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    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
    Brown SugarI'm In Love With A Dreadlocks: Brown Sugar and The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977 - 80Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this first ever collection of the pioneering British reggae Lovers Rock group Brown Sugar including rare singles, dubs and extended mixes. The album comes with extensive sleevenotes and interviews with Dennis Bovell, Pauline Catlin, John Kpiaye and Winston Edwards (Studio 16).

    Brown Sugar were formed by three young teenage girls – Pauline Catlin, Caron Wheeler and Carol Simms in South London in 1976. In the short period of time 1976-1980, the group – working with Dennis Bovell on the mixing desk and John Kpiaye (‘Brownie T) in the studio – recorded barely a handful of singles on the new Lovers Rock label, a number of which went to the top of the UK reggae charts. But success stopped there, and with no album release and no industry support the group broke up in the early 1980s.

    Following their split Caron Wheeler became the lead vocalist for the hugely successful group Soul II Soul, Carol Simms launched a solo career as Kofi (re-making a number of Brown Sugar songs with producer Mad Professor) and Pauline Catlin returned to education.

    Despite their relatively low-key mainstream public exposure Brown Sugar (and the label on which their first records appeared) announced to the world a new genre of reggae music, Lovers Rock, which spoke for the first time with the sensibility of a new segment of British society; that of first generation-born Black British female youth.

    And while Lovers Rock became synonymous with sweet love songs, Brown Sugar’s music in fact expressed far more; a righteous pride and consciousness in being Black and British, a political stance more often associated with UK roots groups like Black Slate, Aswad, Misty in Roots and other British reggae acts in the late 1970s. Brown Sugar were in fact their own genre of ‘conscious lovers rock’ – an expression of ideological black cultural pride.

    Brown Sugar’s handful of three-minute love songs (often plus extended dubs) somehow manage to encapsulate all the complexities of identity, sexual politics and youthful righteousness of Afro-Caribbean youth living in Britain in the 1970s. Songs such as ‘I’m in Love with A Dreadlocks’, ‘Our Reggae Music’, ‘Black Pride’ and ‘Dreaming of Zion’ spoke with a straightforward righteousness and consciousness that few roots groups could hope to match. The fact that they were all teenagers is even more striking.

    In the mid-70s British reggae came into being as first generation Black Britain was able to find a voice able to express the issues of growing up British with Caribbean roots. This came about in two different ways – the British roots music of (essentially male) groups such as Aswad, Steel Pulse and Black Slate – and Lovers Rock, the expression of a black essentially (but not totally) female consciousness – Brown Sugar, Louisa Mark, 15-16-17, Marie Pierre, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Jean Adebambo and others. And significantly, while British roots music was a variant on a Jamaican style, Lovers Rock was uniquely British – the first authentic British reggae sound.

    Dennis Bovell comments, “For Lovers Rock we needed a pulpit, a way of saying ‘this is the style’. Sound systems were already saying ‘this is lovers,’ brandishing it in the dance. Our intention was to create a style of music that my generation could identify with – one that had a beat, and you could dance to with your partner in a sound system setting.”

    Dennis Bovell’s mixes for the group gave a further dimension to Brown Sugar records – a sound system mentality, adding sound effects and dub elements. ‘I’m in Love with A Dreadlocks’ was the debut release for both Brown Sugar and the Lovers Rock label, a fitting calling card for both. The record was a hit on many sound systems across the UK, reaching the top of the reggae charts.

    John Kpiaye: “They never put out an album. And all these records were seven-inch singles; when 12-inches turned up it just killed the seven-inch.”

    Although the career of Brown Sugar was short-lived, their legacy and influence remains significant and now, 40 years on from these first records, all of the members are still involved in music. Pauline Catlin has recently re-launched her career under a new moniker, Shezekiel; Carol Simms, aka Kofi, remains a successful solo artist, one of the queens of Lovers Rock; Caron Wheeler, after leaving Soul II Soul at the end of the 1980s, embarked on a solo career, before re-joining the soul super-group which she continues to front to this day.

