GROVER RESTOCKS: RICO RODRIGUEZ / WINSTON FRANCIS / NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE

We thought it would be fun to get some of these Grover Germany classics back in stock for the summer! First off is the 1998 Moon Ska NYC classic from jazz ska all stars NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE, featuring songs written by VICTOR RICE, DEVON JAMES, ROCKSTEADY FREDDY REITER plus renditions of DUKE ELLINGTON and HORACE SILVER standards! Very last copies! 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

Modern European Traditional Restocks: MAGNETICS / 86 CREW / VALKYRIANS

We’ve restoked these great modern traditional gems from Grover Records! First off is the debut album from Italian quartet THE MAGNETICS, the fourth album from Finnish stars VALKYRIANS, and the last album from French skinhead reggae troop 86 Crew! Stock is very limited on these great imports!

Grover Restocks: THE TENNORS “Reggae Girl” LP / “Another Scorcher” LP restocked! 180g pressings with free CD!

The Tennors were a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae vocal group in the 1960s and ’70s. “Reggae Girl” simply put is a killer Boss Reggae album originally released in 1968, featuring The Tennors, The Harmonians, Roman Stewart, Jonny Moore & Karl Bryan, Eric Monty Morris,  Tommy McCook, Charlie Organaire, Kingstonians, and more. This limited reissue is on 180g features 4 extra bonus tracks just on the vinyl version.  Continue reading Grover Restocks: THE TENNORS “Reggae Girl” LP / “Another Scorcher” LP restocked! 180g pressings with free CD!

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!

Grover Restocks: LAUREL AITKEN “Story So Far” LP + DOREEN SHAFFER of THE SKATALITES!

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

Restocked: THE HOTKNIVES “Home” LP / “Screams Dreams” LP – 90’s classics on COLOR vinyl!

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!

 

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!