90 Degrees of Shade Over 100 Years of Photography in the Caribbean

    Introduction by Paul Gilroy
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    Fantastic new deluxe large format hardback 12" x 12" book from Soul Jazz Books featuring 100 years of photography in the Caribbean.

    From Calypso to Vodou, Communism to Reggae, Colonialism and the Slave Trade, Rum and Revolution, Industry and Tourism – over 100 years of photographing the Caribbean is captured in this book.

    The image of the Caribbean is as much a creation of the outsider as it is the complex identity of its people – a melting pot of races created out of the participants of the 400 year slave trade – enforced Africans, indigenous Americans and their colonisers – French, Spanish, Dutch, English.

    From luscious and tropical backdrop of tourism and hedonism, to colonial outpost and revolutionary threat within North America’s own backyard the identity of the Caribbean stands at this intersection of tourism, the detritus of the slave trade and tropicality.

    The regions politics span a hot bed of ideas and radicalism – from Castro’s Cuba, communist thorn in the side of North America, to the violent right-wing dictatorship of Haiti’s Papa Doc in the 1960s; also from Michael Manley’s Jamaica in the 1970s to Eric Williams’ Trinidad in the 1960s.

    Hundreds of fascinating and unique photographs span more than one hundred years of Caribbean history, culture and industry as well as the subsequent diaspora of its people to America, England, Canada and elsewhere.

    FOREWORD BY PAUL GILROY. EDITED BY STUART BAKER.

    Paul Gilroy is the author of The Black Atlantic (1993),There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack (1987), Black Britain - A Photographic History (2004) and more.

    Stuart Baker is the founder of Soul Jazz Records.


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                The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

                Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.

                The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art forms – art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement across the United States.

                Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

                Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear with the curators on the panel of Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at the gallery as part of the show. You can book a ticket for this event here

                The Soul of a Nation album comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.

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                • Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
                • Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
                • Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
                • Philip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Malcolm X
                • Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs
                • Phil Ranelin – Vibes From The Tribe
                • Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Desert Fairy Princess
                • David McKnight – Strong Men
                • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
                • Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms
                • Doug Carn – Suratal Ihklas
                • Duke Edwards and The Young Ones – Is It Too Late ?
                • Carlos Garnett – Mother Of The Future
                • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
                • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
                • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
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                The Legendary Studio One RecordsSoul Jazz Records

                Brand new album featuring non-stop killer Studio One cuts from The Skatalites, Heptones, Lone Ranger, Horace Andy and loads more. 

                Album comes in jewel case with slipcase style CD, limited edition gatefold heavyweight double vinyl and EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from here.

                This is the first new Studio One/Soul Jazz release in over 3 years and is being released to coincide with our forthcoming monster new deluxe hardback 12x12" 200 page full colour book featuring hundreds of super classic and rare Studio One sleeves. 

                • The Skatalites – Ball of Fire
                • The Heptones – I'm Your Man
                • Lone Ranger – Everything She Want
                • Horace Andy – New Broom
                • Michigan and Smiley – Rub A Dub Style (12" Mix)
                • The Maytals – Treat Me Bad
                • Freddie McKay – Watch Your Step
                • Pablove Black – Mr. Music
                • Wailing Souls – Run My People
                • Willie Williams – Master Plan
                • The Skatalites – Fidel Castro
                • Marcia Griffiths – Hold You Tight
                • Dub Specialist – Sitting With Stupid
                • Prince Jazzbo – Rock For Dub
                • Super and Sleepy – Enemy
                • Dub Specialist – Luanda
                • Doreen Schaeffer – This Love
                • Ernest Ranglin – Ranglin Doddlin'
                PrinceInside the Music and the MasksSt Martin's Griffin

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                Prince is the first book to give full treatment to his thirty-five-year career. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince's rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his catapult to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as an artistic icon. Ro expertly chronicles his music and career, showing how Prince and his albums helped define and inspire a generation.

                  Coxsone's Music 2 : The Sound Of Young JamaicaSoul Jazz Records

                  Over 40 tracks!

                  This is the second collection to bring together many of the visionary producer Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s early recordings made with Jamaica’s most exciting young artists and musicians who helped define the world of reggae music over the decades following Jamaican Independence.

                  These recordings were made when Sir Coxsone ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the late 1950s and early 1960s with his number one Downbeat Sound System, where songs were tested out on dub plates at a dance to see a crowd’s reaction - the most popular of which were then released commercially.

                  Featuring early material by Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Tommy McCook (all of whom would form The Skatalites), Toots and The Maytals, young singers such as Bob Marley and The Wailers, Delroy Wilson, Owen Gray all captured in their formative days.

