Reggae Soundsystem Original Reggae Album Cover Art

    Soul 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.

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    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)

      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 SupremeSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


          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.

            Jackie MittooThe Keyboard King At Studio OneUniversal Sound

            SUPER NEW 20th anniversary special one-off pressing BLUE coloured vinyl gatefold sleeve edition of Soul Jazz Records’ seminal Jackie Mittoo – The Keyboard King at Studio One

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            Jackie Mittoo is one of the defining figureheads of reggae music !

            From forming The Skatalites, at age 15, alongside Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook and others, to his work as writer, arranger, producer at Studio One records during the sixties, writing and playing for artists such as Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and The Heptones (to name a few), to his career as a solo artist as well as leader of bands such as The Soul Brothers, Soul Vendors and The Sound Dimension, Jackie Mittoo is at the heart of reggae music. He was one of the instigators of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. In the seventies, DJ music and Dancehall were based upon classic rhythms of the sixties, many using the instrumental tracks that Jackie Mittoo created at Studio One at this time.

            This compilation features the work of Jackie Mittoo at Studio One. It features music recorded as a solo artist (as opposed to the numerous singers that he accompanied). Most of these are taken from his recordings in the mid-sixties where he was recording on an almost daily basis at Studio One's Brentford Road studios developing the funky reggae sound that was his trademark.

            Jackie Mittoo is as much an icon of Reggae as he is to fans of Funk music. He is without doubt the funkiest keyboard player ever to come out of Jamaica!

            Reviews:

            " The coolest man who ever lived" THE GUARDIAN***** "

            “Named by MOJO as one of the 100 cult heroes of all time, this is a lovingly curated compilation" THE INDEPENDENT

            • Jackie Mittoo – Get Up And Get It
            • Jackie Mittoo – Black Organ
            • Jackie Mittoo – Killer Diller
            • Jackie Mittoo – Totally Together
            • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Tamale
            • Jackie Mittoo – Reggae Rock
            • Jackie Mittoo – Oboe
            • Jackie Mittoo – Juice Box
            • Jackie Mittoo – Summer Breeze
            • Jackie Mittoo – Drum Song
            • Jackie Mittoo – P. Cafe
            • Jackie Mittoo – Henry The Great
            • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
            • Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
            • Jackie Mittoo – Darker Shade Of Black
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            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.



              Family Television: Cultural Power and Domestic Leisure (1986)by David Morley/Stuart Hall

              w/ introduction by Stuart Hall. Secondhand book ex-library fair cond

                • Original Book (300g)£9.00
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                New Orleans FunkSoul Jazz Records

                Album features Ernie K Doe’s ‘Here Come The Girls’, The Meters, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Wild Magnolias and more.


                This is the definitive collection of New Orleans Funk featuring acknowledged masters next to some of the earlier artists who shaped the meaning of funk. The album is also filled with many rare, sought after and undiscovered funk tracks. It covers the period from the emergence of New Orleans Funk in the early 1960's through to the mid-seventies.


                The record is an essential part of anyone in any way interested in Funk's record collection. It has some vital ingredients in it that you can't find elsewhere. With the sound of the New Orleans Funeral March Bands, Mardi Gras Indian Tribes and Saturday Night Fish Fries all as inspiration New Orleans Funk developed into a unique sound. 


                New Orleans is a port town. Originally owned by the French, this was where many slaves were brought from the West Indies. Many of these slaves came from Haiti and brought with them the religion of Voodoo and its drums and music. It became one of the first parts of America to develop a strong African-American culture leading to the invention of Jazz in the early 1900s. 


                A main feature of Jazz in New Orleans were the Jazz Funeral Marching bands. Solemn Brass bands accompanying a coffin would, on burial, be joined by a second line of drummers and dancers which would turn the event into a celebration of the spirit cutting free from earth. This African tradition is strong in New Orleans and still goes on to this day. The backline drums play a syncopated style that is neither on the beat nor the off-beat. It is these rhythms that are the basis of New Orleans Funk. 


                The album comes with a booklet presenting a historical explanation to how and why this music came about, and with lots of information about the people involved.


