Skanking Lizard originated in Chicago in 1978 by a group of friends who had a deep love for reggae music, and by the 80’s this line up of northside musicians became Chicago’s original performing reggae band. Skanking Lizard was no island tribute band, they concentrated on developing their own sound which incorporated American roots rock with reggae rhythms. In the 1980’s, they became one of Chicago’s favorite festival bands and toured with the likes of Toots and the Maytals, Mighty Diamonds, Steel Pulse, Neville Brothers, and the B-52’s. They released the “Jesse James/Mushroom” 7 inch single in 1983, charting on Jamaica’s Top 40 List. In 1984 lead singer Alan “Blood” Lery released “Kingston Meets Chicago” 12” EP, which was recorded at Channel One Studios in Kingston and featured Jamaican legends Santa Davis on drums, Ranchie McLean on bass, Skully on percussion, Ansell Collins on organ, Howard Yukon of the Blue Riddim Band on guitar, and Shay Jones on backing vocals. The producer was Jimmy Becker of Blue Riddim band, a famed studio harmonica player who also was a member of Skanking Lizard in the early 1980’s. Both original vinyl releases appear on the band’s first ever anthology “Original Chicago Reggae”, out now in celebration of Record Store Day! Eleven tracks including never before released studio gems, including two ska tunes from 1988 recorded as a tribute to 2-Tone! First pressing is limited to 250 copies on lizard green and yellow vinyl!
Side A: Jesse James / Mushroom / I Don’t Mind / It Happened / Heart Full of Soul / Video /
Side B: Strange Cargo / Wear A Smile / Tonight / Tears of A Clown / Too Much Pressure
LONG LOST ALBUM is back and now on VINYL and 8 TRACK! The Skatalites are more than a band, they are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didn’t merely define the sound of Jamaica, but WERE the sound in the ’60s. Frequently credited as the originators of ska — the Skatalites’ various members banded together as both an original group and the often uncredited backing band for artists/producers such as Prince Buster and Duke Reid. Although the group officially existed in its original incarnation for less than 18 months (1964-1965), its members brought their signature styles to thousands of the island’s releases. Following a handful of reunions in the ’70s and early ’80s, the Skatalites re-formed for good in 1986 and, over subsequent decades, have included a rotating lineup of both original members and newcomers responsible for late-period highlights like 1994’s “Hi-Bop Ska” and 2000’s “Bashaka”, now reissued on vinyl for the first time. “BASHAKA” is an album lost in time, plagued by a label bankruptcy and released when mainstream’s support for the genre had waned. Simply put, this brilliant album never got the credit it deserves! Original members Lloyd Knibb, Lloyd Brevett, Lester Sterling and Cedric Brooks lead the charge into scorching ska instrumentals and rootsy jazz reggae, Doreen Shaffer adds beautiful vocals on ska tunes “Oh baby” and “Reach for the Sky”, while special guest Ken Boothe delivers the mid-tempo groover “I Never Knew”. Brand new updated art by Chema Skandal, pressed on clear yellow vinyl limited to 500 copies to celebrate Record Store Day. 8 TRACK edition of 30 for the ultimate collector housed in an original ISLAND RECODS sleeve! Comes with a FREE Jamaican music timeline poster!
Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY 2017 with JUMP UP, and pick up our limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies, comes with a DL code and a button! Not familiar with their story? During the early 80’s a small handful of bands kept the 2-Tone ska flame alive – Chicago’s RUDE GUEST was one of them! They 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. Continue reading Last Copies RSD 2017: RUDE GUEST Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993″ LP vinyl / CD / TAPE
BLUE VINYL + BONUS 7″. First time on vinyl for 1993 classic from ska originators. Part of the the Shanachie trilogy of 90’s albums from legendary Jamaican big band that invented the genre in the early 1960’s. Released in 1993, Ska Voovee finds original saxophonist Tommy McCook leading a lineup that includes original members (bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, alto saxophonist Lester Sterling ) alongside newcomers and jazz guests, including trombonist Steve Turre and trumpeter Frank Gordan. This edition of the Skatalites was quite faithful to the band’s history, lively instrumentals like “Skamaica” and “Skapan” are instantly recognizable as authentic Skatalites performances. These dozen tunes are solid and engaging, an effort that both die-hard and casual fans will equally enjoy. Blue vinyl LP with bonus “Jamaican Blank” style 45 rpm 7 inch single, originally scheduled for Record Store Day 2020 – but we pulled the title to keep our fans safe! We don’t want you to have to wait in a line this fall….it’s just too dangerous. Ska At Home Saves Lives!
