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

Grover Vinyl Classics: SENIOR ALL STARS – jazz dub reggae all stars

For more than 20 years German band the SENIOR ALL STARS  have dedicated themselves to the instrumental form of Jamaican music. Reggae, jazz, dub: the three terms still define the framework in which the sound of the all-stars has changed and developed. In terms of composition and play, the band is deeply rooted in the reggae of the 70s and 80s, the musicians go one step further in composition, interaction and sound and create their personal continental-european dub-reggae style. In 2017 their ninth album “Elated” was released then soon after corresponding dub versions on “Related”. Both albums new to our webshop, “Elated” on limited edition yellow vinyl. Also new to the shop are RED vinyl copies of their Skatalites tribute 7 inch “Freedom Sounds” b/w the dub on Grover Supreme. If you buy both LPs we’re give you the 7 inch FREE automatically!

Grover Vinyl Clasics: THE UPSESSIONS & BOSS CAPONE

We’ve restocked some incredible Grover classics from Dutch skinhead reggae acts The Upsessions & Boss Capone! Both sharp-dressed & infectious, with an unbelievable organ sound and incredible stage performances! Playing early reggae, ska, funk, Calypso and soul, their debut 2005 album “The New  Heavyweight Champion” was released on the legendary Moon Ska Europe label, plus we have also restocked their final 2016 album “This Is The Upsessions”. “Cool and deadly, rough and badly, this band is gonna rock you up madly!”  BOSS CAPONE are another incredible early reggae band from Holland, we’ve got more copies of their debut 2013 album “Another 15 Dance Floor Crashers” too!

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.

Restocked: 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

Mad Butcher 80s Reissue: SKIN-DEEP “More Than Skin-Deep” LP – skinhead soul/ska UK classic back on vinyl!

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!

New IMPORTS: MR REVIEW rarities, live, outtakes LP + “XXV” 10th anniversary reunion LP restocked!

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!

Restocked! MR REVIEW “Walking Down Brentford Road” / “Lock Stock & Barrel” LP vinyl

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!

Mad Butcher Reissues: THE TROJANS “A La Ska” LP – a true Celtic Ska masterpiece!

GAZ MAYALL is a British legend. World known DJ, record collector, producer and singer – he started THE TROJANS during the mid 80s creating a tremendous mix of R&B, Jamaican Ska, soul and Celtic sounds. He started his own label GAZ’S ROCKIN’ RECORDS to release music by THE TROJANS, and “A LA SKA” was the band’s debut from 1987. Thirty three years later it has been reissued by Mad Butcher Records in Germany! Not to be outdone we have restocked the amazing 4 track EP from another British rhythm & blues ska band from 1989 called THE RUDE BOYS!