The Cobbs Joe Gibbs Mood / Hot Buttered Corn As a band, The Cobbs are virtually unknown but its members were in fact the Revolutionaries i.e. the 1970s CHANEL ONE studio band! Check this line-up: Sly Dunbar: Drums, Rad Bryan: Guitar, Ranchie McLean: Bass, Ansel Collins: Keyboards! Initially released separately on Trojan‘s Amalgamated label in 1969 and never repressed since, these two organ driven wild instrumentals were produced by Joe Gibbs. These two rare tracks exemplify the Skinhead reggae style and are a prime example of the very best Boss Reggae instrumentals of the time. Harlem Shuffle 7"
Alton Ellis Pumping In / Knock on Wood About PUMPING IT. Original Release Year: 1970 - Sometimes mistitled “Puping In”, this song original release is a bit of a mystery... As far as we can track, it was published for the first time on the 2013 compilation Alton Ellis “Mr Soul Of Jamaica” on the Treasure Isle label and on two CD compilations on the Doctor Bird label and that’s it. This cracking up-tempo track from 1970 has a heavy guitar work, a killer organ and some real gutsy vocals to boot. The sound and rhythm are quite different from Ellis previous songs and, sign of time, have a distinctive Boss Reggae feel and it really rocks! “Pumping In” is an absolute gem that has been badly overlooked up to now. About KNOCK ON WOOD. Original Release Year: 1972 - "Knock on wood", the Eddy Floyd mega hit, has been covered several times by Alton previously, in a brilliant but rather conservative way. This version though was produced by Joe Gibbs and is totally different. It featured on 2 compilations LPs in 1969 and 1973 but was never issued on a 7" vinyl previously. In the same vein as "Pumping In" but slower, this killer track is a rough, tough reggae cover of the Soul anthem featuring unbelievable vocals from Alston, and a distinctly Boss Sound production from Joe Gibbs. Harlem Shuffle 7"
Symarip These Boots Are Made For Walking THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING 1970 Issued on 7" vinyl for the first time, this is a licensed release of the song extracted from the "Skinhead Moonstomp" LP on Trojan Records in 1970, 50 years ago. This is a cracking Boss Reggae cover of Nancy Sinatra's mega hit and a huge early Reggae anthem. Incredibly this very much in demand song has never been released on 7" vinyl up to now! THAT IS NICE 1971 - That is Nice has only been available on the "Skinhead Moonstomp" Special Edition CD. This is a Symarip original and it is the complete opposite of "These Boots Are Made For Walking". Here the gritty voice of Roy Ellis serves admirably the sad, pensive melody and simple lyrics of this melancholic love ballad. Simply beautiful. A very rare gem and a perfect finish to this outstanding double sider single. Harlem Shuffle 7"
Nora Dean Peace Begins Within / Ay Ay Ay Ay Although one of the greatest Reggae female vocalists, little is known about Nora Dean. She recorded solo and also as a member of The Soulettes, The Ebony Sisters and The Soul Sisters. Nora Dean's most known song "Barbwire" was a number one hit in 1969. Her songs today are considered great classics among early Reggae fans. As both sides of this single shows, Nora Dean was without doubt one of the greatest Jamaican voices ever. "Peace begins within" is an beautiful uptempo early Reggae masterpiece where Nora's vocal ability really shows. It is an unusual song depicting in a few words the hard reality of life, on an uplifting early Reggae beat. Brilliant track! The original single is one of the most sought after Reggae 7" vinyl ever with a price tag of about 900 dollars a piece if you can ever find one... We wanted to do something very special for this release so we selected the 1969's "Ay Ay Ay Ay" for the B side. "Ay Ay Ay Ay" is an unusual track, a very Jamaican song although not quite Reggae, wonderfully weird where Nora sings, moans, laughs, shrieks, whistles, delivering one of her most compelling vocal performance on a background of tribal drums and hypnoctic guitar. Harlem Shuffle 7"
Roy Redmond Ain't that terrible / A Change Is Gonna Come [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 1. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 29th August, strictly one per customer. Very little is known about Roy Redmond besides the fact IN 1967 he recorded 4 songs and 2 singles for Loma Records, a Warner Bros subsidiary that is well known by Norther Soul/6os Soul aficionados.Redmond's largest success is probably his soulful cover of The Beatles 's "Good Day Sunshine", considered by some as one of the greatest Beatles covers ever. His other single is a much obscure affair featuring on the A side "Ain't That Terrible" and on the flip "A Change Is Gonna Come", a fine version of Sam Cooke's masterpiece. The A side "Ain't That Terrible" though is a complete different affair: it is an uptempo, stunning, relentless dance floor stomper that grabs you and never, ever, lets go... This track is on par with ANY of the greatest tracks of the genre, yet mazingly, this single has never been repressed since 1967 and is now very much in demand.And rightly so: this is Northern Soul at its absolute finest...To be played often and loud!" Harlem Shuffle 7" RSD 2020
Hot Sauce Vol. 1 Various Artists LP on 180g black vinyl. HIGHLIGHTS: This is the first volume of the HOT SAUCE compilation LPs dedicated to the Trojan related UK labels between 1965 and 1975. The initial plan is for a series of at least 3 albums of 14 titles. HOT SAUCE VOLUME 1 features Rocksteady, Boss Reggae, early Dub & early Reggae, outstanding original Jamaican tracks including rare songs, overlooked gems, hidden treasures and some hits. The record labels showcased on the first volume are Attack, Amalgamated, Black Swan, Blue Cat, Downtown, Doctor Bird, Duke, Grape, High Note, Randy’s and Trojan. The tracks here have been selected according to their musical interest firstly, their rarity, and their complementary feel as pert of this compilation. These tracks are all outstanding tracks, “killer tracks”, there are no “fillers” whatsoever. Particular attention has been paid to the way the songs are sequenced (or “mixed”) so that the album builds up nicely and gradually, generally starting with the Rocksteady songs on the A side and the 70s songs on the B side. HOT SAUCE is a musical journey across the early Reggae UK labels and across different Jamaican musical genres & talents and the way they interact together. Since the early 70s “Tighten Up” series, no compilation have really explored these labels in depth on vinyl… ART: The cover features unique art drawing from a talented French cartoonist Alteau. IMPORTANT: this release includes a 30x30cm insert poster, printed on glossy magazine paper. All 3 volumes will be released with drawings and inserts from this same artist, hence making the series unique and even more collectible! Harlem Shuffle Records LP
The Kingstonians Hold Down / Nice Nice These two avidly sought after Early Reggae tracks have been extracted from the 1970 “SUFFERER” album... These 2 tracks are extremely rare on 7” vinyl and are sought after by literally thousands of collectors and Early Reggae fans alike. Price for a mint copy of HOLD DOWN will fetch over Euro 500, if you ever find one... Jamaican vocal trio, the Kingstonians were formed around 1966 by Cebert Bernard (aka Jackie Bernard) and his brother Lloyd "Footy" Bernard, along with mutual friend Lloyd Kerr. They began their recording career with producer J.J. Johnson, but had their greatest success between 1968 and 1970 with producer Derrick Harriott, who helped steer the singles "Singer Man" and "Sufferer" to the top of the Jamaican charts. Harlem Shuffle Records 7"