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!

Last Copies RSD 2017: RUDE GUEST Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993″ LP vinyl / CD / TAPE

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

Last Copies RSD 2020: THE SKATALITES “Ska Voovee” LP + 7″ single – first time on vinyl for 1993 masterpiece!

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!

Randale Records: BAD MANNERS covers album “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” 2xLP

British 2-Tone era legends BAD MANNERS issued this all covers collection (originally only on CD) on SKA IN THE WORLD Records in Japan in 2011, then in 2013 German label Randale released it as a two-LP vinyl collection – which we finally have copies to offer our long time Jump Up customers! Very limited stock! Just look at this crazy fun tracklisting of pop tunes gone ska:

A1 Al Capone  A2 Turning Japanese  A3 Shape I’m In  A4 Too Good To Be True  A5 Do Nothing  B1 One Step Forward  B2 Man Who Sold The World  B3 Funky Chicken  B4 Lola  C1 I Feel Bad  C2 Personality  C3 The Oldest Game In Town   C4 Billies  C5 Midnight Rider  D1 Shaft  D2 Black Night  D3 Mambo No. 8  D4 Stop Ya Messing

RANDALE imports: ROUGH KUTZ “Best of” LP – British 2-Tone Skinhead legends + MARK FOGGO “Haircut” LP vinyl

The Rough Kutz where formed by Hazza (Hammond organ), Brigga (vocals) and Rat (guitar) in 1993 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. their first studio album, A Bit O’ Rough was released in 1998 on Mark Foggo’s label Skanky ‘Lil Records. After this release the band began touring Europe. They released second album Welcome to our World in 2002 and, in 2006, followed with Another Week Another War. On this album Roddy Radiation from The Specials played guest lead guitar. In 2010 they released their fourth album Gangsters Playground on RK records and in 2012 the Rough Kutz recorded a version of The Specials song “Rude Boys Outa Jail” for the Specialized charity and began contributing to their collections ever since.  This 2017 Best of collection from German label Randale is a new modern classic featuring their catchiest 2-Tone working class skinhead anthems from the past 25 years! ROUGH KUTZ were one of our top sellers back in the CD days, we are so proud to have this collection! Not to be outdone we have another Skanky Lil classic on vinyl from the 2-Tone legend himself……MARK FOGGO! This 1995 classic was finally issued on vinyl in 2018 by Randale Records in Germany and is finally available in the USA! Manic 2 tone is the order of the day!

Tracklist:  A1 Hurricane  A2 Haircut  A3 Bra And Panties  A4 American À Paris  A5 Ska In A Bar  A6 Sore Finger
B1 Big Big Mouth  B2 Spaceman Stuff  B3 Not Scott  B4 Lipso Dipso  B5 Married A Monkey

Mad Butcher restocks: BAD MANNERS “Return of The Ugly” LP + BUSTERS ALL STARS “Skinhead Luv Affair” LP

MAD BUTCHER once again delivers the goods – two must have post 2-TONE classics from BUSTER BLOODVESSEL and NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND). “Return of the Ugly” is the sixth studio album by British 2 Tone ska band BAD MANNERS, released independently in 1989 on the resurrected “BLUE BEAT” label in the UK and on Relativity in the USA.  A true return to form, many songs became instant classics and are still fan favorites to this day! Includes “SKAVILLE UK”, “THIS IS SKA”, “BONANZA SKA”, “SINCE YOU’VE GONE AWAY”, “RETURN OF THE UGLY” plus LAUREL AITKEN classics “SALLY BROWN” and “HEY LITTLE GIRL”.  Not to be outdone, we also have back in stock the 1989 classic from BUSTER’S ALL STARS (the BAD MANNERS “side” project with Buster Bloodvessel) and their amazing 2 TONE inspired homage to skinheads: “Skinhead Luv Affair”. Featuring songwriting brilliance from NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND) – this album was much more than a novelty conceived while BAD MANNERS was on “hiatus” – it’s popularity actually helped reform the band! Members of BUSTERS ALL STARS and the remaining members of the original BAD MANNERS “merged” to create the BAD MANNERS unit that would record the modern day classic “RETURN OF THE UGLY”! These two albums are an important part of the link from the original 2-TONE movement to the birth of ska’s third wave worldwide!

Restocked! THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!

After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by  fans worldwide.  Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading Restocked! THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!

Cassette Mania! New TAPES from THE ARTICLES, THE PRIZEFIGHTERS and GREEN ROOM ROCKERS

Limited edition cassettes to play on that old skool boombox! THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “Get Ready” TAPE is a collection of rarities, demos, out takes, and live recordings previously buried deep in the vaults!  GREEN ROOM ROCKERS “Parkway Sessions” TAPE was recorded “live in studio” and features all your favorites plus covers you hear them do live! Finally, we can’t believe the 2001 album “ACTION CLAW vs GORILLA SUIT” from Detroit ska jazzers is finally seeing light of day! Produced by JOE FERRY and shelved when the band went on a permanent hiatus, this tape is a must have for fans of their lone Moon Ska classic “Flip F’ Real”.  All tapes are super limited and a a great bargain. With so many new tape decks and tape boomboxes once again available in shops there’s no excuse not to rock tapes in 2021 – we have released over 50 to date!