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Vinyl LP pressing. Black Ark Vol. 2 is another piece of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's limitless musical puzzle. It's a bedrock of deep and heavy rhythms recorded around Jamaica just before the demise of Perry's famed Black Ark Studio. Black Ark Vol. 2 is the follow up album to the acclaimed Black Ark In Dub that unsurprisingly for an Upsetter release, took a different path. More vocal oriented, the album features extended dubwise cuts of (former wife and co-producer) Carol Cole's 'Ethiopia', The Originals 'Got To Be Irie', Junior Byles 'Mumbling & Grumbling and The Inamans remake of the Bee Gees hit 'How Deep Is your Love', along with an alternate take of the Silvertones roots classic 'Give Thanks' with flute overdub and a couple of solid covers from Third World lead vocalist Bunny Rugs. Originally released in 1981 the hard to find Black Ark Vol. 2 remains a frozen sonic timepiece, captured at the beginning of the end of one era and poised at the start of another.
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16-track retrospective from one of New Zealand's finest reggae bands; 'Get Away' 'Who You With' 'Giddy Up' & more
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BIGGEST REGGAE ONE DROP ANTHEMS 2011 presents a selection of hits from the international reggae scene including multiple exclusive tracks plus, Jamaican & European radio hits. Feature tracks include Busy Signal "Tempted to Touch," I-Wayne "Real and Clean" and others.
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Third album by this artist. A 16-track trip into urban-world music. Featuring guest performances by Etana, Junior Reid, Perfect and Giuseppe Tarantino. Produced by the artist himself who has lived in Jamaica for more than 11 years and is a veteran of reggae music.
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Gyptian

Hold You

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2010 release from the Reggae singer with R&B phrasing that's turning up the heat with this summer's reggae smash 'Hold Yuh'. with his third studio album Hold You, Gyptian comes into full focus with 12 hot songs especially for the ladies. This album showcases; vintage Dancehall and mid-tempo riddims, strong melodies and Gyptian's suggestive lyrics. The song writer and producer brings a wide range of musical influences to these modern day love songs. Gyptian sings 21st century Reggae with an urban edge and a global appeal.
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Etana

Free Expressions

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Etana is an exciting artist with a powerful voice and range of musical moods. FREE EXPRESSIONS is 15 new songs that display her unique brand of pop-reggae; soulful voicing and personal lyrics on progressive one drop riddims with rock flavored instrumentation.
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Richie Spice

Book of Job

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Richie Spice is an enduring force among reggaes young roots generation. The Biblical story of Job serves as the artists template; that faith in Jah (and music) helps him endure the struggles of life and fame. The mood is hopeful and the sound is soulful. Production and supporting musicians are top flight and the album has a classic yet contemporary sound.
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Groundation

Building An Ark

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2012 release from the band hailing from California's Bay Area. This 10-track set will be the first release off the new imprint Dub Rockers from reggae giant VP Records. The internationally acclaimed band stays true to the essence of their dynamic sound - capturing the true spirit of roots reggae while blending elements of jazz, funk, salsa and transcendental dub. The album's hypnotic funk based rhythms move from earthy percussion-based tracks to complex impressionistic dub compositions. This sophisticated selection of genre-bending sounds provides the perfect template for some of their most fiery militant and conscious lyrics to date. Lead singer Harrison Stafford feels this is their finest work yet.
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Of the Grammy(R) nominated compilation recorded in Japan with famed DJ producer crew Spicy Chocolate, thealbum features guest vocals from some of today's hottest singers. The release will street amdist the media coverageon Grammy nominations. Key tracks include the single and video for Romain Virgo's remake of "Star Across TheSky" and the Beenie Man hit "Love on My Mind" featuring Kristal Kay.
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Horace Andy

