Can you believe that “THE RAMBLERS” turned 10 years old this year? Wow! Here’s your chance to get this stunning album on vinyl once again! “The production is superb; clean, but not slick, capturing and distinguishing every note, whilst creating a fleshy, warm sound. Arrangements are inspired – forget the many stellar solos and grand bass lines, those automatically garner attention, it’s the small musical passages – the three bars of organ swagger, the little drum fill, the guitar flourishes – that demand notice by their very understatement. The closer you listen, the more of these subtle interjections you’ll find, each immaculately timed, placed and delivered, all beautifully coloring the songs. Dare one compare it to Jackie Mittoo’s time at Studio One? Close, but I think Gladdy & the Allstars’s stellar work across the early reggae age is more apt. And then there’s the songs themselves, a diverse bunch but sharing one thing in common, their strong melodies, arguably the most powerful in DGB’s career. Continue reading DEAL’S GONE BAD – “The Ramblers” LP VINYL (w/CD) – RED VINYL 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION!
Did you hear that the original DGB lineup (being called O.G.D.G.B.) is played a one-off show in Chicago on April 2nd? In celebration of this we have knocked $10 off the vinyl box set so more fans can re-live the songs from the first three albums! Colored wax, 3xLP + 7″ for $25 is a STEAL!
This epic “WELCOME TO THE VAULTS” collection (which was released as a CD box years ago) is a 3 x LP colored vinyl set limited to 300 copies only: ”LARGE AND IN CHARGE” on yellow vinyl, “OVERBOARD” on blue wax, “GUIDE TO BOAT DRINKS & CRUISE COCKTAILS” on red vinyl. On these slabs of wax you’ll even find rare tunes only found on compilations, including ”STACK-O-LEE” (STAGGER LEE) and the Western inspired HANG ‘EM HIGH”. We are even tossing in a bonus 7″ featuring two legendary DGB covers – BOB DYLAN’s “MASTERS OF WAR” and JUDGE DREAD’s “Dread Rock”! If you were fan of the original Mike Park-era band (who is now fronting THE CROMBIES), or just want a piece of DEAL’S history, get this set now before it’s gone!
If you don’t dance to THE CROMBIES, you don’t dance! Chicago’s 2-TONE champs have finally gone and done it – recorded their debut album for JUMP UP RECORDS! Formed in 2010 by ex-members of DEAL’S GONE BAD and LORD MIKE’S DIRTY CALYPSONIANS with a very simple idea – start out as a 2-TONE cover band playing the hits of THE SPECIALS, BAD MANNERS, BEAT, MADNESS, etc – the later create 2-TONE versions of songs that have that ska potential! Original DGB singer “Lord” Mike Park once again was on the case and recruited a top notch troop that included ex-DGB keyboard player Karl Gustafson, DGB guitarist Dave Simon, Vee Sonnets on lead guitar, Jason Berry on bass, and Matt Meuzelaar on drums. The band’s first 2-TONE’d studio cut was NINEY THE OBSERVER’s “BLOOD & FIRE” released on a limited edition 7″ single, with a new version of the classic DGB song “MAD AT THE WORLD” on the flip. It was an instant hit, the single got dancefloors moving all across the world! Continue reading THE CROMBIES “Dance Crazee” CD / Deluxe CD / Tape – 2 TONE SKA from Chicago!
THE CROMBIES debut 7″ is out now! We debuted the single at July’s LATE BAR 2 TONE extravaganza – fans were dancing up such a storm that the DJ booth shook and made the record skip! That truly was a DANCE CRAZE! Niney The Observer’s “Blood & Fire” never sounded better, and it’s already the Chicago Fire’s new fight anthem! The flip is “Mad At The World” – a legendary tune from the early Deal’s Gone Bad days given new life! Pick up the 7″ for only $5 postage paid in the USA! Click on the image to buy! Look out for their full length on LP vinyl, CD, and Cassette this fall!
Deal’s Gone Bad has been many things to many people. Watching numerous waves of ska, rock steady, and reggae music rise and fall before them, this is the band you count on to keep going, despite all the odds, membership changes, trips in and out of substance dependence, marriages, and even the birth of a child. For 11 years, DEAL’S GONE BAD has been the reggae pride of sweet home Chicago, evolving with new personnel and new ideas, but never losing the love Jamaican and American soul music, piracy, and the art of intoxication. Continue reading DEAL’S GONE BAD – “The Longest Happy Hour” CD – (JUMP069 – OUT OF PRINT)
Traditional ska/reagge bands like DEAL’S GONE BAD have had little trouble riding out the late-90’s commercial ska boom – they’ve been performing ORIGINAL Jamaican ska since 1995 (you know, way before major labels used their money to turn the punk-ska hybrid it into a quick commercial trend). There’s no doubt about it – DEAL’S GONE BAD have mastered their craft – catchy, soulful 60’s ska, Continue reading DEAL’S GONE BAD – “Guide To Boat Drinks & Cruise Cocktails” CD – (JUMP045) (OUT OF PRINT)
Deal’s Gone Bad charged onto the Chicago scene back in 1995, quickly establishing themselves as one the city’s top entertainers. Right from the beginning, DGB got the nod to open for such legendary reggae performers as Toots & The Maytals, The Skatalites, Justin Hinds, Yelloman, and Laurel Aitken, eventually moving on to high profile headlinig gigs at The Metro plus countless clubs across the city. Continue reading DEAL’S GONE BAD – “Overboard” CD – (JUMP030 – OUT OF PRINT)
You’ve heard of Inspector 7 (Radical) and The Skoidats (Moon NYC), now step aside for this Chicago 8 piece! It’s been quite some time since skinheads across the world have had a record to be proud of….sure, there have been skinhead ska bands, but none that captures the true sound of Jamaica like Deal’s Gone Bad. Full of classic Leslie Kong style chuggin’ reggae riddims & soulful 60’s ska, this Continue reading DEAL’S GONE BAD – “Large & In Charge” CD – (JUMP015 – OUT OF PRINT)