-by-track history by the noted Studio One writer Rob Chapman (Never Grow Old). This new album comes as heavyweight gatefold double vinyl (+ download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

    REVIEWS of Black Man's Pride:

    "Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.
    In this instance, that reason is an exploration of 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity." Record Collector

    • Horace Andy – Illiteracy
    • The Heptones – Be A Man
    • The Manchesters – Natty Gone
    • The Gladiators – Down Town Rebel
    • Willie Williams – Calling
    • Roland Alphonso & Brentford All Stars – Sir D Special
    • Keith Wilson – God I God I Say
    • Alton Ellis – Almost Anything
    • Bobby Kalphat & The New Establishment – Adis A Wa Wa
    • Peter Broggs – Sing A New Song
    • Mystic Revelations Of Rastafari – Let Freedom Reign
    • Larry & Alvin – Free I Lord
    • Ernest Wilson & The Sound Dimension – Freedom Fighter
    • Jackie Mittoo – Happy People
    • Prince Lincoln – Daughters Of Zion
    • High Charles – Zion
    • Winston Jarrett – Love Jah Jah
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    Studio OneDub Plate Special RSD Box SetSoul Jazz Records

    SORRY SOLD OUT - You might be able to buy this from your friendly local record store if your quick!

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this Limited Edition one-off pressing of Studio One Dub Plate Special 7" Box Set

    An exclusive Record Store Day collectors 7” box set featuring 10 amazing unreleased Studio One tracks, only ever released as extremely limited edition hand-etched one-sided dubplates (most of these sold out in less than 2 hours!).

    This box set brings together all 8 of these exclusive dubplate unreleased cuts, plus two more also never before released alternate cuts. Featuring Alton Ellis, Cedric Brooks, Brentford Road All Stars, Jacob Miller and more!

    If you missed out on any of the Studio One Dub Plate 12"s you have this one chance to catch up. If you have managed to collect all the 12" dub plates you have all the tracks. This will be deleted on day of release!

    • Alton & Cedric – Black People
    • Cedric Brooks – Soul Eye
    • The Officials – Distant Drums
    • Cedric Brooks – Power To The People
    • Soul Brothers – Skitting Day
    • Carey Johnson – Go Ahead
    • Alton & Zoot – Don't Know What You're Doing
    • Brentford All Stars – The World Is A Ghetto
    • Jacob Miller – Westbound Train (Alternate version)
    • George Philip – One One (Alternate version)
      Soul Jazz Records presents Studio One Showcase 45 Box SetRecord Store Day ExclusiveSoul Jazz Records

      SORRY SOLD OUT!!!

      This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

      New limited edition exclusive Record Store Day release on Soul Jazz Records - A bespoke collectors seven-inch box set comprising a superb set of singles from the mighty vaults of Studio One, the most important reggae label ever.

      Studio One Showcase 45 Box Set features 10 amazing and super-rare Studio One tracks, each single newly remastered and reproduced here in their own original label art and separate inner sleeves.

      Seminal Ska, Dub, Roots and DJ from Jackie Mittoo, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Count Ossie, Delroy Wilson and more all recorded by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One.

      Housed in thick card box containing 10 amazing and super-rare Studio One tracks, all produced here in their original label art each with separate inner sleeves. Seminal Ska, Dub, Roots and DJ from Jackie Mittoo, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Count Ossie, Delroy Wilson and more all recorded by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One!

      This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

      • Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Brothers – James Bond
      • Sound Dimension – Baby Face
      • Freddie McGregor – Beat Down Babylon
      • Im & Count Ossie – Right On Rasta
      • Judah Eskender Tafari – Danger In Your Eyes
      • Judah Eskender Tafari & The Sound Dimension – Danger In Version
      • The Skatalites – Sudden Destruction
      • The Soulettes – Opportunity
      • Liberation Group – Namibia
      • Liberation Group – Namibia Version
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      DancehallPOSTERSoul Jazz Records

      Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!

      Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra postage charge (poster will be folded into six parts)

      Choose "Poster+Tube" if you want the poster rolled up and sent in a customised, protective tube (more expensive to cover postage)

      THIS ALSO means if you want more than one poster then you should only put 'Poster+Tube' for one of the posters and select 'Poster freepost' for any others as the rest will be free shipping.

        Dancehall (2017 edition)Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records are releasing this new 10th anniversary 2017 edition of their classic album  ‘Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture’. This long-out-of-print collection is now available as a triple-vinyl edition and double CD pack.

        The album is a lightning-flash collection of all-time classic and definitive dancehall classics as well as a stellar selection of more obscure tracks. Featuring Yellowman, Tenor Saw, Sister Nancy, Ini Kamoze, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Michigan & Smiley, Super Cat, Cutty Ranks, Eek-A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs and more, this album features non-stop floor-filling party tune rockers throughout!

