Fresh of a big UK show the Specialized charity, our boys The Crombies brought back some signed CDs from KING HAMMOND that the man himself wanted to make available to US fans! All these CDs are super limited editions of 100, so act quick! These three CDs show the range of KING HAMMOND, from the old skool 60’s British Blue Beat style of “THE BEAT IS BLUE” (which is also on LP vinyl from JUMP UP), to the skinhead reggae homage of “21st CENTURY SCORCHERS” and the deejay version excursions of “DJ SPECIAL”. Email us your choices if you only want 1-2, but we recommend that you get all three and save some mega-bucks! (only 10 sets available). FYI: “Beat Is Blue” will be a part of the 2018 SKA CD OF THE MONTH club
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!
We are so proud to have these LAUREL AITKEN replica vinyl editions back in stock from Mad Butcher / Black Butcher classics! Must haves for fans of skinhead reggae, funky boogaloo soul, and Laurel’s unique style that can breath new life into pop standards. “SKA WITH LAUREL AITKEN” originally came out in 1966 on RIO UK, while the 1969 classic “SAY FIRE” originally came out on legendary imprint DOCTOR BIRD UK. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN LP reissues on Black Butcher Classics! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD albums from the 60’s!
In November 2014 Chicago and Los Angeles were lucky to have showcases with one of the sweetest soul voices in Jamaican music history, Studio One legend WINSTON “Mr Fix It” FRANCIS. The 60’s hitmaker was one of Coxson Dodd’s biggest singers, and his 1969 “Mr Fix It” LP featured the hit songs “Too Experienced”, “Same Old Song”, “Fools Fall In Love” plus the title track. His second album “California Dreaming” continued the tradition of soulful reggae covers, including “Yester Me Yester You” , “Groovy Situation”, “Always Something There To Remind Me” and the hit Mamas & The Papas tune that named the album. In between these albums WINSTON would release two tunes that would drive collectors crazy 45+ years later – “THE BREAK” under the moniker BOB MELODY, and “YOUR CHEATING HEART” – a duet with LLOYD ROBINSON. Both these original 7″ singles fetch INSANE amounts on eBay – yet strangely both tunes have never appeared on reissue – UNTIL NOW! We’ve got pink 7″ vinyl back in stock now!
Joe Ferry is grammy award winning record producer, author, bassist and educator. Over the course of his 35-year career, he has produced records and played bass for numerous artists, including The Skatalites, Dr. John, The Roches, The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, SKAndalous All-Stars, Uzimon, Huey Lewis and the News, and Joey Ray. Continue reading BIG SKA BAND feat Lester Sterling of The Skatalites! 7″ vinyl / CD
FLYING VIPERS are deconstructed rhythms, mutating melodies, and stark grooves. They are modern day saviors of vintage dub, as invented by engineers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the early 1970’s. Since the advent of digital technology, however, the art of achieving these qualities through live fader pushing and knob tweaking has largely been lost to the convenience of automation and programmed perfection. Enter the Flying Vipers, armed with antiquated instruments, an archaic tape recorder, and a dangerous combination of strong coffee and stronger herb. Offering their own quirky twist on the tried and true formula for dub, their first two releases on Music ADD Records, The Green Tape (2015) and The Copper Tape (2016) simultaneously build on this foundation while traveling deep through time and space. The core trio of Marc & John Beaudette (Destroy Babylon, The Macrotones) and Zack Brines (Pressure Cooker, Kings of Nuthin’) have 15+ years in the New England scene, sharing the stage with legendary reggae acts from around the world. We are so proud to release their debut vinyl record, an incredible 7″ featuring Jamaican 70’s roots legend Johnny Clarke on vocals, with a crucial version on the flip! For Record Store Day 2017 we’ve got 50 copies of this single on olive green vinyl!
Remember this gem from STUBBORN RECORDS? Guess what – it’s now on vinyl. Since we have some CDs left over we will toss them in for ya too! Don’t remember it? Allmusic: “Crazy Baldhead is something of a third-wave ska supergroup, a shifting array of musicians most of whom are (or have at some time been) affiliated with New York’s Stubborn Records/Version City collectives. The band is led by guitarist Agent Jay, who is a legend on the modern ska scene and has played with such eminent bands as the Stubborn All-Stars, Agent 99, and the Slackers. Crazy Baldhead Has a Posse consists of tracks recorded on the go between 1997 and 2004 with bandmates and other friends including DJ Rocker T, Slackers frontman Vic Ruggiero, bassist Victor Rice, and trombonist Buford O’Sullivan, among many others, Continue reading CRAZY BALDHEAD “Has A Posse 1997-2004” LP (w/CD) in stock now! AGENT JAY from THE SLACKERS with an all star band!
THE DRASTICS return with two more MICHAEL JACKSON tunes on limited edition “Jamaican Blank” style 7″ vinyl! “THE LOVE YOU SAVE” and “REMEMBER THE TIME” never sounded better, the original MJ accapellas with new music arranged in ska/reggae style! The limited edition LP / download released in 2009 had 6 songs and took the world by storm! By popular demand, we have pressed a limited edition CD (only 250 copies) with the original 6 tunes PLUS the 2 new ones AND dubs! 10 tracks in all: “I Want You Back”, “The Love You Save”, “Rock With You”, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, “Billy Jean”, “Smooth Criminal”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”,”Remember The Time”, “The Dub You Save”, “Remember The Dub”.
They crew at MAD BUTCHER Germany really outdid themselves with these reissues from the late 8os!! ARTHUR KAY’s “RARE AND TASTY” was released on SKANK Records in 1988 but actually compiled his rare self-released singles during the beginning of the 80s during the height of 2-TONE. Songs like “PLAY MY RECORD” and “SOOTY IS A RUDY” are stone cold 2-TONE classics, but his “SKA WARS” single was not far behind. This album is essential for all fans of “lost” UK 2-TONE sounds! The other reissue from the same period is 1989’s 4 track EP from the RUDE BOYS, this was the new orleans r&b styled ska band fronted by Roddy Moreno of The Oppressed. Originally released on 12″ single on SKA RECORDS, Mad Butcher has put this exact repro on 7″ single once again!
We’ve restocked the fun-loving full length from Italy’s THE OROBIANS, who take 80’s covers and turn them into traditional ska gems. Just look at the tracklisting: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) / Johnny Come Home / Kiss / Smalltown Boy / Whose Side Are You On? / Who Can It Be Now? / Centro Di Gravità Permanente / Don’t Go / Thriller / Close To Me. That’s right, covers of Yaz, MJ, Men At Work, Prince, Eurythmics and more!