In the Light

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Limited vinyl LP repressing. In The Light is rightly regarded as Horace Andy's strongest testament. Originally released in 1977, this album definitely deserves it's confirmed reggae album classic status. Horace Andy's is already considered a legend in reggae circles, a status which has strengthened through his work with Massive Attack and his continued live presence. In The Light captures Andy at the very highpoint of his game. Andy is often described as one of the most respected and influential singers in Jamaica and is known for his distinctive vocals. Album includes 'Do You Love My Music', 'Hey There Woman', 'Government Land', 'Leave Rasta' and many others.
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Vinyl LP pressing. After years of anticipation and steadfast meditation this musical message manifested from one who always embraces the calls of nature and the fullness of what the now is unfolding. "Together We Stand" musically presents to you, from the insight of our own living iconic legend Richie Spice, the love and togetherness of humanity, the protection of nature, the love and respect for women, and advocating for the youths through social welfare and the true teachings of Jah. Richie Spice has never ceased, over the years, to lift the banner for the freeing of the herb (Ganja) and even now that the herb is taking world center stage in medicine, recreation and wealth the singer is still holding the torch. Roots Rock Reggae has made world class appearances by the Greats like Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Culture, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and many more. Richie Spice is always on the mission to keep this crucial music alive through the teachings and judgement of the most High and also the encouragement of self value, upliftment, and achievements for Africans at home and abroad and all other people of the world.
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Reggae Gold 2019 features two new exclusive tracks; Dovey Mangnum "Juju" and Squash "Never Die." Music videos to launch the song premieres will drop in the weeks preceding the release of the compilation. Other key tracks include "Keep The Same Energy" by New York based dancehall star Noah Powa, "Marijuana (feat. Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley)" the new 420 anthem by Jah Cure and "Paradise Plum" by Naomi Cowan.
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2020 release. Black Ark In Dub is another piece of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's limitless musical puzzle. Featuring a bedrock of deep and heavy rhythms recorded at the Black Ark just before it's demise, Black Ark In Dub features bass heavy spooky dub deconstructions of 'Jah Love Is Sweeter', 'Ethiopia', 'Lion A de Winner', 'Open The Gate', 'Guideline,' and 'Mr Money Man', along with an embellished dub version of Ras Keatus I 'Dreadlocks I' and the much sought after 'Guidance' a longtime Jah Shaka killer exclusive to this set. Originally released in 1981 the hard to find Black Ark In Dub remains a frozen sonic timepiece, captured at the beginning of the end of one era and poised at the start of another. This re-mastered CD release adds Lackley Castell 'Jah Love Is Sweeter' (vocal cut to the opening track 'Jah') plus Black Ark Vol. 2 the follow up album to the acclaimed Black Ark In Dub that unsurprisingly for an Upsetter release took a different path. More vocal oriented the album features extended dubwise cuts of Caol Cole's 'Ethiopia', The Originals 'Got To Be Irie', Junior Byles 'Mumbling & Grumbling and The Inamans 'How Deep Is your Love', along with an alternate take of the Silvertones roots classic 'Give Thanks' with flute overdub and a couple of solid do-overs from Third World man Bunny Rugs.
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Black Ark In Dub is another piece of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's limitless musical puzzle. Featuring a bedrock of deep and heavy rhythms recorded at the Black Ark just before it's demise, Black Ark In Dub features bass heavy spooky dub deconstructions of 'Jah Love Is Sweeter', 'Ethiopia', 'Lion A de Winner', 'Open The Gate', 'Guideline,' and 'Mr Money Man', along with an embellished dub version of Ras Keatus I 'Dreadlocks I' and the much sought after 'Guidance' a longtime Jah Shaka killer exclusive to this set. Originally released in 1981 the hard to find Black Ark In Dub remains a frozen sonic timepiece, captured at the beginning of the end of one era and poised at the start of another. This re-mastered CD release adds Lackley Castell 'Jah Love Is Sweeter' (vocal cut to the opening track 'Jah') plus Black Ark Vol. 2 the follow up album to the acclaimed Black Ark In Dub that unsurprisingly for an Upsetter release took a different path. More vocal oriented the album features extended dubwise cuts of Caol Cole's 'Ethiopia', The Originals 'Got To Be Irie', Junior Byles 'Mumbling & Grumbling and The Inamans 'How Deep Is your Love', along with an alternate take of the Silvertones roots classic 'Give Thanks' with flute overdub and a couple of solid do-overs from Third World man Bunny Rugs.
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Reggae Gold 2020 is the annual collection of reggae and dancehall hits, now in it's 27th year! The Reggae Gold brand has come to represent the 'best in class' for reggae and dancehall music. RG 2020 includes 5 exclusive tracks from Spice, Konshens, Squash (6ixx Boss), Queen Ifrica and Ikaya. Reggae Gold 2020 salutes '90s dancehall icons Beenie Man and Bounty Killer with two classic hits!