                Reviews:
                "A Perfect Primer For Funk Fans" Q (Top 5 albums of the year)
                "Probably the finest compilation that Soul Jazz has released. Essential" Time Out

                • The Explosions – Hip Drop
                • Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
                • Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
                • Eddie Bo – Check Your Bucket
                • Professor Longhair – Big Chief
                • Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns – Free, Single And Disengaged
                • Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze
                • Aaron Neville – Hercules
                • Mary Jane Hooper – I've Got Reasons
                • The Gaturs – Gator Bait
                • Allen Toussaint – Get Out Of My Life Woman
                • Cyril Neville – Tell Me What's On Your Mind
                • Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band – Handa Wanda
                • Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris – Love Lots Of Lovin
                • The Explosions – Garden Of Four Trees
                • Ernie & The Top Notes – Dap Walk
                • The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby
                • Marilyn Barbarin – Reborn
                • Dr. John – Mama Roux
                • Danny White – Natural Soul Brother
                • Eddie Bo – Hook 'N' Sling, Pt. 2
                • Ernie K. Doe – Here Come The Girls
                • Robert Parker – Hip-Huggin
                • The Meters – Handclapping Song
                • 2. The Explosions – Hip Drop
                • 3. Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
                • 4. Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
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                Studio One Soul 2Soul Jazz Records

                BACK IN PRINT!!!!!!! 2xLP now with bonus download code!

                Studio One Soul 2 is the long awaited second volume of one of the largest selling Soul Jazz/Studio One titles, Studio One Soul.

                Studio One Soul 2 takes us further into Jamaican music’s fascination with American Soul and Funk music. Featuring a host of classic Reggae artists – Horace Andy, The Heptones, Ken Boothe, Jackie Mittoo, Jacob Miller and many more covering equally classic American Soul and Funk tunes by the likes of Curtis Mayfield, The Five Stairsteps, Marvin Gaye, The Stylistics, Lee Dorsey, Al Green and Syl Johnson.

                Studio One Soul 2 will appeal as much as an introduction to classic reggae as to connoisseurs and is another essential Studio One release. This selection features a mixture of classics, super-rare and unreleased tracks from Studio One, few of which have ever been on CD - all lovingly digitally re-mastered for this release. The vinyl edition also comes on super-loud double vinyl.

                REVIEWS

                "90% of the reggae music I own is contained on a handful of compilation albums from the phenomenal Soul Jazz Records stable. After eulogizing Morgan Khan’s Street Sounds series in my last post, I would have to add that Soul Jazz have done what Khan did for electro for reggae, by doing the hard work for the listener and releasing one quality compilation after another, all packed with the finest reggae songs around." WHITE NOISE

                "Studio One was modeled on the record labels that had their own crack studio house bands, labels and studios like Stax in Memphis, Motown in Detroit, Muscle Shoals in Alabama and Criteria in Florida, so it was natural that at Studio One versions of some of the most influential soul records would be reworked in a Jamaican idiom for playing on the powerful sound systems" SOUNDS STAGE

                • Jacob Miller – Westbound Train
                • Hortense Ellis – People Make The World Go Round
                • Horace Andy – Ain't No Sunshine
                • Soul Vendors – Swing Easy
                • The Heptones – Choice Of Colours
                • Jackie Mittoo & The Brentford Disco Set – Choice Of Music Part 2
                • Prinze Jazzbo – Fool For Love
                • Cornell Campbell – Ten To One
                • Winston Francis – Don't Change
                • Jackie Mittoo – Jumping Jehosophat
                • Tony Gregory – Get Out Of My Life Woman
                • Dub Specialist – Darker Block
                • Little Joe – Red Robe
                • Devon Russell – Make Me Beleive In You
                • Jerry Jones – Compared To What
                • Ken Boothe – Thinking
                • Anthony Creary – Land Call Africa
                • Jackie Mittoo – Fancy Pants
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                The UpsettersBuild The ArkTrojan Records

                This astounding collection bring together some incredibly rare tracks and artists that cannot be found on any other Reggae albums. Then there is of course Perry's fantastic house band The Upsetters and the great man himself with some legendary tracks.

                There is wealth of outstanding material across this box set, covering all sub-genres of Jamaican music with some particularly fine Dubs


                  New Orleans Funk Vol. 4Soul Jazz Records

                  Soul Jazz Records’ latest excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the Voodoo world of New Orleans Funk.

                  Packed to the brim with serious break-heavy, heavyweight funk tunes from classic New Orleans artists including Eddie Bo, Betty Harris, Dave Bartholomew, Johnny Adams and Eldridge Holmes (with the ever-present Allen Toussaint and The Meters as always behind the scenes). There is also a host of rare cuts from a number of lesser-known second line New Orleans artists, whose fame rarely reached past the walls of the city, including Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, James K-Nine, Norma Jean, Bob French, Chuck Colbert, Zilla Mayes and Joe Haywood.