    This new collection brings together all the groups essential recordings for the first ever time and is released as double gatefold heavyweight vinyl + free download (+ full sleevenotes), CD with large booklet, and digital album.

    • – Black Pride
    • – Our Reggae Music
    • – Hello Stranger
    • – I'm In Love With A Dreadlocks
    • – Hurtin' (with Dennis Bovell)
    • – I'm So Proud
    • – Runaway Love
    • – Dreaming Of Zion
    • – Loving Dreadlocks Dub
    • – You and Your Smiling Face
    • – Do You Really Love Me
    • – Proud
    • – Confession Hurts
    Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Studio One collection ‘Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio One’ features a stellar selection of 70s roots music – classic and rare tracks recorded at Clement Dodd’s musical empire at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

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    Rastafarian-inspired Roots music was an ever-important aspect of Studio One’s output from the start of the 1970s onwards and this album features many of the ground-breaking groups and artists that established the sound of Jamaica during this decade and beyond.

    Featured here are seminal artists such as Freddie McGregor, The Wailing Souls, The Gladiators, Horace Andy, Devon Russell, Cedric Brooks, Count Ossie, Judah Eskender Tafari alongside a host of lesser-known rare cuts made at Studio One from artists such as The Prospectors, Viceroys and Pablove Black.

    Studio One and founder Clement Dodd’s connection with Rastafarianism dates back to the early 1960s, with Dodd accompanying members of the Skatalites up to the hills of Kingston to listen to the music of the Rastafarianism Count Ossie and his drummers. The album sleevenotes discuss how Clement Dodd’s musical links, as well as his role in heading the most important record label in Reggae, are in many ways linked to the beliefs of Rastafarianism.

    This album is released as a heavyweight black vinyl double-album with gatefold sleeve, full notes and download code, deluxe CD with full booklet and slipcase and digital album.

    • Freddie McGregor – I Am a Revolutionist
    • The Silvertones – Burning In My Soul
    • Wailing Souls – Without You
    • Devon Russell – Jah Jah Fire
    • Trevor Clarke – Sufferation
    • The Gladiators – Sonia
    • Judah Eskender Tafari – Always Trying
    • The Viceroys – Ya Ho
    • Im and Count Ossie – Give Me Back Me Language And Me Culture
    • The Gladiators – Serious Thing
    • The Prospectors – Glory For I
    • Wailing Souls – Things and Time
    • Pablove Black – Inner Peace
    • The Gladiators – Peace
    • Horace Andy – Mr. Jolly Man
    • Wailing Souls – Rock But Don't Fall
    • Albert Griffiths and The Gladiators – Righteous Man
    • The Viceroys – So Many Problems
    Norma WhiteI Want Your Love / VersionSoul Jazz Records

    MASSIVE Chic meets reggae - monster tune!

    • Norma White – I Want Your Love
    • Dub Specialist – I Want Your Love (Version)
    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
    Horace Andy / Dub SpecialistSkylarking / Sky RhythmSoul Jazz Records

    All-time classic Studio One tune. 100% ESSENTIAL

    • Horace Andy – Skylarking
    • Dub Specialist – Sky Rhythm
    Carlton and The ShoesLove Me Forever / Never Let GoSoul Jazz Records

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

    SEMINAL rocksteady lovers anthem

    • Carlton and The Shoes – Love Me Forever
    • Carlton and The Shoes – Never Let Go
    • 7"£9.99
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    The Skatalites / Dub SpecialistMan In The Street / Banana WalkSoul Jazz Records

    It's the bomb! Two massive Studio One cuts back to back.

    • The Skatalites – Man In The Street
    • Dub Specialist – Banana Walk
    The Magnificent Seven / Dobby DobsonJack Johnson / Seems To Me I'm Losing youSoul Jazz Records

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

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

    • – Jack Johnson
    • – Seems To Me I'm Losing You
    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
    Horace Andy / Jackie Mittoo Mr Bassie / Napoleon SoloSoul Jazz Records

    It's the bomb! Two massive Studio One cuts back to back.

    • Horace Andy – Mr. Bassie
    • Jackie Mittoo – Napoleon Solo
    The Wailing SoulsTrouble Maker / Run My PeopleSoul Jazz Records

    Seminal, uplifting, righteous, soulful roots anthem!

