Grover Records’ recent warehouse cleaning has unearthed another vinyl nugget from the good ol’ Moon Ska days! THE SKOIDATS “A Cure For What Ales You” was their second and final album released at the beginning of the millennium – another killer dose of streetpunk / Oi fused ska including covers of original skinhead reggae legend JOE THE BOSS and COCK SPARRER. Original 2002 vinyl now comes with a fold over sleeve – and we have only 50 copies available so act quick! Sorry, there are no more copies of :THE TIMES” available that sold out immediately.
A1 The Ballad Of Breckenridge A2 Too Long A3 Jeckyll Vs. Hyde A4 The Tempest A5 Oi (When The Rain Come…) A6 Apathy A7 Free Consultation B1 R’aggro B2 Skinhead Revolt B3 Lines On Ale B4 Night Of The Droogs B5 Patriot Decay B6 Happy Drunk B7 Back To Work B8 We Will Never Stop B9 Running Riot (Live In Amsterdam)
The Red Stripes are Hong Kong’s premier Ska band and have been playing to packed audiences all over Asia. Their brand of Ska from a vintage era features a full 10 piece band and hail originally from the UK, Canada and Australia. Over the past six years they have played festivals and shows around Asia including Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, China, Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, Seoul and London. They have performed at top events in Hong Kong and as backing to Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation (The Specials), and supported the likes of Roy Ellis, Keith and Tex, The Toasters and The Skatalites among others. After releasing their debut 10 track album ‘In The Ska East’ with legendary Ska vocalist, writer and producer Sean ‘Cavo’ Dinsmore’ (The Toasters / Unity 2) at the helm the band received much critical acclaim including a top 20 album nod ‘by Do The Dog’ skazine. The band are also featured on recent Specialized Records tribute albums to Trojan Records (Boss Sounds) and 2 Tone (Check One-2). In 2019 the band went into legendary Avon Studios in Hong Kong and recorded their brand new album ‘Made In Hong Kong’ with top recording artist and producer KING ZEPHA at the helm. Recorded on vintage equipment to create an authentic Ska sound that blends elements of Soul, Dub, Reggae and Rocksteady. The band have been asked to perform at the 2020 London International Ska Festival in April and will be touring Asia later in the year. Once again we are proud to carry their new record on imported red vinyl LP (limited 200) and compact disc (limited to 100).
Performing throughout California in the early 1980’s, the KYBER RIFLES quickly made their mark on a burgeoning ska / mod scene. Along with bands like The Untouchables, Fishbone, and The Uptones, the Kyber Rifles brought the sound of British 2-Tone ska to California. Founded by bassist Mark Mitchell years before Let’s Go Bowling, the Rifle’s sound would become instrumental in bridging the gap between LGB’s original 1986 lineup – a wonderful cocktail of 2-Tone ska, American surf, new wave and soul – all captured here on this 15 track vinyl edition on Axe Records. Includes their hard to find debut “100 Problems” 7 inch, inner sleeve full of original flyers and band photos, plus it’s pressed on half white half black vinyl! Very limited copies don’t delay!
We dug deep into Chicago’s 2-Tone ska history for RECORD STORE DAY 2017 with a limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies with a button! Rude Guest released 4 limited edition cassettes before the US third wave kicked into full gear, and this release compiles all 16 songs from these tapes. Songs songs range from happy-go-lucky uptempo 2-Tone ska with a strong sax lead (think Madness or Bad Manners) to progressive roots reggae with a rock guitar lead and brooding 80’s keyboard. We first issued these tracks for CASSETTE STORE DAY back in October, and received some amazing press from the Chicago Reader – who did a full feature on the release including an interview with founding member Paul Schroeder. Read all about that HERE.
But wait, there’s more! If you buy BOTH LPs not only do you save $$ with the bundle but we will also toss in as a bonus our HEAVY MANNERS “Ska Jam” 7″ single recorded in 1982 that we released on Black Friday 2018,
Welcome back GROVER RECORDS Germany who have supplied us with not only two of their most recent label titles but also the latest album from Danish legends BABYLOVE & THE VAN DANGOS! Since they first set sail from the salty docks of Copenhagen in 2004, they’ve managed to place them selves among the top acts of the ska scene. Their music has brought them all over Europe and as far away as the land of the rising sun. They’ve played over 700 concerts ranging from some of the biggest festivals in Europe to stages not quite suitable for a seven piece band. They’ve released five studio albums and appeared on numerous compilations. The latest album “The Golden Cage” is released in 2019 and followed by an extensive tour in Europe. With their roots planted deep in the tradition of early Jamaican music, such as Ska and Rocksteady, Babylove & the van Dangos has let their branches grow wild with out any pruning. Listen closely and you will hear influences from everything from Blues to Doo Wop and the lyrical pendulum swings from political to the abstract. The codeword is timeless music that moves your soul as well as your feet. In the tradition of Jamaican music, this is dancing music and Babylove and the van Dangos is a band you want to catch live since it is through their live performances that they’ve managed to build a solid fan base through out all of Europe. Limited copies on the band’s own label – includes a PIN!
THE MAGNETICS are a tremendous traditional soulful ska act from ITALY, a fan favorite all across Europe for their authentic Jamaican groove! A must for fans of THE SLACKERS, HEPCAT, VOID UNION and STUBBORN ALL STARS! “COFFEE & SUGAR” is their latest album, 14 tracks that even include fellow countryman MR T. BONE on a track! Not to be undone we have stocked the most recent solo offering from DANY RADIC (of SOUL RADICS) who teamed up with the VALKYRIANS producer for this fantastic ska groover “ON THE DANCEFLOOR”. The flip is the same tune recorded in Finish by burlesque singer MOLLY MOONSTONE! This track totally has a SLACKERS vibe if you ask me! Limited edition color vinyl too.