Three original members of legendary 60’s skinhead band are back together to do some ol’ MOONSTOMPING! Symarip evolved from the UK ska/soul/reggae band the Pyramids, who had recorded with the then leader of the Equals, Eddy Grant. The group formed in 1969, comprising Monty Naismith, Roy Ellis, Michael Thomas, Joshua Roberts and Frank Pitter. The success of ‘their single Skinhead Moonstomp’ led to the release in 1970 of an album of the same name, including versions of Roland Alphonso’s ‘Phoenix City’ as ‘Phoenix Reggae’, Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, ‘Fung Shu’ and ‘Skinhead Girl’. The band was a major influence on the 2-Tone movement and have been cherished by fans worldwide for 50+ years. In 2014 Jump Up began releasing new vinyl singles from singer / songwriter / organist Monty Neysmith backed by The Bishops and Soul Radics. In 2016 a full length was released with The Bishops leading to tours across the USA, including a headlining slot at the Supernova festival. Fast forward to 2019 and Monty reunites with two of his original band mates Frank & Mike to create SYMARIP PYRAMID – ad a European tour and here we proudly present the debut two track 7 inch vinyl single! “War On Mars” is a mid tempo vocal ska groover, “Skinting” is an uptempo organ drenched skinhead reggae tune loosely based on the battle hymn of the republic. Limited edition repress of 200 on red vinyl plus now we have their debut full length twelve track vinyl album from RANDALE RECORDS in Germany on ORANGE vinyl! Get both and get a deal! Continue reading SYMARIP PYRAMID “Ska Party” LP in stock now! Monty Neysmith / Frank Pitter / Mike Thomas – skinhead ska/reggae legends unite!
Andy Bassford, born in Hartford, Connecticut, is the reggae legend you’ve never heard of. After initially playing several years in rock, reggae, latin jazz, and country bands, he then was discovered by Horace Andy, which led to his recording debut on the classic album ‘In The Light’ in 1977. In 1980 he went to Jamaica and began playing on sessions with the Roots Radics. Soon after he joined Lloyd Parks and We The People, thus performing or recording with nearly every reggae artist of the era, most notably Dennis Brown. Upon his return to the US in late 1980’s he joined Toots and the Maytals among many others and became the house guitarist for the seminal Studio One label. Currently, Andy performs internationally in Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express reggae-jazz fusion project, with whom he has also recorded two albums. In 2003, he was honored by the Jamaica Federation of Musicians for Outstanding Contributions to the Jamaican Music Industry, one of the only-non Jamaicans to receive this award. In 2019, he won his first Grammy as a composer and guitarist on Sting & Shaggy’s “44/876”, which took the honor of best Reggae album. Andy Bassford’s first ever solo album “The Harder They Strum” pays homage to the movie and album that lured Andy into the wonderful world of Jamaican music. Continue reading Reggae Guitar Legend’s Debut Solo album! ANDY BASSFORD “Harder They Strum” LP vinyl / 8 TRACK TAPE sold out
The Freecoasters create a fresh and original sound by infusing the best of American southern soul with infectious reggae and rocksteady rhythms. Specializing in tuneful, danceable originals, their broad repertoire is influenced by classics such as Toots & The Maytals, The Skatalites, The Beatles, and The Temptations to contemporary acts like Amy Winehouse, Alabama Shakes, and Sharon Jones. Whatever the song, The Freecoasters’ sound is unmistakably authentic and original, lead by powerhouse vocalist Claire Liparulo. Their second album, “A Different Kind of Heat” features a dozen songs once again produced by Jesse Wagner and recorded/mixed by Roger Rivas, both from California reggae superstars The Aggrolites. Arguably one of the most soulful & heartfelt releases to emerge from the ska scene in years, it truly is a modern day classsic. Limited edition pink vinyl limited to 150 copies! Black vinyl available too! Add the bands first self released album at the same time for only an additonal $10 !