    • The Wailing Souls – Trouble Maker
    • The Wailing Souls – Run My People
    Alton EllisI'm Still In LoveSoul Jazz Records

    It's the bomb!
    Out today in all good record shops or direct from us right now here!

    STONE COLD CLASSIC STUDIO ONE ANTHEM ALERT !

    Alton Ellis's original 1967 Studio One version of 'I'm Still In Love' is one of the most well known tracks in Jamaican music history, based on an incredibly catchy rhythm that has seen countless versions over the years, most famously for Althea and Donna's huge worldwide smash 'Uptown Top Ranking' in 1977 and Sean Paul and Sasha's cover version that was a chart hit in the UK and numerous other countries in 2002

    Here we present the original 7" version cut super loud and fat on a 12" single

    On the B side there's a funky slice of JA Soul grooviness, the Soul Vendors 'Just A Bit Of Soul', featuring the one and only Jackie Mittoo

    Housed in a heavyweight card Studio One sleeve these won't be around for long ! Very Limited edition 1000 copies worldwide 12” pressing

    • Alton Ellis – I'm Still In Love
    • The Soul Vendors – Just A Bit Of Soul
    • 12"£12.00
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    Horace Andy/Jackie MittooSee A Man's Face/One Step BeyondSoul Jazz Records

    Brand new - limited edition two killer Studio One cuts back-to-back

    • Horace Andy – See A Man's Face
    • Jackie Mittoo – One Step Beyond
    • 7"£9.99
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    The Skatalites at Studio One Collectors 7" Box SetIndependence Ska and The Far East SoundSoul Jazz Records

    LAST COPIES!!!!! - GOING,GOING ........

    Unique new Soul Jazz Records’ Collectors Limited-Edition  7-inch box set special edition release  from the greatest ska band of all time!

    Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles which bring together seminal, rare and classic tunes collected together here for the first time ever.

    The Skatalites were the definitive Jamaican group, who first came together in Kingston in the late 1950s and featured the acknowledged finest musicians in the country - Tommy McCook Rolando Alphonso Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett Lloyd Knibb, Don Drummond, Jah Jerry Haynes, Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Moore and Jackie Opel. 

    In 1963 they became the house band at Clement 'Sir Cosxone' Dodd's newly opened Studio One at 13 Brentford Road. The group played on every song cut at the studio, backing the greatest singers of the day - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals - as well as recording some of the finest instrumental music ever made under their own name.

    Here is a selection of some of their finest and hardest-to-find cuts made at Studio One between 1963-65. 

    This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for Record Store Day 2016.

    • The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone
    • The Skatalites – Suavito
    • The Skatalites – Russian Ska Fever
    • The Skatalites – El Pussycat
    • The Skatalites – Coolie Boy
    • The Skatalites – Surplus
    • The Wailers – Tell Them Lord
    • The Skatalites – Further East
    • The Skatalites – Independent Anniversary Ska
    • The Skatalites – King Solomon
    • 5×7" Boxset£30.00
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    Horace AndyFeverSoul Jazz Records

    Horace Andy's KILLER classic Studio One cut 'Fever' on a super-loud 12" single for the first time ever!

    A killer track originally released on the legendary Studio One label in 1973, with the Cedric Im Brooks instrumental version on the B side

    Horace Andy is one of Reggae's best known vocalists who has had mainstream success with Massive Attack after appearing on all five of their albums

    A party dancefloor devastator, these won't be around for long !

    • Horace Andy – Fever
    • Im & The Agg – The Flu
    • 12"£12.00
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    Downbeat Special Studio One Collectors 7" Box Set Soul Jazz Records

    Studio One Downbeat Special Box Set:

    Limited edition - order now!

    Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles. These are some of the heaviest, most in-demand legendary  tunes ever to be recorded from the likes of Willie Williams, The Skatalites, Dawn Penn, Jackie Mittoo, Bob Marley & The Wailers and more, all fully-remastered and presented here in this deluxe package.