                  The music here spans a wealth of styles – Jamaican rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, proto-ska, Rastafarian – all of which were drawn upon to create the future sounds of Jamaican reggae that Sir Coxsone and the artists featured would soon create at Studio One which opened its doors in 1963.

                  This collection is released on heavyweight triple-vinyl plus download code, double CD with slipcase and digital download. Sleevenotes and text is by the author Noel Hawks.

                  • Roland and his Alley Cats – Jerk Pork
                  • Neville Esson – Lovers Jive
                  • Monty & The Cyclones – Lazy Lou
                  • Owen Gray – Get Drunk
                  • Monty & The Cyclones – Dog It
                  • Clancy Eccles – More Proof
                  • Tommy McCook & The Skatalites – Exodus
                  • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Swanee River Rock
                  • Delroy Wilson – Spit In The Sky
                  • Roland Alphonso – Federal Special
                  • Owen Gray – Grandma Grandpa
                  • Don Drummond – Cuban Blockade
                  • Theophilus Beckford With Clue J & His City Slickers – Little Lady
                  • Tommy McCook – Away From You
                  • Clancy Eccles With Hersan & His City Slickers – I Live And I Love
                  • Roland Alphonso and His Alley Cats – Hully Gully Rock
                  • Delroy Wilson – Lion Of Judah
                  • Tommy McCook – Two For One
                  • Toots & The Maytals – Sweet Sweet Jenny
                  • Roland Alphonso – Grand National
                  • Owen Gray With Hersan & His City Slickers – Sinners Weep and Mourn
                  • Tommy McCook – Peanut Vendor
                  • Toots & The Maytals – Shining Light
                  • Lascelles Perkins with Clue J & His Blues Blasters  – Lonely Moments
                  • Toots & The Maytals – Six and Seven Books Of Moses
                  • Cecil Lloyd – It Happens
                  • Bonny & Scully – Don't Do It
                  • Don Drummond – Scrap Iron
                  • Lascelles Perkins with Clue J & His Blues Blasters  – Creation
                  • Tommy McCook – Don't Slam The Door
                  • Winston & Bibbie and The Rhythm Aces – Joybells Of Independence
                  • Roland Alphonso – Jack Ruby
                  • Toots & The Maytals – Hallelujah
                  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Habits
                  • Frank Anderson & Tommy McCook – Wheel and Turn
                  • Busty & Cool – Kingston To Mo'Bay
                  • Don Drummond – Mr Propman
                  • Higgs & Wilson – Mighty Man
                  • Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso – Trotting In
                  • Bunny & Skitter with Count Ossie and His Wareikas – Cool Breeze
                  • The Mellow Larks – Light Of My Life
                  Studio One Scorcher Vol.2Soul Jazz Records

                  The legendary Skatalites, alongside the later Studio One in-house bands - the Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, Soul Defenders and Brentford Road All Stars – were as much a part of the classic Studio One sound as were the singers that they accompanied such as Alton Ellis, Horace Andy, Marcia Griffiths and Bob Marley and The Wailers.

                  This album features many of the musicians involved with Studio One who literally defined Reggae music. From the Skatalites members Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Jackie Mittoo to killer sidemen such as trombonist Vin Gordon (A/K/A Don Drummond Jnr), saxophonist Cedric "Im" Brooks, keyboardist and Twelve Tribes of Israel member Pablove Black. 

                  Many of the rhythms that these musicians created became the back-bone of the Jamaican musical world and their songs have been replayed and re-versioned by 1000s of Reggae producers ever-since. 

                  The album features classic and super-rare tracks all recorded under Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s supervision at the legendary recording studio and record label. As well as sixteen killer tracks the album comes with new sleevenotes and photography by Dennis Morris and Adrian Boot making this another essential Studio One Reggae release for connoisseurs of Reggae and newcomers alike.

                  • The Skatalites – Dick Tracy
                  • Soul Vendors – Frozen Soul
                  • Vin Gordon – Joe Grazer
                  • Pablove Black – Black Wax
                  • Cedric Brooks – Father Forgive Him
                  • Pablove Black – High Locks
                  • Roland Alphonso – Nimble Foot Ska
                  • Vin Gordon – Sidewalk Doctor
                  • Sugar Belly – Cousin Joe Pt.1
                  • Jackie Mittoo – A Big Car
                  • Soul Defenders – Sound Almighty
                  • Jackie Mittoo, Bagga, Pablove Black – After Christmas
                  • Brentford All Stars – Race Track
                  • Tommy Mccook – Jamaica Bolero
                  • Im And David – Black Is Black
                  • Dub Specialist – Gumbay Jump
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                  Studio One IronsidesSoul Jazz Records

                  Soul Jazz Records continues to dig deeper into the vaults of the mighty Studio One, the most important record label in the history of Reggae music.

