Things are really happening for our Midwest heroes THE PRIZEFIGHTERS! Not only have they done us proud backing Stranger Cole, Roy & Yvonne, and Charlie Organaire for our Jamaican Oldies series in Chicago, but they have a new 7″ series with Charlie Organaire and will be on tour with him in Europe this winter!
We’ve realized more and more new fans are discovering our hard working crew from Minneapolis, so we’ve got their crowd sourced 3×7″ series now available here at JUMP UP plus we’ve re-pressed the blue vinyl debut LP too! Check out this excellent detailed review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! Continue reading THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “A Musical Knockout” 3 x 7″ set + “Follow My Sound” LP (JUMP102LP) – CD available too!
Babylove & The Van Dangos deliver an intense live show. The band guarantees an extravaganza of ripping skanking, heavy one-drops, and blasting horns, with the energetic frontman Daniel Broman spreading the love of old school ska and rocksteady music. Their unique take on the Jamaican tradition has brought them around the world and earned them a place in league with the top live acts on the ska scene.
THE ISRAELITES are back with their first vinyl release, a brown wax 7″ with two new songs “FREEDOM TRAIN” and “RESURRECTION”. And did you miss their “Holy of Holies” CD from a couple of years ago? It’s a worship / gospel album, Continue reading THE ISRAELITES “Freedom Train” 7″ + HOLY OF HOLIES CD
THE HYPOCONDRIACS are rumored to have been the first reggae/rocksteady band from Madrid, who recorded in the late 60’s and released one privately pressed LP that went virtually unnoticed by the press and music fans…not for musical reasons! Dave Barker and Roy Ellis are rumored to contribute backing vocals on this scarce album…if you listen closely you can hear that it could be true. The reason why people did not buy the LP from the band back in the day? Fear and superstition!
From what we know this four piece had contracted a very rare and highly contagious disease that nobody could diagnose. Because of this, fans were afraid to just touch a copy of the LP – you can imagine what that did for sales! The band had given up on live shows altogether. Copies of the LP that survived seemed to have been scrubbed clean by the owners, and also included a “farewell note” from the band, which we have put into Google translate for non-Spanish speakers:
Continue reading THE HYPOCONDRIACS “60’s ROCKSTEADY & REGGAE” LP (JUMP106) (OUT OF PRINT)
If you didn’t snag your copy of his new album on JUMP UP on his 2011 USA tour, it’s time to do so now! ITALY’s top traditional ska/reggae artist returns – MR T BONE’s soulful lyrics and big trombone often is compared to Germany’s DR RING DING, but he truly is a unique singer, instrumentalist, and bandleader whose YOUNG LIONS return for 14 tracks of rootsy ska, early reggae, and funky rock steady. Fans of THE SLACKERS totally love the YOUNG LIONS’ tight groove, and after the recent Chicago show a close friend of mine said he reminded him of a cross between LOUIS PRIMA and DENNIS BROWN! Now that’s an amazing compliment indeed!
Check out the album preview! Mr T Bone’s YouTube Album Preview!
SOUL OF PUM PUM HOTEL WAX IS HERE! A must-have for all fans of the MOON INVADERS and CAROLOREGIANS! Nico Leonard, one of the main men behind both bands, runs the infamous PUM PUM HOTEL studios in his native Belgium. Earlier this year, GROVER released a 23 track CD featuring some of his most recent products. We at JUMP UP loved the CD so much we offered to make a limited vinyl release to feature the Jamaican tracks – 300 copies only, on beautiful thick orange wax housed in a clear PVC sleeve. 8 tracks from MOON INVADERS, RATAZANAS, PUM PUM ALL STARS, NIC & VIC (RICE), BASSY RIDDIM, and an exclusive track from THE CAROLOREGIANS “FAT BACK”!
Great 2010 album from ITALY’s top traditional ska / reggae artist MR T BONE & THE YOUNG LIONS! Just finished a tour of California with THE SLACKERS’ DAVE HILYARD and THE ROCKSTEADY SEVEN. MR T BONE’s soulful lyrics and great trombone playing brings comparisons to Germany’s DR RING DING, but plain and simple: if you like roots ska and early reggae sounds, this is your new favorite band!
Since 1999, Mr. T-bone has been a member of the BlueBeaters and Africa Unite, which are two of the most influential ska and reggae bands in Italy. During that same year he founded the Jamaican Liberation Orchestra, the first Italian ska-jazz band and recorded the album “THAT’S IT!” (2002). He then composed and interpreted the soundtrack for the movie “Ravanello Pallido” which was a great success in Italy. In 2002 he joined the “New York Ska Jazz Ensemble” and with them he played two European tours and recorded the album “MINOR MOODS”. In 2004 came “MR.T-BONE SEES AMERICA”. He Continue reading MR T BONE “HEROES” LP (GREEN WAX) (JUMPMRTBONE)