Cover Art of Studio One Records Deluxe Hardback 12x12" 200 page Book

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    Available for limited period at special discount price!

    100% Absolutely essential! Super-deluxe 12x12" hardback 200 page plus, hundreds of classic Studio One sleeves including loads of killer rarities!

    Introduction by Steve Barrow.

    This is a seriously heavyweight guide to the great Studio One Records, Reggae's greatest ever record label. From the extensive introduction by Steve Barrow (Author of the Rough Guide to Reggae/Founder of Blood & Fire Records), through hundreds of full size classic sleeves to the clossing 'collector's section' featuring rare silkscreens, alternate sleeves and more, Cover Art of Studio One brings you the artwork from Sir Coxsone's greatest achievement.

    Features classic and rare sleeves from Horace Andy, The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Toots and The Maytals, Dillinger, Sugar Minott, Lone Ranger and many, many, many more. A goldmine of design, and a who's who of Reggae.

    Features on the book:

    The Quietus (A Guide to Soul Jazz and Studio One)

    The Independent

    BBC London - Robert Elms Radio Show (Steve Barrow and Stuart Baker talk about Studio One)

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    Soul Jazz Records new Studio One release Rocksteady Got Soul is a collection of uplifting and superb rocksteady and soulful reggae from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Studio One is the number one label in the history of reggae and he album features - as ever with Studio One - an impeccable and unbeatable line-up of reggae superstars all soaring at the height of their creative powers. Alton Ellis, John Holt, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Ethiopians, Lee Perry and more.

    The album is a mix of classic tunes and rhythms alongside super-rarities that were released in a dazzlingly complex web of Studio One labels and issues, deftly navigated with new sleevenotes from author and Studio One authority Rob Chapman. But enough with the chatter, just spin the platter - these tunes rule the town, hands down!


    This Soul Jazz/Studio One album is released as deluxe gatefold double-vinyl + house inners + download code. Also as jewel case CD housed in card slipcase. Both formats come with full sleeve notes/discography and exclusive photography. (The album is also available digitally on day of release onwards)

    • Alton Ellis – It's True
    • The Heptones – You Turned Away
    • The Gladiators – Mr Sweet
    • The Jail Breakers – Work It Up
    • Lee Perry & The Gaylads – Run Rudie Run
    • The Heptones – Young Generation
    • Jackie Mittoo – Good Feeling
    • C. Marshall – I Need Your Loving
    • Alton Ellis – I'll Be Waiting
    • The Clarendonians – The Tables Gonna Turn
    • Ken Parker – When You're Gone
    • Sound Dimension – Traveling Home
    • Errol Dunkley – Get Up Now
    • John Holt – My Heart Is Gone
    • Freedom Singers and Larry Marshall – Monkey Man
    • The Ethiopians – Let The Light Shine
    • Im and David – Money Maker
    • The Viceroys – Lose and Gain
    Reggae SoundsystemOriginal Reggae Album Cover ArtSoul Jazz Books

    Reggae Soundsystem! is a new deluxe 200 page hard-back 12”x12” book featuring hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs that span the history of reggae music. 

    The book is compiled by the celebrated author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/ Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). 

    Beginning in the 1950s, Jamaican music developed into one of the most important and influential music industries in the world. From its early Mento (Jamaican Calypso) beginnings through to the invention of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub and Dancehall, Jamaican music is also one of the richest and innovative veins in popular music.

    This stunning hardback deluxe book looks at the endless visually creativity of  reggae record cover designs, iconic, classic, rare and unique artwork spanning sixty years of Jamaican sounds.

      Studio One DubStudio One DubSoul Jazz Records

      Continuing the Studio 1 Series this album features classic and rare Dub tracks from Studio One, many available for the first time in over thirty years. Studio One Dub includes the dubs of many classic tracks such as Horace Andy’s “Skylarkin”, Johnny Osbourne’s “Truth and Rights”, John Holt’s “Hooligan”, Freddie McGregor’s “Bobby Bobylon” plus many more rare tracks. In short, this is an essential album!

