Reggae 45 Soundsystem The Label Art of Reggae Singles, A Visual History of Jamaican Reggae 1959-79

    Soul 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.

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    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.

      Cover Art of Studio One RecordsDeluxe Hardback 12x12" 200 page BookSoul Jazz Books

      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)

        Dancehall BookThe Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall CultureSoul Jazz Books

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

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

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

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

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

        REVIEWS:

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

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

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

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

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


          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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          Willie WilliamsArmagideon Time (Discomix Vocal / Version)Soul Jazz Records

          MASSIVE STUDIO ONE ANTHEM ALERT!!!

          Willie Williams' roots rock reggae classic Armagideon Time – the rare 12" extended Discomix version split into two sublime heavyweight slices and cut super-loud on a 12" single.

          Produced by Studio One supremo Coxsone Dodd this is a huge Reggae anthem on the classic 'Real Rock' rhythm, famously covered by The Clash and sampled by KRS One, The Fugees and many more.

          A dancefloor devastating Reggae party bomb!

          • Willie Williams – Armagideon Time (Discomix Vocal)
          • Willie Williams – Armagideon Time (Discomix Version)
          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.

            NEW EDITION Freedom, Rhythm and Sound BOOKBy Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

            Large format (12" x 12") plexi-bound deluxe book, 180 page, 100s of killer sleeves!

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            Soul Jazz Records are proud to present this amazing collection of sleeves from the deepest, deepest jazz music ever - compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).

            This is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic.

            Years before the D-I-Y cultural revolution of punk, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others ‘took control’ of their own work by recording, releasing and distributing their own music themselves.

            The record sleeves of this era are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself and a striking reflection of the time; pre-desktop publishing, pre-internet these small-run (sometimes as low as 500 copies), self-made sleeves are graphically bold and radical.

            ‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ is the first ever collection of this fascinating goldmine of album art, which represents the first wave of inspired independent production within popular music.

            ‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ includes a large introduction contextualising the music and artwork as well as features on many of the people involved. Alongside the musicians mentioned above these include Rashied Ali, Steve Reid, Mary Lou Williams, Horace Tapscott, Lloyd McNeil, Tribe, The Last Poets, The Pharoahs, Philip Cohran, Black Artists Group and many others.



              John HoltAli BabaTreasure Isle

              all time rocksteady classic with stealing on the b-side very clean/loud pressings!!

              • – Stealing
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              Roland AlphonsoRoll On Charles Street / Raining OutsideRock A Shacka

              Roll On Charles Street: This is a spirited minor key track, with solos by Alphonso and Brooks.
              Trumpeter Harper takes the honours on this one, his trademark vibrato well in evidence. His big hit for Buster was “Mighty Like A Rose”. He also cut the fearsome “African Blood” and a version of the swing classic ‘Tipping In” under the name of Prince Buster & the Torchlighters.

              • Roland Alphonso – Roll On Charles Street
              • Raymond Harper – Raining Outside
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              AttarasBrimstone & FirePressure Sounds

              killer roots reissue 7" produced by joe higgs and released on his own "elevation" label and featuring wailing souls and joe higgs on harmony vocals. reissued for the first time by pressure sounds on heavyweight vinyl and thick cardboard sleeve.

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              RastafariSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              REVIEWS/FEATURES:

