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Stephen Chang - Always Together

Stephen Chang - Always Together / Sam Carty - Rich Man, Poor Man

BMN/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Extremely rare rocksteady masterpiece recorded in 1967. Curiously sang in Chinese, this novelty record was originally pressed and spread within the Chinese community in Jamaica. Even though comparing to its entire population this island has exceptionally high rate of musical recordings, this could possibly be the only verified track solely sang in Chinese. One that has always been spoken about due to its oddity and should be succeeded eternally.

Johnny Osbourne - Inflation

Johnny Osbourne - Inflation / Version

Techniques/Dub Store Records JPN1981

¥1280 (US$11.34)

80's killer roots by Johnny Osbourne included in his classic album "Warrior" for Techniques. Soulful vocal and strong message is second to none. Backed with a straight version.

Marvin Brooks - Old Time Day

Marvin Brooks - Old Time Day / Version

Techniques/Dub Store Records JPN1975

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Killer roots from Marvin Brooks of The Techniques singing devotedly on a tight millitant horn beat. Not to mention a heavy deep dubwise.

Sugar Minott - None Stop Rocking

Sugar Minott - None Stop Rocking

Vena/Dub Store Records JPN1988

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Even though time and trends change drastically in the history Jamaican music however Sugar Minott managed to build a firm existance by his natural talent and trustworthy character. When this man sings he can colour anything from roots, dancehall and lovers to his own. "None Stop Rocking" is an excellent song that really showcases his sweet character.

Kiddus I, Reggaelation IndependAnce - Flying At Knots

Kiddus I, Reggaelation IndependAnce - Flying At Knots / Reggaelation IndependAnce - Flying At Dub

Dub Store Records JPN2014

¥1480 (US$13.12)

Spiritual message from Kiddus I, the Original Rockers to each and every roots lovers across the board. Backed by one of Japanes most devout band Reggaelation independence, Kiddus is back again with a breathtaking remake of "Flying Knots".

Gregory Isaacs - Warning

Gregory Isaacs - Warning

Dub Store Records JPN1986

¥2500 (US$22.16)

A sombre, controversial masterpiece from the legendary ‘Cool Ruler’.An overlooked classic produced in Waterhouse by King Tubby and unjustly neglected since its original release on the aptly entitled Serious Business label.

Thriller U - Raggamuffin Mi Soup

Thriller U - Raggamuffin Mi Soup

Vena/Dub Store Records JPN1987

Tonight

¥1280 (US$11.34)

One of Vena's classic rhythms, Tonight. "Raggamuffin Mi Soup" is a joyful reissue by Thriller U singing mistily and emotionally inna real dancehall fashion! Alog with Little John and Tony Tuff cuts, this one marks the most popular amongst all the rest.

Sanchez - Give My Love

Sanchez - Give My Love

Vena/Dub Store Records JPN1988

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Since he started back in the 80's, Sanchez has always been at the forefront of the reggae music. "Give My Love" is his top work from the early days and it's a lovers dancehall killer! Another cut on this rhythm is "Al Campell & Horace Andy ? Dancehall Business".

Kiddus I, Reggaelation IndependAnce - Wake Up

Kiddus I, Reggaelation IndependAnce - Wake Up / Reggaelation IndependAnce - Wake Up Instrumental

Dub Store Records JPN2014

¥1980 (US$17.55)

Legendary rasta artist Kiddus I who mystically appears in the film, Rockers in collaboration with 11 piece Japanese reggae bred fusion band Reggaelation independence. Disco 12" backed with an epic horn instrumental on the flip.

Gregory Isaacs - Warning

Gregory Isaacs - Warning

Dub Store Records JPN1986

¥2268 (US$20.10)

A sombre, controversial masterpiece from the legendary 'Cool Ruler'.An overlooked classic produced in Waterhouse by King Tubby and unjustly neglected since its original release on the aptly entitled Serious Business label.

Blues Busters - I Won't Let You Go

Blues Busters - I Won't Let You Go / Love Me Forever

Kentone/BMN/Dub Store Records JPN1964

¥1280 (US$11.34)

The big hit Ska classic everybody loves, sang by one of the top groups of the 60’s!! Along with the Maytals and the Wailers, the Blues Busters were one of the top groups at the time, however commercially they were going more of a mainstream than the others. Since their career goes way back in the late 50’s, they must have been idolized by so many of those who made their debut later in the Ska era. This is an essential mainstream Ska classic by the brilliantly skilled duo in their best form backed by no other than Byron Lee.