      • Dub Specialist – Bionic Dub
      • Dub Specialist – Take A Ride Version
      • Dub Specialist – Sky Rhythm
      • Dub Specialist – Taurus Dub 2
      • Dub Specialist – Hooligan
      • Dub Specialist – Dub Rock
      • Dub Specialist – Rastaman Version
      • Dub Specialist – Jah Jah Version
      • Dub Specialist – Creator Version
      • Dub Specialist – Running Dub
      • Dub Specialist – Hi Fashion Dub
      • Dub Specialist – Pretty Version
      • Dub Specialist – Race Track Version
      • Dub Specialist – Spawning
      • Dub Specialist – In Cold Blood Version
      • Dub Specialist – Chase Them Version
      • Dub Specialist – Feel The Dub
      Studio One DJ'sSoul Jazz Records

      For this Studio One release we return to the roots of Reggae music-The Soundsystem. Throughout the late 1950s and 1960s Soundsystems played throughout the city of Kingston, Jamaica. As well as Sir Coxsone's Downbeat Soundsystem other famous Soundsystem operators included Duke Reid (the Trojan), Prince Buster, Tom the Great and King Edwards. 

      These Soundystems were the birthplace of much of Jamaica's musical culture ­ Soundclashes, Dancehall and the idea of the Toaster who sang over records- theDJ. As ever Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd led the field and so for this release the focus is on DJ's at Studio One and features legendary toasters such as Denis Alcapone, Dillinger and Prince Far I as well as a host of rare material by lesser known artists. Also included is Count Machuki ­ the original DJ- the first man ever to speak over the mic-at Sir Coxsone¹s Downbeat Sound System- from where it all began.

      As Steve Barrow (author of The Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) writes in the sleevenotes, Jamaican deejay music is the source for all Rap music: From Count Machuki talking over records on Sir Coxsone's legendary Downbeat Sound System this style would eventually travel to America when the Jamaican-born Kool Herc began playing at Block parties (a version of the Kingston Soundsystem parties) in the Bronx. Cutting up rare-groove classics for the first B-Boys to rap over, Hip-Hop was born and theDJ music that had started on the early Soundsystems of Kingston would go on to conquer the world! 

      Studio One Records is the original Jamaican record label. Studio One Records started the career of hundreds of Jamaican artists from Bob Marley to The Skatalites, from Horace Andy to The Heptones. Studio One DJs (compiled by Mark Ainley) is the next in the series of releases where Soul Jazz Records are showcasing the music of Studio One, the label that literally defines Reggae. 

      • Count Machuki – More Scorcha
      • Prince Francis – Rock Fort Shock
      • Dennis Alcapone – Power Version
      • Dillinger – Natty Kung Fu
      • Jah Scotchie – Man Of Creation
      • Jim Brown – Seen Him
      • Jah Buzz – Love In The Arena
      • Prince Francis – Street Doctor
      • Lone Ranger – The Answer
      • Prince Jazzbo – Crime Don't Pay
      • Brigadier Jerry – Every Man A Me Brethren
      • Big Joe – Version Of Rights
      • Lone Ranger – The Big Match
      • Jah Jesco – Warning
      • Prince Far I – Natty Farmyard
      • Charlie Ace & Scorcher – Father And Dread Locks
      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
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      • Junior Murvin – Cross Over
      • Twin Roots – Know Love
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      • Keith Texon – Living My Life
      • Michael Campbell – Schoolgirl
      • Junior Murvin – Memories
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        Bob Marley & The WailersSun Is ShiningUpsetter

        Classic deep 1st version of "Sun Is Shining" from The Wailers with Lee Perry producing, instrumental on the flip.

        • – Sun Is Shining
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        Nigeria Freedom Sounds ! Popular Music and The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960-63Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Freedom Sounds! features a stunning selection of material spotlighting the vibrant musical scene in Nigeria at the start of the 1960s. With a wealth of musical and cultural history and newly independent from Britain, Nigerian music during this era was complex, diverse and forward-thinking, with musicians as excited in exploring their country’s own musical lineage with styles such as Juju and Apala as they were in adapting and absorbing outside influences such as Ghanaian Highlife, Caribbean Calypsos and Mambo and more.

        This album features many of the defining artists of this time who helped shape the Nigerian musical scene. Artists include I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots, Haruna Ishola and his Group, E.C. Arinze, Sammy Akpabot and His All Stars, Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers, Ganiyu Kale and His Guinea Mambo Orchestra and many more.

        Few nations on earth are as diverse as Nigeria, and the wide assortment of Nigerian music styles collected on this album reflect the country’s rich variety of cultures. Western-influenced dance music, played on European instruments such as guitar, brass, and woodwind sits alongside traditional musical styles, made with indigenous instruments such as the talking drum, marimba, or obo. And there is also religious musical styles first brought to Nigeria by European Christians and Islamic traders from North Africa. And of course, there are points where these musical styles overlap, merging into one another to create unique new sounds.

