Can’t get enough of the good Doctor? Neither can we! That’s exactly why we have imported some of his recent Germany import classics proudly sit next to “The Remedy” album we released late last year! We’ve got limited copies of two stone cold classics – “BINGO BONGO” with his Spanish group SKA-VAGANZA and “GWAAN” with German collective SHARP AXE BAND. Both these albums are varied with ska, roots reggae, dancehall, and calypso – if you dug “The Remedy” you’re definitely need to add these to your collection. And if you also love vintage DUB sounds we also have “March Forth” – his dub counterpart to “GWAAN”. All on heavyweight vinyl! Don’t delay, this shipment took nearly 90 days to arrive!
It’s like Christmas – the Dr Ring Ding imports just keep coming! Speaking of Christmas we brought in a handful of his holiday album “Once A Year” since we sold out of it earlier than expected in 2020. Also back in stock is the wonderful 4 track 10″ mini-LP of calypso delights, including his wonderful versions of “The Needle” and “Obeah Wedding”!
LAST COPIES of SMILE ORANGE OST LP! Smile Orange is a 1976 satirical film set in Jamaica. It follows the day-to-day life of Ringo (Carl Bradshaw) a smooth-talking waiter and con-man. The film explores the tourism industry in the Caribbean and seems to suggest there are similarities to slavery in that industry. The film was directed by Trevor D. Rhone, who also wrote the play on which it is based, and was produced by Edward Knight. The movie stars Bradshaw, Glenn Morrison, and Stanley Irons. Tunes range from smooth reggae, party calypso and deep island funk, and is must for fans of HARDER THEY COME, COUNTRYMAN, and ROCKERS.
We’ve so proud to have these singles for the USA! No longer do you have to pay high shipping costs on ebay! Get all FOUR singles and save $8! Argentina’s GREEN TORREJAS deliver early reggae vibes, ska & rocksteady vocal gems from Mexico’s SKA CONTENDERS, Chile’s CHINATOWN SKA bring that driving 60s ska beat and DAVID USMA & THE SIDERENS from Columbia kick out organ drenched hypnotic roots reggae! Limited stock act fast! Email your choices to email@example.com
MAGNETIC LOFT has reissued the first two albums from Russia’s premier ska-jazz band on vinyl! A powerful 10 piece led by strong female vocals, both albums bring back the days of the large swinging jazz orchestras and are fused with early Jamaican ska rhythms to die for! These cats were plying big band ska long before the current craze! The band also excels in unconventional covers, on their 2005 album “TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE” they did DEPECHE MODE’s “POLICY OF TRUTH”. Russian import vinyl, limited to 200 copies each!
MAD BUTCHER reissue of legendary mid-80’s ska/soul crossover album from British skinhead band SKIN-DEEP! Formed in 1985 and quickly gained h notoriety after only 3 gigs, the band was approached by Link records to record songs for early streetpunk collections ‘Oi! The Ressurrection.’ and “’The Sound Of Oi!” solidifying their place in the skin scene worldwide. By 1988 their debut album ‘More Than Skin -Deep’ was released on Link off-shoot label Skank Records, it included 10 songs of varied styles influenced by 2-Tone, British punk, Northern soul and jangly Mod/ power pop. ‘Our Own Way’ was a stompin punk/northern soul crossover tune that opens the album in fine style, followed by the poppy brass driven ‘All The Fun’, a song about your teenage years. One of our faves was a cover of the ska/reggae classic ‘Come Into My Parlour’, ‘There’s Much More’ is a harmonica driven powerpop gem completing the first side. Side B opens with ‘I Wont Be Fooled’ a song about being beaten up by a gang, title track ‘More Than Skin Deep’ is another fantastic powerpop/ska number. Then came crowd favorite and Billy Bragg-esque SKA ditty ‘The Sycamores’, not to be outdone by ‘Another Way’ with great guitar riffs and to finish the album ‘What Else Could We Do’. This classic was really one of a kind back in the day, it filled the void for fans who missed THE REDSKINS but who also loved the gangly pop of acts like THE HOUSEMARTINS and secretly wished they would play a little ska! Very limited repress!
The MR REVIEW vinyl keeps coming! One of our favorite bands from the late 80s / early 90s European ska explosion follow up the reissue of their 2010 “comeback” album XXV with a new collection of rarities, outtakes, singles, and live goodies titled “PRIOR 2 THE 0″s AND 1’s”. When the dynamic Dutch ska duo of Rude & Visser got the band back together in 2010 we were so excited, the album “XXV” was originally self released by the band on CD and then in 2012 on a very limited vinyl picture disc. Fast forward to 2020 and reissue kings Mad Butcher released the band’s first two classics on vinyl (see earlier post) – fans immediately started to demand more vinyl! Now in 2021 we get an even cooler rarities collection!
Tracks: A1 Can’t do it alone A2 Redemption Road A3 Losin’ my mind A4 A tree A5 The feeling is alright A6 Ice & Snow B1 The strett where I’m living B2 Africa (live) B3 Ships that pass in the night B4 Joe’s colors B5 Christine Keeler (live) B6 Mystery view (live)
Both these new vinyl editions are limited and are must have additions to every MR REVIEW collection!
The European late 80s / early 90s classics keep coming! MR REVIEW are literally still one of our favorite bands of all time!! An incredible nutty sound full of uptempo manic 2-Tone ska, these Dutch superstars write some of the catchiest tunes of all time. A Unicorn Records classic in 1989, Mad Butcher Germany reissue in 2020! Check out the tunes “Another Town”, “Ice & Snow”, and “The Feeling’s Alight” if you don’t believe me! When the band returned in 1994 for their second album on Grover Records…..it oddly never came out on vinyl. Now it exists 25+ years later!
The Tellways mix their Motown Detroit roots with retro Caribbean sounds on their debut full length “OUT TO THE COSMOS”, which features 7 unreleased new songs plus 5 from their demo CD re-recorded in 2020. A relatively “new” name on the scene – but don’t be fooled – the band is comprised of many ska/reggae veterans! The Tellways officially formed during the summer of 2018 and deliver a unique; catchy sound full of harmonic vocals, vintage organ and pianos, heavy bass and drums, and jazzy melodic horn lines and solos. Lead singer Rachael Stokes’ voice is to die for, old timey and sultry. THE TELLWAYS have elements of rocksteady, ska, reggae and soul mixed in their own way, and it will make you smile, dance, and sing along within minutes. The world is catching on too – did you catch their track on the recent “RUDIES ALL ROUND VOL 2” collection released by HAPPY PEOPLE UK, curated by the LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL? “OUT TO THE COSMOS” was recorded, mixed and produced by Eric Mazurak at Super Tiger Studio with crazy vintage analog gear, illustrations by lead singer Rachael Stokes! Orange vinyl limited to 300 copies!
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 LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!