READ FIRST and get FREE STUFF! Let’s Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY in SKA STYLE!

We have a love and hate relationship with this day because for us every day is Record Store Day! This will be our 4th year in a row releasing a title from THE SKATALITES on vinyl for the first time, but this year our title will not be on the “official list” due to some political backlash from pulling out of the event last year – which we did to keep our fans safe. Regardless, like last year we are so happy to be able to bring these products to you directly! For the first June date we are releasing THE SKATALITES “Bashaka” and Skanking Lizard “Original Chicago Reggae” – and beginning of July we will drop out next two THE SCOFFLAWS s/t LP and BIM SKALA BIM “Sonic Tonic” LP. If you’re part of our LP club these 4 are already coming to you….literally. To keep the online shopping fun we are giving everyone a FREE J- Roots Jamaican Timeline Poster (this is amazing!) plus our latest WE DO THE SKA Vol 3 CD sampler! If you pick up BOTH our SKATALITES and SKANKING LIZARD records we will give you a FREE Toots Tribute Jump Up Records CORK turntable mat! (additional ones can be purchased below).

Thanks for supporting JUMP UP since 1993!   Chuck

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Randale Records: BAD MANNERS covers album “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” 2xLP

British 2-Tone era legends BAD MANNERS issued this all covers collection (originally only on CD) on SKA IN THE WORLD Records in Japan in 2011, then in 2013 German label Randale released it as a two-LP vinyl collection – which we finally have copies to offer our long time Jump Up customers! Very limited stock! Just look at this crazy fun tracklisting of pop tunes gone ska:

A1 Al Capone  A2 Turning Japanese  A3 Shape I’m In  A4 Too Good To Be True  A5 Do Nothing  B1 One Step Forward  B2 Man Who Sold The World  B3 Funky Chicken  B4 Lola  C1 I Feel Bad  C2 Personality  C3 The Oldest Game In Town   C4 Billies  C5 Midnight Rider  D1 Shaft  D2 Black Night  D3 Mambo No. 8  D4 Stop Ya Messing

Mad Butcher restocks: BAD MANNERS “Return of The Ugly” LP + BUSTERS ALL STARS “Skinhead Luv Affair” LP

MAD BUTCHER once again delivers the goods – two must have post 2-TONE classics from BUSTER BLOODVESSEL and NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND). “Return of the Ugly” is the sixth studio album by British 2 Tone ska band BAD MANNERS, released independently in 1989 on the resurrected “BLUE BEAT” label in the UK and on Relativity in the USA.  A true return to form, many songs became instant classics and are still fan favorites to this day! Includes “SKAVILLE UK”, “THIS IS SKA”, “BONANZA SKA”, “SINCE YOU’VE GONE AWAY”, “RETURN OF THE UGLY” plus LAUREL AITKEN classics “SALLY BROWN” and “HEY LITTLE GIRL”.  Not to be outdone, we also have back in stock the 1989 classic from BUSTER’S ALL STARS (the BAD MANNERS “side” project with Buster Bloodvessel) and their amazing 2 TONE inspired homage to skinheads: “Skinhead Luv Affair”. Featuring songwriting brilliance from NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND) – this album was much more than a novelty conceived while BAD MANNERS was on “hiatus” – it’s popularity actually helped reform the band! Members of BUSTERS ALL STARS and the remaining members of the original BAD MANNERS “merged” to create the BAD MANNERS unit that would record the modern day classic “RETURN OF THE UGLY”! These two albums are an important part of the link from the original 2-TONE movement to the birth of ska’s third wave worldwide!

Restocked! THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!

After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by  fans worldwide.  Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading Restocked! THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!

Grover Restocks: THE HOTKNIVES “Home” LP / “Screams Dreams” LP – 90’s classics on COLOR vinyl!

We’ve restocked 90s classic from one of our favorite bands of ALL time!  At last their 1996 masterpiece “HOME” sees a vinyl re-issue, it was their first album as a four piece and includes modern ska classics such as “So Blind”, “Always Tomorrow”, “Driving Me Mad” any many more! Very ltd. edition of 200 copies on yellow vinyl.  We’ve also restocked their 1999 studio album “SCREAMS DREAMS & CUSTARD CLEANS”, the last album with Mick Clare on lead vocals. Very limited blue vinyl!

