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Yellowman

Reggae Freedom [Yellow Marble LP]

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The undisputed King Of Dancehall and one of the most influential reggae artists of all time returns with these newly recorded versions of his classic hits plus new brand new demo tracks!Available on a special digipak CD with 2 bonus remixes and on a gorgeous YELLOW MARBLE vinyl!
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Limited 180gm green colored vinyl LP pressing. Includes insert. Peter Tosh's most 'accessible' solo album, Mama Africa, would also be his best seller outside Jamaica, the only one of his albums to break into the U.K. Top 50 and even push into the bottom reaches of the U.S. charts. Tosh concentrated on the music, self-producing an album that sounds fantastic from start to finish. Every track on the album is just as memorable in it's own way, as the artist combines styles, genres, moods, and atmospheres across songs old and new. The album revisits while looking to the future. Updated songs like 'Stop That Train', 'Johnny B. Goode', a U.K. Top 50 hit that boasts an intricate rhythm, are included.
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Collector's edtion 7" vinyl pressing of reggae legend Frank "Toots" Hibbert performing his stone cold classic hits!Special limited edition tri-colored, RASTA-themed vinyl!
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Celebrate the life of legendary reggae master Frank "Toots" Hibbert with this fantastic collection of his best-loved songs and covers!Features the all-time classics "Pressure Drop," "54-46 Was My Number," "Funky Kingston" and covers of John Denver and Stevie Wonder PLUS bonus Ska, Dub and Instrumental versions!Special limited edition tri-colored, RASTA-themed vinyl!
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Limited 180gm orange colored vinyl LP pressing. Upon release in 1971, Africa's Blood was the first record Lee 'Scratch' Perry released under his own name, although his band The Upsetters do appear on most of the tracks. If any album serves as a good peak into what was happening in Jamaican music in the early 70s, 'Africa's Blood' is the way to go. There is an undeniable influence from American contemporary R&B, but still Perry's signature dub and reggae fusion shines through. A limited edition on orange coloured vinyl, which makes the record look as vibrant as it sounds.
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Mikey Dread started out as an engineer with the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation when some of the most innovative reggae was being recorded in Jamaica. You can hear his radio announcements and shout outs before most tracks of his first record African Anthem Dubwise.
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Dibango displays his virtuosity on vocals, saxophone, percussions, and keyboards in a set that attempts to pick up commercially where Soul Makossa ended.

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Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing. When English reggae band Aswad released their third album 'New Chapter' in 1981, it didn't perform as well as expected within the mainstream reggae market, and so the band decided to re-imagine the record with a dub remix. That did not go unnoticed: 'A New Chapter of Dub', released in 1982, went on to receive critical acclaim and is considered to be one of the greatest dub albums of all time. Known for it's shuddering bass and reverberated brass, as well as the traditional dub use of delay, drop-outs and echo, the album became a landmark in it's genre.
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Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend Vinyl LP. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend Vinyl LPDisc 1Side 11: Is This Love2: No Woman, No Cry3: Could You Be Loved

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Bob Marley & the Wailers’ LEGEND stands tall as one of the best-selling albums in history, touching millions with a beautiful flow of Bob’s most memorable songs, from “One Love/People Get Ready” to “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Is This Love” to “Jammin’,” “Could You Be Loved” to “Three Little Birds,” and more classics . And now, in celebration of #BobMarley75, the album is available in a Limited-Edition Picture Disc presenting the iconic cover shot backed with never-before-seen image of Bob.
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Originally released in 1984, Bob Marley's LEGEND illustrates the remarkable life and recording career of one of reggae music's most important figures. This iconic collection not only serves as the perfect introduction to the music of Bob Marley, it has become an essential part in every Marley collection. It remains the world's best-selling reggae album and continues to be one of the best-selling catalog albums, exceeding 15 copies in the U.S. alone and over 27 million worldwide.
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Buju Banton

Upside Down 2020

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Buju Banton Upside Down 2020 First LP in 10 Years - Dancehall star enlists John Legend, Pharrell and Stephen Marley for first album since December 2018 prison release.
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2020 release. Rebelution is a reggae rock music band formed in Isla Vista, California. Sixteen years into an effervescent career, California reggae band and touring juggernaut Rebelution remains abundantly creative. It's members are as focused and committed as they are easygoing and laid-back. Ever expanding, the Rebelution phenomenon continues to spread good vibes on tour, and in the studio.