                  In the 1960s the syncopated beat of New Orleans Funk developed out of a gumbo mix of New Orleans local flavours – rhythm and blues, Mardi Gras Indians, the street percussion Second Line of the Jazz Funeral and Marching bands, Caribbean rhumba and mambo rhythms – all of which are in full effect. Even Zydeco, the rhythm and blues offspring of Louisiana Cajun music, had the funk as the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, shows us here. 

                  New Orleans music and Voodoo both have their roots in the African-American free black and slave gatherings held at Congo Square from the 18th century onwards. Here Voodoo king Doctor John (the original one!) and Voodoo queen Marie Levaux held court over their followers, and here also could be heard the first sounds of New Orleans jazz music. Soul Jazz Records’ latest album describes how these two cultural forms are inextricably inter-related. 

                  The album traces the path of funk from the very first glimpses of the style – Dave Bartholomew’s super-tight ‘The Monkey’ (recorded in 1957) and James Waynes’ junkie jailbird anthem ‘Junco Partner’ (1951, later covered by Dr John, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and The Clash) through to the 1970s heavyweight boogie funk of Chocolate Milk’s rare groove classic Action Speak Louder Than Words and The Baron’s ‘Making It Better’. 

                  Also featured is a selection of hard-core classic funk productions from the legendary Eddie Bo (James K-Nine, David Robinson) and the genius of Allen Toussaint (Eldridge Holmes, Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, Lou Johnson). There also a number of super-rare independent New Orleans’ one-off 45 single funk productions from the likes of Chick Colbert and Bob French. And lastly, New Orleans Funk female vocalists are in full effect with tracks by Betty Harris (whose ‘Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul’ has just come out on Soul Jazz Records), Zilla Mayes and Norma Jean. 

                  This album is released as a heavyweight double gatefold vinyl (+ download code), CD pack and digital album, and comes with extensive long-form sleeve-notes and stunning photography from the Ralston Crawford New Orleans collection and Hogan Jazz Archives at Tulane University, New Orleans.

                  Recent related Soul Jazz Records release: Betty Harris 'The Queen of New Orleans Soul' (SJR LP/CD/D345).

                  Digital album includes all tracks. Tracks 4,7,11,12 not available individually (only as bundle).

                  • Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
                  • Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
                  • Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
                  • Chocolate Milk – Action Speaks Louder Than Words
                  • James K-Nine – Live It Up
                  • Lou Johnson – Frisco Here I Come
                  • Norma Jean – No Competition
                  • James Waynes – Junco Partner
                  • David Robinson – I'm A Carpenter (Part 1)
                  • The Barons Ltd – Making It Better
                  • Johnny Adams – You Make A New Man Out Of Me
                  • Clifton Chenier – Party Down
                  • Eddie Bo – Can You Handle It
                  • Bob French's Storyville Jazz Band – Y'er Comes The Funky Man
                  • Joe Haywood – Play Me A Cornbread Song
                  • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
                  • Chuck Colbert & Viewpoint – Stay
                  • Zilla Mayes – All I Want Is You
                  • 1. Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
                  • 2. Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
                  • 3. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
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                  Soul Power '68Doctor Bird

                  With Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle catalogue having been mercilessly plundered over the past few decades, you would be forgiven for thinking that precious little of the legendary producer’s work currently remains unavailable. This sensational collection of long-lost rock steady, proto reggae and soul tracks from 1968 demonstrates otherwise.

                  The first dozen tracks are lifted directly from a recently discovered Trojan Records tape of a previously unissued compilation album, “Soul Power”, while the remainder of the material is in a similar vein, culminating in a fascinating and hugely entertaining 42 track collection of hits, rarities and previously unissued tracks.

                  A sensational stand-alone compilation, while also perfectly complementing currently available Treasure Isle collections released by both Doctor Bird and Trojan, “Soul Power ’68” demonstrates that with a bit of digging, precious gems can still be found!