Owen Gray - Give Me A Little Sign

Owen Gray - Give Me A Little Sign / Raver

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1380 (US$12.23)

A perfect, yet low-keyed, Studio One Rocksteady double A-sided masterpiece!! Recorded in 1967 while Clement Dodd and Soul Vendors were on tour in the UK. The former Jamaican popular singer Owen Gray, who had already been living there then, voiced these unique pieces. It sounds very different from the ones recorded at Brentford Road, although both tunes certainly have the “Coxsone Sound” ? A masterpiece that is refined, and maximize the talent of this one-time star. Only ‘The Raver’ was recorded from the original master-tape.

Tomorrow's Children - Bang Bang Rock Steady

Tomorrow's Children - Bang Bang Rock Steady / Rain (Rock Steady)

Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Tomorrow's Children were probably favored by uptown youths rather than downtown Rudies because of their funky, hard hitting sounds and lyrics. With those elements, they successfully created own killer style, which can be undoubtedly heard with ‘Bang Bang Rock Steady'. The group also versioned the Beatles' 'Rain' in fine Rocksteady style. The original record was released in 1967.

Asuka Ando - Jiri Jiri (Dry & Steady Mix)

Asuka Ando - Jiri Jiri (Dry & Steady Mix) / (Cumulonimbus Dub)

Gardenia Garden JPN2015

¥1404 (US$12.44)

After selling out the first 7” cut from her latest album within a couple of days, Japanese lovers rock singer Asuka Ando comes back with another single, “Jiri Jiri” including a dub from Jagabe (Reggaelation independence). One of the most talked about singers in Japanese circuit at the moment.

Tony Tuff - Ram Dance Style

Tony Tuff - Ram Dance Style

Vena/Dub Store Records JPN1987

Tonight

¥1280 (US$11.34)

A very well-acquainted Dancehall classic rhythm "Tonight". Vena's version is without a doubt one of the top rated remakes alongside Jammys'. Melodious and melancholic arrangement meets Tonny Tuff's gourgeous singing - it's the true charm of Dancehall music.

Llans Thelwell, Celestials - Llans Plays It All

Llans Thelwell, Celestials - Llans Plays It All

Dub Store Records JPN1966

¥2780 (US$24.64)

Miraculously recorded in 1965 when Ska was at its best, this is one of the rarest and killer LP to date. Llands Plays It All is constructed with a Caribbean coast vibe such as Ska, Jazz, Afto, R&B, Soul, Jump Up, Cha Cha Cha to name a few. However this killer Montegonian band is surprisingly tight, presenting second to none great performances. LP starts with "Jive Samba" by Cannonball Adderley, brilliantly arranged in the Afro-Caribbean Jazz style. Then moving on to some Jamaican R&B, to the featured track of the album "Mughead Ska", a slightly longer version than the 7" cut (DSR-RN7-01), furthermore there is"Golden Horns", this is an ultimate selection for all DJ's and Selectors. This is definitely a must-have for shelves of the Jamaican music lovers.

Bunny Wailer - Rise & Shine

Bunny Wailer - Rise & Shine / Solomonic Dub

Solomonic/Dub Store Records JPN1981

¥2180 (US$19.32)

Bunny continued to release records throughout the seventies that were never less than excellent and, as the new decade got underway, he came forward with one of his best ever releases: the militant clarion call 'Rise And Shine'. Stretched over two momentous sides of a UK twelve inch release, the record was a huge hit, but has been unavailable ever since. Bunny returned to the song on his superb 'Liberation' album at the close of the decade but the original cut has remained one of the most in-demand records on the 'revival' circuit.

Monty Alexander, Cyclones - Summertime

Monty Alexander, Cyclones - Summertime / Dog It

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1962

¥1380 (US$12.23)

An exotic cover of the standard - by young Monty Alexander for Studio One. Its heavy and exotic arrangement by Monty’s own the Cyclones could well be the version of the famous “Summertime” that Jamaica has been proud of, and also out of million others to date this stands out as one of the most distinguished covers of all. From a number of Coxsone’s own labels, this is one of the rarest and includes nice shuffle-instrumental on the other side like the original press. A very rare piece that the collectors have been searching for.