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UB40

Collected [Limited Transparent Vinyl]

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Limited double 180gm transparent vinyl LP pressing. Housed in gatefold sleeve. Early 1980, UB40 scored their first success with "Food For Thought", reaching high positions in the charts. By the time they released their first album they were already so successful that they had signed off on unemployment benefit, leading to the stamped Signing Off featured on form 40, for the sleeve of their debut album. UB40 Collected has captured all the different phases of the band in one complete album, classic hits combined with the new!
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This newly remastered version of the best-selling reggae album of all time now features 2 additional bonus tracks. Upgraded packaging features 28 page booklet with lyrics and photos.
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Skatalites

Ska Voovee [Blue LP + 7in]

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BLUE VINYL + BONUS 7". First time on vinyl for 1993 classic from ska originators. Part of the the Shanachie trilogy of 90's albums from legendary Jamaican big band that invented the genre in the early 1960's. Released in 1993, Ska Voovee finds original saxophonist Tommy McCook leading a lineup that includes original members (bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, alto saxophonist Lester Sterling ) alongside newcomers and jazz guests, including trombonist Steve Turre and trumpeter Frank Gordan. This edition of the Skatalites was quite faithful to the band's history, lively instrumentals like "Skamaica" and "Skapan" are instantly recognizable as authentic Skatalites performances. These dozen tunes are solid and engaging, an effort that both die-hard and casual fans will equally enjoy. Blue vinyl LP with bonus "Jamaican Blank" style 45 rpm 7 inch single, released for Record Store Day 2020.

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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing featuring comprehensive sleeve notes. The Heptones are a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae vocal trio most active in the 1960s and early 1970s. They were one of the more significant trios of that era, and played a major role in the gradual transition between ska and rocksteady into reggae with their three-part harmonies. The Heptones were contemporaries of the Wailers and the Maytals, and every bit their equal in the mid-60's.
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Limited root beer colored vinyl LP pressing. Errol Dunkley was an early reggae star and one of the youngest, recording his first side ("My Queen") at the age of 12 for Prince Buster in 1964 and scoring his first hit ("You're Gonna Need Me") in 1967. Later, he became a key performer in the '70s Brit-Reggae scene, just missing the Top Ten in 1978 with his remake of John Holt's "OK Fred." Helmed by groundbreaking female producer Sylvia Pottenger, Darling Ooh! Is actually his 1972 debut album, but like a lot of records that came out on small Jamaican mprints that later got swallowed into the mammoth Trojan label, it's history is complicated; this record came out on the Gay Feet label under the title Presenting Errol Dunkley and also on the Trojan imprint Attack the same year as Darling Ooh! #with different art and an expanded track listing (and, just to make things more confusing, a 1979 Trojan reissue had the Gay Feet track listing and the Attack artwork). Our Real Gone reissue reproduces the 1972 Attack release with it's, er, fetching cover art and expanded track listing (featuring the first appearance of the hit "A Little Way Different").
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These recordings are from the final studio session before Desmond's untimely death in 2006. Pressed on red vinyl.
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Iration

Time Bomb

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2010 release from the Hawaii-based Reggae rockers. Iration. Recorded Time Bomb with the intention of making an album that appeals to everyone - it combines Pop structures and melodies similar of those on their previous EP, Sample This, with a more Rock and Electronic feel. Analog synthesizers and unique guitar tones on each track help modernize their Reggae rhythm base. Focusing on making each song a stand alone "hit," the band approached each song differently in order to maximize the potential of each individual track. They wanted to make an album that people can listen to over and over again without getting bored or tired of it. Time Bomb is Iration's best effort yet and they look forward to expanding their Reggae-Rock/Pop foundation to infinite soundscapes in their future recordings.
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For his 2020 debut album, Now I Rise, Dre Island drew on some heavy-hitting names with which to collaborate. In addition to himself, the producing credits include Anju Blacks, Winta James, and Teetimus. Guests on the album include the A-list in young reggae talent including; Popcaan, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, and more.
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Recorded in London following an attempt on his life, Exodus shows Bob Marley mellowing a bit. Despite some powerful political tracks, Marley adopts a less fiery, more reflective approach than his previous outings. Now available on 180 gram vinyl in original artwork featuring the original gold metallic jacket with embossed lettering.
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Aswad

