Grover Restocks: NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Low Blow” LP blue wax 180g edition

To celebrate New York Ska Jazz Ensemble’s brand new album (vinyl and CD arriving soon from Brixton Records Spain) we have restocked a  classic from the MOON SKA NYC era, 1996’s “Low Blow” on 180g blue vinyl.  Rock Steady Freddie and Victor Rice get down with an incredible rotating all star band that included  Vic Rugiero, Devon James, Buford O’Sullican, Caz Gardner, Agent Jay,  Jack Ruby Jr and more performing classic jazz standards in Jamaican style!

THE MAGNETICS “Cocktails & Fairy Tales” (Deluxe) LP vinyl – yellow wax limited to 300 copies

THE MAGNETICS are an Italian band formed in 2017 and led by Olly Riva, their sound mixes original Ska, early Reggae, Jamaican music, and Rocksteady filtered through a “vintage” soul rhythm n’ blues vibe. The band’s first album “JAMAICAN SKA” (2017) was nominated for ‘Record of the Year’ by many SKA webzines and radio stations  around the world. The band’s second album “COFFEE AND SUGAR” was released in 2018 by GROVER RECORDS, soon after the single “COME PRIMA” was released, a cover song of the Italian classic pop tune feat Tony Dallara,  one of the greatest voices in Italian music history. The band has toured restlessly, raking up more then 250 shows across Europe, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland, Holland, Belgium and overseas on a small Mexico tour.  They have appeared on some of the greatest ska festivals including Zwarte Cross (NL), Reduit and Dynamite Fest (DE), Gdansk SKA Jamboree (PL), Tramore SKA fest (IRL), Rock N’Stock (FR).  In November and December 2019 THE MAGNETICS toured and backed legendary Jamaican singer SUSAN CADOGAN, and recorded two studio tunes with her as well for a future 7 inch single. In August and November of 2020 the band released “Cocktails & Fairy Tales” Vol 1 & 2, which are both collected here on limited edition yellow vinyl, 300 copies. The album is a wonderful mix of songs about drinks from around the world! Booze! Cocktails! Scorching surf 60s ska, crooner big band vocals, Cuban-Jamaican mambo reggae and so much more! Songs about “Gin & Tonic”, “Bloody Mary”, “Campari”, “Tequila Boom Boom”, “Mojito”, “Jamaica Glow” and more! The perfect summer ska/reggae record of 2022! We’ve also restocked their first album “Jamaican Ska” too, add a copy at a discount price!

Grover Restocks from Jamaican Legends: RICO RODRIGUEZ & WINSTON FRANCIS

We thought it would be fun to get some of these Grover Germany classics back in stock for the summer! 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)

 

RSD import: LAUREL AITKEN “Rudi Got Married” LP – incredible 80’s collection on one record!

We’re celebrating Record Store Day with another great import from Grover Germany, a repress on 180g heavyweight vinyl collecting the Godfather of Ska’s 80s recordings – from his first and only UK chart success ‘Rudi Got Married’ to his seminal Unicorn classics such as “Sally Brown” and “Sahara”.  Incudes the first two singles on I-SPY records with backing band THE RUTS in disguise as UNITONE.

Side A:  1. Rudi Got Married  2. Honey Come Back To Me  3. Big Fat Man  4. It’s Too Late  5. Mad About You   6. Sahara  7. Hey Little Girl

Side B:  1. Sally Brown  2. Je T’aimerai Toujours  3. Eh Mon Amour  4. Don’t Turn Your Back  5. I Love You, Yes I Do 6. Peggy Sue  7. Rude Boy Dream

German Neo-Trad Ska Legends – SPICY ROOTS! Import Vinyl in stock at budget prices!

SPICY ROOTS was founded in 1994 and are one of the most famous traditional ska bands still active in Germany. In their initial year the band shared the stage with Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker, plus nationwide tours with numerous international ska acts. In 1997 the band recorded the first EP “Export” , which was released under the SOS Records label. In 2001 their debut album was released by Grover Records, touring all over Germany and Europe. After releasing their second studio album “Get Ready”, Spicy Roots toured across Japan in 2008. In 2010 “Just In Time” was released and the band played Moscow and at numerous festivals, such as The Irish International Ska & Reggae Festival and the Mighty Sounds Festival in the Czech Republic. After a long absence the band triumphantly returned with “PENNY BLACK” in 2019, delivering their catchy European revival sounds to fans worldwide once again! We’re so happy to be able to make these great albums available in the USA again at a budget price!

 

Grover Classics: RUDE RICH & THE HIGHNOTES “Soul Stomp” LP / “The Soul In Ska” LP

Dutch stars RUDE RICH & THE HIGH NOTES have been putting the soul in ska for decades, and we’re proud to have these two vinyl represses in stock once again! “SOUL STOP” from 2004 now on 180g black vinyl in a fold around sleeve, features 19 tracks including killer old school covers like “Prince Of Peace”  (Prince Buster), “High School Dance” (Freddy McKay),  “Hot Milk” (A Tribute To Jackie Mittoo), “Money Worries” (Ernest Wilson),  “I Won’t Let You Go” (The Blues Busters),  “Old Times” (The Heptones), “Ska Beat” (Alton Ellis), “Come Down ’68” (Lord Creator) – and of course amazing originals too! RUDE RICH and crew’s latest from 2016 “THE SOUL IN SKA” took that Motown sound and created incredible ska & reggae versions:  “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”,  “Turn Back The Hands Of Time”, “Back Stabbers”, “Love And Happiness” – but they also kicked out Jamaican classics like “Turn Your Lamp Down Low”, “Evening News” and so much more! This repress is on WHITE vinyl too!

DOREEN SHAFFER of THE SKATALITES “Adorable” LP / “Groovin” with THE MOON INVADERS!

Happy to get these back in stock! Over the past 3 years we have reissued four modern-era LPs from ska’s originators THE SKATALITES, and fans have been asking us to get these solo albums from DOREEN SHAFFER back in stock!  ADORABLE was released in 1997 and sees her backed by DR RING DING and the SENIOR ALL STARS – limited edition RED vinyl in fold over sleeve.  2009’s “Groovin” was backed by Belgium’s MOON INVADERS.

Restocked: SOUL RADICS “Radication” mini-LP & “Two Devils” 7 inch / 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 2016 10″ mini-LP “Radication”  (black vinyl remains) and final 7 inch single.  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)

British Classics: INTENSIFIED “Yard Shaker” LP / AMPHETAMEANIES “Now’s The Time” LP + 7 inch

We’re digging back into the late 90’s for this vinyl repress! British traditional ska band INTENSIFIED released “Yard Shaker” in 1997, and to this day it stands as one of the best 60’s inspired Jamaican ska albums of the decade, on par with HEPCAT, The Articles, Scofflaws, etc. Listen to the cut “FAT CAT” from this album and the comparisons to HEPCAT jump out at ya! This limited white vinyl re-press with fold around sleeve won’t be around for long!!!! THE AMPHETAMEANIES second full length “Now That’s What I Call” came out in 2006 and was a bright light in the UK ska scene, very English fast paced 2-Tone with a Madness circus appeal. Male and female vocals trade off in this pub friendly ska stomper! As an added bonus we are tossing in their 2008 4 track EP “Goodbye Boyfriend” at no extra charge!

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