Roland Alphonso - Ska Culation

Roland Alphonso - Ska Culation / Jack Sparrow - Ice Water

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1966

¥1380 (US$12.23)

The Skatalites’ killer shot interpretation of the world’s famous electric guitar inst, and the fully carnival-mode Ska played by a luxurious bunch of musicians. Originally played by the American electric guitar band, this is the proof of how Jamaicans won’t miss no trends. Guaranteed killer up-tempo Ska! Identical to the originals on flip by Jack Sparrow later known as Leonard Dillon of the Ethiopians, this praiseworthy piece features the Wailers on the backing vocal.

Blues Busters - Soon You'll Be Gone

Blues Busters - Soon You'll Be Gone / I Don't Know

Sunshine/BMN/Dub Store Records JPN1964

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Another smash hit Ska masterpiece by the Blues Busters, the superstar duo who had been dominating the Jamaican pop music industry since the 50’s!! Covering the American hits as their specialty, the popular group had left a number of Jamaican souls, although only a few ska hits. Out of those few, this is undoubtedly another one of the most considerable tunes they had left. An excellent singing melody sparkles on top of the Byron Lee’s iconic softly touched bass line.

Jamaicans - Chain Gang

Jamaicans - Chain Gang / Jackie Mittoo, Soul Brothers - Do The Bogaloo

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1965

¥1380 (US$12.23)

A great cover version of a Sam Cook hit with beautiful chorus and a killer instrumental that blended Jamaica’s Caribbean roots and Afro-Cuban essence. Jamaica’s favorite American singer, Sam Cook’s hit was beautifully transformed into a sweet and peaceful vocal Ska when it went through Studio One’s unique filter. The tune was taken straight from the master tape. The flip side features a mixed style of Caribbean-decent music that Soul Brothers could play best at and Jackie Mittoo’s burning keyboard maneuver made this killer instrumental best of the best.

Roy Richards - Summertime

Roy Richards - Summertime / Sound Dimension - Soulful Strut

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1969

¥1380 (US$12.23)

A harmonica instrumental version of the all time favorite, Summertime and instrumental cover version of the Soul classic. Both are great interpretations of instrumental covers that are ranked definitely as two of the greatest Rocksteady tunes. Taken straight from its master tape, Summertime is a masterpiece that condensed the splendor of the blinded harmonica maestro and famed vocalist, Roy Richards. Originally released in 1968 by Young Holt Unlimited and scored a big hit, this great cover of the Soul classic, which sounds easily fitting the pattern of Sir Coxsone’s taste who was the huge fan of US hits, was played loosely and effortlessly by then newly formed Sound Dimension.

Soul Vendors - Last Waltz

Soul Vendors - Last Waltz / Hamlins - Sentimental Reason

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1380 (US$12.23)

The Soul Vendors’ horn inst cover of a mellow Latin tune, backed with the authentic Studio One Rocksteady masterpiece. This gorgeous horn inst Rocksteady features a superb arrangement from King Cannon a.k.a. Carl ‘Cannonball’ Bryan and Roland Alphonso. Like the originals on the other side here comes the one that Island was certainly familiar with back then, the Nat King Cole’s excellent vocal cover from the Hamlins.

Scotty - Draw Your Brakes

Scotty - Draw Your Brakes / Worry

Crystal/Dub Store Records JPN1971

Stop That Train B: Do I Worry

¥1180 (US$10.46)

The main DJ of Harriott's production, Scotty, skillfully handles Keith & Tex' Rocksteady classic 'Stop That Train'. This is one of the most popular piece of music in Harriott's production. The flip side is available for the first time on vinyl that features Scotty's DJ cut to Derrick Harriott's moving ‘Do I Worry' track.

Junior Brammer - Princess Street

Junior Brammer - Princess Street

Vena/Dub Store Records JPN1987

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Known for his works for Joe Gibbs in the 70's, a highly significant deejay Trinity had a lesser know phase as a singer Junior Brammer in the 80's. Pricess Street is cryptic but an exquisite killer of Brammer projecting his sense of melodies as well as cool and refined voice.

Renegades - You've Lost The Love

Renegades - You've Lost The Love / Merritone Singers - Rude Boy A Wail

Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN1966

¥1280 (US$11.34)

The Renegades consisted of Winston 'Pipe' Matthews, Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald and George 'Buddy' Haye and later became a group called the Wailing Souls. ‘You've Lost The Love’ is one of their earliest Rocksteady works and it was originally released in 1966. It is also one of the rarest records hardly ever found. The record also features previously unreleased Ska vocal recording ' Rude Boy A Wail' by the Merritone Singers from the original master tape.