        This album is released as CD + booklet + slipcase, heavyweight gatefold double vinyl edition + download code, and digital release. The CD includes a large outsize 48-page book containing extensive sleevenotes by compiler Danny Fitzgerald, original photography, artist biographies, as well as selection of Nigerian adverts celebrating its independence and original artwork from some of the rare original Nigerian 45s on which this music was first (and only ever) released. The heavyweight gatefold 2xLP comes with full sleevenotes and download code.

        Read GUARDIAN newspaper review here

        'Soul Jazz Records set is pure listening pleasure and a perfect jumping off point for listeners curious about popular music beyond Europe and North America.' POP MATTERS

        • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
        • Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
        • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
        • Charles Iwegbue and his Archibogs – Baby I Tire
        • Haruna Ishola and his Group – Iba Awon Agba
        • E.C. Arinze – Chukwu Fulum Nanya
        • Victor Ola-Iya and his Cool Cats – Cool Cats Invitation
        • Ganiyu Kale and his Guinea Mambo Orchestra – Iyawo-Ile
        • E.C. Arinze – Freedom Highlife
        • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Bonfo
        • Haruna Ishola and his Group – Owo Ni Fari
        • Apolos Empire Rhythm Orchestra – Cut your Coat According To Your Size
        • E.C. Arinze – Lumumba Calypso
        • Sammy Akpabot and his All Stars – Save For A Rainy Day
        • Ishie Brothers – Onyeoma Rosa
        • Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – Look, Look, Look
        • E.C. Arinze – Saturday Night
        • J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Iyawo Ma Pa Mi
        • Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – You Cheat Me
        • E.C. Arinze – Ozo Emena
        • Tes Dandies Dance Band – Obo Mi Ebe Mi
        • J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Olowofuja Sawa
        • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Omo Alara
        • 1. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
        • 2. Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
        • 3. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
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        Studio One DJ's Vol. 2Soul Jazz Records

        This second volume of DJs from Reggae’s legendary "University of Reggae", Studio One Records features some of the finest toasters ever to record in Jamaica. The album features classic tracks from DJ greats Dennis Alcapone, Lone Ranger, Prince Jazzbo, King Stitt alongside super-rare tracks from artists such as Bobby Jackie, Jah Jesco and Little Joe all recorded under Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s supervision at the legendary recording studio and record label. 

        Musical backing comes from the legendary in-house bands – The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension, Soul Vendors and Soul Defenders – who provide the classic Studio One rhythms. So influential in the history of Reggae. As well as eighteen killer tracks the album comes with new sleevenotes by Steve Barrow (Blood and Fire/Rough Guide to Reggae) and photography by Dennis Morris making this another essential Studio One Reggae release for connoisseurs of Reggae and newcomers alike.

        • Dennis Alcapone – Fever Teaser
        • Prince Jazzbo – Pepper Rock
        • Carey Johnson – Correction Train
        • Bobby Jackie & Soul Defenders – Reggae Wiggle
        • Prince Francis – Ethiopia
        • Brigadier Jerry – Ram Dance Master
        • King Stitt – No Man Version
        • Little Joe – Gun Court
        • Prince Jazzbo – Crab Walking (discomix)
        • Lone Ranger – Tribute To Bob Marley
        • Soul Vendors – Whipping The Prince
        • Prince Francis – Rocking Machine
        • King Cry Cry – I Had A Talk
        • Jim Brown – Clippin
        • Jah Jesco – West Gone Black
        • Big Joe – Get Out Bald Head
        • Dennis Alcapone – Home Version
        • Lone Ranger – Keep On Coming A The Dance
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          Congo Revolution - Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds From The Two Congos 1955 - 62Soul Jazz Records

          This stunning new release looks at the explosion of music that came out of the Congo in the years leading up to independence in 1960. Congolese rumba, a wild combination of African, Jazz and Latin influences, created future stars of its now legendary creators – Franco, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley, Dr. Nico, Papa Wemba - and all feature here in their ground-breaking early groups such as O.K.Jazz, Brazzos, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz and The Beguen Band.

          The Congo is in fact two countries – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) and the Republic of the Congo. Congo Revolution was first released as a sampler 7” box set for RSD, and this expanded release includes a 50-page booklet/double gatefold and inner sleeves containing extensive text explaining the evolution of the music and history of the two Congos, and how music, politics and popular culture intersected at the point of independence from the two Congos’ European colonisers – Belgium and France – through songs such as ‘Vive Patrice Lumumba,’ and ‘MNC Uhuru,’ which celebrated the Congolese independence leader prior to his political assassination.