                  Founded by legendary producer Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd and famously dubbed 'the university of Reggae' by Chris Blackwell, Studio One is the Reggae equivalent of Motown - launching and establishing the careers of countless Reggae artists - everyone from Bob Marley to The Skatalites.

                  This new instalment features many classic Studio One cuts alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities and spans all eras - everything from classic ska and rocksteady  to the deepest roots, heaviest dub and dancehall roots.

                  As ever the album includes an incredible line-up of only the finest reggae artists - The Skatalites, Freddie McGregor, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Johnny Osbourne, Cornell Campbell, Dennis Alcapone, Prince Jazzbo, Lone Ranger - all of whom made their names at Studio One.

                  Studio One Ironsides refers back to a time in the 1960s and 1970s when Clement Dodd was at the height of his powers, releasing so much amazing music that Studio One had to invent new label names to trick radio DJs, wary of playing too much music from the legendary studio, into playing records. These creatively titled new label names included Ironsides, Money Disc, ND Records, BongoMan, Forward and more.

                  The large accompanying booklet contains extensive text from reggae historian Noel Hawks, interesting information on each track and label scans.

                  Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Ironsides is released in CD- jewel case, 24-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes) and also as a digital download.

                  • Fabian Cooke – Mother and Child
                  • Marcia Griffiths – Mark My Word
                  • Freddie McGregor – I Man A Rasta
                  • Prince Jazzbo – Natty Ting A Ling
                  • The Paragons – Danger In Your Eyes
                  • Drum Bago & The Rebel Group – Reggae Version
                  • Don Drummond – Nanny's Corner
                  • The Stingers – Rasta Don't Stop No One
                  • Lone Ranger – Three Mile Skank
                  • The Soul Sister – Another Night
                  • Freddie McGregor – Come Now Sister
                  • Dennis Alcapone – Joe Frazier
                  • The Soul Brothers – Soho
                  • Alton Ellis – Can I Change My Mind
                  • Johnny Osbourne – Jealousy, Heartache and Pain
                  • The Gladiators – Bongo Red
                  • Pablove Black – Jamrec Dub
                  • Cornel Campbell – I'm Still Waiting
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                  Exclusive Studio One Official T-shirt!

                    Studio One Roots 2Soul Jazz Records

                    Studio Roots Vol. 2 delves deeper into the vaults of the legendary Jamaican Reggae label and features rare and classic roots as well as an unprecedented seven unreleased tracks that up till now have never seen the light of day. 

                    Roots and rastafarian music was being recorded at Studio One by Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd from the early 1960s onwards to the 1990s and this album reflects the depth and diversity of roots music at the label. 

                    From the slow-ska of Dudley Sibbley, to the deep instrumental jazz cuts of Cedric Im Brooks over classic roots rhythms such as "Satta Massagana" to Winston Mathews stunning eerie version of Bob Marley and the Wailers "Sun Is Shining". The Zion All Stars features the Burro rastafarian drumming of Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. 

                    This album features many of the classic Studio One artists – Willie Williams, Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks, The Gladiators, Vin Gordon – as well as many less well known artists – all who produced classic roots music under the guidance of producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd and recorded at the legendary Studio One Records which Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, describes as "The University of Reggae".

                    • Willie Williams – Jah Righteous Plan
                    • Al Campbell – Take A Ride
                    • Cedric Im Brooks – Satta
                    • Joe Higgs & Ken Boothe – Message Of Old
                    • Jackie Bernard – Jah Jah Way
                    • Devon Russell – Jah Hold The Key
                    • Zoot Sims – Small Garden
                    • The Saints – Sleeping Trees
                    • Larry Marshall – Run Babylon
                    • Vin Gordon – Babylon Rock
                    • The Gladiators – Talawah
                    • Prince Francis – African Skank
                    • Cedric Im Brooks – Full Time
                    • Prince Lincoln – True Experience
                    • Joseph Hill – Behold The Land
                    • Winston Matthews – Sun Is Shining
                    • Karl Bryan – 2k Strut
                    • Zion All Stars – Holy Mount Zion
                    • Tommy McCook – Tenor On Call
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                    New Orleans Funk 2: The Original Sound of FunkSoul Jazz Records

                    This is Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the heart of New Orleans and a guide to the city’s finest Funk music produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s.’ Featuring everyone from The Meters to Eddie Bo, Lee Dorsey to Betty Harris, this is a who’s who of the Crescent City’s most famous and most funky! 


