Record Store Day 2021: SKANKING LIZARD “Original Chicago Reggae 1978-1996” LP anthology

Skanking Lizard originated in Chicago in 1978 by a group of friends who had a deep love for reggae music, and by the 80’s this line up of northside musicians became Chicago’s original performing reggae band. Skanking Lizard was no island tribute band, they concentrated on developing their own sound which incorporated American roots rock with reggae rhythms. In the 1980’s, they became one of Chicago’s favorite festival bands and toured with the likes of Toots and the Maytals, Mighty Diamonds, Steel Pulse, Neville Brothers, and the B-52’s. They released the “Jesse James/Mushroom” 7 inch single in 1983, charting on Jamaica’s Top 40 List. In 1984 lead singer Alan “Blood” Lery released “Kingston Meets Chicago” 12” EP, which was recorded at Channel One Studios in Kingston and featured Jamaican legends Santa Davis on drums, Ranchie McLean on bass, Skully on percussion, Ansell Collins on organ, Howard Yukon of the Blue Riddim Band on guitar, and Shay Jones on backing vocals. The producer was Jimmy Becker of Blue Riddim band, a famed studio harmonica player who also was a member of Skanking Lizard in the early 1980’s. Both original vinyl releases appear on the band’s first ever anthology “Original Chicago Reggae”, out now in celebration of Record Store Day! Eleven tracks including never before released studio gems, including two ska tunes from 1988 recorded as a tribute to 2-Tone! First pressing is limited to 250 copies on lizard green and yellow vinyl!

Tracklist:
Side A: Jesse James / Mushroom / I Don’t Mind / It Happened / Heart Full of Soul / Video /
Side B: Strange Cargo / Wear A Smile / Tonight / Tears of A Clown / Too Much Pressure

 

Record Store Day 2021: THE SKATALITES “Bashaka” LP / 8 track – lost classic now on vinyl!

LONG LOST ALBUM is back and now on VINYL and 8 TRACK! The Skatalites are more than a band, they are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didn’t merely define the sound of Jamaica, but WERE the sound in the ’60s. Frequently credited as the originators of ska — the Skatalites’ various members banded together as both an original group and the often uncredited backing band for artists/producers such as Prince Buster and Duke Reid. Although the group officially existed in its original incarnation for less than 18 months (1964-1965), its members brought their signature styles to thousands of the island’s releases. Following a handful of reunions in the ’70s and early ’80s, the Skatalites re-formed for good in 1986 and, over subsequent decades, have included a rotating lineup of both original members and newcomers responsible for late-period highlights like 1994’s “Hi-Bop Ska” and 2000’s “Bashaka”, now reissued on vinyl for the first time. “BASHAKA” is an album lost in time, plagued by a label bankruptcy and released when mainstream’s support for the genre had waned. Simply put, this brilliant album never got the credit it deserves! Original members Lloyd Knibb, Lloyd Brevett, Lester Sterling and Cedric Brooks lead the charge into scorching ska instrumentals and rootsy jazz reggae, Doreen Shaffer adds beautiful vocals on ska tunes “Oh baby” and “Reach for the Sky”, while special guest Ken Boothe delivers the mid-tempo groover “I Never Knew”. Brand new updated art by Chema Skandal, pressed on clear yellow vinyl limited to 500 copies to celebrate Record Store Day. 8 TRACK edition of 30 for the ultimate collector housed in an original ISLAND RECODS sleeve! Comes with a FREE Jamaican music timeline poster!

Last Copies RSD 2017: RUDE GUEST Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993″ LP vinyl / CD / TAPE

Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY 2017 with JUMP UP, and pick up our limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies, comes with a DL code and a button! Not familiar with their story? During the early 80’s a small handful of bands kept the 2-Tone ska flame alive – Chicago’s RUDE GUEST was one of them! They released 4 limited edition cassettes before the US third wave kicked into full gear, and this release compiles all 16 songs from these tapes. Songs songs range from happy-go-lucky uptempo 2-Tone ska with a strong sax lead (think Madness or Bad Manners) to progressive roots reggae with a rock guitar lead and brooding 80’s keyboard. We first issued these tracks for CASSETTE STORE DAY back in October, and received some amazing press from the Chicago Reader – who did a full feature on the release including an interview with founding member Paul Schroeder. Read all about that HERE. Continue reading Last Copies RSD 2017: RUDE GUEST Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993″ LP vinyl / CD / TAPE

Last Copies RSD 2020: THE SKATALITES “Ska Voovee” LP + 7″ single – first time on vinyl for 1993 masterpiece!