          Also included is the stunning images of the Congolese photographer Jean Depara who documented the Congo’s vibrant nightlife in the period 1955-65 as well as being the official photographer for the superstar Congolese artist Franco up until his death in 1989. Depara also documents the rise of the Bills (Congolese teenagers who dressed as cowboys) and sharp-suited évolués (which later gave rise to the fashion-conscious phenomenon of the Congolese ‘Sapeurs’). These superb images are reproduced in collaboration with Revue Noire in France.

          This album comes as a deluxe heavyweight double vinyl with gatefold sleeve and individual inner sleeves, CD with slipcase and 50-page outsize booklet and as digital release.

          • Brazzos et OK Jazz – Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo
          • Brazzos Et OK Jazz – Tcha Tcha Tcha Mi Amor
          • Essous et Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
          • Edo et O.K. Jazz – Kumavula Tubakueto
          • O.K. Jazz – Sois Sage Amour
          • Nino & Rock-a-Mambo – Allegria
          • Bagette et Le Vedette Jazz Orchestre – Rhythmo Vedette Jazz
          • Franco et O.K. Jazz – Tokeyi Kobina Calypso
          • Essous et Orchestre Bantou – Luiza
          • Beguen Band – Yo Me Moera
          • African Jazz – Vive Patrice Lumumba
          • Dewayon & Conga Jazz – Na Lingi Na Ngai Kubala Te
          • Kongo Jazz – La Belle Lucie Botayi
          • Grupo O.K Jazz – Grupo O.K Jazz
          • Rock-A- Mambo – Cherie Nini
          • African Jazz – Flowers of Luckness
          • African Fiesta – Merengue Nico
          • Rock-a-Mambo – Les Voyous
          • Wendo Kolosoy with Beguen Band – Marie Louise
          • African Jazz – Ngonga Ebeti Independance
          • African Jazz – MNC Uhuru
          • 1. Brazzos et OK Jazz – Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo
          • 2. Brazzos Et OK Jazz – Tcha Tcha Tcha Mi Amor
          • 3. Essous et Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
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          Dr. AlimantadoBorn For A Purpose (aka Sons Of Thunder) 1981Greensleeves

          Classic album originally released on Greensleeves in 1981, this is roots reggae at its finest. Vinyl version is on keyman records. check "born for a purpose" "oil crisis" "return of muhammed ali"

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            90 Degrees of ShadeOver 100 Years of Photography in the CaribbeanIntroduction by Paul Gilroy

            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.


            FEATURES:

            See Guardian newspaper cover story/4-page feature/gallery here

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              Deutsche Elektronische MusikSoul Jazz Records

              AVAILABLE AGAIN! Soul Jazz Records new 2018 edition of their long out of print classic first “Deutsche Elektronische Musik – Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83” is ‘a near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music’ (The Guardian).


              Featuring a stunning line-up of groups including Cluster, Can, Faust, Popol Vuh, Neu!, Amon Düül, Harmonia, La Düsseldorf and Tangerine Dream as well as a host of lesser known groups such as Kollectiv, Ibliss, Between and many more. This new edition is fully re-mastered and features all the original artwork and tracks.


              The first seeds of German rock and experimental electronic music were planted in 1968, as students and workers in Paris, Prague, Mexico and throughout the world demonstrated against mainstream society, the war in Vietnam, imperialism and bourgeois values. The birth of a counter-culture, drug experimentation and social change expanded musical worlds. Germany experienced its own cultural revolution fuelled by these worldwide student and worker revolts and by a generation’s desire to rid itself of the guilt of war.


              German rock and experimental electronic music grew out of this worldwide counter-cultural revolution of 1968. The objectives were to create new music, ‘free’ from the past, many German youth turning their back on mainstream society. From the opening of the first collective/cooperative, Kommune 1, in Berlin, to the formation of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group and the bombings, kidnappings and killings of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (RAF), young Germans sought out new values and a lifestyle outside of ‘the system’.


              These cooperative and communal experiences led to a number of new collective German bands forming such as Amon Düül, Faust, Can (all featured here) and others and these ideals drove this new movement. A music that gave seed out of the cultural ‘nothingness’ that young Germans felt as a consequence of Germany’s role in the Second World War. A generation who grew up stifled by the recent history of Nazi atrocities, the guilt of their parents’ generation and their disillusionment at the reintegration of old Nazis into mainstream society.



