SPECIALIZED UK’s CHECK ONE-2: SPIRIT OF ’79 LP vinyl has arrived! First Edition includes American bands!

REPRESS HAS ARRIVED with a brand new color:  MINT BLUE!  JUMP UP has been working with SPECIALIZED UK charity since 2012, releasing limited edition vinyl to compliment their incredible tribute CDs – with proceeds benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust. Multi-CD tribute albums of THE SPECIALS, THE BEAT, MADNESS, THE CLASH, and BOB MARLEY have been released with JUMP UP issuing 10 limited edition 7″ singles from these collections. We even did a cassette tape edition of their DANCE CRAZE tribute! In 2017 the Specialized team released GIFTED, a four CD collection of bands covering mod revival legends THE JAM… we then compiled the best ska/reggae tunes on one full length colored vinyl LP. BOSS SOUNDS, a 4xCD tribute to the original Trojan era classics was released in 2018, from that we then released a limited 4 track 7” vinyl EP with Keith & Tex with Akasha, Arthur Kay, The Crombies, and Stranger Cole with Kingston All Stars. In 2019 the SPECIALIZED crew celebrated the 40th anniversary of 2-ONE with another incredible 4xCD collection: CHECK ONE-2:  Spirit of ’79.  Covers of THE SPECIALS, BAD MANNERS, THE SELECTER, THE BEAT, MADNESS, BODYSNATCHERS and more! We of course sprung into action to create some new vinyl classics – the good news is we’re releasing two LPs this time around! The first LP features American bands from the collection – and if you couldn’t guess the majority of the bands are Jump Up Records acts! Limited to 300 copies, 150 on red and 150 on white/natural. If you buy multiple colors we will toss in a free Specialized slipmat!  Stay tuned for the second volume of international bands picked by the Specialized team  ***UK FANS – COPIES ARE ON THE WAY TO SPECIALIZED UK NOW – PLEASE PLACES YOUR ORDERS WITH THEM!** Continue reading SPECIALIZED UK’s CHECK ONE-2: SPIRIT OF ’79 LP vinyl has arrived! First Edition includes American bands!

Jamaican SKA legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE with THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – 7″ singles + Limited Edition Tour CD

PRIZEFIGHTERSSPREADHave you been keeping up with our Jamaican Oldies shows in Chicago? If so you know that  Jamaican foundation ska legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE is a regular fixture on the Chicago scene!  THE  harmonica sound on thousands of early ska sessions at Studio One, Treasure Isle, etc – he was also an accomplished singer / band leader / arranger / label owner who released singles in the 60s on his own ORGANAIRES imprint. The success of his Chicago appearances, dare  we call it a  “return to the scene”,  has lead to a tremendous relationship with Minneapolis’  THE PRIZEFIGHTERS resulting in six tracks being recorded together in the Spring of 2014. Continue reading Jamaican SKA legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE with THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – 7″ singles + Limited Edition Tour CD

SUSAN CADOGAN & KEN BOOTHE “Love Story” 7″ BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS Christmas Inna Babylon 7″ THE TOASTERS “Beat Up” 7″ reissue from 1984 (OUT OF PRINT)

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The BROOKYLN ATTRACTORS are an all star jazz ska/reggae band comprising of members of VOID UNION, WESTBOUND TRAIN, NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE, STUBBORN ALLSTARS, DUB IS A WEAPON, THE ROCKSTEADY 7, THE TOASTERS plus original Jamaican percussion legend LARRY McDONALD! Their debut album “GOOD EVIL ALCHEMY” took the world by storm in 2014 receiving critical acclaim across the world. The crew are back spreading some holiday cheer – jazz reggae renditions of “JINGLE BELLS” and “GOD REST DEM IRIE GENTLEMEN” – pressed on hand stamped RED vinyl with a cool fold over sleeve. Limited to 250 copies!  REPRESS COMING DECEMBER 2016 – so please check back!

THE TOASTERS released their first record “BEAT UP” in 1984 – this record pre-dated the launch of MOON RECORDS! With “BRIXTON BEAT” on the a-side (a very early rendition of “EAST SIDE BEAT” and  “THE BEAT” on the flip, this was one of the earliest signs of ska life in a post 2-TONE world!  Earlier this year the band uncovered original sleeves from back in the day, so we decided to re-press the record once again and put them in these original sleeves.  Limited to 500 once these are gone…they are gone! Marble vinyl and white vinyl!

Did you get our limited edition 7″ single with SUSAN CADOGAN and KEN BOOTHE?   Back in February 2014, we brought lovers rock legend SUSAN CADOGAN to Chicago for one of our Jamaican Oldies shows…it was a MASSIVE success. A packed house that was brought to its knees by SUSAN’s sultry singing style, backed by Chicago’s DRASTICS.  During our time with SUSAN we learned about a recently recorded duet with another Jamaican living legend – the one and only KEN BOOTHE !  Upon hearing the tune we just needed to help get this on vinyl!  A track that is equal parts vintage 70s roots AND modern reggae, its dramatic vocals and breathtaking harmonies captivate the listener instantly. A reggae anthem for 2014!  Hear it!    Then get this 7″ single! Pressed on white vinyl with a heart shaped insert designed by CHEMA SKANDAL! CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT (sorry!)