Delroy Katt - Pray To The Father

Delroy Katt - Pray To The Father

Vena/Dub Store Records JPN1987

Malfunction

¥1280 (US$11.34)

One of the most accomplished producers of Dancehall era, Philip 'Fatis' Burrell who launched Vena label in the 80's and succeeded onto Xterminator until milleniums. Dub Store Records are delighted to present his highly sought after Dancehall materials to the world. This is a killer cut from "Nitty Gritty - Mulfunction" segment, Delroy Katt singing in well-trained voice riding on nimble and firing rhythm.

Don Drummond - Rain Or Shine Take 2

Don Drummond - Rain Or Shine Take 2 / Rain Or Shine Take 3

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1965

¥1380 (US$12.23)

Recorded at the height of the phenomenal carrier as the number one Ska band, these are never-released alternative takes of the ultimate instrumental Ska tune ‘Rain Or Shine’ by Skatalites and with respect, it should be called a product of miracle. Both are taken from the master tape. Recorded on the same session as ‘Last Call’ that Don Drummond was in charge, here we have two alternative takes of a seriously killer instrumental Ska which was featured as the introduction of the iconic Ska album “Ska Authentic Volume 2” Like ‘Freedom Sounds’ and other recordings made in the same period, the excavation and releasing of these tunes are much more important for Dub Store Records than the significance of the historic discovery of Pyramid! This is one extremely important and precious piece to complete the puzzle of the mystery of the late genius, Don Drummond and the magnificent tune for deep diggers of Reggae music. What a great Skatalites! What makes even cooler about this tune is that if you listen carefully for both sides, you will realize that each player is not playing a score at all; they all are improvising. It proves that they are undoubtedly the best Jamaican band of all time.

Ernest Ranglin - Softly With Ranglin

Ernest Ranglin - Softly With Ranglin

Dub Store Records JPN1965

¥2500 (US$22.16)

Smooth, sophisticated sounds from the highly respected Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin.

Minstrells - People Get Ready

Minstrells - People Get Ready / Hamlins - Everyone Got To Be There

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1968

¥1380 (US$12.23)

Studio One’s golden Rocksteady cover; even hipper and cooler than the original by the Impressions. The original has been known for its excellent lyric and melodies, thanks to the composer Curtis Mayfield, however the Minstrells brought this to a total perfection. Even though the Minstrells left us a small number of recordings, the great vocal group had such a high standard for every single one of them. If you’ve listened to the original press of this tune, you will find the intro has been cut, unfortunately that was the same deal for the master-tape itself. The nice rocksteady by the firm but short-lived Hamlins comes on the other side. Both have been recorded from the original master-tapes.

Dennis Brown - Lips Of Wine

Dennis Brown - Lips Of Wine / Crystalites - Stranger In Town

Move & Groove/Dub Store Records JPN1970

¥1180 (US$10.46)

Being known as Crown Prince of Reggae, this is Dennis Brown's commemorated first single and it was written and composed by Dennis himself. This is, of course, before he started recording at Studio One and is one of his best heartwarming songs. Crystalites' killer keyboard instrumental is featured on B-side and has been admired to listeners who have great appreciation for 1969-70’s up-tempo instrumentals.

Hopeton Lewis - Rock A Shacka

Hopeton Lewis - Rock A Shacka / I Don't Want Trouble

Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN1966

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Those rare songs did not appear Hopeton Lewis’s classic Rocksteady album Take It Easy. ‘Rock A Shacka’ is truly a Rocksteady classic of all times. It’s a must item for all Rocksteady fans. With his dearest hope, he calmly sings ‘I don’t want no trouble now, no no no. I just can’t take troubles now, no no no. So let’s together in unity, let’s togther in prosperity’ backed by version accompanying heavy bass.

Llans Thelwell, His Celestials - Mughead Ska

Llans Thelwell, His Celestials - Mughead Ska / Free For All

BMN/Dub Store Records JPN1965

¥1280 (US$11.34)

One of the most wanted Ska titles to date, this is an ultimate killer Ska instrumental for all DJs. An exclusive reissue of the utterly rare and unique title amongst all the Ska instrumentals! Some say the title of this super killer masterpiece was taken from the musician Barry Malcolm’s nickname “Mughead”. Backed with an excellent B-side ‘Free For All’just like the original release. There are no more instructions needed for this great release!