              Influenced equally by the electronic experimentalism of Stockhausen, the progressive rock of Pink Floyd and the black American jazz and soul music played at the occupying armed forces bases, young German artists seamlessly created out of this a new unique music with its own unique identity.


              Double CD pack with large 36-page outsize booklet encased in slipcase. The vinyl edition is made up of TWO separate volume heavyweight loud gatefold double albums (now + free download codes) featuring all sleevenotes and text.

              Double Vinyl Record A is tracks 1-13 (+ Download Code)

              Double Vinyl Record B is tracks 14 - 24 (+ Download Code)

              Digital download does not include track 3 and 23 which are physical only

              REVIEWS:

              ***** GUARDIAN REVIEW (John Savage)

              ***** GUARDIAN REVIEW (Dave Simpson)

              2x LP Record A/CD1:

              1. Can – A Spectacle
              2. Between – Devotion
              3. Harmonia – Dino
              4. Gila – This Morning
              5. Kollektiv – Rambo Zambo
              6. Michael Bundt – La Chasse Aux Microbes
              7. E.M.A.K. – Filmmuzik
              8. Popol Vuh – Morgengruss
              9. Conrad Schnitzler – Auf Dem Schwarzen Kanal
              10. La Düsseldorf – Rheinita
              11. Harmonia – Veterano
              12. Faust – It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
              13. Neu! – Hallo Gallo

              2x LP Record B/CD2:

              1. Cluster – Heisse Lippen
              2. Ibliss – High Life
              3. Moebius – Hasenheide
              4. Amon Düül II – Fly United
              5. Popol Vuh – Aguirre 1
              6. Ash Ra Tempel – Daydream
              7. Tangerine Dream – No Man's Land
              8. Amon Düül II – Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse
              9. Roedelius – Geradewohl
              10. Can – I Want More
              11. Deuter – Soham

              • Can – Aspectacle
              • Between – Devotion
              • Harmonia – Dino
              • Gila – This Morning
              • Kollectiv – Rambo Zambo
              • Michael Bundt – La Chasse Aux Microbes
              • E.M.A.K – Filmmusik
              • Popol Vuh – Morgengruss
              • Conrad Schnitzler – Auf Dem Schwarzen Kanal
              • La Düsseldorf – Rheinita
              • Harmonia – Veterano
              • Faust – It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
              • Neu! – Hallo Gallo
              • Cluster – Heisse Lippen
              • Ibliss – Hi Life
              • Dieter Moebius – Hasenheide
              • Amon Duul II – Fly United
              • Popol Vuh – Aguirre 1
              • Ash Ra Tempel – Daydream
              • Tangerine Dream – No Man's Land
              • Amon Duul II – Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse
              • Roedelius – Geradewohl
              • Can – I Want More
              • Deuter – Soham
              ScientistJah Life In DubJah Life/DKR

              Superb dub album from Scientist that was originally slated for release in 1980 on Jah Life records but never came though the sleeves were printed. Reissued by Digikiller from New York with the original hard card sleeves, all dubs are rhythms from Barrington Levy's albums "Bounty Killer & Englishman" 

              • – Jah Life In Dub
              • – I Am The Only Dub
              • – English Dub
              • – Skylarking Dub
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              Cuba: Original Album Cover Art of Cuban MusicCompiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Books

              "Must read Best Books of 2020" Financial Times

              Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Album Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90 ’ is a stunning new deluxe 250-page large format hardback book compiled and edited by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that features many 100s of stunning and unique Cuban record sleeve designs made since the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959. These album covers have rarely been seen (nor heard) outside of Cuba and show a rich previously hidden history of both music and design.

              ‘Cuba: Music and Revolution’ is the first ever book about Cuban record sleeve design and has been five years in the making, made in full co-operation with the Cuban government. The record sleeve designs reflect both the rich cultural Latin musical legacy of Cuba, as well as the political and aesthetic influence of revolutionary Communism, which manifests itself both in the music created on the island and the artwork of the designs included here.

              Cuban music is the source of much Latin music in the 20th century. Salsa, the all-encompassing Latin music that came out of New York in the 1970s, and soon spread across Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere, owes all of its success to the Cuban music on which it is fundamentally based.