    Tracklisting:

    1. Willie Williams - Armagideon Time

    2. Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping 

    3. The Skatalites - Addis Ababa 

    4. The Eternals - Queen Of The Minstrels 

    5. Dawn Penn - No No No 

    6. Dub Specialist - Hooligan (Dub)

    7. The Mad Lads - Ten To One 

    8. Jackie Mittoo - Totally Together 

    9.  Michigan and Smiley - Nice Up The Dance  

    10. The Wailers - Simmer Down  

    • Willie Williams – Armagideon Time
    • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
    • The Skatalites – Addis Ababa
    • The Eternals – Queen Of The Minstrels
    • Dawn Penn – No No No (Original Version)
    • Dub Specialist – Hooligan
    • The Mad Lads – Ten To One
    • Jackie Mittoo – Totally Together
    • Michigan and Smiley – Nice Up The Dance
    • The Wailers – Simmer Down
    • MP3 Release£7.99
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    • 7" Boxset£35.00
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    Johnny Osbourne / Otis GayleWe Need Love / I'll Be AroundSoul Jazz Records

    Killer Studio One 12" bomb!

    • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
    • Otis Gayle – I'll Be Around
    • 12"£12.99
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    Tyrone Taylor/Denise DarlingtonRightful Rebel/Feel So GoodSoul Jazz Records

    Brand new - limited edition Two rare Studio One cuts 

    • Tyrone Taylor – Rightful Rebel
    • Denise Darlington – Feels So Good
    Alton Ellis/Dub SpecialistAlton's Groove/Dub CreationSoul Jazz Records

    Brand new - limited edition Two new Studio One cuts - Alton Ellis tough funk plus super heavyweight dub from Dub Specialist

    • Alton Ellis – Alton's Groove
    • Dub Specialist – Dub Creation
    • 7"£9.99
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    Joe GibbsRoots, Culture, Djs And the BIrth of DancehallSoul Jazz Records

    Covering Roots, Dub, DJs, Lovers and Dancehall, the latest Reggae release on Soul Jazz music is dedicated to the classic productions of Joe Gibbs. The album is a mixture of classic tracks alongside rare material ­ most of which has never been available outside of Jamaica - all released together for the first time.

    • Nigger Kojak And Liza – Fist To Fist Rub A Dub
    • Culture – See Them A Come
    • Trinity – Kingston Two Rock
    • Junior Murvin – Cool Out Son
    • Joe Gibbs And The Professionals – Chapter 3
    • Joe Tex & U Black – Standardization
    • Mighty Diamonds – Identity
    • Joe Gibbs And The Professionals – Massive Fire
    • Althea – Down Town Thing
    • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
    • Trinity – Three Piece Suit
    • Joe Tex & U Black – Rub-a-dub Evening
    • Mighty Two – Hully Gully Rock
    • Shorty The President – No Peace
    • Dennis Brown – I'm Coming Home
    • Trinity – Starsky and Hutch
    • Joe Gibbs And The Professionals – Stonewall Jackson
    • Snuffy and Wally – Dreader Mafia
    • Bigger T – Million Dollar Plan
    • CD£12.00
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    • 2×LP£18.99
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    • MP3 Release£7.99
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    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.

      Michigan and Smiley / Brentford Disco SetJah A De Creator ('No,No,No')/ Rebel DiscoSoul Jazz Records

      Killer Studio One 12" bomb!

      • Michigan and Smiley – Jah A De Creator
      • Brentford Disco Set – Rebel Disco
      • 12"£12.99
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      Don D Jr. / Jackie Mittoo, Bagga Walker & Pablove BlackHeavenless / After ChristmasSoul Jazz Records

      Killer Studio One 12" bomb!

      • Don D Jr. – Heavenless
      • Jackie Mittoo, Bagga Walker & Pablove Black – After Christmas
      • 12"£12.99
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      Freddie McGregor / Dub SpecialistBobby Bobylon / Hi Fashion DubSoul Jazz Records

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

      Classic party tune + wicked dub

      • Freddie McGregor – Bobby Bobylon
      • Dub Specialist – Hi Fashion Dub