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RSD 2018: THE SKATALITES “Hi Bop Ska” 2xLP is back – “Random Color Pressing”

******BIG UPDATE*****Our pressing plant had some leftovers sitting down at the plant all this time! Random color vinyl on these last few copies, less that 75 left and they look pretty darn good! This is your LAST CHANCE to get this amazing album on vinyl!!! Jamaican ska originators’ Grammy nominated 1994 album will be available for the first time on vinyl – an official selection for Record Store Day 2018! Recorded 30 years after the breakup of the original Skatalites, “Hi-Bop Ska” finds the band’s blend of R&B, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean music continuing to sound healthy and exuberant. Throughout the 1990s, the band’s studio/live ranks ranged from newcomers to survivors of the band’s classic 1960s lineup, including saxmen Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso, bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, and vocalist Doreen Shaffer. The Skatalites are joined here by several prominent guests including fellow Jamaican legends Toots Hibbert (of Toots & the Maytals) and Prince Buster; jazz improvisers Lester Bowie on trumpet, saxman David Murray, trombonist Steve Turre, and Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander. The jazzers get plenty of room to shine on this mostly instrumental album, from Alexander’s “Renewal” and Murray’s “Flowers for Albert” to remakes of iconic 60’s ska anthems “Man in the Street”, “Guns of Navarone”, “You’re Wondering Now”, and “Ska Ska Ska”. “Hi Bop Ska” harkens back to the heyday of Jamaican independence, when the freedom sounds of ska ruled the dancehalls. These dozen songs are an essential journey for fans who discovered ska from it’s Third Wave (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Toasters, Mephiskapheles) and Second Wave (The Specials, Madness, English Beat), but is also a wonderful addition to the band’s short lived 1960’s output on Studio 1 and Island Records. We at JUMP UP are SO PROUD to finally give this album a breath of new life in 2018 – to an entire new music buying generation that are preferring to discover classics like this on vinyl.

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DRINK THE SKA – a 17 band all-USA collection – collaboration with Ska Brewing! Vinyl released for RSD and tapes on CSD!

At last year’s Ska Brewing anniversary party in Durango CO – Ska Brewing and Jump Up sat down and decided to unleash an all-USA collection for Record Store Day 2018! It was a nail-biter, but in the end we squeaked out enough copies to supply release shows in Colorado and Chicago and the balance have been shipping worldwide ever since! Then we released the collection on limited edition cassette for Cassette Store Day! Seventeen bands with all kinds of ska styles represented. Forthcoming tracks from JUMP UP albums appear from THE FUSS, BOSS RIOT, BIG SKA BAND, THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – plus CHRIS MURRAY (with CapsLock), BOOMTOWN UNITED, BREACHERS, BANDULUS, MONTY NEYSMITH & THE BISHOPS, DENDRITES, BLUE HORNETS, GREEN ROOM ROCKERS, BOWCAT, BUSTER’S GHOST, THE CROMBIES, 2 TONE LIZARD KINGS and THE TOASTERS! Continue reading DRINK THE SKA – a 17 band all-USA collection – collaboration with Ska Brewing! Vinyl released for RSD and tapes on CSD!

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THE BUSTERS “Hunky Dory” b/w “Ska Bang 87″ 7” vinyl – German SKA legends are back!

THE BUSTERS are one of Germany’s most loved ska revival bands, formed in 1987. Playing 2 Tone-influenced ska, they became one of the best-known German ska bands, having a minor hit single with a ska cover of Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” plus releasing albums on Sony Music Germany. Their first two albums “RUDER THAN RUDE” and “COUCH POTATOES” were stone cold European revival classics that reaching a die-hard fan base in the USA.  THE BUSTERS even toured the USA at the beginning of the 90’s with releases on MOON SKA NYC. To this day the band  tour Germany every Christmas and run their own independent record label, Ska Revolution Records. The Busters have recently released their fourteenth studio album “STRAIGHT AHEAD” – limited edition digipack import CDs will be back in stock soon. To keep the vinyl tradition alive, JUMP UP has released a limited edition 7″ single for the 2017 tour, limited to 500 copies in three colors: Dark Red, Lime Green (German Tour Only), and Goldenrod yellow (now sold out). The a-side “Hunky Dory” is a swingy jazzy ska number full of DR RING DING’s fun-loving crooner vocal style, the flip “SKA BANG 87” is an uptempo brassy ska instrumental that brings to mind vintage Let’s Go Bowling! Essential!

Did you miss out on the limited edition 180g LP + CD version of their previous record “Supersonic Scratch” ? Have no fear we imported another small batch, you have a second chance to get that great record!

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Limited edition TAPES from THE BAKESYS and THE UPPERTONES – TWO TONE LIVE available too!

