THE TOASTERS “Frankenska” LP vinyl back in print – one time press of 500 + “PIRATE RADIO” LP now in stock!

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!

HAPPY PEOPLE UK: V/A Rudies All Around Vol 1 LP + Phoenix City All Stars “Clash Version Rockers” LP + King Zepha “Northern Sound” LP

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

HAPPY PEOPLE UK: PAMA INTERNATIONAL “Trojan Sessions” LP / “Dub Sessions” LP / “Altruistic Sounds of…..” 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! To top it off we have a very small amount of the band’s 2019 soul / funk album which is limited to 250 copies!

Tracklisting:

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

Trojan Dubs:

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)

LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time!

First time on vinyl for this classic Moon Ska NYC title released in 1999 – “Ska Titans” is a wonderful collaboration between the “Godfather of Ska” Laurel Aitken and the legendary Skatalites recorded in the studio during 1996’s European Ska Splash tour – it was the first time the titans met up on record since 1964!  The album features original Skatalites Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett, and Lloyd Knibb alongside longtime members Devon James, Will Clark, and Nathan Breedlove backing Aitken’s amazing vocals on a set of classics, including several Aitken originals. As an added bonus three live tracks are included, taken from the Ska Splash’s stop in Amsterdam. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time!

Russian Restocks from MAGNETIC LOFT: SAINT PETERSBURG SKA JAZZ REVIEW + MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB + REGGAENAUTS

STPETERSRUSSIAWe are so proud to have another shipment from MAGNETIC LOFT Records who release the finest ska & reggae bands in Russia! The debut vinyl 7″ single from the REGGAENAUTS is here, two tracks of boss skinhead reggae sounds! “RIVER ROCK” is a slow tempo scratchy reggae number, the flip “THURSDAY KICK OFF” has a little bit more of a rootsy dub appeal for fans of LEE PERRY, OBSERVERS, etc. Restocks on last year’s LPs are here too! Back in the CD heyday we traded with several labels to get the finest ska sounds from Russia, and we distributed many by ST PETERSBURG SKA JAZZ REVIEW. In the early 2000’s Megalith Records released a CD too! A female fronted new-traditional band that truly rocks, fast tempos and summery ska jazz is the order of the day – and their latest “ELEPHANT RIDDIM” is now out on VINYL! Guess what? The MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB has a very similar sound, they remind me of EASTERN STANDARD TIME in the sense that spy-themes and cocktail jazz is a heavy part of their sound. Their debut “GIVE ME THE WAY” LP is a MUST HAVE too!! Check out the tunes at the label’s Bandcamp!  Keep a look out for the WHEELER DEALERS as they are the next big act from the Russian Federation!

NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Break Thru” LP vinyl – pioneering jazz ska band releases their fourteenth album!

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!

Italy’s NORTH EAST SKA JAZZ ORCHESTRA self titles LP vinyl and 7″ single have arrived! BIG BAND SKA!

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)

Spanish Reissues! DR CALYPSO “Original Vol 1” LP + SKATALA “Fent D’Aqui” LP / “Un De Nou” LP

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 PRIZEFIGHTERS “Firewalk” LP vinyl has arrived! CD / Tape still available

The Prizefighters perform ska and rocksteady from Jamaica’s golden era, their brilliant new studio album “Firewalk” is their first since 2010’s “Follow My Sound”. Since that release the band has perfected their craft working side by side with the stars that created the music back in the 60’s. That resume is now quite impressive, it includes backing the “King of Ska” Derrick Morgan at Reggae Fest Chicago, twice with Stranger Cole including a duet show with Patsy, plus Chicago and Montreal showcases with the dazzling Roy & Yvonne. Their relationship with legendary harmonica player and vocalist Charley Organaire might be the most special, as he joined The Prizefighters in the recording studio for a session that lead to the 2014 mini-album Charley Organaire Meets The Prizefighters which lead to their first European tour. In the band’s words “it’s not just about playing the songs well; it’s about playing them correctly and authentically” – and the several years worth of authentic 60s Jamaican music conservatory experience between the first record and “Firewalk” really shows. Working hard on tunes with a mantra of “will this be good enough for Derrick Morgan? Or for Stranger & Patsy?” has conditioned the band to push themselves to ever higher standards. We are so proud to present this stunning new album in 2019 from one of our favorite bands. Let’s face it, without The Prizefighters we wouldn’t have been able to bring so many Jamaican legends to Chicago and keep the spirit of 60’s Jamaica alive.

EASTERN STANDARD TIME “Time For Change” LP – DC’s Ska-Jazz pioneers are BACK! White vinyl & CD now available!

Washington DC’s messengers of Ska-Jazz are back with a new record, their first full-length release since the critically acclaimed “Tempus Fugit” and first release since appearing on Derrick Morgan’s live album in 2017. “Time For Change” embraces the band’s signature sound of bop jazz and Jamaican rhythms, and blends this with with soul, rocksteady, and reggae Whether in a smoky jazz club or on a festival stage they always deliver a dynamic live performance. That signature flexibility has led to them becoming backing musicians for many Jamaican greats, including Derrick Morgan, Roy Ellis, Dr. Ring Ding, King Django, and Mr. T-Bone. Formed in 1995, Eastern Standard Time began as a project to bring musicians from Washington DC’s jazz and Caribbean communities together to play music based on the original Jamaican Ska. Over the years the membership crystalized into a seven-piece group primarily blending American soul and jazz with danceable Jamaican rhythms from the 50s to the 70s. Eastern Standard Time has logged years on the road, with dozens of tours throughout Europe and North America to their credit. As 2019 dawns Eastern Standard Time will be touring throughout Europe, North America, and beyond in support of Time for Change.  Heavyweight black vinyl pressing for premium audio quality, limited edition “natural” white vinyl now available limited to 75 copies.