 

Grover Restocks: THE TENNORS “Reggae Girl” LP / “Another Scorcher” LP restocked! 180g pressings with free CD!

The Tennors were a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae vocal group in the 1960s and ’70s. “Reggae Girl” simply put is a killer Boss Reggae album originally released in 1968, featuring The Tennors, The Harmonians, Roman Stewart, Jonny Moore & Karl Bryan, Eric Monty Morris,  Tommy McCook, Charlie Organaire, Kingstonians, and more. This limited reissue is on 180g features 4 extra bonus tracks just on the vinyl version.  Continue reading Grover Restocks: THE TENNORS “Reggae Girl” LP / “Another Scorcher” LP restocked! 180g pressings with free CD!

Mad Butcher: THE HOTKNIVES early LP vinyl must haves! UK 2-TONE revival SKA!

hotknivesIt’s so exciting to see these late 80’s / early 90’s European revival albums originally released on UNICORN and SKANK RECORDS back on wax from our friends at MAD BUTCHER in Germany. To put it simply, labels like UNICORN, SKANK, SKA, and PORK PIE bridged the gap between the end of 2-TONE and the beginning of what became known as the “third wave”.  Super melodic with catchy vocals and gentle horns, THE HOTKNIVES “THE WAY THINGS ARE” was truly a modern British ska classic. To this day, this album is still my stone cold favorite from the Unicorn catalog. Songs like “DAVE & MARY”, “OLD MAN AND HIS DOG” and “DON’T GO AWAY” are so perfectly English, strong lyrics that stay in your head forever. Exact replica from the 1990 issue – we can not recommend this enough for people who like 2-TONE ska!!

Prior to THE HOTKNIVES debut studio album – SKANK records releases an amazing LIVE double LP capturing the band at it’s prime!! A two LP set full of tunes that would become popular worldwide, including covers of “LIQUIDATOR”, “DOUBLE BARRELL”, and “AL CAPONE”. Tracklisting: A1 Cryin’ A2 Alcoholic Nightmare A3 Don’t Go Away A4 Dick Barton A5 Turkey Stomp A6 Doing Alright B1 Skin Up Harry B2 Believe It B3 Driving Me Mad B4 She’s A Lady B5 Liquidator B6 Holsten Boys C1 Rio C2 W. L. N. C3 Jack The Ripper D1 Dust Of Death D2 Double Barrel D3 Al Capone

DR RING DING German import vinyl from PORK PIE & RING OF FIRE

Can’t get enough of the good Doctor? Neither can we! That’s exactly why we have imported some of his recent Germany import classics proudly sit next to “The Remedy” album we released late last year! We’ve got limited copies of two stone cold classics – “BINGO BONGO” with his Spanish group SKA-VAGANZA and “GWAAN” with German collective SHARP AXE BAND. Both these albums are varied with ska, roots reggae, dancehall, and calypso – if you dug “The Remedy” you’re definitely need to add these to your collection. And if you also love vintage DUB sounds we also have “March Forth” – his dub counterpart to “GWAAN”.  All on heavyweight vinyl! Don’t delay, this shipment took nearly 90 days to arrive!

DR RING DING goes Christmas and does Calypso! More great German imports!

It’s like Christmas – the Dr Ring Ding imports just keep coming! Speaking of Christmas we brought in a handful of his holiday album “Once A Year” since we sold out of it earlier than expected in 2020. Also back in stock is the wonderful 4 track 10″ mini-LP of calypso delights, including his wonderful versions of “The Needle” and “Obeah Wedding”!

Warehouse Find: JAMAICA ON VINYL import LP soundtrack classic SMILE ORANGE (1976) – LAST COPIES!

LAST COPIES of SMILE ORANGE OST LP! Smile Orange is a 1976 satirical film set in Jamaica. It follows the day-to-day life of Ringo (Carl Bradshaw) a smooth-talking waiter and con-man. The film explores the tourism industry in the Caribbean and seems to suggest there are similarities to slavery in that industry. The film was directed by Trevor D. Rhone, who also wrote the play on which it is based, and was produced by Edward Knight. The movie stars Bradshaw, Glenn Morrison, and Stanley Irons. Tunes range from smooth reggae, party calypso and deep island funk, and is must for fans of HARDER THEY COME, COUNTRYMAN, and ROCKERS.