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. We’ve also restocked the last copies of the 7 inch reissues of “Scandal In Brixton Market” and “Lawd Doctor” – essential skinhead reggae selections for the Boss DJ! Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!
Things are really happening for our Midwest heroes THE PRIZEFIGHTERS! Not only have they done us proud backing Stranger Cole, Roy & Yvonne, Derrick Morgan and Charlie Organaire here i Chicago but their new 2019 album is appearing on many “best of ” lists already! Since more and more new fans are discovering our hard working crew from Minneapolis, we’ve re-stocked their crowd sourced 3×7″ series and got some black vinyl debut LP copies too! Check out this excellent detailed review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! Continue reading RESTOCKED! THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “A Musical Knockout” 3 x 7″ set + “Follow My Sound” LP (JUMP102LP)
The first ever LIVE album from NYC SKA legends THE TOASTERS is back on vinyl for the first time! Recorded in 1989 in London, features the first every appearance of COOLIE RANX on vocals, who was a temporary fill in due to the sudden departure of THRILL ME UP era singer CAVO and NENE (aka UNITY 2). Little did we know COOLIE would come back a few years later permanently. Originally issued on UNICORN records thanks to MAD BUTCHER Germany a whole new generation of ska fans gets to hear this classic on vinyl…..gulp….30 years later. Limited to 500 copies. Read all about this great release at the DUFF GUIDE TO SKA. Tracklisting: A1 Matt Davis A2 Weekend In L.A. A3 Go Girl A4 Run Rudy Run A5 Thrill Me Up B1 Don’t Blame Me B2 One-Track Mind B3 Ska Killers B4 East Side Beat B5 Pool Shark
In 2002 we released “Enemy of The State” – the “new” album by The Toasters on picture disc vinyl – which went out a print a short time after. Now it’s back on black vinyl under a different name – “PIRATE RADIO”. Fourteen great songs still being performed today!! Continue reading THE TOASTERS “Frankenska” LP vinyl back in print – one time press of 500 + “PIRATE RADIO” LP now in stock!
Three killer vinyl releases from HAPPY PEOPLE UK – the label run by the London International Ska Festival. The PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS is a British super group that has covered the Rolling Stones, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, 2-Tone done 60s style – and now they have taken on The Clash with an all version / dub excursion! Hand numbered and stamped, very limited !
A1 Tommy Gun Dub A2 London Calling Dub A3 Bankrobber Dub A4 Career Opportunities Dub A5 White Riot Dub
B1 This Is Radio Clash B2 Guns Of Brixton B3 Clash City Rockers Dub B4 White Man In Hammersmith Palais Dub
The world have been raving about KING ZEPHA – the alter-ego of one Sam Thornton, musician, singer, songwriter and producer supreme. From his family home in Yorkshire, and in true DIY spirit, Mr. Thornton has written a superbly uplifting and infectious album with a set of the finest musicians. Recorded in his attic on his 8 track tape machine, the album blends rhythm & blues, rocksteady, dub & jazz to great effect. Four part vocal harmonies, honking sax and thumping bass litter the tracks that tackle politics, drinking and observations of Brits abroad, captured on the bands many excursions touring the continent. In addition to 10 fine original tracks there’s the sublime cover of Doris Troy’s Just One Look. 180g vinyl limited to 300 copies!
We’ve also got the amazing international ska collection RUDIES ALL AROUND on wax! Holy cow there’s some amazing bands on here – South Korea, Italy, USA, Canada, Mexico and more! Check out this incredible tracklisting: Continue reading HAPPY PEOPLE UK: V/A Rudies All Around Vol 1 LP + Phoenix City All Stars “Clash Version Rockers” LP + King Zepha “Northern Sound” LP
We’ve got more great UK imports landing this summer! One of our fave releases from the beginning of the millennium is on vinyl for the first time! British roots champions PAMA INTERNATIONAL were the first new band signed to legendary label TROJAN back in 2006 – and “Trojan Sessions” did not disappoint. Guests included Dawn Penn, Rico Rodriguez, Dennis Alcapone, Dave Barker, Ansel Collins, Derrick Morgan and Winston Francis! Not to be outdone Nick from Manasseh dubbed up 8 of the tracks in fine King Tubby style and we have the limited vinyl edition to shake those sound system speakers!
