British 2-Tone legend! ARTHUR KAY “The Night I Came Home” LP

ARTHUR KAY is the unsung hero of 2-Tone, his early 80’s ska singles predated The Specials  yet as the story of 2-Tone enjoys it’s 40th anniversary Arthur Kay is still not getting the recognition he deserves!!! GROVER teamed ARTHUR up with THE CLERKS for a fantastic new album in 2017 called “The Night I Came Home” – we finally have received more copies at a great price! It’s a 2-Tone delight in the vein of European ska explosion releases of the late 80s! Speaking of which, during the UK ska revival of the late 80s Skank Records collected all of Arthur Kay and The Originals’ released and unreleased 2 Tone-era recordings and issued “Rare ‘N’ Tasty”. At the time of its release, all of the 1979/1980 cuts on Rare and Tasty were right in synch with the contemporary UK ska scene, showing that KAY clearly had influenced many of the late 80s UK ska acts like The Loafers, The Hotknives, and The Riffs. His career was revitalized! In 2018 we released a special 4 track EP for Specialized BOSS SOUNDS project that featured Arthur Kay & The Clerks – Sea Cruise, Kingston All-Stars Featuring Stranger Cole– Step Up, Keith & Tex with Akasha – Stop That Train, The Crombies  – Rough & Tough.

GROVER Restocks: SOUL RADICS “Big Shot” LP / “Radication” mini-LP / MOONHEAD PROJECT 7 inch /

We’re VERY proud of the SOUL RADICS. In 2012 we released their debut album on JUMP UP and the rest is history! Lead by the charismatic DANI RADIC, the SOUL RADICS soon were known the would round and toured Europe more than the USA. A wonderful new-traditional ska sound that appealed to pretty much everyone. So much energy and great songs! Long time fans will be happy to hear that DANI RADIC has a new mini-LP coming out this year backed by THE SLACKERS on Jump Up! But to hold you over, we have imported their 2015 classic “BIG SHOT”  (yellow vinyl) and 2016 mini-LP “Radication”  (black vinyl remains). “Radication” is on a collectible 10″ vinyl edition with a bonus CD and huge fold out poster! In addition we have picked up more copies of DANI’s solo ska single recorded with European backing band, known as the MOONHEAD PROJECT  (black vinyl only available now)

Mad Butcher reissues German 80s ska classics! SKAOS “Catch This Beat” LP / BLECHREIZ “Who Napped J.B.?” LP

Two more great reissues from MAD BUTCHER! First off is the wonderful second album of bouncy 2-Tone rhythms from SKAOS! This stone cold classic originally was released in 1989 on PORK PIE Germany, but also appeared across the world a year later on UNICORN UK. From the get go this album gets your feet moving much in the same way as others from the era: MR REVIEW, NO SPORTS, NAPOLEON SOLO immediately come to mind.  SKAOS was always compared to MADNESS back in the day, and I can still see that – this album does have a constant “ONE STEP BEYOND” feel to it with it’s hypnotic horns and tight keys. Oh my listening to this once again brings back some memories! Reissued in original German art.  Another gem from Germany is BLECHREIZ  “Who Napped J.B.?”, a soul influenced 2-Tone gem that originally was released on the short lived RUDE RECORDS in Germany.

Randale Records: BAD MANNERS covers album “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” 2xLP

British 2-Tone era legends BAD MANNERS issued this all covers collection (originally only on CD) on SKA IN THE WORLD Records in Japan in 2011, then in 2013 German label Randale released it as a two-LP vinyl collection – which we finally have copies to offer our long time Jump Up customers! Very limited stock! Just look at this crazy fun tracklisting of pop tunes gone ska:

A1 Al Capone  A2 Turning Japanese  A3 Shape I’m In  A4 Too Good To Be True  A5 Do Nothing  B1 One Step Forward  B2 Man Who Sold The World  B3 Funky Chicken  B4 Lola  C1 I Feel Bad  C2 Personality  C3 The Oldest Game In Town   C4 Billies  C5 Midnight Rider  D1 Shaft  D2 Black Night  D3 Mambo No. 8  D4 Stop Ya Messing

Mad Butcher restocks: BAD MANNERS “Return of The Ugly” LP + BUSTERS ALL STARS “Skinhead Luv Affair” LP