Roland Alphonso - Stranger For Durango

Roland Alphonso - Stranger For Durango / Sounds Of Silence

Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN1966

¥1280 (US$11.34)

'Stranger For Durango is a bright instrumental performed by Roland Alphonso. Ska/Rocksteady lover's delight! The song also features remarkable solo on keyboard. The musician remakes Simon & Garfunkle's 'Sound of Silence' in a graceful Rocksteady style. Those recordings were originally released in 1966 and reissued from the original master tape.

Soulettes - That Ain't Right

Soulettes - That Ain't Right / One More Chance

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1965

¥1380 (US$12.23)

Brimmed with the vibes, this un-released killer Ska cover was recorded when Rita Marley and the Soulettes were at their best. Although it had never been released back then, Chris Wilson and the Heartbeat crew compiled this as a part of compilation series in the 90’s. The great Mr. Coxsone Dodd knew what's going on; as a spice, he occasionally released some unpublished materials. Like the name "Soulettes" suggests, this type of Soul music is their specialty and this is a female vocal Ska masterpiece.

Tommy McCook - Sannic Sounds

Tommy McCook - Sannic Sounds

Dub Store Records JPN1973

¥2880 (US$25.52)

One of the rarest, and greatest, horn instrumental dub albums of the seventies featuring the soaring saxophone of Tommy McCook in combination with Glen Brown, ‘The Rhythm Master’, is finally given a legitimate release.

Chaka Demus - Original Kuff

Chaka Demus - Original Kuff / Original Kuff Version

Jammys/Dub Store Records JPN1989

Fade Away/Peanie Peanie

¥1080 (US$9.57)

In the period of Jammays golden era, Chaka Demus was a prolific artist among others like Admiral Bailey. At this time, Bobby Digital, who was often regarded as the right-hand man of King Jammy, had a popular 'Peanie Peanie' rhythm. 'Original Kuff' was recorded on this rhythm, which can be characterized by its minor chord baseline and choppy riffs and there Chaka Demus performs his catchy lyrics and melody smoothly.

Chosen Few - People Makes The World Go Round

Chosen Few - People Makes The World Go Round / Derrick Harriott - Brown Baby

Crystal/Dub Store Records JPN1972/ 1973

¥1180 (US$10.46)

One of the best cover versions of a Philadelphia Soul classic, "People Makes The World Go Round" is performed by Chosen Few, who were idolizing The Stylistics so much. The flip side “Brown Baby" is another Funky Reggae vocal sang by the producer Derrick Harriott himself

Dennis Brown - Silhouettes

Dennis Brown - Silhouettes / Augustus Pablo, Crystalites - Bass & Drum Version

Move & Groove/Dub Store Records JPN1972

Shilhouettes

¥1180 (US$10.46)

'Silhouettes' is one of Dennis Brown's earliest recordings and a good old Reggae hit. The flip side features Augustus Pablo's melodica cut to the A-side. This peaceful piece proves that the early sound of King Tubby is the greatest of all.

Derrick Harriott - Reach Out I'll Be There

Derrick Harriott - Reach Out I'll Be There / Bobby Ellis, Crystalites - Illya Kuryakin

Crystal/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1180 (US$10.46)

Derrick Harriott versions a Motown hit ‘Reach Out I Will Be There’. His killer version is a dancehall shaker and many might has been searching for this rare vinyl records as an essential for DJ selection. The Four Tops originally released the song in the mid 60’s. The mid-tempo organ instrumental ‘Illya Kuryakin’ feartures Ike Bennet’s powerful organ solo on the filpside.

Hands & Heart - Jah Live

Hands & Heart - Jah Live / Angela Prince - I Don't Wanna Feel Ashamed

Channel One/Digikiller/Deeper Knowledge US

¥2100 (US$18.61)

Two awesome Channel 1 singles repressed for the first time ever since their original releases 30+ years. Little is known (to us) about Hands & Heart, other than that the group (?) recorded a tune for Pablo & Everton DaSilva around the same time as they cut a 12" for Channel 1 in the late '70s. This one is a great heavy roots tune with nice synth work. On the other side, this is our second Channel 1 release from Angela Prince, definitely cut at the same time as "Joker Lover" and just as heavy with the same somber tone.