        Dancehall is released to coincide with the new 2017 edition of the stunning 400+ photos deluxe coffee table book ‘Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture’, featuring Beth Lesser’s amazing Dancehall photography (also newly published by Soul Jazz Records). This book has become the definitive cultural reference book for Jamaican dancehall and features hundreds of killer photographs, extensive text and interviews with many of the artists.

        ‘A vibrant anthology of all that mattered: the sound systems, studios, producers, singers and deejays.’  The Guardian

        • Yellowman – Bam Bam
        • Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly
        • Reggie Stepper – Cu Oonuh
        • Chaka Demus and Pliers – Murder She Wrote
        • Pinchers – Agony
        • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases
        • Ini Kamoze – World A Music
        • Junior Murvin – Cool Out Son
        • General Echo – Arleen
        • Cornel Campbell – Boxing
        • Cutty Ranks – Chop Chop
        • Lone Ranger – M16
        • Super Cat – Trash and Ready
        • Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward
        • Jacob Miller & Trinity – I'm Just A Dread / One Shot
        • Eek A Mouse – Wa Do Dem
        • Sister Nancy – Only Woman DJ With Degree
        • Trinity – Uptown Girl
        • General Echo – Track Shoes
        • Cornel Campbell – Mash You Down
        • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addict
        • Clint Eastwood – Jump and Pawn
        Black Man's PrideSoul Jazz Records

        While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records.

        Black Man’s Pride is the striking new Studio One collection of deep heavyweight reggae featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks & more.

        In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, we need look no further than Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd who, who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica.

        In similar fashion Alton Ellis’s defining ‘Black Man’s Pride’ brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Alton Ellis’ birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries.

        Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook & more.

        Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s. After the exhilaration of Ska and following the cooling down of Rocksteady. While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One’s vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable! Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare tunes!

        This new album is released as a heavyweight gatefold double-LP edition (+ download code), CD and digital with full text.

        REVIEW

        "The bottomless pit that is Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label(s) yields more gems. Soul Jazz and before it, Heartbeat in the US, United Artists, Bamboo and various other labels in the UK have released numerous collections, yet the catalogue remains largely under-exploited, despite the late Mr Dodd’s tireless efforts to wring every last cent from it in unlikely ways. Little wonder that some reggae fans, spoilt by knowledge and racks of original vinyl, can be inclined to shrug when another comp emerges: there have been so many. However, Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.

        In this instance, that reason is an exploration of (mostly) 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity. This music was recorded as a cultural statement, if not a cry, from the roots; strong stuff, deep, dark and heavy. But don’t mistake that for leaden. It may have bass frequencies that drive your neighbour’s dog under the sofa, thinking it’s 5 November all over again, but this is no gloomy exercise in musical storm clouds. Right from Alton Ellis’s title-donating opening tune, there are aspects of Black Man’s Pride that will have you skipping around the room, literally or mentally, and thanking Jah that you didn’t spend the money it cost you on a pizza, dough balls and Diet Coke meal deal. This is not musical junk food, it’s a keeper fit to lift the heart whenever needed.

        One reason for this is the sequencing. Glen Miller (not that one) may have a light, soulful voice but the rhythm track he’s riding on Love And Understanding is a minor chord churner, as sad as a wet Sunday. But it’s held up on either side by Sugar Minott (and an uncredited Gladiators) floating through Woman Shadow (as sung by The Meditations as Woman Is Like A Shadow), and The Nightingales’ gorgeously swinging Rasta Is Calling, a glorious take on Delroy Wilson’s Cool Operator rhythm that’s a sod to find on 45. The Heptones make a rational case for Equal Rights in a manner that ought to have been perky enough to win them at least an audition for a CBBC presenter’s role. Their lead singer Leroy Sibbles pops up uncredited on John Holt’s heart-lifting yet cool Let’s Build Our Dreams. Heavy 70s roots is gloomy? Nope. Jamaica’s ghettos were suffering; they didn’t need more misery.

        There’s also judicious joining up of vocals and their dubwise 45 flipsides: The Gladiators’ Roots Natty is one such. I heard the vocal, and immediately wished it was the devastatingly moving dub cut. Compiler Stuart Baker evidently thought likewise, so it extends to the version. For variety, there’s a lone sax instrumental to wreck things up too: Cedric Brooks’ melodic Why Can’t I.

        There’s room for the unique, deep and breathy voice of Larry Marshall. More “international” stars Horace Andy and Dennis Brown are here too, recorded as youths, as is a teenage Freddie McGregor on a rootsy rewrite of Cat Stevens’ Wild World – with what sounds like JS Bach on synth! The set shuts with Johnny Osbourne’s sophisticated and spiritually openhearted Forgive Them.