MAD BUTCHER once again delivers the goods – two must have post 2-TONE classics from BUSTER BLOODVESSEL and NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND). “Return of the Ugly” is the sixth studio album by British 2 Tone ska band BAD MANNERS, released independently in 1989 on the resurrected “BLUE BEAT” label in the UK and on Relativity in the USA.  A true return to form, many songs became instant classics and are still fan favorites to this day! Includes “SKAVILLE UK”, “THIS IS SKA”, “BONANZA SKA”, “SINCE YOU’VE GONE AWAY”, “RETURN OF THE UGLY” plus LAUREL AITKEN classics “SALLY BROWN” and “HEY LITTLE GIRL”.  Not to be outdone, we also have back in stock the 1989 classic from BUSTER’S ALL STARS (the BAD MANNERS “side” project with Buster Bloodvessel) and their amazing 2 TONE inspired homage to skinheads: “Skinhead Luv Affair”. Featuring songwriting brilliance from NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND) – this album was much more than a novelty conceived while BAD MANNERS was on “hiatus” – it’s popularity actually helped reform the band! Members of BUSTERS ALL STARS and the remaining members of the original BAD MANNERS “merged” to create the BAD MANNERS unit that would record the modern day classic “RETURN OF THE UGLY”! These two albums are an important part of the link from the original 2-TONE movement to the birth of ska’s third wave worldwide!

Restocked! THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!

After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by  fans worldwide.  Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading Restocked! THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!

Grover Restocks: THE HOTKNIVES “Home” LP / “Screams Dreams” LP – 90’s classics on COLOR vinyl!

We’ve restocked 90s classic from one of our favorite bands of ALL time!  At last their 1996 masterpiece “HOME” sees a vinyl re-issue, it was their first album as a four piece and includes modern ska classics such as “So Blind”, “Always Tomorrow”, “Driving Me Mad” any many more! Very ltd. edition of 200 copies on yellow vinyl.  We’ve also restocked their 1999 studio album “SCREAMS DREAMS & CUSTARD CLEANS”, the last album with Mick Clare on lead vocals. Very limited blue vinyl!

 

Grover Restocks: THE TENNORS “Reggae Girl” LP / “Another Scorcher” LP restocked! 180g pressings with free CD!

The Tennors were a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae vocal group in the 1960s and ’70s. “Reggae Girl” simply put is a killer Boss Reggae album originally released in 1968, featuring The Tennors, The Harmonians, Roman Stewart, Jonny Moore & Karl Bryan, Eric Monty Morris,  Tommy McCook, Charlie Organaire, Kingstonians, and more. This limited reissue is on 180g features 4 extra bonus tracks just on the vinyl version.  Continue reading Grover Restocks: THE TENNORS “Reggae Girl” LP / “Another Scorcher” LP restocked! 180g pressings with free CD!

Mad Butcher: THE HOTKNIVES early LP vinyl must haves! UK 2-TONE revival SKA!

hotknivesIt’s so exciting to see these late 80’s / early 90’s European revival albums originally released on UNICORN and SKANK RECORDS back on wax from our friends at MAD BUTCHER in Germany. To put it simply, labels like UNICORN, SKANK, SKA, and PORK PIE bridged the gap between the end of 2-TONE and the beginning of what became known as the “third wave”.  Super melodic with catchy vocals and gentle horns, THE HOTKNIVES “THE WAY THINGS ARE” was truly a modern British ska classic. To this day, this album is still my stone cold favorite from the Unicorn catalog. Songs like “DAVE & MARY”, “OLD MAN AND HIS DOG” and “DON’T GO AWAY” are so perfectly English, strong lyrics that stay in your head forever. Exact replica from the 1990 issue – we can not recommend this enough for people who like 2-TONE ska!!

Prior to THE HOTKNIVES debut studio album – SKANK records releases an amazing LIVE double LP capturing the band at it’s prime!! A two LP set full of tunes that would become popular worldwide, including covers of “LIQUIDATOR”, “DOUBLE BARRELL”, and “AL CAPONE”. Tracklisting: A1 Cryin’ A2 Alcoholic Nightmare A3 Don’t Go Away A4 Dick Barton A5 Turkey Stomp A6 Doing Alright B1 Skin Up Harry B2 Believe It B3 Driving Me Mad B4 She’s A Lady B5 Liquidator B6 Holsten Boys C1 Rio C2 W. L. N. C3 Jack The Ripper D1 Dust Of Death D2 Double Barrel D3 Al Capone