                  * tracks new to CD

                  + previously unreleased

                  • DISC 1: The Silvertones – In The Midnight Hour
                  • Radcliff Butler * – Soul Power (My Last Word)
                  • Tommy McCook And The Supersonics – Music Is My Occupation
                  • Lloyd Williams – Funky Beat
                  • The Conquerors – Lonely Street
                  • Tommy McCook And The Supersonics – Work Your Soul
                  • The Melodians – Come On Little Girl
                  • Clive & Doreen – What Can I Do
                  • Tommy McCook And The Supersonics * – Venus
                  • The Conquerors – I Fell In Love
                  • DISC 2: The Sensations * – Baby Love (Original Mix)
                  • The Melodians – Let's Join Hands Together
                  • The Paragons – Joy In My Soul
                  • Joya Landis – When The Lights Are Low
                  • Tommy McCook And The Supersonics – Bang Belly
                  • Joey & His Group – Soul Love
                  • Joya Landis * – Ride Me Donkey
                  • Tommy McCook And The Supersonics – Rocking Soul
                  • Hopeton Lewis & Sir Lord Comic * – Black Power (Take 2)
                  • Joya Landis – Love Me All The Time
                  • 1. DISC 1: The Silvertones – In The Midnight Hour
                  • 2. Radcliff Butler * – Soul Power (My Last Word)
                  • 3. Tommy McCook And The Supersonics – Music Is My Occupation
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                  James Baldwin: Artist on Fireby W.J. WeatherbyMichael Joseph

                  A portrait of James Baldwin tracing his development from the ghettos of Harlem to Paris and back to America where his active participation in civil rights brought him in close contact with Dr Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Marlon Brando and Norman Mailer.


                    • Original Book (900g)£15.00
                      Out of print UK 1st edn. hardback w/dustjacket ex-library with stamps, plastic around dust jacket
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                    Running The Voodoo DownThe Electric Music Of Miles DavisBackbeat Books

                    This book re-assesses Miles Davis' "electric period" and analyzes its continuing influence on contemporary music. While jazz purists often revile this phase - which encompasses the entire second half of his career, from 1967 until his death in 1991 - this book takes a new, appreciative look at this music and shows its importance to Davis' career and to jazz as a whole. The author also reveals surprising connections between Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, particularly the ways they fed each other's creativity.

                      Betty HarrisThe Lost Queen Of New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records

                      Betty Harris’ The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul features all of her classic deep soul, sister funk and northern soul songs recorded in New Orleans in the 1960s - all written, produced and arranged by the legendary Allen Toussaint, and featuring the cream of New Orleans musicians and the incredible Meters.

                      All of these singles featured here were released on Allen Toussaint and his business partner Marshall Sehorn’s local New Orleans label Sansu, widely distributed in the southern city but in only limited quantities elsewhere. As a consequence, Betty Harris’ music failed to achieve the commercial success of other New Orleans artists such as Lee Dorsey (who she recorded with) and The Meters (who backed her). And so at the end of the decade she stopped recording, retired from the music business to raise her family in Florida.

                      This is no reflection of the stunning musical quality of all these songs which encompass everything from southern soul, heavy funk, deep soul ballads and northern soul. Betty Harris has been a cornerstone of Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk and New Orleans Soul compilations. 

                      Always soulful and always funky, Betty Harris’ music contains the essence of New Orleans music. She is the Lost Soul Queen of New Orleans. 

                      This collection is released on CD, heavyweight gatefold double LP vinyl (+ download code) and digital and comes complete with full biography, original label artwork.

                      To coincide with this album New Orleans legend Betty Harris  will in the new year be performing two rare live UK shows at the 100 Club, London on Feb 17,2017 and Band on the Wall, Manchester on Feb 18, 2017.

                      • Betty Harris – There's A Break In The Road
                      • Betty Harris – 12 Red Roses
                      • Betty Harris – Mean Man
                      • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
                      • Betty Harris – Ride Your Pony
                      • Betty Harris – Show It
                      • Betty Harris – I Don't Wanna Hear It
                      • Betty Harris – Bad Luck
                      • Betty Harris – Hook, Line 'n' Sinker
                      • Betty Harris – Lonely Hearts
                      • Betty Harris – What A Sad Feeling
                      • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
                      • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
                      • Betty Harris – Sometime
                      • Betty Harris – I'm Evil Tonight
                      • Betty Harris – Nearer To You
                      • Betty Harris – All I Want Is You
                      Staying PowerThe History of Black People in BritainPluto Press

                      Staying Power is recognised as the definitive history of black people in Britain, an epic story that begins with the Roman conquest and continues to this day. In a comprehensive account, Peter Fryer reveals how Africans, Asians and their descendants, previously hidden from history, have profoundly influenced and shaped events in Britain over the course of the last two thousand years. This new edition includes a foreword by Paul Gilroy explaining the genesis of the book and its continuing significance in black history today.