        With an informative, eminently enjoyable sleeve note about the growth of roots reggae and its place in Rastafarianism and black awareness, fittingly Black Man’s Pride lacks nothing." Ian McCann, RECORD COLLECTOR

        • Alton Ellis – Black Man's Pride
        • Horace Andy – Child Of The Ghetto
        • Dennis Brown – Created By The Father
        • The Gladiators – Roots Natty
        • The Classics – Got To Be Cool
        • The Nightingales – Rasta Is Calling
        • Glen Miller – Love & Understanding
        • Sugar Minott – Woman Shadow
        • Lloyd Jones & The Supernatural Six – Red In A Babylon
        • Dudley Sibley & The Soul Gang – Love In Our Nation
        • The Heptones – Equal Rights
        • Glen Miller – You Must Be Love
        • Winston Jarrett – Up Park No Mans Land
        • Cedric Im Brooks – Why Can't I
        • Larry Marshall – Let's Make It Up
        • Freddie McGregor – Children Listen To The Wise Words
        • John Holt – Build Our Dreams
        • Johnny Osbourne – Forgive Them
        Dancehall BookThe Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall CultureSoul Jazz Books

        New 10th anniversary edition on Soul Jazz Books/Soul Jazz Records of this now classic large format deluxe book - the definitive photography book and essential guide to Jamaican Dancehall in the 1980s featuring 100s and 100s of amazing photographs - all with accompanying text, interviews and biographies.

        'Dancehall' is an essential reference book for anyone interested in Reggae and captures a previously unseen era of musical culture, fashion and lifestyle in stunning, vibrant colour.

        Dancehall is a culture that encompasses music, fashion, drugs, guns, art, community, technology, and more. Born in the 1950s out of the neighbourhood soundsystems of Kingston, Dancehall grew to its height in the 1980s before a massive influx of drugs and guns made the scene too dangerous for many. Today Dancehall remains at the centre of Jamaican musical and cultural life. From its roots in Kingston in the 1950s to its heyday in the 1980s, Dancehall conquered the globe spreading to the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Europe and beyond.

        In the early 1980s Jamaica was in the throws of political and gang violence - photographer Beth Lesser ventured where few other dared and this book is a never-before-seen record of the exciting, dangerous and vibrant world of Dancehall.

        Living in Jamaica in the late 70s and early 80s she photographed and documented a cultural explosion as producers, singers, DJs and soundsystems who all made a living out of the slums of Kingston. With unprecedented access to the incredibly vibrant music scene during this period, Beth Lesser’s photographs are a unique way into a previously hidden part of Jamaican culture.

        REVIEWS:

        “Lesser’s book is a vibrant anthology of all that mattered; the soundsystems, singers, producers, singers and deejays” THE GUARDIAN

        “This superb book of Beth Lesser’s photographs, supplemented by her emphatic text and wonderful candid interviews with many of the main players gives us a unique view straight to the heart of dancehall reggae.” Steve Barrow, author of THE ROUGH GUIDE TO REGGAE

        “This book features Dancehall and all its luminaries, with a back-drop of bass bins, heat-hazed colour and excellent knitwear, plus interviews, biographies and diversions into the music’s development.” MOJO

        "I love when I find a book that investigates a particular scene or sub-culture. Beth Lesser's Dancehall captures the Jamaican Dancehall culture of the 1980s with the same level of sincerity and curiosity that Brassai exhibited while capturing Paris nightlife in the 1930s. " THE SARTORIALIST

        "One of the Great Photo Books. Without a doubt one of the most important books published about the history of post independent Jamaican music." AMAZON


          Studio One SupremeSoul Jazz Records

          By the 1970s Studio One and Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd had already proved himself to be the defining force in Reggae for almost two decades. From running the Downbeat sound system on the lawns and yards of Kingston in the late 1950s to opening Studio One at 13 Brentford Road at the start of the 1960s, ushering in Ska and Rocksteady and establishing the careers of most of Jamaica’s artists – everyone from Bob Marley and The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals, The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo and more – Clement Dodd had until this point dominated the Jamaican musical world.

          And yet, incredibly, Clement Dodd was barely half way through his musical path, maintaining Studio One’s number one position in the Jamaican music scene throughout the 1970s with a combination of musical and creative innovation and an endless capacity to adapt and create new musical fashions. By the end of the 1970s Dancehall had become the defining sound on the island. Dancehall was essentially a tribute by other Jamaican producers and artists to the classic music of Studio One created in the 1960s as young artists across the island created new songs, while musicians recreated these original classic foundation Studio One rhythms. As on other occasions, Clement Dodd rose to this new musical challenge by producing a whole new era of classics for Studio One.