              These record sleeves help document the dramatic change in Cuba’s identity from that of 1950s tourist paradise to socialist state. Following the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the United States imposed a trade embargo which exists to this day, and as a consequence the many 100s of Cuban records featured here have rarely been seen outside of Cuba.

              The book is edited and compiled by Gilles Peterson, BBC broadcaster, record label owner, DJ, record collector, founder of Worldwide FM and Stuart Baker, founder of Soul Jazz Records. Together they have edited two earlier critically-acclaimed music and design books ‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound – Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art 1965-83’ and ‘Bossa Nova and The Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s’.

              In conjunction with the deluxe book, Soul Jazz Records will be releasing an album also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker, charting the rise of Cuban music in the 1970s and featuring many of the artists who appear in this book.

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                Different FashionDoctor Bird

                By the time the strident sound of original dancehall came to dominate the Jamaican music scene at the close of the Seventies, Sonia Pottinger had long been established as one of the island’s most influential figures. Since first making her mark as a producer of note in the mid-Sixties, she had remained at the forefront of the fiercely competitive industry, effortlessly adapting to changing musical styles.

                Her ability to keep her finger firmly on the musical pulse is impressively reflected with this set, which gathers the very best of her output during the golden age of dancehall. Included on this essential collection are popular works by some of Jamaica’s finest talents of the era, with the island’s top sessions crews, the Revolutionaries and the Roots Radics the chief musical accompanists.

                Yet despite the high quality of all of the recordings, every recording on this compilation appears on CD for the very first time, with 11 of the 33 tracks previously unreleased!

                * Previously Unreleased

                • DISC 1: Bobby Ellis & The Revolutionaries * – Stormy Weather (12" Mix)
                • Archie Lyn – Rat In The Centre
                • Errol Scorcher – Tan Tudy
                • Jah Thomas – Come Nurse
                • Carl & Gibby – Road Block
                • Papa Ritchie – Phantom In The Jungle
                • Ranchie McLean – Tommy
                • Errol Scorcher – Roach In The Corner (12" Mix)
                • Ansel Collins – Bim
                • Ernest Wilson – Give The People What They Want
                • Michael Palmer – Mr Landlord (12" Mix)
                • Jah Thomas * – Road Code
                • Tony Tuff * – Round The World (12" Mix)
                • Papa Ritchie * – Annie Palmer (12" Mix)
                • Errol Scorcher – Water Bumpee
                • Sonya Spence * – Talk Love (12" Alt. Mix)
                • DISC 2: Bobby Ellis& Ranking Joe * – Shank I Sheck / Shine Eye Gal (12" Mix)
                • Errol Scorcher – Sounds Of Hon. Marley
                • Lee Van Cleef – Different Fashion
                • Zara – Financial Problem
                • Tony Tuff – Oppresser
                • The Enchanters – Whole Lot Of Loving
                • Jah Thomas – A Little Bit Of Love
                • Errol Scorcher * – Rucumbine Girl (12" Mix)
                • Marcia Griffiths * – Don't Ever Leave
                • Gladstone Anderson & The Star Band – Free Base
                • Papa Ritchie – Westmoreland Flood
                • Delroy Wilson * – Let's Unite (12" Mix)
                • Errol Scorcher – Peace Truce
                • Tony Tuff * – Little Miss Mary (12" Mix)
                • Ranking Joe – General
                • Lorna Bennett – It's My House (12" Mix)
                • Jah Thomas * – Tell Me The Truth (12" Mix)
                • 1. DISC 1: Bobby Ellis & The Revolutionaries * – Stormy Weather (12" Mix)
                • 2. Archie Lyn – Rat In The Centre
                • 3. Errol Scorcher – Tan Tudy
                • View full info and tracklisting
                • 2×CD£15.00
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                Cuba: Music and Revolution - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

                Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba.

                The album comes as a heavyweight 3xLP and deluxe 2xCD set, complete with extensive sleeve notes, and is jam-packed with heavy bass lines, synth and Wah-Wah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

                The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90, published in November, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

                The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba – and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

                The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s – who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album have never been heard outside of Cuba.

                Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades – Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.

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                REVIEWS:

                "It may only be January, but we already have a strong contender for 'compilation of the year'. Put together by devout crate-diggers and Cuban music enthusiasts Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records)" JUNO

                "It's abundantly clear that these compilers are at the very top of their game. Everything here was previously unheard outside of Cuba, making this a feast for the curious" Vinyl District

                "Priceless comp goes beyond Buena Vista" UNCUT

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                *Please note the vinyl sticker of this album says "+download code" but it's a mistake! There is no download with this particular album due to legal reasons. Sorry for this error!

                • Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
                • Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
                • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
                • Grupo Monumental – Mi Son Caridad
                • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Sondeando
                • Las D'Aida – Con Cadencia y Con Dulzura
                • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Y No Le Conviene
                • Pablo Milanés – Te Quiero Porque Te Quiero
                • Emíliano Salvador – Luna Wanestain
                • Los Reyes 73 – Un Lamento Hecho Cancion
                • Eduardo Ramos – Vocación Revolución
                • Grupo Mounmental – Hasta Las Cuantas
                • Los 5 U 4 – Solo Esta Musica
                • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Canción Con Todos
                • Orquesta Los Van Van – Yo Se Que Van Van
                • Grupo Monumental – Nadie Se Siente Cansado
                • Orquesta Ritmo Oriental – Maria, Baila El Son
                • Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Rompe Cocorioco
                • Los Reyes 73 – Grandes Amigos
                • Paquito D'Rivera – La Patica
                • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Grifo
                • Raúl Gómez – Dacapo
                • Grupo Irakere – Juana 1600
                • 1. Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
                • 2. Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
                • 3. Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
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                Reggae 45 SoundsystemThe Label Art of Reggae Singles, A Visual History of Jamaican Reggae 1959-79Soul Jazz Books

                Reggae Soundsystem 45! is a new stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000  full size record label 45 rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music. 

                The book is compiled by the renowned author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). Text by Steve Barrow and Noel Hawks.

                As well as the stunning full-size 45 designs, this book is ram-jam filled with text on many of the records, artists, producers and record companies featured in the book.

                The 45rpm 7” single is at the heart of reggae music, the main tool in which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, through to its dissemination worldwide, over the last 50+years. 

                These unique label designs give us a hidden history of design that is raw, innovative and hip. Ever since the birth of the Jamaican music industry  through to the present day, these idiosyncratic label designs have helped illustrate, signify and energise the music that they accompany.

                Reggae 45 Soundsystem is released to coincide with the publication of a second large format hardback 12x12" book, Reggae Soundsystem which features original album cover art of reggae, also published by Soul Jazz Books.

                  Studio One Showcase – The Sound Of Studio One In The 1970sPosterSoul 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.

                    New Orleans Funk Vol. 3: The Original Sound of FunkSoul Jazz Records

                    This new instalment of New Orleans Funk subtitled 'Two-Way-Pocky-Way, Gumbo Ya Ya and the Mardi Gras Mambo' features more classic New Orleans funk in all its forms.


                    The syncopated percussion beat of the second line jazz parade bands, the secret language and dances of the Mardi Gras Indians, the mambo and latin rhythms of Professor Longhair and the city’s many piano players help make New Orleans a unique musical melting pot.


                    New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the creation of jazz, the original creole culture clash of African heritage and European instrumentation.


                    In the 1960s and into the early 1970s add to this the creative powerhouses of Allen Toussaint, The Meters, Eddie Bo and others alongside the famous musical families of the city – the Nevilles, the Marsalis’s, the Lasties – and we find ourselves at the birthplace of the original sound of funk - New Orleans Funk.


                    A seemingly endless line of amazing singers - Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris, Willie West, Eldridge Holmes – released a constant stream of stunning 45s, backed by the super-funk Meters and produced by Allen Toussaint. The multi-talented Eddie Bo, similarly wrote and produced for an elite set of artists including The Explosions, Chuck Carbo and others.


                    But limited local record distribution meant that most of these artists remained unknown outside of the city borders and as a consequence many of these records are serious collectors items today.


                    Add to this the syncopated poly-rhythm funk of Mardi Gras Indians with a rare version of the carnival classic Two-Way-Pock-A-Way, and the parade band jazz of the Rebirth Jazz Band (with their twisted take on the Blackbyrd’s rare groove classic Do It Fluid) and you have the latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk series.