We’ve got a real great JUMP UP 45 for all you dancers out there! It’s been in the works for a couple years now! When we put RODDY RADIATION’s version of FRANKIE FORD’s 1959 boogie piano rhythm & blues jam “Sea Cruise” on a free CD sampler years ago, fans begged for this to be released on a 45. A true classic that had a beat that anticipated ska, it’s been covered many times over the decades but most famously in our Jamaican world by Jackie Edwards in 1964, and Rico Rodriguez (with The Specials) on 2-TONE. But all these years later we never could decide on a fitting tune to compliment it ….until NOW!
Chicago’s roots queen BAILEY DEE has been thrilling audiences worldwide for years, and little did we know that she was a huge ska fan! Bailey started tossing in more focussed ska rhythms on songs during her live sets, fully witnessed during the last BRING IT UP HIGH festival where she played alongside a rare reunion by St Louis’ THE SKALARS. We were SO thrilled! When we told Bailey we had this RODDY tune and needed another she immediately suggested “SEA OF LOVE”, a rhythm & blues nugget from 1959 sung by PHIL PHILLIPS and THE TWILIGHTS. BAILEY enlisted members of DEAL’S GONE BAD (bassist SPYDER was already part of her band) and HI FI & THE ROADBURNERS and the rest is history! Of course making the package perfect is beautiful label art by the one and only CHEMA SKANDAL, who knocked it out of the park with this rockabilly roots homage! Available on classic black (no substitute for roots purists!), orange, green, and white vinyl. Email color choice to email@example.com – all colors are limited! Continue reading RODDY RADIATION & Skabilly Rebels “Sea Cruise” b/w BAILEY DEE’s Kingston Affair “Sea of Love” 7 inch – Rhythm & Blues SKA!
Boomtown United is St. Louis’s premier ska collective, a powerful 8 piece delivering horn driven harmony-laced 2-Tone style songs, their catalog is overflowing with an innovative sound that has captivated audiences worldwide. Comprised of veterans from the StL ska and reggae scene, Boomtown United bring an energy that is both refreshing and therapeutic on their debut full lengh “Tuffer Than I”. A must for fans of classic 2-Tone like The Specials, English Beat, and Madness; early American and European third wave ska like The Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, Let’s Go Bowling, Hotknives, Potato 5 and Mr Review. The wait is finally over, you heard them on the SKA BREWING collaboration DRINK THE SKA and on the 2_TONE tribute CHECK ONE-2 and finally the full length has arrived on Jump Up! Light blue vinyl press limited to 200 copies. Tape limited to 50 copies. A co-label release with Grover Records in Germany!
LIMITED REPRESS in on RANDOM COLOR VINYL! Mostly RED but other variations do exist! At last year’s Ska Brewing anniversary party in Durango CO – Ska Brewing and Jump Up sat down and decided to unleash an all-USA collection for Record Store Day 2018! It was a nail-biter, but in the end we squeaked out enough copies to supply release shows in Colorado and Chicago and the balance have been shipping worldwide ever since! Then we released the collection on limited edition cassette for Cassette Store Day! Seventeen bands with all kinds of ska styles represented. Forthcoming tracks from JUMP UP albums appear from THE FUSS, BOSS RIOT, BIG SKA BAND, THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – plus CHRIS MURRAY (with CapsLock), BOOMTOWN UNITED, BREACHERS, BANDULUS, MONTY NEYSMITH & THE BISHOPS, DENDRITES, BLUE HORNETS, GREEN ROOM ROCKERS, BOWCAT, BUSTER’S GHOST, THE CROMBIES, 2 TONE LIZARD KINGS and THE TOASTERS! Continue reading DRINK THE SKA repress on RED VINYL – 17 band all-USA collection – collaboration with Ska Brewing! Tapes too!