It’s always a great day when we announce some new TAPES on the label! We don’t just release things around Cassette Store Day, we do it all year long! We have also brought back our TAPE club for it’s 2nd year, and these tapes are all official selections that you will receive in the first shipment!  Get out that vintage boombox and get into a format that launched portable music!

First up is THE BAKESYS 90 minute tape! The self titled cassette (JUMPTAPE011) features the brand new “More Bakesys” mini album, the “Studio Selections 1991 – 1995” anthology album & 6 tracks from the “Return To The Planet Of The Bakesys” live album – 27 tracks of Bakesys’ power pop & reggae injected 2 tone ska goodness! 2-TONE black/white shell, limited edition of 100 copies.  Not to be outdone THE UPPERTONES are back with “UP UP UP” – another wonderful Jamaican ska and Rhythm & Blues album from this Italian 3 piece headed by MR. T BONE himself. Limited edition of 100 copies. Both tapes are shipping across the Atlantic now and will also be available with the bands very soon!

Finally, we acquired some new/old stock of a fun TWO-TONE LIVE tape featuring THE SPECIALS, THE SELECTER, and SPECIAL BEAT. It’s a UK import with a great track listing:

THE SPECIALS – Gangsters/ You’re Wandering Now/ Stupid Marriage/ Do The Dog/ Nite Klub

THE SELECTER – Train To Skaville/ The Selecter/ Sweet Feeling/ Celebrate The Bullet

SPECIAL BEAT – Rat Race/ Concrete Jungle/ Mirror In The Bathroom

 

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THE TOASTERS “Christma-Ska” LP vinyl (OUT OF PRINT)

christmaskaMerry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of us at JUMP UP RECORDS! Last year we re-released the legendary CHRISTMA-SKA album on vinyl for the first time ever, and it was a huge hit with the entire pressing selling out in less than 3 weeks! Good news – we’ve re-pressed it again this year on marbled red vinyl. You’re asking yourself…wait… why didn’t I have this MOON SKA NYC CD in my collection back in the day? Well here’s why….this amazing holiday collection was licensed from MOON SKA to a Japanese company in 1997 – unless you were forking up the big bucks for an import copy it probably wasn’t on your radar. To top it off, the Japanese label ceased operations soon after and this CD became a true rarity!

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LATIN Ska & Reggae! DESORDEN PUBLICO “Bailando Sobre Las Ruinas” LP

JUMP UP is VERY proud to announce the release of the colored vinyl edition of Desorden Publico’s latest album!  Founded in 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela, the band mixes ska, latin rock, reggae and traditional Latin music styles into a truly intoxicating cocktail!  The group’s lyrics are known for commenting on Latin American politics and society, and like the English 2-Tone movement that inspired their formation, they promote racial and social tolerance. With over a dozen releases to their name, platinum sales that include #1 and top 10 hits, the band regularly tours all over Latin America, Mexico, United States, and Europe. This brand new album features guest appearance from TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA, DR RING DING and RAGGABUND – and ranges from hi-octane 2-TONE and traditional ska, mellow roots reggae, and dancehall dub. Art designed by Chema Skandal, color vinyl is random and limited to 200 copies – we’ve got some PINK, YELLOW, RED, BLUE and OLIVE GREEN color vinyl.  If you have a color preference message us at jumpuprecords@gmail.com and we’ll get you a personal selection!

 

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CASSETTE STORE DAY 2017 – limited stock remains from THE SLACKERS, THE TOASTERS, MEPHISKAPHELES, MJ A ROCKER, ROGER RIVAS, GREEN ROOM ROCKERS, CeANNE, DANNY REBEL and Ska Brewing’s PRESSURE HOP!

 

Respect the tape! Magnetic magic! JUMP UP  participated in Cassette Store Day for our third year in a row, and we doubled our releases to a cool dozen!  Not only have we reissued third wave 90’s classics for THE SLACKERS, THE TOASTERS, and MEPHISKAPHELES, but we’ve got ROGER RIVAS’s first two solo outings on one 90+ minute tape and all THE DRASTICS’ MJ A ROCKER sessions too! We continue to support solo acoustic ska & reggae projects – DANNY REBEL’s second volume of “BOOMBOX SESSIONS” plus CeANNE (Mighty Fishers / Pannonia All Stars Orchestra) recorded 10 tracks in her bedroom with a ukulele including a fantastic cover of Keith & Tex’s “Hypnotic Eyes”.  If that wasn’t enough, Indiana’s GREEN ROOM ROCKERS return with “SWEAT STEADY”, an entire album of 90’s R&B covers inna Jamaican stylee. Lauren Hill “Doo Wop”, Ginuwune “Pony” Blackstreet “No Diggity”, R. Kelly “I Believe I Can (Ska)”, KC & JoJo “All My Life”, Aaliyah “Are You That Somebody”, Boys II Men “I’ll Make Love To You” and Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It”. You gotta hear it to believe it! Our friends FLYING VIPERS unleash the “SHADOW” tape full of spacey roots reggae extended disco mixes…and last but not least, our popular label sampler PRESSURE HOP, a collaboration with SKA BREWING, is out on 90 minute tape! All tapes are limited to 75-150 copies so don’t delay!