Trojan Sessions Vocal:
A1 Disobedient Children Featuring – Rico Rodriguez
A2 Neither High Nor Dry Featuring – Dennis Alcapone
A3 Betterment Blues Featuring – Dawn Penn
A4 It’s All About The Money
A5 I Know It’s Not Your Way
B1 Life Is What Happens
B2 It Ain’t Funny Featuring – Dave & Ansel Collins
B3 I Got So Much To Shout About
B4 One Step
B5 Pennywise Pound Fool Featuring – Derrick Morgan
B6 Fisherman Featuring – AJ Franklin*, Winston Francis
A1. “Disobedient Dub” (feat Rico Rodriguez) (3:15)
2. “It’s All About The Dub” (3:35)
3. “Betterment Dub” (4:06)
4. “One Step Dub” (5:28)
B1. “Neither High Nor Dub” (3:52)
2. “Fisherman Dub” (3:28)
3. “It Ain’t Funny” (feat Dave & Ansel Collins – instrumental) (3:18)
4. “I Know It’s Not Your Dub” (3:44)
It’s hard to believe that we now have fourteen NYSJE albums to enjoy! Quite an accomplishment in today’s music world, and maybe even more impressive for a “modern” traditional ska band. Think back to the humble beginnings of Rocksteady Freddie when he left The Toasters to start this wonderful project in the 90s – for us it’s crazy to think that the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble was the first ska concert at the Chicago House of Blues! As always you can expect top notch jazzy arrangements of foundation Jamaican sounds, over the years the players have changed but the vibe and energy remain the same. Freddie Reiter will never steer you wrong on these ten glorious tracks! Includes a fun version of “Love & Affection” and a tribute to the late great Tom Petty with “Learning To Fly”. “Break Thru” is a great mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that covers many Caribbean styles, of course all channeled through American jazz / blues arrangements that’s unique to this long-standing ensemble. Get This!
Two HOT SHOTS from BRIXTON RECORDS Spain! Following critical acclaim for their 2015 debut album “Stompin´& Rollin” and a string of explosive performances on the international stage, this whopping 18-piece Italian orchestra unleashes their self titled second album! Nine new original tracks that explore Jamaican sounds from the perspective of a contemporary big band. The three singers deserve a special mention: Freddy Frenzy and his unmistakable style always faithful to the tradition of original ska, Rosa Mussin showing her powerful and soulful range in tracks like the scorching ska tune “Share With You All” and Michela Gena who steps forward without fear in “oldies” land. Highly recommended listening!
We’ve also restocked the band’s limited edition 7″ single that features collaborations with the two sax heroes of the contemporary ska scene: David Hillyard (The Slackers) and Fred “Rocksteady” Reiter (New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble). Each of the guest stars delivers an own penned composition, Side A – Disco’s Revenge (featuring DAVID HILLYARD) and Side B – Prime Suspect (featuring FRED REITER)
We are so happy to have these incredible Spanish imports from DAILY RECORDS in stock now! What’s even more exciting is that we grew up with these records at the beginning of the 90,s and can truly attest to their importance to the birth of the ska scene in Spain. DR CALYPSO’s “ORIGINAL VOL 1” LP is a 25th anniversary reissue, the first studio album from this Barcelona band features 10 cuts full of soul, ska, reggae, and calypso. This album is without a doubt one of the most influential LPs in the Spanish ska scene, first time on vinyl since it’s original release in 1993, remastered too! Definitely a must for any ska revival collector. If you dig Unicorn, Skank, Pork Pie you’ll need this! Not to be outdone DAILY RECORDS has released two classic albums from another pioneering Spanish band….SKATALA! Believe it or not, they formed in 1985 and created a ska / Oi! hybrid that was very reminiscent of ska-leaning songs by 4 SKINS, songs were often related to skinhead themes such as alcohol and football. “Fent D’Aqui” was originally only release on cassette but in 1991 was issued on vinyl due to massive demand. Not only has the album been remastered and reissued, but it comes with an incredible fanzine about he history of the band. Brush up on that Spanish! By the time SKATALA released 1995’s “Un De Nou” most of the Oi! influences of their early days were gone, their sound was now fully formed and dancing the fine line between 2-Tone and traditional ska like many of the bands released on Moon Ska here in the states. An incredible record that still sounds amazing today, this was reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2019 in Spain.
The latest import from BRIXTON RECORDS in Spain has arrived, the brand new album from UK ska legends MAROON TOWN, who were formed in the mid 80’s and created a fantastic sonic cocktail of Jamaican ska, Latin/World rhythms, hip hop vocals and modern acid jazz funky/soul styles. Maroon Town’s classic early material was featured on over 45 compilations, including releases on top European revival imprints Staccato, Unicorn, and Skank. One of our all all time favorite albums from that time was “HIGH AND DRY”, songs like “NOSTALGIA” and “POUND TO THE DOLLAR” are stone cold hip hop ska classics! That energy and feel is back in full force on this brand new album “FREEDOM CALL” – a must have for old and new fans alike!
Mad Butcher celebrates the 20th anniversary of Italian ska super group THE OROBIANS with a brand new all covers album limited to 500 copies on colored vinyl. This new set includes covers of KOOL & THE GANG, RAY CHARLES, BEE GEES, LOU REED, the STARSKY & HUTCH theme and many more! A fun set get your copy today! We’ve also restocked their earlier “Slave To The Rhythm” album that takes 80’s covers and turns them into traditional ska gems! Continue reading THE OROBIANS “Oro Pulp” LP – New all covers SKA album + “Slave To The Rhythm” LP restocked!