          The roots of Dancehall begin with the DJs of the early 1970s, who were the first to sing new material over earlier classic rhythms. Early DJ pioneers such as Dillinger and Prince Jazzbo both feature here toasting over classic songs - The Mad Lad’s Ten to One and The Eternals’ Queen of the Minstrel. But it is the new wave of artists who arrived at Studio One at the onset of Dancehall which enabled Studio One to maintain its number one status as the whole of Kingston’s rival music producers – Channel One, Joe Gibbs and many others – attempted to challenge this position.

          Sugar Minott, Michigan and Smiley, Willie Williams, Lone Ranger had all grown up listening to the classic Studio One music of the 1960s and were able to pay the greatest compliment to the label by creating the defining new music of this new era with songs that combined all the musical and technological developments of the 1970s – dub, deejaying, discomixes, syndrums, synthesizers and more – into the sound of the future: Dancehall.

          Throughout this era Clement Dodd also continued to work with a number of original and returning artists – such as Alton Ellis, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne – updating old rhythms and creating new ones while employing the in-house band variously known as The Brentford All-Stars/Rockers/Disco Set to update these sounds in order to maintain Studio One’s number one position as the defining force in Reggae.

          This is Soul Jazz Records’ latest new collection of classic and rare Studio One recordings and is released on triple LP (+ download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

          • Johnny Osbourne & The Prophets – Keep That Light
          • Dillinger – Natty Ten To One
          • Lone Ranger – Natty Dread On The Go
          • Prince Jazzbo – Minstral
          • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise
          • Freddie McGregor – Wine Of Violence
          • Papa Michigan and General Smiley – Compliment To Studio One
          • Willie Williams – Easy
          • Lone Ranger – Quarter Pound Of Ishen
          • Alton Ellis – A Fool
          • Jackie Mittoo & Brentford All Stars – In Cold Blood
          • Jim Nastic – Chanting
          • Brentford Rockers – Bushmaster
          • The Gladiators & Brentford Disco Set – Happy Man
          • Dub Specilaist – Still Dubbing
          • Sugar Minott – Jah A Love You
          • Horace Andy – Show and Tell
          • Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp
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          Count Ossie & The Rasta FamilyMan From Higher HeightsSoul Jazz Records

          This album is a strictly 1000-copies only worldwide digitally remastered exact repro LP+ download code. Also available as a very limited Japanese card sleeve edition CD - first copies only! Also digital album.

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          Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Rasta Family’s long lost reggae album ‘Man From Higher Heights’ (originally released in 1983), digitally remastered and with full original artwork.

          This release follows on from the earlier release of Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari ‘Tales of Mozambique’ (1975) also by Soul Jazz Records.

          Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, somewhere between the last Mystic Revelation album and the 1983 official release of ‘Man From Higher Heights’ it remains unclear whether this album is a mixture of original recordings overlayed with additional players, or Ossie’s post-Mystic Revelation players remaining true to the spirit of Count Ossie (who had died in a car crash in 1976).

          Either way it is a fascinating and successful blend of heavyweight Rastafarian roots rhythms and drumming alongside deep jazz improvisation and tripped out psychedelic fuzz guitar.

          The album was first released in 1983 on the British label VIsta Sounds with no mention of the line-up of the group. It has been out of print for over 30 years and remains one of the most mysterious of all releases relating to Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

          Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley’s promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s.

          Count Ossie’s drummers made the first ever song to integrate Rastafarian traditional music into popular music - The Folkes Brothers’ song ‘Oh Carolina’, recorded for producer Prince Buster in 1959. In 1966 his drummers greeted the arrival of Haile Selassie at Kingston airport. His Rastafarian compound in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, hosted jam sessions between his drummers and Jamaica’s finest musicians, Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore and others.

          Count Ossie and the Group’s Man From Higher Heights remains one of the most elusive of his highly progressive Rastafarian inspired recordings, the final release in Count Ossie’s career.

          Also available:

          Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique (SJR LP/CD235)

          Rastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 (SJR LP/CD312)

          • – Africa We Want Fe Go
          • – Cruisng Down The Line
          • – Misfits
          • – Crossing River Jordan
          • – Mystic Memories
          • – Drums For Wise Man
          • – Chanting Higher Heights
          The Skatalites: Independence Ska and The Far East SoundSoul Jazz Records

          Fantastic new collection of rare and classic killer ska from the legendary Skatalites, one of the most important groups in the history of Reggae.

          This album was first released only as a limited-edition  collectors 7-inch box set (now deleted) and is now available for the first time as a double LP edition (+ Download Code), CD and digital release - complete with 10 extra bonus tracks and new extensive sleeve notes!