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Slinger Francisco aka the Mighty Sparrow aka Doctor Bird is a living legend and iconic entertainer with over 50 years in the business. Known as the 'King of Calypso.
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Gregory Isaacs was one of reggae's most distinctive voices and an iconic presence until his untimely death in 2010. In his prime he was dubbed 'the Cool Ruler' and was known as the king of lover's rock reggae. His smooth approach was consistent on love ballads and songs of social and political import. Always genuine and personal in his songwriting and presentation he was renowned for his art in all corners of the music world. Gregory Isaacs is celebrated in 'The Ruler' a hits package chronicling many hits from 1972 to 1990.
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Gregory Isaacs

Mr. Isaacs

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Vinyl LP pressing. Among the most important full-length album works from one of reggae's greatest singers, Mr. Isaacs shows the great Gregory Isaacs in the prime of his career in 1976. Better known for his love songs, Isaacs was equally adept at cultural themes. The tracks "Set The Captives Free" and "Slave Master" are among the most popular in his catalog, the latter immortalized on film in the movie Rockers. The track "Storm" became an early dancehall favorite, it's rhythm track reimagined no fewer than 75 times over the last 40 years. Isaacs love of rocksteady shines in his cover of the Silvertones' "Smile," and his soulful side comes through on a cover of The Temptations' "Get Ready." The breadth of material on Mr. Isaacs is the hallmark of a reggae classic.
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Vinyl LP pressing. 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 3LP edition of this Lee Perry masterpiece complemented by added dubs, disco mixes, 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. Printed inner sleeves with liner notes by Noel Hawks.
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Producer, arranger and musician Jake Savona (pka Mista Savona) brought together a stellar assortment of Cuban and Jamaican musicians to create this collection of re-interpreted classics and original songs as a soundtrack to an upcoming documentary of the same title. Havana Meets Kingston is a tour through these two historic island nations highlighting the common ground between the two, through rhythm and culture.

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Augustus Pablo

Original Rockers

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing, a re-release of the classic Augustus Pablo album Original Rockers. Augustus Pablo is the master of melodica and one of the most revered talents in reggae music. Recorded originally between 1972-1975, the album was originally released on Greensleeves' label. Reggae all-stars like guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith, bassist Aston Barrett, vocalists Dillinger and Hugh Mundell are all featured guests. Mixed by the legendary King Tubby the album features mostly instrumental tracks such as the truly inspired singles, "Rocker's Dub" and "Tubby's Dub Song." 23 tracks total.
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Alborosie

Freedom & Fyah [Vinyl]

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To support our ongoing initiative to grow the US audience for Alborosie, VP will release his latest song “Fly 420” on a digital EP titled “Reggae Dubs & Dabs” on April 15. The EP will place his song alongside up and coming US reggae acts Stick Figure and Fortunate Youth as well as VP artists Raging Fyah and Mystic Revealers. The release will be at the center of a spring/summer US reggae festival based promotional campaign that will include give-a-ways of a mix CD featuring DJ Yardcore from Jamaica and Tribe of Kings Sound System from San Diego, CA. A video shoot for the first single “Life To Me” featuring Ky-Mani Marley is planned for April in Miami. While in the US, Alborosie will do extensive press and media interviews and create an EPK for online premiere prior to release date. US tour dates for fall 2016 are in the planning process.
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Wailing Souls

Back A Yard

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The veteran roots reggae duo return with 'Back A Yard' (patois for 'back in Jamaica'). The 10 song set features longstanding members, Winston "Pipe" Matthews and Lloyd "Bread" McDonald, in the studio with producer/ singer Alborosie, whose deep study of Jamaican music was heavily influenced by the Souls and their heyday at Channel One studio in the 1980s. The production features all-star musicians including keyboardist Tyrone Downie (formerly of The Wailers) and bassist Errol "Flabba" Holt (of the historic Roots Radics band). The first single is a re-make of "Shark Attack" one of the bands classic '90s hits, featuring a deejay verse by Alborosie.
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Yellowman

Mister Yellowman

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2014 vinyl LP reissue of the 1982 original. "Mister Yellowman" is Yellowman's first album with producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes, and undoubtedly one of his best. With vocals by the Roots Radics and Earl "Chinna" Smith's Hi Times band, this mix of dancehall-infected rhythms was only polished by Lawes. Themes include ennui, jadedness with institutions and bureaucracy, sexual trysts and lost love, with the most colorful track being "Yellowman Getting Married," a wild mix that posits the DJ as the perfect husband-even as we're all in on the joke. Yellowman is the voice of the everyday Jamaican, and a masterful DJ whose songs grow on you.
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2014 vinyl LP repressing of the 1984 collaboration between the two Reggae giants. During the late '70s and early '80s, Yellowman rose to prominence on Jamaica's DJ scene. He ushered in the dancehall era after years of roots reggae dominance. The most famous of these aficionados includes Charlie Chaplin, Ranking Toyan, General Echo, Jah Thomas and Josey Wales. In this compilation, Wales has honed his once hoarse-toned delivery, and the resultant album is dancehall at its best. Besides some top toasting, it also features remarkable backdrops from Henry "Junjo" Lawes and the Roots Radics.
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Vinyl LP pressing of this 1987 release from the reggae/dub legend.
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Tetrack

