San Diego Ska Legends: UNSTEADY “Three’s The Charm” LP + 7 inches!

Formed in 1992, “San Diego’s mutated ska collective” Unsteady originally featured two members of local ska band the Donkey Show, guitarist Chris “Creedy” Bates and drummer Kent Graves, along with sax / vocalist John Roy, who’d been with a late-’80s local ska band called the Gangbusters. They were soon joined by keyboardist Kevin “Baby” Hewitt and bassist Paul Howland from the original local Wallflowers. Later, drummer Jimmy Boom replaced Graves, and new members were added like Clay Elliot (sax) and Jon Fisher (trumpet). Their 1996 debut album Tightrope (Immune Records) was followed by 1997’s Double or Nothing (Asian Man Records) and Live in the Studio (2001).  After a prolonged period of inactivity, they reunited to play several live shows in summer 2010, continuing to get together from time to time. In 2017 they went single crazy releasing “LIAR” b/w MR BURU” and “The Most Important Person” b/w “Self Made Man” plus a split with the Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra and their tune “SWAY”. Subsequent gig dates found vintage members John Roy and Kevin “Baby” Hewitt now reunited with bassist Paul Howland, although Howland was playing guitar this time around, along with a band that fluctuated from six to nine or more members. Fast forward to 2021 and John Roy is taking over the world with his studio project SMOKE & MIRRORS SOUND SYSTEM, yet he still finds time to release the brand new UNSTEADY album “THIRD TIME’S A CHARM”  that blends ska with bordertown radio, add a dash of geek, lounge, jump, circus, and street corner busking – that’s close to the Unsteady sound! Clear green vinyl, plus we have all the 7 inches mentioned in a bundle as well!

RSD Drop! THE UNTOUCHABLES “Hooked On A Feeling” Picture Disc 7 inch – beautiful art by Chema Skandal

We are SO excited about the first vinyl picture disc in 37 years for Los Angeles ska/mod 80s legends!!! One of the most collectable bands of all time, their STIFF RECORDS UK picture discs were highlights of the 1980s!! JUMP UP, in collaboration with THE SPECIALIZED PROJECT UK, are proud to deliver the band’s first new recording in decades, a wonderful laid back mid-tempo summer reggae dancer – a version of the B.J THOMAS / BLUE SWEDE oldies radio hit “HOOKED ON A FEELING” (penned by MARK JAMES) complete with a dub on the flip! This 7 inch picture disc vinyl gem is limited to 750 copies, distributed in the UK officially by SPECIALIZED. Don’t delay, this one time press is a must have purchase for both 40+ year fans and newcomers alike. An essential DJ 45 that sounds incredible (was very surprised too) – that’s why it’s a selection for our 7 inch subscription club! A tad pricier due to production costs, please keep in mind proceeds are going to the UK charity plus is supporting one of the world’s most legendary ska bands of ALL TIME!

RSD Drop! SMOKE & MIRRORS SOUND SYSTEM 10″ vinyl – feat ROY ELLIS & MONTY NEYSMITH of SMYARIP! Art by Chema Skandal!

SMOKE & MIRRORS SOUND SYSTEM is the brainchild of John Roy (Unsteady, Gangbusters), who created a traditional ska /reggae studio supergroup during the 2020 shut down. The band’s current release output all across the world is mind blowing. LIQUIDATOR & BADSONIC in Europe plus STEADY BEAT in L.A. have all released 7 inch singles to follow up the “STRENGTH IN NUMBERS” full length – now it’s JUMP UP’s turn with this boss 10 inch vinyl EP pressed on classic black, blue, and red vinyl! We’ve reunited SYMARIP on record! Both sides stand on their own and deliver killer reggae grooves for skins, rudeboys, and roots fans worldwide! Just look below at the all the musicians on these tracks – plus ROGER RIVAS dubs both tunes as well! Exclusively partnered in the EU with Grover Records / Moskito Promotion! Once again the incredible CHEMA SKANDAL has designed original art that’s vibrant and breathtaking! Limited to 200 copies on each color.  Continue reading RSD Drop! SMOKE & MIRRORS SOUND SYSTEM 10″ vinyl – feat ROY ELLIS & MONTY NEYSMITH of SMYARIP! Art by Chema Skandal!