Italy’s The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano, & drums who play pre-ska Jamaican rhythm & blues – fronted by Mr.T-Bone on lead vocals. Their style is rooted in 1950’s Jamaica when rural mento & calypso / folk music began to mix with boogie, swing , boogaloo, and American rock n’ roll – the seeds of ska. This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing mixed with the Jamaican edge and style. Mr.T-Bone is a well known singer, composer, and trombone player in the international ska scene who has released 10 solo albums in the last 15 years and has toured Europe, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. Drummer Ferdinando Count Ferdi Masi is an Italian ska pioneer who founded Casino Royale and The Bluebeaters. Pianist Phil Cuomo is a very talented young musician, pianist and singer from Genoa, his hands run like a Louisiana train on the keys. The Uppertones first album “Closer To The Bone” was released in December 2015 to worldwide acclaim, then in 2017 returned with “Up Up UP!” featuring guest vocalist Jesse Wagner from The Aggrolites. In 2019 Jump Up dropped a Christmas 7 inch covering Luis Prima’s “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” setting the stage for their new album “Easy Snappin” – 10 toe-tappers including re-works of “Mojo Workin”, “L.O.V.E.”, “That’s Amore”, “Down In Mexico” and the title track. It’s a must for fans of original ska like The Skatalites, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Blues Buesters as well as jump blues crooners Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and Louis Jordan. The Uppertones forte is without a doubt their live set – the trio has been touring non-stop playing close to 100 shows a year in 12 different European countries – hopping from club to club in addition to the summr festival circuit. Catch The Uppertones if you can! Continue reading THE UPPERTONES “Easy Snapping” LP vinyl has arrived! A hot set of covers in Jamaican Rhythm & Blues style! Christmas 45 still available too!
Three killer vinyl releases from HAPPY PEOPLE UK – the label run by the London International Ska Festival. PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS is a British super group that has covered the Rolling Stones, The Clash, 2-Tone done 60s style – and now their fantastic cover album of DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS debut “SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS” is on limited edition hand numbered vinyl! This 1980 classic was stylistically very different than their later years, leaning heavily of the Wigan Northern soul scene for a set of uplifting soul stompers. Now in SKA style! Includes the singles GENO, BURN IT DOWN, SEVEN DAYS IS TOO LONG and more! And yes…..just for fun a dub version of their late 80’s mega-hit COME ON EILEEN is included. Only 300 copies made!
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: PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS “Searching For The Young Ska Rebels” LP / King Zepha “Northern Sound” LP / RUDIES ALL AROUND Vol 1 LP
Mad Butcher celebrates the 20th anniversary of Italian ska super group THE OROBIANS with a brand new all covers album limited to 500 copies on colored vinyl. This new set includes covers of KOOL & THE GANG, RAY CHARLES, BEE GEES, LOU REED, the STARSKY & HUTCH theme and many more! A fun set get your copy today! We’ve also restocked their earlier “Slave To The Rhythm” album that takes 80’s covers and turns them into traditional ska gems! Track listing: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) / Johnny Come Home / Kiss / Smalltown Boy / Whose Side Are You On? / Who Can It Be Now? / Centro Di Gravità Permanente / Don’t Go / Thriller / Close To Me. That’s right, covers of Yaz, MJ, Men At Work, Prince, Eurythmics and more.
Not to be outdone are the LAUREL AITKEN reissues two classics from the 1960’s and the fantastic late 90’s collaboration with THE SKATALITES. We’ll toss in the DJ single of “LAWD DOCTOR” too! Three LPs + 7 inch bundle!
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. Comes with a button set too! If you buy both 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 all American bands!
The wait is over! The YouTube concert sensation is finally pressed to vinyl by top Russian ska label MAGNETIC LOFT RECORDS! A wonderful set of covers from this top traditional ska band that has charmed the world! Songs from THE SKATALITES, WAILERS, BLUES BUSTERS and more! This may be the only opportunity for you to get a copy of this incredible album – it is limited to 200 copies!
A1 Freedom Sounds A2 James Bond Theme A3 Simmer Down A4 The Man In The Street
B1 Swing Easy B2 King Solomon B3 Christine Keeler B4 Latin Goes Ska B5 I Won’t Let You Got
Magnetic Loft Records in Russia have been on a serious tear releasing vinyl from the best bands in the Russian ska scene! The latest is the new MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB “LOVE YOU SO” LP – a wonderfully soulful and funky ska/reggae act with a female lead singer, a wonderful follow up to their album of a couple years ago. This album keeps your interest from start to finish, it’s is refreshng to hear a band take some chances with the Jamaican form. Not to be outdone is the debut vinyl album from top Russian traditional ska band LOLLIPOP LORRY! From their earliest shows, Lollypop Lorry have gained a reputation of being one of the most promising ska/reggae bands in Russia, if not the world! Their repertoire is based on their own original songs and tunes as well as the traditional Caribbean music standards — ska, reggae, dub, calypso. During the last ten years the band performed at the largest Russian festivals, visited many Russian cities, played with The Wailers, BeNuts, Markscheider Kunst, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review and many others. Lollypop Lorry have fans all around the world, lead by powerful yet soulful female lead vocals, and their music can be heard on many international compilations and podcasts. Visually, the band dress sharp and excite a crowd – they are also the only ska/reggae band in Russia whose videos have more than 4 million viewers from different countries. Inspired by American jazz and The Skatalites, the band can also drop roots reggae grooves for cool late night sessions. This debut vinyl album is a MUST HAVE for every TRUE Jamaican music fan! Period.