                    The city of New Orleans has deep musical roots that stretch back to Africa. New Orleans first gave birth to Jazz music, a Black musical form centred on rhythm, improvisation, freedom and collectivity at the turn of the century. Similarly in the late 1960s New Orleans Funk came to define a unique sound, mixing Caribbean rhythms, New Orleans second-line syncopation and rhythm and blues, all played by the Big Easy’s finest musicians. 


                    Whilst Jazz and Funk music spread throughout the world, many African-American musical traditions remained within the city limits such as Mardi Gras and Carnival, Saturday Night Fish Fries, Funeral Marching bands and much more which partly explains why New Orleans music is so unique. 


                    The album comes with extensive sleeve-notes, exclusive photography and more, and is an essential guide to the musical landscape of New Orleans and - together with Soul Jazz Records’ earlier New Orleans’ releases - presents the definitive story of New Orleans Funk.
                    Although on the mainland coast, New Orleans is also surrounded by lakes giving the city an island feel. Similarly its proximity to Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti and the other West Indian Isles means that Latin and Caribbean musical influences are in its veins as much as American musical traditions. The upside of this city’s isolation is that New Orleans musical traditions flourished away from those of the rest of America. A thriving city full of artists, musicians, singers, producers, record companies, studios (well one studio actually) led to a 24-hour, 7-day a week musical life, playing in clubs, bars, brothels, carnivals and parades. 


                    The downside of the cities isolation from the rest of the US was that the city never developed a solid music industry to back up the creative over-supply. Whilst New York had Atlantic, Detroit had Motown, Memphis had Stax, Chicago had Chess, Los Angeles had Modern, New Orleans had a multitude of small businesses fighting for space - and often each other. Without the marketing, promotional weight, business nouse and financial clout, New Orleans labels found it hard to get the nationwide distribution necessary to fill the million-odd jukeboxes throughout the country. So whilst every family in America knows the music of Gladys Knight or Smokey Robinson few could tell you about – let alone hum a tune from - Benny Spellman, Inell Young, Warren Lee….This is far from being a reflection of the artists creativity or musicality - as anyone can tell you New Orleans melodies are the catchiest of all - more it is a reflection of the limitations of the local music industry. Some New Orleans artists became successful throughout the US such as Fats Domino in the 1950s and in the late 1960s The Meters and Lee Dorsey, but many artists remained within the city limits. 
                    This makes for a fascinating goldmine of music released by a complex myriad of small labels run mainly by New Orleans producers, promoters and artists themselves. New Orleans Funk 2 brings together many of these artists along with text, sleeve-notes and photographs that gives social and historical context to the incredibly funky music of New Orleans.

                    • Cyril Neville – Gossip
                    • Eddie Bo – If It's Good To You (It's Good For You)
                    • Ray J – Right Place Wrong Time
                    • The Meters – Chicken Strut
                    • Allen Toussaint – Tequila
                    • The Prime Mates – Hot Tamales
                    • Betty Harris – Show It
                    • Lee Dorsey – Four Corners
                    • Bonnie and Sheila – You Keep Me Hanging On
                    • The Gaturs – Yeah You're Right, You Know You're Right
                    • Danny White – The Twitch
                    • Inell Young – What Do You See In Her
                    • Earl King – Street Parade
                    • Eddie Bo & The Soul Finders – The Rubber Band
                    • Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller
                    • Warren Lee – Mama Said We Can't Get Married
                    • Betty Harris – 12 Red Roses
                    • Joe Chopper & The Swinging 7 Soul Band – Soul Pusher
                    • Eddie Bo – Hey Bo
                    • Johnny Moore – Haven't I Been Good To You
                    • Jimmy Hicks – I'm Mr Big Stuff
                    • Warren Lee – Funky Belly
                    • G. Davis and R. Tyler – Hold On Help Is On The Way
                    • Art Neville – Bo Diddley
                    • Porgy Jones – Dap
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                    VoodooBy Kyle KristosJ. B.Lippincott (1976)

                    Good book nice and clearly written

                    Pointing out the elements of Catholicism that coexist with the drums, trances, and animal sacrifice, Kristos catalogues the chief loa (lesser gods), describes a typical ceremony, touches on the highly feared and secretive Sect Rouge believed to practice human sacrifice, and ends up with a quick visit to New Orleans, the centre of American voodoo. An outside view, but one that avoids the sensationalism and teasing of belief so common with the subject.


                      • Original Book (200g)£30.00
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