Hopeton Lewis - Run If You Are Afraid

Hopeton Lewis - Run If You Are Afraid / Sounds And Pressure

Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1280 (US$11.34)

A rare previously unreleased Rocksteady by Federal’s star singer, Hopeton Lewis. This killer Rocksteady represents one of the traditional elements of Jamaica, as well as the Rude Boy themed warning which could be heard in the lyrics. These types of unreleased materials could only be dug out at such a profound label, Federal.

Leslie Butler - We've Only Just Begun

Leslie Butler - We've Only Just Begun

Dub Store Records JPN197-

¥2500 (US$22.16)

Because of his superior talent and intense personality, one of the most ingenious pianists Leslie Butler had a lack of releases, however he was given an exceptional chance by the Federal Records to record this one of the most peculiar albums in the history of Jamaican music. This beautifully finished Jamaican Jazz Funk/Rare Groove album is mostly constructed with the traditional covers that all Jamaicans will know although with the wonderful arrangement, and very Jamaican, ensemble stripping aesthetics give the album a whole new character that can’t be heard elsewhere.This masterpiece should make it to the shelves of not only reggae fans but soul and jazz fans as well. Leslie always committed on making a serious piece of music - never liked to make either of Jamaican popular music or business-like commercial music. He had a strong belief of not letting others to control his talent. Therefore there were often conflicts between him and producers or he was not even given a chance to record anything at all. It’s a really sad story, but this unfortunate musician’s lifestyle can be heard on the recordings such as “Guitar In Ernest ? Ernest Ranglin (DSR-LP / CD-501)” and “Reggae Rhapsody ? Leslie Butler (DSR-FEDS12-001).” Perhaps with this album in addition, it might be all enough.

Llans Thelwell, His Celestials - Golden Horns

Llans Thelwell, His Celestials - Golden Horns / Choo Choo Ska

Soul/Dub Store Records JPN1965

¥1280 (US$11.34)

The Celestials trademarked imminent sound can be heard in this elegiac killer Ska instrumental!! The bang on titled ‘Golden Horns’ representing the music itself. If they were ever based in Kingston, they may have had more opportunities for recordings which might have changed the history of Ska music. Such a great band indeed. Although it’s still quite a tune, it may sound a little monotonous on the flip side, showing Thelwell’s personal affection for Carlos Malcolm’s band.

Soul Brothers - James Bond Girl

Soul Brothers - James Bond Girl / Summertair Girls - My Heart Cries Out

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1966

¥1380 (US$12.23)

Another classic killer ska from the short-lived Soul Brothers. As of the original on the other side comes a sweet female lovers vocal from a night before the Rocksteady era. Succeeding the authentic ska from the legendary Skatalites then evolving it to the sound of Rocksteady, a fluid session band of Studio One, the Soul Brothers bring another classic instrumental ska tune. Like you can almost smell the perfume of Rocksteady era at its best, here comes a cool and cute lovers tune from Kingston on the other side. When the Soul Brothers were active after the Skatalites, they have certainly lost the thrill of solo performances, though this might have been the Skatalites were just too great.. Recorded from the master tape itself, this take contains slightly different solo compare to the original single.

Derrick Harriott - Loser

Derrick Harriott - Loser / Derrick Harriott, Bobby Ellis, Desmond Miles Seven - Now We Know

Crystal/Dub Store Records JPN1967

Loser

¥1180 (US$10.46)

‘The Loser’is gloriously considered as one of the most significant songs as well as rhythm tracks in the history of Reggae music. Also entitled as‘The Winner’, the song is easily adapted to sound system dubplates. Talking about the genre of Rocksteady, this song cannot be ignored.‘Now We Know’on the flip side is to be released on 7 inch single for the first time ever.

Gaylettes, Lynn Taitt, Jets - Silent River Runs Deep

Gaylettes, Lynn Taitt, Jets - Silent River Runs Deep / I Like Your World

Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN1968

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Judy Mowatt used to form a group called the Gaylettes in her early career although she is known for touring all over the world as a member of I Threes and the Wailers. 'Silent River Runs Deep' is the most known song and a hit for the group. 'I Like Your World' was also originally released on the A-side of another record released on Merritone label. Those recordings of this double A-sided single are certainly great enduring female Rocksteady songs of all time.

