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
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 self titled album from 2002 they did the SEX PISTOL’s “ANARCHY IN THE UK” and on their 2005 album “TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE” they did DEPECHE MODE’s “POLICY OF TRUTH”. Both albums were top sellers for us in the CD days and we are so happy to get these on 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 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!
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!
KING HORROR “Cutting Blade” b/w “Vampire” 7 inch
KING HORROR “Frankenstein” b/w WINSTON GRIEVY “I Can’t Stand It” 7 inch
TRAVELERS ALL STARS “Reggae Gordo” EP 7 inch (limited edition yellow vinyl!)
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!