Let's Get Started

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Description: Let's Get Started is a masterpiece of roots reggae music, recorded in 1978 at Channel One, Harry J's and Black Ark Studios in Jamaica. The album is a cornerstone title for reggae collectors with soaring vocal performances and crucial roots riddims produced by the legendary Augustus Pablo for his Rockers International label. The set includes the essential singles "Only Jah Jah Know," "Let's Get Together," "Isn't It Time" and the title track.
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Vinyl LP pressing of this 1991 release from the reggae/dub legend.
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Jacob Miller

Who Say Jah No Dread

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The late reggae singer Jacob Miller is an icon from reggae's golden era of the 1970s. A contemporary of Bob Marley who helped raise the genre to an international level as the lead singer of Inner Circle, his work is among reggae's most highly regarded. His cameo role in the film Rockers and the documentary Roots Rock Reggae have ensured his legacy. In 1974-1975, he recorded a series of 45s with the producer and melodica player Augustus Pablo for the emerging Rockers label, each vocal paired with a Pablo dub instrumental, including "Baby I Love You So" and it's dub companion "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown." This LP collection was first issued by Greensleeves in 1992, representing some of the strongest roots reggae of the mid-70s, presented in the "showcase" style that features both the vocals and the instrumental in sequence.
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Limited edition exclusive Record Store Day release of the six bonus tracks that were added to the 2002 Greensleeves CD re-issue of 'Wins The World Cup'. These six speaker shaking dubs are making their first ever appearance on vinyl for this authorised Greensleeves RSD release Sleeved in exclusive old school Jamaican style reversed sleeve. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes Roots Radics at Channel One mixed by Scientist.

1 Extra Time One
2 Extra Time Two
3 Extra Time Three
1 Extra Time Four
2 Extra Time Five
3 Golden Goal

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Miss Pat

Miss Pat

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VP Records co-founder, and one of the reigning matriarchs of Reggae music, Patricia "Miss Pat" Chin, continues to lead the largest independent label and distributor of Caribbean music. Her energetic and engaging autobiography covers her family history, her relationship with her late husband Vincent Chin - and to Jamaica overall - her arrival in New York City in the late 70s, and of course her crucial role in the founding of VP Records. The book is packed with fantastic archival images spanning the emergence of Jamaican music as a cultural force in the 1950s up until today, bringing Miss Pat's revelatory memoir to life. Perspectives from business people, politicians, and musicians including Chris Blackwell (founder of Island Records), Edward Seaga (Former prime minister of Jamaica), singer Marcia Griffiths, and Lee "Scratch" Perry further light up the amazing story of Miss Pat's life and experiences.

When I started Island Records in Jamaica in 1959, there were no local records being produced other than Calypso, which sold to tourists, or Mento, which was Jamaican `folk' music. I was one of the first to record Jamaican `popular' music as was Eddie Seaga, who later became Prime Minister. I called on many shops that sold music. The best independent shops were operated by the Chinese Jamaicans. Leslie Kong, KG Records at Cross Roads, the Wong family at Wonards and Randy and Pat Chin at Randy's. The Chins built up a huge business when they moved to NYC and really became the biggest and best distributor in the U.S. of the music that was created in Jamaica." - Chris Blackwell

The book is presented with dozens of never-before-seen artist and family photos, alongside original illustrations by the late Michael Thompson and book designer Maria Papaefstathio

About the Author

Patricia "Miss Pat" Chin is the dynamic force behind VP Records, the world's largest reggae music label, a person of unmatched energy and enthusiasm. She is the mother of four, grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of three. The last few years, she's focused her passions on "giving back," collaborating with illustrator, Michael Thompson, in the creation of the pop-up exhibit titled "A Reggae Music Journey," on the history of reggae, in cooperation with VP Records.

  • FormaT: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press Inc
  • Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs