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Among the ranks of singers, only Johnny Clarke comes close to challenging Bob Marley & Dennis Brown for reggae’s crown, through his unequalled run of hit songs. His output of mid-70s classics powered by producer Bunny “Striker” Lee, give Clarke status among the top artists of the period and contemporary relevance on the live show and reggae festival circuit.

Many of Johnny’s classic roots recordings gathered here, were given international exposure in the 1998 release ‘Dreader Dread’ released by the esteemed Blood & Fire label. Expanded and re-mastered, the release of ‘Creation Rebel’ captures the very essence of what is now regarded as the golden age of roots music.

Package bonus features include extended length mixes of “Jah Love Is With I,” “Bad Days Are Going,” and “Peace And Love In The Ghetto.” Newly composed liner notes by Noel Hawks. 


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Linval Thompson Presents Dub Landing Vol. 1

The only authorized reissue of this all time classic dub album originally released by Starlight Records on 1981. Now matched with a second disc of original vocal versions Includes previously unreleased tracks from Junior Reid and Ranking Dread Roots Radics at Channel One, produced by Linval Thompson and mixed by Scientist. Double vinyl European pressing includes 2' x 2' color poster of album cover art, created by Tony McDermott. This newly created album package combines the classic 1981 album with vocal hits on the same rhythm tracks and also shows Thompson and Scientist at the very top of their game. A true classic of the genre. You need!

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Linval Thompson Presents Dub Landing Vol. 2

The only authorized reissue of volume 2 of the all time classic dub album, originally released by Starlight Records on 1982. Now matched with a second disc of original vocal versions it includes previously unreleased tracks from Hell & Fire, Sister Nancy and Papa Tullo. Recorded with Roots Radics at Channel One, produced by Linval Thompson and mixed by Scientist & Prince Jammy it finds the Thompson and Scientist slap bang in their golden period, producing some of their most inspired work of their career. With new cover art by Tony McDermott (plus an impressive 2' by 2' poster) this is an excellent edition of one of the dub genre's greatest treasures. You need this!

Bobby Digital is a disciple of King Jammy who went on to produce some of the biggest reggae songs in the 90s and 00s. This collection celebrates the high water marks of this unique talent who helped shape the future of Reggae music. Fans of Jammy will instantly recognize Bobby's palette (included Yamaha's DX-100, Casio's CS01 & CZ1000 keyboards and the iconic Oberheim DX drum machine). Featuring a who's who of guest vocalists; old legends like Johnny Osbourne, Jimmy Riley and Sugar Minott are joined by new schoolers, Shabby Ranks, Beenie Man and Capleton as they move through the new collection of riddims and digital sounds in fine style. A great comp which aptly shows the development of dancehall and reggae as we get crossed the millennium.

Ten tough disco mixes - vocal and dub - with Horace at the peak of his late 70’s form. Originally complied for Blood and Fire, “Good Vibes’ is remastered with new artwork and updated sleeve notes from original complier Steve Barrow. Definitive versions of "Skylarking", "Reggae Rhythm" and brilliantly infectious discomix takes of"Mr. Bassie" and "Pure Ranking". 'longside nuff dubs! Nicely remastered through the Abbey Road suite, these cuts are sounding as loud, dynamic and intoxicating as ever. A great set.

Culture

Two Sevens Clash - 40th Anniversary Edition

40th anniversary edition of the classic ‘Two Sevens Clash’ album now expanded with a second disc of 12” disco mixes, DJ cuts and dubs. "Two Sevens Clash" from Culture was the must-have reggae accessory for any self-respecting music fan back in that long hot summer of ‘77. Loaded up with hit anthems like “See Them A Come”, “I Am Not Ashamed”, “Natty Dread Taking Over” and the prophetic title track. "Two Sevens Clash" remains the defining album statement of the year that reggae crossed over.

The Congos

Heart Of The Congos - 40th Anniversary Edition

Right now, you have in your hand (or browser) a total classic. Not a reggae classic, or roots classic (though either statement would be true), but a classic record amongst all the other records that ever there were. Recorded at Black Ark in 1977 and mixed by Lee Scratch Perry and Scientist, "Heart Of The Congos" finds Cedric Myton and Roy Johnson treating us to ten superlative, spiritual reggae cuts. All over the tracklisting you'll find infectious grooves, soulful vocals and yearning lyrics, all wrapped in those strangely psychedelic audio effects Perry and Scientist made their own. In "Fisherman" and "Congoman" you have two of the finest tracks ever to leave Jamaica and the religious riddim of "Can't Come In" on the flip could make any heathen into a true believer. 20 years after the release of Blood & Fire’s outstanding but now deleted ‘Heart Of The Congos’ reissue, VP Records /17 North Parade release a definitive, 2017 remastered 3CD & 3LP edition, put together with both respect and gratitude to that illustrious antecedent. This new deluxe 3CD & 3LP editions are the first to feature the now almost impossible to find original mix of the album, unavailable since producer Lee Perry withdrew the set in 1977. Also includes the more well-known re-mix, dubs, disco mix, seven and twelve inch versions and ‘Don’t Blame It On I’ an overlooked previously unreleased track unearthed, too late to include on the Blood & Fire release, by Steve Barrow and David Katz in 1997. Buy a copy, put it on your turntable and thank me later. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Martin says: Lee Perry's output, like so many talented but differently wired individuals, oscillates between occasional shambles and pure genius. In this case, thankfully, it is very much the latter; the marriage of Cedric Myton's falsetto and Roy 'Ashanti' Johnson's rich tenor would be gorgeous if they were reading a PPI advert, but here they are the perfect instrument to deliver possibly the most exquisite vocal harmonies in the history of roots rock. Unbelievable that Island Records knocked it back at the time!

Augustus Pablo

King David's Melody - Classic Instrumentals & Dubs

Classic Augustus Pablo collection from the golden age of Rockers, re-mastered and expanded to 20 tracks on CD and 11 on LP. Includes five dubs never before presented on CD. Featuring melodica masterpieces and deep dubs, all built on Augustus Pablo's signature rock solid drum and bass foundations.

"Pick A Dub" showcased the enduring strength and pivotal importance of the rhythm to the development of reggae music. Keith Hudson’s complete mastery of the genre and the unqualified praise that followed its release was fully justified. The album’s “œaustere sonic qualities” are awe inspiring, the superb rhythms are given full rein, unencumbered by extra effects and studio trickery. The overall effect is as mesmerising now as it was over forty years ago. Both CD & double LP set contain bonus tracks featuring eight vocal cuts of the featured dub including two previously unreleased tracks.

STAFF COMMENTS

Martin says: One of the greatest dub albums ever released, certainly in the top 5, and imperative listening for any appreciator of the form. Carlton and Aston Barrett and Augustus Pablo contributed music, while vocal fragments include Hudson, Horace Andy and Big Youth. Hudson's sparse handling of production and lack of studio ornamentation allow the heavyweight rhythms and echoing, dreamlike vocal melodies space to shine.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: Limited edition includes a bonus LP, 'Pick A Vocal'.

Various Artists

First Class Rock Steady - 7" Box Set

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    Exclusive for Record Store Day, VP celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of Rocksteady with this limited edition 7" box set of Rocksteady gems. Includes first time re-presses of two super rare in-demand big money blanks from The Jupiters and Carlton Manning, unique musical couplings from the Melodians and Val Bennett / Derrick Morgan and double sided rocksetady gold from Hopeton Lewis, The Sensations and Errol Dunkley. Beautifully packaged with bag insert and 45's pressed on original Jamaican label designs this Is a must have selection for all reggae vinyl lovers. 


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