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

RSD import: THE BEATLES gone Jamaican! JAMESTOWN SHEIKS “Lennon & McCartney Reggae Style” LP reissue

Black Butcher Germany has just reissued the 1970 stone cold party classic on vinyl for the first time – original UK copies have become rare in recent years and are fetching high prices. Most original copies are also worn out from constant play! Twelve BEATLES classics in an uptempo early/skinhead reggae style, vocals are reminiscent of Desmond Dekker too! The origin of this band is still a mystery! A must for fans of THE AGGROLITES, and SYMARIP ! Don’t delay a minute, this limited edition one time pressing will go fast!

Tracklisting:  Let It Be / Ticket To Ride / I Want To Hold Your Hand / Michelle / Can’t Buy Me Love / The Fool On The Hill / Get Back / Yesterday / Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da / Eleanor Rigby / All My Loving / Hey Jude

 

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!

THE TOASTERS “Frankenska” LP vinyl back in print

The first ever LIVE album from NYC SKA legends THE TOASTERS is back on vinyl for the first time! Recorded in 1989 in London, features the first every appearance of COOLIE RANX on vocals, who was a temporary fill in due to the sudden departure of THRILL ME UP era singer CAVO and NENE (aka UNITY 2). Little did we know COOLIE would come back a few years later permanently. Originally issued on UNICORN records thanks to MAD BUTCHER Germany a whole new generation of ska fans gets to hear this classic on vinyl…..gulp….30 years later. Limited to 500 copies. Read all about this great release at the DUFF GUIDE TO SKA.  Tracklisting:  A1 Matt Davis  A2 Weekend In L.A.  A3 Go Girl  A4 Run Rudy Run  A5 Thrill Me Up  B1 Don’t Blame Me  B2 One-Track Mind  B3 Ska Killers  B4 East Side Beat  B5 Pool Shark

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!

REPRESS: MEPHISKAPHELES “God Bless Satan” LP (red & black vinyl)

Red vinyl REPRESS  has arrived limited to 250 copies! Debut 1994 album from New York City satanic ska punk band, produced by Bill Laswell. Thirteen upbeat skankers, flush with brass, drenched with irresistible melodies and infectious choruses. Originally self released, the album soon went global after being licensed by Moon Ska Records. Far beyond 2-Tone with a slight nod to Jamaica’s originators, Mephiskapheles birthed their own ska-based niche. Go SATAN! Go SKA!  We also released the cassette tape for Cassette Store Day 2017, add one for the collection only 150 made!  Their second album “Maximum Perversion” is also available on vinyl and tape from us!

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REPRESS on RED vinyl : THE SKUNKS “Chaos In Skaville” LP – an early 90’s classic!

The Skunks were a third wave ska band formed in 1988 by a group of high school friends from suburban Maryland. They recorded three albums, performed extensively in the Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland area, and toured across the United States. “Chaos in Skaville” was the band’s first album,  issues as a limited self-released cassette in 1991. The success of this release saw the band’s schedule become much more active, and during the summer of 1992 the band toured with The Toasters including legendary gigs at he Masquerade in Atlanta, Wilmington NC, Madison & Milwaukee WI and at Cabaret Metro in Chicago. The tour culminated, on February 27, 1993, with Moon Ska’s Skalapalooza at The Ritz in New York City, where The Skunks appeared with The Toasters, Bad Manners, The Skatalites, The Scofflaws, and Ruder Than You. After the tour, the Skunks signed with Moon Ska and shortly thereafter, “Chaos in Skaville” appeared in Moon’s catalog, where it was listed as MR034. Continue reading REPRESS on RED vinyl : THE SKUNKS “Chaos In Skaville” LP – an early 90’s classic!

REPRESS: FLYING VIPERS “Cuttings” LP vinyl on weedy green vinyl

Flying Vipers’ sound is of another time and place. Deeply in debt to the original Jamaican engineers of the ’70s who turned their mixing consoles into the lead instrument, the Vipers lay down steady drum & bass driven rhythms with jazz tinged melodies and post-punk attitude. Recorded and mixed on a vintage cassette 8-track in a dank basement in Waltham Massachusetts, the songs are manipulated with twists and turns of the console, saturated tape delays and exaggerated EQ until the track becomes something new.  Cuttings is the Vipers first full length album, building on the foundation of The Green & Copper Tape EPs while adding more horns, vintage synths, and eccentric effects. The band may have been begrudgingly prophetic when they released the first single “Two Twenties Clash” in February 2020, as shortly after the world turned upside down dealing with the Covid-19 crisis and America struggles with reconciling its racist foundations. Within its 12 instrumental tracks, Cuttings is a sonic search for meditation amidst the madness.  Limited edition cassette tape 100 copies (SOLD OUT).  We are so pleased to welcome the Vipers to the Jump Up Records roster!

REPRESS: THE LOVING PAUPERS “Lines” LP vinyl / CD – Broken Hearted Reggae from D.C.

Washington DC’s Loving Paupers formed in 2015, featuring a talented cast of established and diverse regional musicians, including current and former members of third wave ska legends The Pietasters and The Smooths. Make no mistake, The Loving Paupers are a reggae/dub outfit, but their music is heavily influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Kinks, Zombies, The Supremes, to the late Gregory Issacs, Sugar Minott, and Dennis Brown. Featuring powerhouse lead vocalist Kelly Di Filippo, whose emotive style brings immediate comparisons to Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Jane Birkin, Kate Bush and even Joni Mitchell, in modern reggae circles the band is likened to recent output by Hollie Cook, The Frightnrs, and The Skints. The Loving Paupers recorded their debut EP in 2016, working alongside Grammy Award winning Brazilian producer Victor Rice, and since have received rave reviews for performances at various festivals, to venues such as DC’s 9:30 Club. “Lines” is the band’s debut full length album – ten melancholic songs that touch upon heartbreak and emotional dissidence, moody melodies enhanced once again by Victor Rice’s loving touch. Broken hearted roots reggae. Dreamy Lovers Rock vibes. CD version includes a bonus album of dubs by Victor Rice.