                    Read Quietus large feature here


                    REVIEWS:
                    "The hallmark of a great Soul Jazz compilation is the balance between the stone cold classic and the well selected deep cut, and this compilation serves up both well." Quietus
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                     "The Soul Jazz label’s long-running curation of New Orleans’s funky past has already yielded several premier league collections for hungry musical gumbo fans. The latest catch from the Nola freak scene... doesn’t disappoint with its swaggering and swinging line of classic cuts."  The Irish Times


                    “Every New Orleans Funk release confirms that Soul Jazz Records should keep a triple A in the genre of Soul/Funk.” 90BPM

                    • Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
                    • Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
                    • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
                    • Tony Owens – Got A Get My Baby Back Home
                    • Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
                    • The Dixie Cups – Two Way Poc A Way
                    • Eldridge Holmes – If I Were A Carpenter
                    • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Do It Fluid
                    • Lee Dorsey w/ The Meters – What You Want
                    • The Explosions – Jockey Ride (Parts 1 & 2)
                    • Allen Toussaint – We The People
                    • Chuck Carbo – Take Care Your Homework Friend
                    • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
                    • Eldridge Holmes w/The Meters – The Book
                    • The Deacons – Fagged Out
                    • Diamond Joe – Gossip Gossip
                    • Professor Longhair – Big Chief Part 2
                    • The Rubaiyats – Omar Khayyam
                    • 1. Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
                    • 2. Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
                    • 3. Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
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                    Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80Edited by Jon Savage and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Books

                    Soul Jazz Records’ massive deluxe 400-page Punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, England’s Dreaming) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records).

                    The book includes introduction and text by Jon Savage, numerous interviews, features and articles from the likes of Richard Hell, Seymour Stein (Sire Records), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Peter Saville (Factory), Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet), Dave Robinson (Stiff Records), Richard H Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire), Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio) as well as exhaustive biographies, band line-ups and more to create an in-depth study of punk during its formative years.

                    This book features the original full-size singles cover art of hundreds of punk groups - everyone from the pre-punk roots of The Stooges, MC5 and New York Dolls on to punk's birth in New York (Ramones, Talking Heads, Voidoids, Dead Boys) and London (Pistols, Clash, Buzzcocks) and then its rapid growth around the world. Included are hundreds and hundreds of rare, classic and stunning sleeves that collected together for the first time chart the rise of punk between the years 1976-1980.

                      All New Soul Jazz Groovy 7" BagRed and Blue BAGSoul Jazz Records

                      Get down with the get down! Fantastic new season colours in Soul Jazz Records' classic 12" & 7" Record Bags (holds about 50 7"s). Fantastic for DJing, impressing your stylish friends or just 'carrying stuff'.

                      As well as the classic blue bag with white strap and stripes these are now available in limited edition red, green, cyan and more with matching straps - 'nuff colours!

                        Two Synths, A Guitar (And) A Drum Machine - Soul Jazz Records #1 Post Punk DanceSoul Jazz Records

                        OUT NOW!

                        Soul Jazz Records new ‘Two Synths, A Guitar (and) A Drum Machine’ is a new collection of current D-I-Y post-punk bands shaped by the mutant sounds of no wave, punk funk and New York Noise bands from the late 70s and early 80s that collided with the world of underground dance music found at the Paradise Garage, Mudd Club in New York City (ESG, Arthur Russell, Bush Tetras, Talking Heads, Suicide, Liquid Liquid).

                        Other influences cited here include Manchester and Sheffield’s industrial post-punk sounds of the 1980s (Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four) as well as the 1970s German electronic experimentalism of Cluster, Neu!, Harmonia and Can.

                        Featured artists from around the globe include Los Angeles D-I-Y band Automatic, New Fries from Toronto, artist/music collaborators Toresch from Germany, Susumu Makai from Japan/UK, Vex Ruffin from the Phillipines/California and Madmadmad, Gramme, Tom of England and other UK groups

                        That all the bands featured here manage to make distinctive contemporary music out of these 80s roots is testament to the wide range of other musics that are seamlessly absorbed into a modern melting pot of sound – hip-hop, the electronic European avant-garde, rave culture, and more.

                        The double vinyl comes in two editions:

                        1) Limited edition indies EXCLUSIVE heavyweight green double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

                        2) Limited edition heavyweight black double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

                        The album is also available as a CD and digital release

                        • Automatic – Too Much Money
                        • Zongamin – Underwater Paramid
                        • New Fries – Lily
                        • Vex Ruffin & Fab 5 Freddy – The Balance
                        • Ixna – Somebody Said
                        • Leroy Duncann – Dream River
                        • Tom Of England – Neon Green
                        • Toresch – Tocar
                        • Becker & Mukai – La Rivière des Perles
                        • Gramme – Discolovers
                        • Niagara – Ida
                        • Charles Manier – Sift Through Art Collecting People
                        • Black Deer – Baseball Shorts
                        • Madmadmad – Hot Disco
                        • Wino D – Untitled