AMTY Swedish Bundle: HJALMAR B ALL STARS (feat Lee Scratch Perry) “Gin Och Ish” 10″ LP + SPOKSTAN “Hal I Betongen” LP

Hjalmar B Allstars are a boss reggae / rocksteady band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 2019. Following their well received debut 7 inch single “Hisingen Reggae” in 2020 – this 6 track mini-LP is full of classic vintage Jamaican sounds with female vocals plus a track featuring LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY. The pressing is limited to 200 copies and this is the only batch we will receive, don’t miss out! We’re offering this 10″ as part of a bundle with a very cool 2019 release on AMTY Records that we slept on by accident and recently discovered! That release is by Spökstan (Swedish for Ghost Town), their first album features twelve dirty 2-Tone ska/punky reggae-titles in Swedish, the line up is with members from The Crooked Beat (reggae/ska), Congoman Crew (reggae), Makabert Fynd (hardcore punk) and Paraden (reggae). Don’t let the doomish cover fool you, this album has an early 90’s / European Ska Explosion feel more than a punk-ska lean, some of the songs lend themselves towards The Loafers or an early Mark Foggo loose faster ska style. Very enjoyable!

REPRESSED: 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! Second Pressing on Yellow Vinyl out now!

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

 

REPRESSED: 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, repress on clear yellow / orange vinyl limited to 200 copies. 8 TRACK edition of 30 for the ultimate collector housed in an original ISLAND RECORDS sleeve! Comes with a FREE Jamaican music timeline poster!

REPRESSED: THE SKATALITES “Platinum Ska” LP vinyl includes 3 bonus dubs!

Jamaican ska legends’ latest album “Platinum Ska” finally repressed on vinyl with three bonus dubs. The group has been at the forefront of ska music since the mid-’60s, and this studio album is their first recordings to follow the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014. The Skatalites built the foundation for Jamaican music, and was part of it’s evolution as it morphed from ska to rock steady then reggae, helping give birth to household names like Toots and The Maytals, Lee Perry, and of course Bob Marley & The Wailers. Since re-forming in the ’80s, The Skatalites have been through their share of transformation and have sadly seen most of the band’s original members pass on. Each of today’s existing members were hand-picked by the band’s original members to play, and they continue to hold down the tradition by performing at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world. Two of the tracks included on “Platinum Ska” feature original 60’s era drummer Lloyd Knibb (who passed away in 2011), plus it captures alto sax player Lester Sterling and vocalist Doreen Shaffer, the last two living original Skatalites members. The album was mixed in Mali and also includes guest appearances by legendary Malian musicians Assaba Dramé and Madou Sidiki Diabaté. Simply put, “Platinum Ska” is a testament to some of the greatest Jamaican musicians the world has ever seen, and Jump Up is proud to preserve this legacy once again with a limited vinyl edition. Limited repress on metallic marble and classic black vinyl.

Warehouse Find! THE SKATALITES “Greetings From Skamania” LP – last stock returned from overseas distributor

First time on wax for Jamaican ska originators’ 1996 masterpiece, green vinyl edition with poster insert exclusive for Record Store Day. Produced by Joe Ferry (Big Ska Band, SKAndolous All Stars) and band leader Tommy McCook, On this set original 60’s players are still going strong – lead by the saxophone trio of Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, and Lester Sterling, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, bassist Lloyd Brevett, and vocalist Doreen Shaffer. The band revisits 60’s gems like “Phoenix City” , and “El Pussycat” while creating many new classics including “Skalloween”, “Trip To Mars” and “Skamania”. The Skatalites perfected the big-band ska sound while backing some of the finest ska and rocksteady artists in the 60’s, and this album is another crowning jewel in their lifelong goal to party like it’s 1964! This official RSD 2019 title has been out of print for ages, but we recently received stranded stock from a few overseas distributors, which we reconditioned for sale once again. Snatch these up!

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