          The Skatalites brought the sound of Jamaica to the world. At the start of the 1960s, in the space of just a couple of years Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore, Lloyd Knibbs, Lloyd Brevett and others defined the exciting beat of ‘Ska’ as the sound of newly independent Jamaica.

          As the house band at Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s newly launched Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road, the group comprising the finest jazz musicians on the island played on literally 1000s of recordings – Bob Marley and The Wailers, Toots and The Maytals, Delroy Wilson, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and many, many more.

          During their existence (1963-65) The Skatalites also recorded 100s of their own songs, released either under their own name, or The Studio One Orchestra, or that of band members Drummond, McCook etc. This is the first collection on Soul Jazz Records to bring you some of their finest material – from classics such as ‘Guns of Navarone’, ‘El Pussy Cat Ska’, ‘Christine Keeler’ through to some serious rarities such as Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra’s ‘Sudden Destruction’ and Don Drummond’s ‘Coolie Boy’.

          The Skatalites’ ska sound brought together aspects of jazz, latin, rhythm and blues, proto-Rastafarianism (tracks such as ‘Full Dread’, ‘Beardsman Ska’) and more. The intensity and energy of their sound was matched by the experimentation of the troubled genius of Don Drummond whose ‘far east’ modal trombone sound added a complex melancholy to the music of the Skatalites (the group split-up after Drummond was charged with murdering his wife, dancer Margarita Mahfood).

          • The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone
          • The Skatalites – Christine Keeler
          • The Skatalites – El Pussy Cat Ska
          • Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra – Sudden Destruction
          • Roland Alphonso – Scambalena
          • The Wailers – Tell Them Lord
          • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Russian Ska Fever
          • Roland Alphonso and The Skatalites – Independent Anniversary Ska (I Should Have Known Better)
          • Bongoman Byfield and The Skatalites – Marcus Garvey
          • Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso – Heaven and Earth
          • Bongoman Byfield and The Skatalites – Jack Ruby Is Bound To Die
          • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Further East (aka Trolley Song)
          • The Skatalites – Beardsman Ska
          • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Surplus
          • The Skatalites – Fidel Castro
          • Tommy McCook and The Skatalites – Suavito
          • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Coolie Boy
          • Tommy McCook – Adam's Apple (Don't Bother Me No More)
          • Tommy McCook and The Skatalites – Full Dread
          • The Skatalites – King Solomon
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          Studio One Dub Fire SpecialSoul Jazz Records

          Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ brings together 18 heavyweight dub cuts all recorded at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

          Featuring a stellar selection of dub cuts to classic and foundation songs recorded at Studio One with music from the legendary in-house bands - The Sound Dimension, New Establishment, Soul Defenders and Brentford All-Stars – featuring the likes of reggae’s finest musicians - Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric Brooks, Freddie McGregor and more.

          These fresh dub sounds employed the mighty mixing desk skills of The Dub Specialist, aka Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd and studio engineer supremo Sylvan Morris to full effect. Studio One Dub Fire Special features our latest chapter of raw, stripped-down bass and drum sounds direct from Studio One.

          "Brilliant, absolutely superb collection, a hand-picked selection of dubs straight out of Studio One" David Rodigan

          * (no digital in USA)

          • – Cairo
          • – Lourenco Marques
          • – Callie Roots
          • – Libra Dub
          • – Dakar
          • – Better Dub
          • – Rockers Hop
          • – Roots Dub
          • – Moving Dub
          • – Just Can't Dub
          • – Meet 7 Million
          • – Scorpio Dub
          • – Nairobi
          • – Dub Creation
          • – Virgo Dub
          • – This Race
          • – Darker Black
          • – Capricorn Dub
          Studio One Hi Fi SpecialLtd. Edition Collectors Edition 7" Record Store Day Box SetSoul Jazz Records

          LAST COPIES EVER!! GOING FAST!!

          AVAILABLE NOW Unique Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day seven-inch box set comprising five separate singles featuring ten killer rare collectors tracks from Studio One Records, featuring Ska, Roots, Rocksteady, Dub.

          Seminal, rare and classic tunes!  These singles have only ever ever been available exclusively direct from Soul Jazz Records' Soho shop in London and are available worldwide only for this collectors box set RSD special release.

          This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for Record Store Day 2017.


          • Joseph Hill – Behold The Land
          • Tommy McCool & The Skatalites – Full Dread
          • Roland Alphonso – Drums Of Fue Man Tru
          • Tommy McCook and The New Establishment – Blues For I
          • The Traps – Higher
          • The Traps – Higher Version
          • Larry Marshall – I've Got To Make It
          • The Skatalites – Coconut Rock
          • The Magnificent Seven – Jack Johnson
          • Dobby Dobson – Seems To Me I'm Losing You
          • 5×7" Boxset£35.00
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          • MP3 Release£7.99
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          !00% Dynamite first night at Electrowerkz!PosterSoul Jazz Records

          This was the first night that our club moved to the new venue - there was a queue 500-long of people waiting to get in, Roots Manuva guested, Japanese TV crews, just 100 yards from our first venue (The Blue Angel) , Electrowerkz was the best venue going at the time - a massive old factory/warehouse building whose only other night was the gothic/industrial Slimelight which may well still be running today

          Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!

          Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra postage charge (poster will be folded into six parts)

          Choose "Poster+Tube" if you want the poster rolled up and sent in a customised, protective tube (more expensive to cover postage)

          THIS ALSO means if you want more than one poster then you should only put 'Poster+Tube' for one of the posters and select 'Poster freepost' for any others as the rest will be free shipping.

            100% Dynamite (New Edition)Soul Jazz Records

            This is the new digitally remastered expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling reggae release, 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica.

            If you didn't get it the first time now's your chance to find out where it all began - all killer no filler!. If you did and wore it out get it now with bonus tracks and free download code!

            Since the album’s original release nearly twenty years ago, 100% Dynamite has become a cornerstone of funky reggae music: Eighteen killer tracks that show the influence that American Jazz, Funk and Soul music had on Jamaican Reggae.

            100% Dynamite features come serious Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, the cream of Jamaica's jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert. Also included here are heavyweight Reggae versions to Soul classics by Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman of the Ghetto’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rocksteady’, Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, William DeVaughan’s seminal ‘Be Thankful’ and more.

            100% Dynamite also features revolutionary tunes such as Johnny Osbourne’s ‘We Need Love, Sound Dimension’s ‘Drum Song’ and Lloyd Robinson’s ‘Cuss Cuss’, songs that helped define a unique sound for Jamaican music in the sixties and seventies.

            These influences went both ways – check Brentford All Stars massive ‘Greedy G’, the basis for Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Jack of Spades’, or Willie Williams’ ‘Armagideon Time’ later covered by The Clash.

            This new expanded edition features seminal tracks from the greatest Jamaican producers – Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley (Techniques) and many more.

            The album is available as CD, heavyweight double vinyl (+download), plus digital.

            ORIGINAL REVIEWS

            "Compilation of the month" MUZIK

            "Brilliant" TIME OUT

            "Album of the week" MIXMAG

            "Compilation of the f***ing year" MELODY MAKER

            "Buy this excellent compilation immediately" MOJO

            "I think there’s a good argument to be made for 100% and 300% Dynamite records - along with Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures (Taken From The Vaults) – Vol 1 & 2, Motown Chartbusters Vol. 3 and Blue Note: Blue Juice Vol. One - being among the finest compilations ever assembled. Anyone who has never heard Sister Nancy’s ‘Bam Bam’ or the Brentford Allstars' 'Greedy G' needs to remedy that situation straight away and anyone who is tired of hearing Althea & Donna’s ‘Uptown Top Ranking’, Willie Williams' 'Armageddon Time' and Wayne Smith’s ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’ needs to have a word with themselves anyway." THE QUIETUS

            • Willie Williams – Armageddon Time
            • The Maytals – Night and Day
            • The Marvels – Rock Steady
            • The Upsetters – Popcorn
            • Bunny Clarke – Be Thankful
            • Tommy McCook – Green Mango
            • Brentford All Stars – Greedy G
            • Lennie Hibbert – Real Hot
            • Horace Andy – My Soul
            • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
            • Bunny Clarke – I Love The Way You Love
            • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
            • Phyllis Dillon – Woman Of The Ghetto
            • Cecric Im Brooks – Give Rasta Glory
            • Alton Ellis – Son Of Man
            • Sound Dimension – Granny Scratch Scratch
            • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
            • Sound Dimension – Drum Song
            • Ken Boothe – Is It Because I'm Black
            Hustle! Reggae Disco (Expanded Edition)Soul Jazz Records

            Expanded edition which now features five extra tracks!

            This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’ here performed by Derrick Laro & Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston and London.

            New bonus tracks to this collection include Derrick Harriott’s funky take on Eddie Drennon’s ‘Do It Nice and Easy’, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection’s performing McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ and the London rare groove lovers rock of Charmaine Burnett singing Barbara Acklin’s soul classic ‘Am I The Same Girl’.

            ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ has been one of Soul Jazz Records’ best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!). This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks. This new expanded edition now comes as a triple album (+ download code), CD and digital album.