Gold

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Three CD set. Crimson presents the only Aswad compilation you'll ever need. Arguably Britain's most successful reggae band, Aswad have been performing together since the mid-1970s and have released over 20 albums. This compilation includes tracks from across the group's career including their early roots reggae recordings to their later pop-reggae fusion hits. All three of Aswad's top 20 hits are included: the UK #1 single 'Don't Turn Around' which topped the charts 1988, the follow up single 'Give A Little Love', and 1994's 'Shine' which peaked at #5.
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Vinyl LP pressing. Reggae's popularity in Africa produced a new generation of African reggae stars such as Alpha Bondy and Lucky Dube. The latter became South Africa's first homegrown reggae star with his soulful, melodic yet message-oriented recordings. Vocally he evoked the style of his hero Peter Tosh. Yet Lucky's voice ranged beyond this similarity with a power and phrasing all his own. It's no surprise then that he became the most important new artist from South Africa in many years. South Africa's foremost reggae star continued to grow with 1992's House of Exile. His voice, powerful as always, presented more facets than the trademark Peter Tosh-style baritone that first attracted attention. Most impressive was his songwriting, which had become more sharply political. He addressed the struggle in South Africa as well as themes of personal liberation. With so much Jamaican reggae trending in a dance hall direction, it's heartening to hear and see the classic internationalist message of Marley, Tosh and Wailer carried on in Africa by Lucky.
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Alborosie is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer and a dynamic talent in the contemporary reggae scene. Enlisting The Wailers United (former members of Bob Marley and The Wailers with the addition of Aston Barrett Jr.) for instrumental backing, Unbreakable is his ninth album for the Greensleeves label, following his last release Freedom in Dub in 2017. Unbreakable gets it's roots from reggae's great history and points toward a future vision of the music with the sonic prowess that has become synonymous with Alborosie productions. Lead single, "Contradiction" featuring Chronixx serves as the perfect introduction to the project. Alborosie comments, "the song delivers a message to the people and the youths about everyday life and the social and political climate we are currently living in." Other artists featured on the album are hit makers Beres Hammond, Jah Cure, and J Boog.
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Bob Marley & The Wailers

Kaya [Remastered]

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1978 album from the Reggae legend. Includes 'Is This Love', 'Satisfy My Soul' and many more.
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South Africa's #1 reggae star is the best-selling reggae artist alive today (the key word is "alive"). This "best of" collection features his signature hits as well new recordings and alternate versions of select tunes. The enhanced portion of this CD includes four minutes of interviews and video footage. Key tracks include the single/video "I Want to Know What Love Is" (originally Foreigner's) and a version of the Scooby Doo theme song entitled "Doobie Doobie Dube, Where Are You?" the song goes on to explain how Lucky Dube needs "doobie snacks" when his doobies give him the munchies. Then again, I could be making all this up.
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Import only two CD compilation from one of the most important and influential Reggae bands of the 1970s and '80s. Liberation stands as a retrospective of the band's Island years, and a near-comprehensive sampler of their peak material. Led by the stirring, distinctive tenor of Michael Rose and the backing vocals of Sandra "Puma" Jones and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Black Uhuru combined a militant political consciousness, traditional Rasta themes, roots rhythms, and a sophisticated sound for a fresh take on the genre. All the group's best tracks are here, including "Sponji Reggae", "Chill Out", and "Sinsemilla", and Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare's production and drum and bass contributions (critical to the band's sound) are in full flower. Liberation is distinguished from most anthologies by it's emphasis on live versions, alternate studio mixes (including extended Dub treatments), and 12" singles. 28 tracks. Universal.
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Deluxe Edition with bonus tracks!
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Toots & The Maytals

Funky Kingston

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Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing. Toots and the Maytals' 'Funky Kingston' is a brilliant reggae album and suitable for both beginners as experienced listeners. The albums was released twice and with so much success that it charted in the Billboard 200 and eventually made it to the Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album consists of both original songs written by Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert as covers of songs by Ike Turner, Shep and the Limelites and Richard Berry. It is an uplifting album with some sparkling reggae, soulful moments and rhythm and blues.
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Bob Marley

Uprising Live

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The Uprising Tour ran in Europe from May 30th to July 13th 1980 with five further dates in the USA in September. It was Bob Marley s last tour before his tragically early death in May 1981 at the age of just 36. The tour was in support of the Uprising album released on June 10th 1980. A few days later on June 13th the live show from Dortmund s Westfalenhalle was filmed for the famous German music TV series Rockpalast and is presented here on DVD for the first time with footage restored to the best possible quality. Bob Marley and the Wailers are on superb form and deliver a set of hit singles and classic album tracks. Marleys energetic, charismatic performance gives no indication that he was already ill with the cancer that would take his life less than a year later. With very few Bob Marley live concerts available on DVD this will be a welcome addition for any fan.
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Morgan Heritage

Royalty

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Hot Flash Heat Wave is one of EMPIRE's early alternative signings. Based in the Bay Area with roots in the Davis - near Sacramento area - the band has proven to be a notable name. Recently touring the country with a bunch of showcases at SXSW the group is one that should be around for a while.
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