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)

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.

RESTOCK! Jamaican Reggae Legends on vinyl: RICO RODRIGUEZ / WINSTON FRANCIS

We thought it would be fun to get some of these Grover Germany classics back in stock for the holiday season! RICO RODRIGUEZ sadly left us a few years ago, but his legacy of big trombone anthems lives on with “GET UP YOUR FOOT”, twelve amazing ska & reggae tracks released in 2000 with his top notch band! This was one of his last studio albums as he became quite busy as a part of JOOLS HOLLAND’s band! WINSTON FRANCIS is a soul ska/reggae legend, his voice is MAGIC. A STUDIO ONE veteran we had the pleasure of booking here in Chicago in 2014. That same year “MR FIX IT” released a new album backed by RUDE RICH & THE HIGHNOTES full of classics redone is true vintage style. Such a great set on clear vinyl:

A1 A Little More Oil in My Lamp  A2 Dancing Mood  A3 Love I Can Feel  A4 Only A Smile  A5 Your No Good  A6 Love Me Forever  A7 Breaking Up  A8 Love And Affection  B1 My Number One  B2 My Jamaican Girl  B3 Sukiyaki  B4 On The Beach  B5 Guilty  B6 Turn Your Lamp Down Low  B7 Never Love Again  B8 Girl I Got a Date  B9 A Little More Oil (Binghi Version)

 

Read First! FREE STUFF! Puzzles! Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY Drop #2 in SKA STYLE!

We’re back for the second round of Record Store Day 2021!  The first two titles in June went gangbusters!  We are so happy people are discovering the long lost BASHAKA album from THE SKATALITES, plus finding new and old fans of Chicago’s frist reggae band SKANKING LIZARD has been so incredibly rewarding.  And how about that J-ROOTS Jamaican timeline poster by Trunkfish.net ? We’re still giving those out in orders so hook up a friend if you get another!

RSD July is heating up with two incredible albums from American ska legends who built the foundation for the third wave.  USA USA!  BIM SKALA BIM have a brand new album “SONIC TONIC” –  we have the exclusive red vinyl version limited to 250 copies. Not to be outdone we  jumped into the MOON SKA time machine to reissue THE SCOFFLAWS 1991 debut on vinyl for the first time – it’s a 30th anniversary edition on both yellow and blue vinyl, each limited to 175 copies! If you buy both new RSD titles we will include a SKABOOM AMERICA 85 slipmat and metallic chrome stickers FREE FREE FREE! ! What’s with the 85 you ask?  Here’s the truth:  SKA BROKE IN AMERICA in 1985, not the 90s! It was already a popular sound all across America with regional “alternative” college rock bands – this phenomenon is explored in the upcoming book SKABOOM! by Marc Wasserman (www.diwulf.com) which we curated a rare private press bonus CD!  USA USA! We also have a very limited amount of SKABOOM AMERICA 85 glow in the dark slip mats for purchase!

WE MADE A PUZZLE of the J-ROOTS Jamaican Music Timeline!!! It’s 16″ x 20″ and 221 pieces – not only is this a fun challenge for any puzzle fan but it’s a GREAT educational tool. Wanna teach your kids the rich history of the music you love? Sit down and do this puzzle with them – we guarantee all the musical pieces will start to connect!  Add the puzzle to any RSD LP order for only $15 from the cart below,  $25 if shipped on it’s own. Limited to 50 act quick!

Record Store Day 2021: BIM SKALA BIM “Sonic Tonic” LP vinyl / Import CD – Boston’s Legends are back!

Bim Skala Bim’s “Boston Blue Beat” is a mix of upbeat 2 tone ska, alt-rock, calypso and reggae, the key to their signature sound is an unchanged line up since formation in 1986. Their brand new album “SONIC TONIC” is a true return to the form, proving once again why they were one of America’s premier bands who kickstarted ska’s third wave in the 1990s. “Sonic Tonic” contains nine new songs with special guest appearances by Dave Hillyard (The Slackers), Chris Rhodes (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Nick Welsh (aka King Hammond), Ken Stewart (The Skatalites), and Steve Cracknell (The Dub Pistols). “Sonic Tonic” contemplate life and the human condition, the album’s themes include multiculturalism (Gumbo), illicit drinking (Lighting), personal wellbeing (The Loon), age (Go Back), and travel (Cuz A U). JUMP UP is once again proudly working alongside The Specialized Project to release a vinyl edition, helping support their fund raising for teen cancer and mental health charities. If you’re visually inclined music videos have been made for every song on the album! Red vinyl limited to 300 copies and has been released to celebrate Record Store Day’s July date.

Bim Skala Bim is:
Dan Vitale – Vocals Vinny Nobile – Trombone Mark Ferranti – Bass Jim Arhelger – Drums
Jim Jones – Guitars, Vocals Rick Barry – Percussion Dave Butts – Sax, Keyboards
John Cameron – Keyboards John Ferry – Trombone

 

Record Store Day 2021: THE SCOFFLAWS self titled LP vinyl – 30th Anniversary Edition!

The Scofflaws are a New York-based ska band that debuted in 1988. Known for their rambunctious live shows, technically proficient horn solos and tight arrangements, the Scofflaws were one of the top third wave ska acts of the ’90s and one of the most beloved bands on the now-defunct Moon Ska label, as well as the center and focal point of the once-thriving Long Island ska scene. The Scofflaws early sound was characterized by strong R&B and jazz influences as well as eclectic covers of such songs as Henry Mancini’s “A Shot in the Dark” and Danny Elfman’s theme for Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, while original songs like “Rudy’s Back”, “Paul Getty” and “William Shatner” became cult favorites due to the offbeat lyrics and quirky vocal stylings of bandleader Richard “Sammy” Brooks, co-founder Mike Drance and trombonist Buford O’Sullivan. Their self-titled debut studio album was released in 1991 by Moon Records, followed by Ska in Hi Fi in 1995, the concert recording Live! Vol. 1 in 1996, and their third studio album, Record of Convictions, in 1998. They toured the United States several times, including stints as the openers for Desmond Dekker and Bad Manners. The band’s lineup saw frequent changes and served as a springboard for numerous New York ska musicians, original co-frontman Mike Drance left in 1994 to form the Bluebeats, bassist Victor Rice went on to be a founding member of the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble and continue a career in music production, and Buford O’Sullivan played for The Toasters and Easy Star All Stars. Although the Scofflaws have not released a studio recording since 1998, Brooks continues to lead the band in live performances within the New York area.  We are so excited to release their 1991 debut album on vinyl for he first time ever, on blue and yellow variations limited to 150 each. Yellow VINYL NOW SOLD OUT. Sorry!

Record Store Day 2021: SKANKING LIZARD “Original Chicago Reggae 1978-1996” LP anthology

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 (SOLD OUT) and yellow vinyl!

Tracklist:
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

 

Record Store Day 2021: THE SKATALITES “Bashaka” LP / 8 track – lost classic now on vinyl!

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!