            ‘The effect of American R&B and soul music on Jamaican reggae is well documented, but the story doesn't stop there, for disco (and more so now for rap and hip-hop) have also been subsumed into the reggae mix, and while one might suspect that the resulting hybrid would die of its own implausibility, the feral mix of disco with reggae rhythms is so darn infectious that it hardly matters. Once you take your brain out of the frame and just let your feet go, this collection is a dancer's delight all done up in full-blown disco style, but with huge dub-style rhythm tracks … if you're looking for an impossibly infectious dance collection, this is it.’ All Music

            • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
            • Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
            • Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
            • Black Harmony – Don't Let It Go To Your Head
            • Latisha – I'm Every Woman
            • Ernest Ranglin – In The Rain
            • Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On
            • Risco Connection – Ain't No Stopping Us Now
            • Xanadu and Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight
            • Sharon Forrester – Love Don't Live Here Any More
            • Carol Cool – Upside Down
            • One Blood – Be Thankful For What You've Got
            • Charmaine Burnett – Am I The Same Girl
            • 1. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
            • 2. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
            • 3. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
            • View full info and tracklisting
            500% DynamitePosterSoul Jazz Records

            Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra postage charge (poster will be folded into six parts)

            Choose "Poster+Tube" if you want the poster rolled up and sent in a customised, protective tube (more expensive to cover postage)

            THIS ALSO means if you want more than one poster then you should only put 'Poster+Tube' for one of the posters and select 'Poster freepost' for any others as the rest will be free shipping.

              Miss Red (Prod. by THE BUG)Under Attack EPSoul Jazz Records

              Massive new digital dancehall wickedness from THE BUG/MISS RED-  exclusive on our own Sounds of the Universe/Soul Jazz Records label on this very limited RED VINYL (300 copies worldwide) 12”.

              This record is ONLY available direct from Sounds of the Universe record store and Soul Jazz Records.

              Female MC MISS RED has featured in KEVIN MARTIN's BUG posse of MCs since 2013 and releasing the BUG produced Murder mixtape in 2015 (also working with Mark Pritchard, Sterotyp and Andy Scott). 

              This 12" is mastered by Stefan Betke (aka POLE).

              This record is part of Sounds of the Universe/Soul Jazz Records EXCLUSIVE limited edition 12" singles made available solely for our customers. A role call of past releases on SOTU include Hieroglyphic Being, Kaseem Mosse, Golden Teacher,  Andres, Tevo Howard, Ras G, Golden Teacher & others.


              • – Lock Off The Dance
              • – Deep Space
              • 12"£9.99
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              Studio One Rocksteady Volume 2 : Rocksteady, Soul and Early Reggae at Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

              Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd’s Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s Rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of Reggae and Roots music at the start of the 1970s.

              Sleevenotes to this album are by Steve Barrow, author of ‘Rough Guide to Reggae’ as well as Soul Jazz Records’ own ‘Reggae Soundsystem Cover Art’ books.

              While Ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American rhythm and blues as its main influence, Rocksteady focused on the emergence of American Soul music – with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt & The Paragons, Carlton & The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’.

              The influence of Soul music on Jamaican rock steady and reggae is almost palpable, so much so that one wonders how much more successful singers like Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith and John Holt would have been had they been born in Chicago, Detroit or Memphis

              Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era – a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased as the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s –  and the music evolved further from rock steady into roots reggae.

              Wicked tunes!

              Double vinyl + download code, Deluxe CD, Digital album.

              Reviews:

              "Every tune is a bonaflide classic" Pitchfork

              Read full Pitchfork article here

              • Hortense Ellis – Sitting In The Park
              • The Termites – Rub Up Push Up
              • Carlton and The Shoes – Never Let Go
              • Alton Ellis – I'm Still In Love With You
              • Owen Gray – Give Me A Little Sign
              • The Bassies – Big Mistake
              • Hortense and Alton Ellis – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
              • Slim Smith – Born To Love
              • Cannon and The Soul Vendors – Bad Treatment
              • John Holt – Strange Things
              • The Actions – Giddy Up
              • Larry Marshall – It Makes Me Feel
              • The Paragons – Change Your Style
              • Jerry Jones – Trying Times
              • The Heptones – I Shall Be Released
              • The Gaylads – The Soul Beat
              • Delroy Wilson – Run Run
              • The Soul Two – Puppy Love
              • Delroy Wilson – Riding For A Fall
              RastafariSoul Jazz Records

              Soul Jazz Records new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian religion.

              Spanning nearly 30 years of revolutionary music and featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (The Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes.

              The new religion of Rastafari emerged in Jamaica during a time of intense political and social change in the 1930s. The first stirrings of anti-colonialism and workers’ rights were in motion, while Marcus Garvey’s Back-to-Africa movement was beginning to wane. But the pivotal catalyst to the birth of the Rastafari faith was the crowning of a black king in Africa in 1930.