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

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

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

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

              "Fascinating compilation of deep Rastafari themed music" DUB VENDOR 

              Read full Pitchfork feature here

              • Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
              • Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
              • Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
              • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique
              • Ras Michael – Booma Yeah
              • Mutabaruka – Say
              • Bongo Herman & Jah Lloyd – African Drums
              • Ashanti Roy – Hail The Words Of Jah
              • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Sam's Intro
              • Bongo Herman, Les and Bunny – Salaam
              • Winston and Ansell – Zion I
              • Techniques All Stars – Zion I Version
              • Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians – Ethiopia
              • Count Ossie and Leslie Butler – Soul Drums
              • The Heaven Singers – Rasta Dreadlocks
              • Rod Taylor – His imperial Majesty
              • QQ – Betta Must Come
              • Earth and Stone – Jah Will Cut You Down
              • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Narration
              • Ronald Downer & Count Ossie – A Ju Ju Wa
              • 1. Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
              • 2. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
              • 3. Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
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              Sound DimensionMojo Rocksteady BeatSoul Jazz Records
              BACK IN PRINT!!!!!!! 2xLP now with bonus download code!
              Compilation of classic recordings from the heaviest group in the history of reggae!
               
               Sound Dimension have recorded some of the most important songs in reggae music; songs such as 'Real Rock,' 'Drum Song,' 'Heavy Rock,' 'Rockfort Rock,' 'In Cold Blood' -- all classic songs that have become the 'foundation' of reggae music, endlessly versioned and re-versioned by Jamaican artists since the time they were first recorded to the present day.
               
               As the in-house band at Studio One in the late 1960s, Sound Dimension played alongside everyone from The Heptones, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and more.
               
              Similar to their U.S. counterparts, The Funk Brothers at Motown and Booker T. and The MGs at Stax, Sound Dimension recorded on a daily basis incredibly catchy and funky tunes and matched by a seamless musicality.
               
               Featuring musicians of the calibre of Ernest Ranglin, Jackie Mittoo, Eric Frater, Leroy Sibbles, Don Drummond Jr., Deadley Headley and more; Sound Dimension existed from around 1967-70 and all the recordings featured here were originally released during this period.

              REVIEWS:

              "A juicy compilation that does justice to the forgotten of the history of reggae." LES INROCKS

              "Since copyright laws were virtually non-existent in Jamaica for most of the 20th century, it is common to hear innumerable mutations of any given riddim track. Discerning the creators of each song can be a daunting task. From 1967 to ’70, however, the Sound Dimension was the house band at Studio One, creating memorable cuts for the lyrical pantheon of Jamaica to sing and toast over. This 18-song collection of instrumentals shows how pivotal these men were in the sonic architecture of reggae." XLR8R

              "Legendary Studio One band Sound Dimension find themselves on the receiving end of another celebrative retrospective courtesy of the ever-reliable Soul Jazz, bringing together classic recordings of 'Mojo Rocksteady', 'Real Rock', 'Heavy Rock'Rockfort Rock', 'Jamaica Underground' and more. The breadth of this band's influence can be heard throughout the annals of reggae, with these timelessly funky cuts revisited and re-versioned by anyone and everyone since being committed to tape in the '60s. Another great document from Soul Jazz" BOOMKAT

               

              • – Less Problem
              • – Rockfort Rock
              • – Funky
              • – Ten To Ten
              • – Jamaica Underground
              • – Real Rock
              • – Reggae Time
              • – In Cold Blood
              • – Heavy Rock
              • – Great Mu Ga Ru Ga
              • – Park View
              • – Ironside
              • – Mojo Rocksteady
              • – Scorcia
              • – Drum Song
              • – Summertime
              • – Straight Flush
              • – Jamaica Bag
              Prince BusterHigh Blood PressureRock A Shacka

              Prince Buster's take on the New Orleans classic by Huey Smith & The Clowns with the unreleased "Raindrops Falling" by Derrick & Patsy on the B-Side.


              • Prince Buster – High Blood Pressure
              • Derrick & Patsy – Raindrops Falling (Unreleased)
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              Well Pleased & SatisfySweetie Come From AmericaOnlyroots

              Second of two new represses of the underrated band  Well Pleased & Satisfied, check the dub on the 7"..killer!!

              • – Sweetie Come From America
              • – Version
              • 7"£7.99
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              Soul Jazz Records 'Classic' BlackT-ShirtSoul Jazz Records

              It's a classic! "Soul Jazz Records" T-shirt - Red and white on black.

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                The Final SecondsSociety / Lost On A Highway (1973)Boo-Kou

                RARE Heavy wah-wah guitar Blaxploitation/Black Power funk bomb!

                Unplayed original USA 45

                Original USA 7"Vinyl NM- /Sleeve NM-
                100% Guarantee on this and all Original Vinyl at Sounds Of The Universe - 'if you're not happy we're not happy' or your money back!

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                Black Man's Pride 2 (Studio One)Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

                REVIEWS of Black Man's Pride:

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

                • Horace Andy – Illiteracy
                • The Heptones – Be A Man
                • The Manchesters – Natty Gone
                • The Gladiators – Down Town Rebel
                • Willie Williams – Calling
                • Roland Alphonso & Brentford All Stars – Sir D Special
                • Keith Wilson – God I God I Say
                • Alton Ellis – Almost Anything
                • Bobby Kalphat & The New Establishment – Adis A Wa Wa
                • Peter Broggs – Sing A New Song
                • Mystic Revelations Of Rastafari – Let Freedom Reign
                • Larry & Alvin – Free I Lord
                • Ernest Wilson & The Sound Dimension – Freedom Fighter
                • Jackie Mittoo – Happy People
                • Prince Lincoln – Daughters Of Zion
                • High Charles – Zion
                • Winston Jarrett – Love Jah Jah
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                Larry MarshallWooden Heart - Rocking To The Field / Somebody Help Me / Miami BeachRock A Shacka

                Killer rocksteady from 1967 featuring Larry Marshall on the full length version of "Wooden Heart" with an uncredited Vin Gordon on Trombone. Hortense Ellis on the flip with "Somebody Help Me" plus instrumental version.

                • Larry Marshall – Wooden Heart ~ Rocking To The Field
                • Hortense Ellis – Somebody Help Me
                • 10"£16.99
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                Studio One Records Official T-ShirtGreenStudio One/Soul Jazz Records

                Exclusive Studio One Official T-shirt!

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                  DancehallPOSTERSoul Jazz Records

                  Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!

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

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

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

                    James BrownBrother Rapp Parts 1&2King

                    Original heavyweight funk on King.

                    ORIGINAL ISSUE UNPLAYED USA VINYL 45

                    • – Brother Rapp Part 1 & 2
                    Black Man's PrideSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    REVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    Double helping of early Larry Marshall rocksteady vocal cuts produced by Prince Buster, originally issued on Blue Beat Records in 1967 Limited one off press from Japan..

                    S

                    • – Suspicion
                    • – Broken Heart
                    • 7"£13.99
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                    Cultural RootsJah No PartialRevolutionary Sounds

                    1980 tuff roots cut from Cultural Roots with The Revolutionaries adding the muscle on the dub plus two rare extra Dub Plate Cuts. On Limited Blue Vinyl and with full colour company cardboard sleeve.

                    • Cultural Roots – Jah No Partial
                    • The Revolutionaries – Dub Partial
                    • Cultural Roots – Jah No Partial (Dub Plate Mix)
                    • The Revolutionaries – Dub Partial (Dub Plate Mix)
                    • 12"£10.99
                      Out of stock
                    Soul Jazz Club Flyer #6Lone Ranger/Andrew Weatherall/David HolmesSoul Jazz Records


                    Dynamite flyer - Xmas special with Lone Ranger, New Year's eve special, followed by Andrew Weatherall in January and David Holmes in February - £5 to get in! Geenie max!

                    This large format flyer is long and so we suggest you order it with a vinyl purchase rather than a CD purchase (which means it would have to be folded)

                    This is a FREEPOST product when you ADD to any other purchase.

                    If you are ordering just the flyer on its own then order as 'Flyer (postage applied)'. Thanks!


                      • Club Flyer ADD ON (freepost)£1.00
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                      • Club Flyer (postage applied)£1.00
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