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Hopeton Lewis - Cool Collie / This Poor Boy

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.77)

Originally released in 1966, 'Cool Collie' is sometimes considered as one of the first Rocksteady recordings. With hard hit paformance by the back band, Hepetone Lewis sings to free Ganja which is the one of the essential elements of Jamaican music tradition.B-side, Mr. Rocksteady performs a bitter love song in a minor key.

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Tartans - Dance All Night / What Can I Do

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.77)

‘Dance All Night’ is a hit song released by the Tartans, a Rocksteady legendary group that consisted of Prince Lincoln, Cedric Myton, Devon Russell and Lindberg Lewis, in 1966. Emphasized on double basses and piano, the song was made to praise sound system dances and it became one of the good old Rocksteady anthems of the Rude Boy era. On the B-side, the group sings ‘What I can do to save your life’ and warns rude boys for their action.

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

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.77)

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.

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Dynamites - Fountain Bliss / If You Did Love Me

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.77)

Another rare recordings from Merritone label released in 1966, ‘Fountain Bliss’ is a heartful love song with cheerful piano and brass instruments. On the B-side, feartured nice saxsophone solo, a heartbreaking love song in Rude Boy Ska style performed by Daynamites.

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Minstrels, Lynn Taitt, Jets - Hey There Lonely Girls / Hey There Lonely Girls (Acappella)

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967

¥1380 (US$12.77)

A very rare and beautiful Rocksteady tune that collectors are after for many years. The Minstrels released mere amount of records but all of them were top-notch recordings. This 1967 released powerful ‘Hey There Lonely Girl’ is crucial for every Rocksteady fans. Acappella version of the song is included on the B-side.

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Johnny Scar - United Africa / Dub It In Africa

Solomonic / Dub Store Records JPN 1986

¥2180 (US$20.17)

Bunny Wailer, respectfully called “The Blackheart Man”, produced Johnny Scar’s one-off recording ‘United Africa’. The mystic singer wrote this heavy roots song and sang with his unique chant like a voice of the roots reggae icon, Burning Spear. And the song appeared as 12”on the Solomonic Production imprint in 1986.

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Lynn Taitt, Jets - Bat Man / Joker

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1968

¥1380 (US$12.77)

Lynn Taitt remakes theme songs from the movie "Batman" in killer Rocksteady style. Those cheerful instrumentals, which well represent the distinctive sound of Marritone label, were originally released in 1968.

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Hopeton Lewis - This Music Got Soul / Rocksteady

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

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'This Music Got Soul' is one of the earliest works by Mr. Rocksteady aka Hopeton Lewis. Interestingly, some would even say 'This Music Got Soul' is his debut single. When the song was released in 1966, it seems that the musical term "Rocksteady" did not exist but this classic clearly proves a new wave of Rocksteady was coming very near. The artist also sings 'Rock Steady' to highly praise the new genre. Reissued from the original master tape.

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Don Henry, Lynn Taitt, Jets - As Long As I Live / Pulus - Sow To Reap

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967/ 1966

¥1380 (US$12.77)

Henry Buckley, who was also a Rocksteady star of the Federal in addition to Hopeton Lewis, released this up-tempo song 'As Long As I Live' in 1968. Remarkably, Judy Mowatt's the Gaylettes backed this song. 'Sow To Reap' was originally released on the B-side of Roland Alphonso's 'How Soon' in 1966 on Federal label. Reissued from the original master tape.

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Half Pint - One Big Ghetto / Tonto Irie - Ram Up Every Corner

Jammys / Dub Store Records JPN 1984

Open The Gate

¥1280 (US$11.84)

Without mentioning Half Pint, the true story about the Jammys label can never be told. King Jammy adopted a classic song ‘Open The Gate’ and versioned the rhythm digitally. The young Half Pint claims this wild world is ‘One Big Ghetto’. On the flip side, Tonto Irie showcases his skillful and edgy lyrical flow to the same rhythm.

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Conroy Smith - Love Affair / Love Affair Version

Jammys / Dub Store Records JPN 1987

Revolution/Here I Come

¥1280 (US$11.84)

From its heart-shaking intro, Conroy Smith’s fresh and piercing voice echo to deliver an intense song ‘Love Affair’. Considerably, the song is known for popularity within the Jammys catalogue. Recorded to the same rhythm track ‘In Thing’ by Wayne Smith.

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

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1968

¥1380 (US$12.77)

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.

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Red Dragon - Jam Down Posse / Jam Down Posse Version

Jammys / Dub Store Records JPN 1989

Far East/Jah Sharkey

¥1280 (US$11.84)

'Jam Down Posse' by Red Dragon was recorded on Studio One classic rhythm 'Far East', people might find familiar with famous hit song 'Tune In' by Cocoa Tea. King Jammy released two one-way albums on this rhythm and featured many singers/deejays. This song by Red Dragon is from one of those albums and one of the best songs on this rhythm.

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

Kentone / Dub Store Records JPN 1965

¥1480 (US$13.69)

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.

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Johnny Osbourne - We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing) / We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing) Version

Jammys / Dub Store Records JPN 1986

Heavenless

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In the late 80's, not only Jammys but also many labels tried to score some hits by remake of a foundation rhythm 'Heavenless'. Among Jammys catalogue on this rhythm, 'We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing)' by Johnny Osbourne is known as the most popular number. Often hear sound systems playing this dub plates.

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Pad Anthony - Murderer / Tullo T - None Ah Dat

Jammys / Dub Store Records JPN 1987

Heavenless

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King Jammy recorded two outstanding songs on the foundation ‘Heavenless’ rhythm among many others. Although Pad Anthony’s ‘Murderer’ is perhaps the most well known soundclash standard, Tullo T aka Papa Tullo showcased his conscious lyrics with fast-rapping style on the same rhythm.

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Gregory Isaacs - Ruler / Ruler Version

Jammys / Dub Store Records JPN 1989

Running From Reality

¥1280 (US$11.84)

‘The Ruler’ by Gregory Isaacs was only available for listening on a LP album “Reggae Sound War: Electrocutioner Vol.2”. The reggae crooner gently buries idiot sound bwoys with his killer lyrics and stand tall as the Cool Ruler. Recorded to the same rhythm track ‘Running From Reality’ by Admiral Tibet.