              One of the earliest mentions of Ethiopia in Jamaican music can be found on mento singer Lord Lebby and the Jamaican Calpysonians’ 1955 recording ‘Etheopia’. In the song Noel Williams, aka Lord Lebby, discusses Ethiopianism, the political movement that calls for a return to Africa for black people.

              The 1960s saw the emergence of the first Rastafarian music on record with Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers. The visit of Haile Selassie to Kingston in 1966 was like an electric current throughout Kingston’s music scene – many of who had become adherents to the Rastafari faith.  By the 1970s Rastafarianism become practically synonymous with reggae, as many roots reggae artists became known throughout the world, led by the success of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

              At the source of the music of Rastafari is the figurehead master drummer and leader Count Ossie, who first bought the deeply spiritual nyabinghi and burro rhythms heard and played at sacred Rastafarian grounation (reasoning) sessions into popular Jamaican music through his many collaborations and performances with artists – from The Skatalites to The Folks Brothers - and producers – including Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Harry Mudie.

              At the start of the 1970s Count Ossie formed the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with saxophonist Cedric Brooks, which immediately became the most significant group of the Rastafari faith, bringing together authentic rasta nyabinghi drumming together with spiritual and avant-garde jazz influences of Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Albert Ayler into a truly unique and groundbreaking sound.

              As ‘roots reggae’ artists in the 1970s continued to spread the word of Jah (God) in their music, Rastafari reggae became the ultimate rebel sound throughout the world.

              This album comes in three separate formats: Deluxe CD with slipcase and 40-page outsize booklet featuring stunning photography plus text, deluxe limited-edition heavyweight gatefold-vinyl edition + free download code (w/full sleeve notes etc) and as a worldwide digital release.

              REVIEWS/FEATURES:

              "This may be the most righteous compilation to come from the Soul Jazz stable to date, as they focus on links between the Rastafarian religion and reggae music." IRISH TIMES

              "Soul Jazz's most recent in a line of high-quality compilations" PITCHFORK

               "Ambitious but incredibly informative compendium from Soul Jazz Records" BLEEP

              "Outstanding compilation from the masters, Soul Jazz"  HOT SALVATION

              "Fascinating compilation of deep Rastafari themed music" DUB VENDOR 

              Read full Pitchfork feature here

              • Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
              • Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
              • Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
              • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique
              • Ras Michael – Booma Yeah
              • Mutabaruka – Say
              • Bongo Herman & Jah Lloyd – African Drums
              • Ashanti Roy – Hail The Words Of Jah
              • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Sam's Intro
              • Bongo Herman, Les and Bunny – Salaam
              • Winston and Ansell – Zion I
              • Techniques All Stars – Zion I Version
              • Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians – Ethiopia
              • Count Ossie and Leslie Butler – Soul Drums
              • The Heaven Singers – Rasta Dreadlocks
              • Rod Taylor – His imperial Majesty
              • QQ – Betta Must Come
              • Earth and Stone – Jah Will Cut You Down
              • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Narration
              • Ronald Downer & Count Ossie – A Ju Ju Wa
              • 1. Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
              • 2. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
              • 3. Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
              • View full info and tracklisting
              Lord Tanamo / Jackie MittooKeep On Moving / Totally TogetherSoul Jazz Records

              Stone-cold classic Studio One on limited-edition brand new 7" - loud, clean, boom!

              Jackie Mittoo classic + the wicked vocal cut by Lord Tanamo. Unmissable!


              • Lord Tanamo – Keep On Moving
              • Jackie Mittoo – Totally Together
              • 7"£9.99
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              Sound DimensionSoulful Strut / Time Is TightSoul Jazz Records

              Stone-cold classic Studio One on limited-edition brand new 7" - loud, clean, boom!

              Back to back two KILLER soul to reggae instrumental monsters!

              • Sound Dimension – Soulful Strut
              • Sound Dimension – Time Is Tight
              Joseph Hill / Tommy McCook and The SkatalitesBehold The Land / Full DreadSoul Jazz Records

              RARE CUTS! Very Limited edition bespoke Studio One Collector's 45

              ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SOUL JAZZ RECORDS & SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE

              • Joseph Hill – Behold The Land
              • Tommy McCook and The Skatalites – Full Dread
              Roland Alphonso / Tommy McCook and The New EstablishmentDrums Of Fue Man Tru / Blues For ISoul Jazz Records

              RARE CUTS! Very Limited edition bespoke Studio One Collector's 45
              ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SOUL JAZZ RECORDS & SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE

              • Roland Alphonso – Drums Of Fue Man Tru
              • Tommy McCook and The New Establishment – Blues For I
              • 7"£9.99
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              The TrapsHigher / Higher Version

              RARE CUTS! Very Limited edition bespoke Studio One Collector's 45
              ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SOUL JAZZ RECORDS & SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE

              • – Higher
              • – Higher Version