THE SLACKERS “Wasted Days” [Ltd 150] (includes bonus tracks – never before on cassette)
THE SLACKERS “Red Light”[Ltd 150](first time on cassette, includes 3 rare bonus tracks)
MEPHISKAPHELES “God Bless Satan” [Ltd 150] (first time on cassette, blood red shell)
THE TOASTERS “2 TONE ARMY” [Ltd 150] (on black/white split shell)
THE TOASTERS “DUB 56” [Ltd 150] (back on cassette)
VARIOUS “PRESSURE HOP” [Ltd 200]
GREEN ROOM ROCKERS “Sweat Steady” [Ltd 100] (on clear green shell)
ROGER RIVAS “Last Goodbye / Autumn Breeze” [Ltd 100]
DANNY REBEL “Boombox Sessions Volume 2” [Ltd 100]
CeANNE “Ukesteady” {Ltd 100]

FLYING VIPERS “The Shadow Tape” [Ltd 50]
THE DRASTICS “MJ A ROCKER” [Ltd 75]

Purchase below and email your selections to jumpuprecords@gmail.com  – thanks!

 

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THE TOASTERS “SKABOOM” LP + “BEAT UP” 7″ single! Hear where American Third Wave Ska began 30 years ago!

The Toasters originally released their debut US album SKABOOM back in 1987, on the Celluloid label. The album is often stated as being the origin of modern, or “third-wave” ska in the United States. It followed the RECRIMINATIONS and EAST SIDE BEAT EPs that were released both in the USA and UK, introducing the world to a fresh new wave-y ska sound that was uniquely American yet linked to 2-TONE through secret producer JOE JACKSON. Two years later, THE TOASTERS’ official “debut” album POOLSHARK arrived via the UK label Unicorn, yet six tracks from that set were culled for inclusion on the legendary debut American full-length named SKABOOM. That set was brasher, brighter, and more emphatically ska driven than their earlier material, albeit with eclectic backdrops that ranged from the surf-side to the juke joint. Now boasting a brass section, and two new vocalists, THE TOASTERS’ sound was significantly shifting while the lineup continued expanding. By the time they came to record SKABOOM, the group had ballooned into an 11-piece aggregate. The resulting high adrenaline album found the band in top form, their playing extremely tight, and the arrangements increasingly intricate and innovative. Continue reading THE TOASTERS “SKABOOM” LP + “BEAT UP” 7″ single! Hear where American Third Wave Ska began 30 years ago!

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THE EXPANDERS “Old Time Something Come Again” LP (JUMP112LP) on colored vinyl – a country roots reggae masterpiece!

esxpandersSouthern California’s reggae giants released this album as a free digital download earlier this year, full of crucial old-school Jamaican tunes that they have performed over the years. We loved it SO much we asked to release it on vinyl!! “Old Time Something Come Again” pays homage to rockers style reggae from the 1970s – features tunes by The Ethiopians, Culture, Justin Hinds, Peter Tosh and more! The album was dedicated Leonard “The Ethiopian” Dillon and all the Jamaican Singers and Players who provided the inspiration. Taking their name from classic reggae studio bands like The Observers, The Aggrovators and The Upsetters, The Expanders aim to carry on the tradition of Los Angeles reggae/ska bands who strive for a vintage JA-style sound…but focus more on “country roots,” a style of reggae played by The Ethiopians and The Mighty Diamonds, as well as on early 80’s rub-a-dub styles like that of The Roots Radics.  Yellow, orange, and red vinyl. Very limited!  Continue reading THE EXPANDERS “Old Time Something Come Again” LP (JUMP112LP) on colored vinyl – a country roots reggae masterpiece!

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MEPHISKAPHELES “God Bless Satan” LP + 7″ demos – RE-CUT / REPRESS coming soon!

SORRY SOLD OUT. NEW REPRESS coming soon! You begged, and we were able to squeeze a small amount of copies from the original stampers. Down & dirty repress! Blood red vinyl in a hand screened sleeve + you get the bonus demos 7″ too.  Go SATAN! Go SKA! It’s third wave yet very 2 TONE, this one truly deserved to be reissued once again! We also released the cassette tape for Cassette Store Day 2017, add one for the collection only 150 made!

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