BLUE VINYL + BONUS 7″. First time on vinyl for 1993 classic from ska originators. Part of the the Shanachie trilogy of 90’s albums from legendary Jamaican big band that invented the genre in the early 1960’s. Released in 1993, Ska Voovee finds original saxophonist Tommy McCook leading a lineup that includes original members (bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, alto saxophonist Lester Sterling ) alongside newcomers and jazz guests, including trombonist Steve Turre and trumpeter Frank Gordan. This edition of the Skatalites was quite faithful to the band’s history, lively instrumentals like “Skamaica” and “Skapan” are instantly recognizable as authentic Skatalites performances. These dozen tunes are solid and engaging, an effort that both die-hard and casual fans will equally enjoy. Blue vinyl LP with bonus “Jamaican Blank” style 45 rpm 7 inch single, originally  scheduled for Record Store Day 2020 –  but we pulled the title to keep our fans safe! We don’t want you to have to wait in a line this fall….it’s just too dangerous.  Ska At Home Saves Lives!

Randale Records: BAD MANNERS covers album “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” 2xLP

British 2-Tone era legends BAD MANNERS issued this all covers collection (originally only on CD) on SKA IN THE WORLD Records in Japan in 2011, then in 2013 German label Randale released it as a two-LP vinyl collection – which we finally have copies to offer our long time Jump Up customers! Very limited stock! Just look at this crazy fun tracklisting of pop tunes gone ska:

A1 Al Capone  A2 Turning Japanese  A3 Shape I’m In  A4 Too Good To Be True  A5 Do Nothing  B1 One Step Forward  B2 Man Who Sold The World  B3 Funky Chicken  B4 Lola  C1 I Feel Bad  C2 Personality  C3 The Oldest Game In Town   C4 Billies  C5 Midnight Rider  D1 Shaft  D2 Black Night  D3 Mambo No. 8  D4 Stop Ya Messing

SYMARIP PYRAMID “Ska Party” LP in stock now! Monty Neysmith / Frank Pitter / Mike Thomas – skinhead ska/reggae legends unite!

Three original members of legendary 60’s skinhead band are back together to do some ol’ MOONSTOMPING! Symarip evolved from the UK ska/soul/reggae band the Pyramids, who had recorded with the then leader of the Equals, Eddy Grant. The group formed in 1969, comprising Monty Naismith, Roy Ellis, Michael Thomas, Joshua Roberts and Frank Pitter. The success of ‘their single Skinhead Moonstomp’ led to the release in 1970 of an album of the same name, including versions of Roland Alphonso’s ‘Phoenix City’ as ‘Phoenix Reggae’, Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, ‘Fung Shu’ and ‘Skinhead Girl’. The band was a major influence on the 2-Tone movement and have been cherished by fans worldwide for 50+ years. In 2014 Jump Up began releasing  new vinyl singles from singer / songwriter / organist Monty Neysmith backed by The Bishops and Soul Radics. In 2016 a full length was released with The Bishops leading to tours across the USA, including a headlining slot at the Supernova festival. Fast forward to 2019 and Monty reunites with two of his original band mates Frank & Mike to create SYMARIP PYRAMID – ad a European tour and here we proudly present the debut two track 7 inch vinyl single! “War On Mars” is a mid tempo vocal ska groover, “Skinting” is an uptempo organ drenched skinhead reggae tune loosely based on the battle hymn of the republic.  Limited edition repress of 200 on red vinyl plus now we have their debut full length twelve track vinyl album from RANDALE RECORDS in Germany on ORANGE vinyl!  Get both and get a deal! Continue reading SYMARIP PYRAMID “Ska Party” LP in stock now! Monty Neysmith / Frank Pitter / Mike Thomas – skinhead ska/reggae legends unite!

Mad Butcher restocks: BAD MANNERS “Return of The Ugly” LP + BUSTERS ALL STARS “Skinhead Luv Affair” LP

MAD BUTCHER once again delivers the goods – two must have post 2-TONE classics from BUSTER BLOODVESSEL and NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND). “Return of the Ugly” is the sixth studio album by British 2 Tone ska band BAD MANNERS, released independently in 1989 on the resurrected “BLUE BEAT” label in the UK and on Relativity in the USA.  A true return to form, many songs became instant classics and are still fan favorites to this day! Includes “SKAVILLE UK”, “THIS IS SKA”, “BONANZA SKA”, “SINCE YOU’VE GONE AWAY”, “RETURN OF THE UGLY” plus LAUREL AITKEN classics “SALLY BROWN” and “HEY LITTLE GIRL”.  Not to be outdone, we also have back in stock the 1989 classic from BUSTER’S ALL STARS (the BAD MANNERS “side” project with Buster Bloodvessel) and their amazing 2 TONE inspired homage to skinheads: “Skinhead Luv Affair”. Featuring songwriting brilliance from NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND) – this album was much more than a novelty conceived while BAD MANNERS was on “hiatus” – it’s popularity actually helped reform the band! Members of BUSTERS ALL STARS and the remaining members of the original BAD MANNERS “merged” to create the BAD MANNERS unit that would record the modern day classic “RETURN OF THE UGLY”! These two albums are an important part of the link from the original 2-TONE movement to the birth of ska’s third wave worldwide!

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!

Grover Restocks: 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!

 

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!