Jackie Mittoo - Chinese Chicken

Jackie Mittoo - Chinese Chicken / Put It On

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1380 (US$12.23)

The killer Rocksteady-Ska like a vital bridge between both of them, backed with a Mittoo’s nice vocal tune. Throned from the Skatalites to the Soul Vendors, this is the last form of the Studio One Ska and it’s very much like the Soul Vendor’s party piece. Along with the B-side, Jackie Mittoo had directed both and his marvelous creativity can be seen allover. Each of them recorded from the original master-tape.

MURO - Mocha Soul 3

MURO - Mocha Soul 3

11154 JPN2016

¥2057 (US$18.23)

Renegades - Mr. Hops

Renegades - Mr. Hops / Oswald Sewell - Oh My Love

Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN1966

¥1280 (US$11.34)

The Renegades consisted of Winston 'Pipe' Matthews, Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald and George 'Buddy' Haye and later became a group called the Wailing Souls. Definitely, ‘Mr. Hops’ is the most powerful Rocksteady vocal song among the whole Merritone catalogue. Originally released in 1966 and one of the rarest records you could never find. This record also features previously unreleased Ska vocal recording 'Oh My Love' from the original master tape.

Soul Brothers - Freedom Sounds

Soul Brothers - Freedom Sounds / Freedom Sounds Take 2

Studio One/Dub Store Records JPN1966

¥1380 (US$12.23)

The astonishing take of previously unpublished Rocksteady - reveals new facts about Studio One’s Ska and Rocksteady! A few years after the Skatalites recorded the famous “Freedom Sounds”, the band has reconstructed as the Soul Brothers and this is the astonishing, previously unpublished take of them playing the Rocksteady version. By the look of the master-tape, it has never even planned to be released as a single and kept especially for the LP release, which might have meant to be the Soul Brothers version of the Skatalites’ iconic “Ska Authentic” album. This seriously rare recording is a must-check for everyone from the beginners of the Jamaican music to the Ska masters. Though as might be expected, we may never be able to measure the depth of the foundation studio.

Zodiacs - Walk On By

Zodiacs - Walk On By / Royals (Merritone Singers) - House Upon The Hill

Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1280 (US$11.34)

This is a Rocksteady cut of the Zodiacs' 'Walk On By' released in 1967. They recorded the original Ska cut at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle. Rare Rocksteady classic with beautiful harmonies on a profound rhythm. On the B-side, this previously unreleased material 'House Upon The Hill' features an unknown vocal group called Merritone singers.

Blues Busters - There's Always Sunshine

Blues Busters - There's Always Sunshine / Maytals - Sometimes (Love Is A Special Feeling)

Sunshine/BMN/Dub Store Records JPN1967

¥1280 (US$11.34)

A magnificent Rocksteady piece in one-off style sang by one of the groups that represent the golden age of Ska. Since the number of their recordings decreased devastatingly after the Ska era, this truly is a rare Rocksteady made in its top form with the veteran’s dignity. In addition, this is the own Rocksteady cover version of one of their first ever recordings at the Coxsone’s in 1960.

Eric Monty Morris - Blackman Ska

Eric Monty Morris - Blackman Ska / A Spot In My Heart For You

Kentone/Dub Store Records JPN1965

¥1280 (US$11.34)

Previously unreleased vocal materials from master tapes! Eric Monty Morris sings sufferers' protest song, "Blackman work so hard, but white man gets the money, the rich shall be richer, the poor shall be poorer, something must be done soon"… At the time, most of the artists including Eric Monty Morris mainly focused on singing about love but not about conscious themes so the recording was very exceptional. B-side features previously unreleased vocal material as well. It seems that both songs were recorded for the album "Jamaican Skarama (reissued by Dub Store Records: LP/CD503)" but did not end up on the album unfortunately.

Granville Williams, His Orchestra - Wailin'

Granville Williams, His Orchestra - Wailin' / Granville Williams Orch. - Old McDonald

GWO/Dub Store Records JPN1965

¥1280 (US$11.34)

An ultimate super killer Ska instrumental by an extremely unprolific band, brilliantly recorded in stereo. Although this newly signed band recorded exclusively for Federal releasing an LP, they play a little commercial uptown sound, however the Skatalites admitted their inferiority to this band’s performances. The interestingly arranged “Old McDonald” on the flip features the guitarist Ernest Ranglin. Very rarely recorded in stereo for the time in Jamaica, only could have been done by the notorious Federal which clearly was known for its up-to-date setups.