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                        The Music Industry RawPirates, Clubs, House and GarageAuthorHouse

                        What you will go onto read is a part biography, part dissection and part educational book that start's at the very beginning with a young boy who was inspired by London, family life, football and world music, a love that nearly ended in a long term prison sentence. Fortunately not only Tony, but the many that went on to succeed because of his drive and direction, he was given another chance, this turned into his sliding doors effect, and not only did it change his life but the lives of many others. Creator of a leading London record label and manager for one of the pioneering acts over the past decade, Tony Portelli became part creator of a genre of music that took inspiration and street culture and turned it into careers for many who also had a dream. So what has been written within these pages, a first of its kind from a genre, is probably the most contentious behind the scene's book ever written about the Music Industry.

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                          Ferdinand DennisBehind The Frontlines

                          'A journey into Afro-Britain'

                            • Original Book (300g)£12.00
                              Out-of-print secondhand Hardback with dustjacket, both in clean solid order
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                            Studio One Rub A DubSoul Jazz Records

                            In the 1970s, Clement Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records went through an amazing period of re-birth working with new artists such as Willie Williams, Lone Ranger, Michigan and Smiley, Horace Andy as well as continuing to work with classic artists such as Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, etc. 

                            Re-versioning classic Studio One rhythms became the order of the day in the 1970s, not just with Studio One boss Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, but with every Jamaican producer of note employing their own in-house musicians to copy the music emanating from Brentford Road. 

                            The music on Studio One Rub-A-Dub features classic and rare tracks from this amazing period, from the likes of Cornel Campbell, The Heptones, Johnny Osbourne and many other legendary artists. Sleeve-notes are by Chris Salewicz, the acclaimed writer who has written books on Joe Strummer, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones and many more.

                            • Cornell Campbell – My Conversation
                            • Lone Ranger – Screw Gone A North Coast
                            • Judah Eskender Tafari – Danger In Your Eyes
                            • Rapper Robert & Jim Brown – Minister For Ganja
                            • Freddie McGregor – How Could You Leave
                            • Barry Brown – Give Love
                            • Len Allen Jnr – White Belly Rat
                            • Johnny Osbourne – Forgive Them
                            • Jennifer Lara – Natural Mystic
                            • Horace Andy – Happiness
                            • Rapper Robert & Jim Brown – Pirate
                            • Willie Williams – Keep On Moving
                            • Papa Michigan & General Smiley – Jah A The Creator
                            • The Ethiopian – Empty Belly
                            • Earl 16 – No Mash Up The Dance
                            • The Jay Tees – Forward to Jah
                            • Lone Ranger – Natty Chalwa
                            • 1. Cornell Campbell – My Conversation
                            • 2. Lone Ranger – Screw Gone A North Coast
                            • 3. Judah Eskender Tafari – Danger In Your Eyes
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                            RevivalLondon 1989 - 1993Hoxton Mini Press

                            Harlesden and Willesden has a rich history of multiculturalism. Roy Mehta's exquisite black and white photographs capture the daily rituals of its various communities, most notably the Black and Irish, engaged in seemingly simple activities at home, in the street and at church. Shot from 1989-1993, the images move from profound moments of faith to quiet moments at home and to the noisy streets outside and remind us that every moment is an opportunity for connection and reflection.

                              Gotta Go Gotta FlowLife, Love, and Lust on Chicago's South Side From the SeventiesCity Files Press

                              DELUXE IMPORT USA HARDBACK BOOK. OVER £20 OFF - MORE THAN 60% OFF. A GREAT BOOK

                              AWESOME BACK - wicked photos Chicago black club life in the 1970s. Accompanied by some super deep words and poems. This book rocks!

                              Michael Abramson takes out his small Leica camera at Pepper’s Hideout on Chicago’s South Side. 1974. Cool music. Cool scene. Over the next three years, Abramson takes thousands of vivid photographs of smoke-filled Pepper’s, Perv’s House, the Patio Lounge, High Chaparral, and other black nightclubs. Not so much the clubs, but the night people who fill the crowded bars until sunrise. Enter Patricia Smith, a nationally acclaimed poet who grew up not far from these clubs. She creates words that capture the culture of Chicago’s black nightclubs and the urban life that nurtured them. She brings his night world back to life. Smith’s words and Abramson’s photographs record the vitality of a special place and time.

                                The UpsettersReturn Of The Super ApeUpsetter Records

                                Classic cult-favourite dub album from Lee Perry recorded at the Black Ark. Originally released in 1977 on Lion Of Judah / Upsetter records.

                                Check "Dyon Anaswa", "Psyche & Trim", "Return Of The Super Ape"

                                Highly recommended !

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