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!
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! Last copies of “TRIBUTE TO THE GREATS” are now in stock too!
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. Not to be outdone is LAUREL AITKEN’S “Story So Far” LP – his biggest hits from the 60s re-recorded for modern times, originally released in 1995 and now repressed on BLUE vinyl. Stock is VERY limited on these!
Tracklisting: Roll Jordan Roll / Little Sheila / Boogie In My Bones / Bartender / It’s Too Late / Zion City / Sugar Sugar / Bad Minded Woman / Rudi Got Married / Sally Brown
Mad About You / Sahara / Boogie With The Bartender
We’ve restocked 90s classic from one of our favorite bands of ALL time! At last their 1996 masterpiece “HOME” sees a vinyl re-issue, it was their first album as a four piece and includes modern ska classics such as “So Blind”, “Always Tomorrow”, “Driving Me Mad” any many more! Very ltd. edition of 200 copies on yellow vinyl. We’ve also restocked their 1999 studio album “SCREAMS DREAMS & CUSTARD CLEANS”, the last album with Mick Clare on lead vocals. Very limited blue vinyl!
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!
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
British 2-Tone ska punk band THE TALKS formed in 2006 and had the distinct honor of opening for The Specials on their 30th anniversary tour way back in 2009. Their albums are a smorgasbord of catchy tunes, well crafted engaging songs that fit extraordinarily well within the confines of ska’s structural boundaries. We have stocked both of their classic albums from 2014 and 2015 released on Grover Records in Germany, a must for fans of Buster Shuffle, classic 2-Tone. and modern American third wave ska. “Hulligans” features a song with Neville Staples too!
For more than 20 years German band the SENIOR ALL STARS have dedicated themselves to the instrumental form of Jamaican music. Reggae, jazz, dub: the three terms still define the framework in which the sound of the all-stars has changed and developed. In terms of composition and play, the band is deeply rooted in the reggae of the 70s and 80s, the musicians go one step further in composition, interaction and sound and create their personal continental-european dub-reggae style. In 2017 their ninth album “Elated” was released then soon after corresponding dub versions on “Related”. Both albums new to our webshop, “Elated” on limited edition yellow vinyl. Also new to the shop are RED vinyl copies of their Skatalites tribute 7 inch “Freedom Sounds” b/w the dub on Grover Supreme. If you buy both LPs we’re give you the 7 inch FREE automatically!
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)