Grover Restocks: LAUREL AITKEN “Story So Far” LP + DOREEN SHAFFER of THE SKATALITES!

Happy to get these back in stock! Over the past 3 years we have reissued four modern-era LPs from ska’s originators THE SKATALITES, and fans have been asking us to get these solo albums from DOREEN SHAFFER back in stock!  ADORABLE was released in 1997 and sees her backed by DR RING DING and the SENIOR ALL STARS – limited edition RED vinyl in fold over sleeve.  2009’s “Groovin” was backed by Belgium’s MOON INVADERS. Not to be outdone is LAUREL AITKEN’S “Story So Far” LP  – his biggest hits from the 60s re-recorded for modern times, originally released in 1995 and now repressed on BLUE vinyl. Stock is VERY limited on these!

Tracklisting:  Roll Jordan Roll / Little Sheila / Boogie In My Bones / Bartender / It’s Too Late / Zion City / Sugar Sugar / Bad Minded Woman / Rudi Got Married / Sally Brown
Mad About You / Sahara / Boogie With The Bartender

Restocked: 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!

 

Restocked: LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!

We are so proud to have these LAUREL AITKEN replica vinyl editions back in stock from Mad Butcher / Black Butcher classics! Must haves for fans of skinhead reggae, funky boogaloo soul, and Laurel’s unique style that can breath new life into pop standards. “SKA WITH LAUREL AITKEN” originally came out in 1966 on RIO UK, while the 1969 classic “SAY FIRE” originally came out on legendary imprint DOCTOR BIRD UK. We’ve also restocked the last copies of the 7 inch reissues of “Scandal In Brixton Market” and “Lawd Doctor” – essential skinhead reggae selections for the Boss DJ! Continue reading Restocked: LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!

Restocked: SOUL RADICS “Radication” mini-LP & “Two Devils” 7 inch / 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 2016 10″ mini-LP “Radication”  (black vinyl remains) and final 7 inch single.  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)

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

British Classics: INTENSIFIED “Yard Shaker” LP / AMPHETAMEANIES “Now’s The Time” LP + 7 inch

We’re digging back into the late 90’s for this vinyl repress! British traditional ska band INTENSIFIED released “Yard Shaker” in 1997, and to this day it stands as one of the best 60’s inspired Jamaican ska albums of the decade, on par with HEPCAT, The Articles, Scofflaws, etc. Listen to the cut “FAT CAT” from this album and the comparisons to HEPCAT jump out at ya! This limited white vinyl re-press with fold around sleeve won’t be around for long!!!! THE AMPHETAMEANIES second full length “Now That’s What I Call” came out in 2006 and was a bright light in the UK ska scene, very English fast paced 2-Tone with a Madness circus appeal. Male and female vocals trade off in this pub friendly ska stomper! As an added bonus we are tossing in their 2008 4 track EP “Goodbye Boyfriend” at no extra charge!

German Legends! NO SPORTS “TWANG!” LP + “King Ska” LP / “Stay Rude Stay Rebel” 7 inch EP

The late 80s / early 90s was a truly fantastic time for ska music on the European continent. Ska was still heavily influenced by 2-Tone and hadn’t been diluted yet by the forthcoming third wave. Labels like Unicorn, Skank, and Pork Pie ruled the scene and gave fans worldwide something to look forward to! German skasters NO SPORTS were one of those top acts and their first two releases are still classics to this day. Mad Butcher Germany has reissued their amazing debut “KING SKA” from 1989 as well as their follow up 4 song “STAY RUDE STAY REBEL” EP from 1990, now released on 7 inch single. OH MY GOODNESS!! NO SPORTS just released a BRAND NEW album in 2021 and it’s in stock now! Fourteen tracks of manic aggressive 2-Tone ska !!!

MAD BUTCHER 80s German Revival: SKAOS “Beware” & “Catch This Beat” LP / BLECHREIZ “Who Napped J.B.?” LP

Three more great German reissues from MAD BUTCHER! First off is the debut and second album of bouncy 2-Tone rhythms from SKAOS! These stone cold classic originally were released in 1989 on PORK PIE Germany, but also appeared 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.

THE DEBONAIRES “Listen Forward” LP orange vinyl – best of collection!

We’re now carrying this great “Best of” import collection from California’s top traditional act THE DEBONAIRES. We released “Movin'” CD/LP and “Longshout” CD on Jump Up – which are now all out of print. But this GROVER import is the next best thing!

Tracklisting:  A1 Criminals A2 See You Again A3 Oil In My Lamp A4 No Dice A5 Hold You A6 From My Eyes A7 Garcia y Vega B1 Out Of My Life B2 Same Way B3 Shutdown B4 Left With A Broken Heart B5 Fortune Teller
B6 Interrupted B7 Change Of Mood

SKA Vinyl Collections: OLETIME SOMETHING LP / SKA’D FOR LIFE LP

SKA compilations are back! Of course we have been including free label CD sampler comps in mail orders for 20+ years now, but in recent years we have seen more interest in various artist vinyl collections – we stepped up to the plate with chartity collections through Specialized UK – and our DRINK THE SKA collaboration with Ska Brewing. Today we have imported a CLASSIC collection from 1997 released on Grover Germany – an incredible worldwide traditional ska compilation put together by DR RING DING that includes rare vinyl appearances by Venice Shorle Chris, The Insteps, Bluebeats, Stubborn All Stars, The Slackers and more: Continue reading SKA Vinyl Collections: OLETIME SOMETHING LP / SKA’D FOR LIFE LP