Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.

Stylistically, reggae incorporates some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, mento (a celebratory, rural folk form that served its largely rural audience as dance music and an alternative to the hymns and adapted chanteys of local church singing), calypso, African music, as well as other genres. One of the most easily recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure.

Reggae / Ska 7" Singles
Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

The bass guitar often plays the dominant role in reggae. The bass sound in reggae is thick and heavy, and equalized so the upper frequencies are removed and the lower frequencies emphasized. The guitar in reggae usually plays on the off beat of the rhythm. It is common for reggae to be sung in Jamaican Patois, Jamaican English, and lyaric dialects. Reggae is noted for its tradition of social criticism and religion in its lyrics, although many reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love and socializing.

Reggae has spread to many countries across the world, often incorporating local instruments and fusing with other genres. Reggae en Español spread from mainland South American Caribbean from Venezuela and Guyana to the rest of South America. Caribbean music in the UK, including reggae, has been popular since the late 1960s, and has evolved into several subgenres and fusions. Many reggae artists began their careers in the UK, and there have been a number of European artists and bands drawing their inspiration directly from Jamaica and the Caribbean community in Europe.


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Spanner Banner - Cry Cry

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Elusive pressing from dancehall-roots songwriter-performer, responsible for writing Chaka Demus & Pliers' chart-topping "Tease Me".

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Admiral Bailey - Winey Winey

Admiral Bailey - (1988)

Described by his contemporaries as "the hottest dancehall star of the late 1980's".

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Conroy Smith - Model Pon Me - Version

Conroy Smith - (1988)

Elusive '80s dancehall reggae with flip side version performed by Steelie, Clevie & Danny.

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Earl George - People Are Doing It

Earl George - (1977)

British pressing from the late '70s reggae/lovers rock singer-songwriter, best known for his work with Lee "Scratch" Perry and Bunny Lee.

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Chaka Demus - Everybody Loves Chaka

Chaka Demus - (1988)

The increasingly elusive original Jamaican Black Scorpio pressing (collaboration with Yellowman).

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Al Campbell - Cherry Baby

Al Campbell - (1983)

One of the Jamaican dancehall/lovers rock singers harder single releases, in excellent condition.

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Mega Banton - Gun Galore

Mega Banton - (1995)

Jamaican dancehall deejay who first came to prominence in the early 1990s, with the singles "First Position" and "Decision".

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Hopeton James - Chances

Hopeton James - (1989)

Stunning example of late '80s dancehall produced by Phil "Fattis" Burrell.

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Sugar Minott - Man Hungry

Sugar Minott - (1978)

Excellent original Black Roots pressing, increasingly hard to find, in this kind of condition.

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Marcia Griffiths - Running Away

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Dancehall cover recording of Bob Marley song, produced by Sly & Robbie - Stunning!

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General Trees / Echo Minott - Cork Up De Party

General Trees / Echo Minott - (1988)

Late '80s dancehall deejay collaboration in excellent condition.

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Sugar Minott - Get Up and Dance

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The rarer of the two presses on Jammys Records - Stunning!

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Bootielero - Ghetto Youth

Bootielero - (1995)

Jane Reid produced '90s dancehall rarity, in stunning condition.

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Tuffest - No Batty Man

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Elusive rarity from the Jamaican dancehall dee-jay.

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General Trees - Nuh Money Nah Run

General Trees - (1988)

One of the most popular Jamaican dancehall deejays of the '80s.

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Poison Chang - Look Good

Poison Chang - (1992)

Immaculate example of elusive dancehall rarity, following his death in Jamaica, 1997.

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Anthony Blackwood - Ghetto

Anthony Blackwood -

Reggae artist best known for his roots reggae and dub singles "African Woman", "Written Lies" and "Once Bitten Twice Shy".

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General T.K. - Tired a the System

General T.K. - (1994)

C.Taylor produced '90s rarity from the Jamaican dancehall reggae dee-jay.

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Derrick Lara - Pick a Boo

Derrick Lara - (1979)

Early '80s Sly & Robbie produced dancehall with flip-side version, in excellent condition.

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Raymond Francis - Just One Moment

Raymond Francis - (1988)

Dancehall reggae artist, best known for his singles "Bat Up and Catch Up" and "Call Me".

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Hammer Mouth - Out a Yu Yard

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Stunning original pressing of Jamaican dancehall rarity.

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Dennis Brown / Gregory Isaacs - Ready We Ready

Dennis Brown / Gregory Isaacs - (1993)

Elusive dancehall collaboration from two of Jamaica's most popular artists.

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Commander Shad

Commander Shad - (1988)

One of the Jamaican dancehall artists earliest releases, with flip-side version.

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John Wayne & Pinchers - Gun Man Chart

John Wayne & Pinchers - (1991)

Increasingly difficult to find dancehall collaboration with flip-side version.

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Black Chiney - Dibbi Dibbi Deacon

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Dancehall/Miami bass sound system, consisting of four Chinese Jamaicans Supa Dups, Bobby Chin, Willy Chin and Walshy Killa.

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Anthong B/Determine/Saba - Universal Love

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Stunning original pressing from the trio of Jamaican dancehall deejay/artists.

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Chaka Demus - Bad Bad Chaka

Chaka Demus - (1988)

Jamaican musician and deejay, best known since 1991 as part of the duo Chaka Demus & Pliers.

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Yellowman - Who Say Yellow no go a Hotel

Yellowman - (1987)

Jamaican dancehall reggae songwriter/deejay, widely responsible for influencing American hip-hop artists in the '80s.

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Little John/Frisco Banton - Don't Call Di Girls Dem Skettel

Little John/Frisco Banton - (1995)

One of Little John's harder to find singles, from the Jamaican dancehall singers.

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Delly Ranks - Never Done

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'90s Jamaican Rastafarian dancehall deejay and record producer.

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Shaggy Wonder - One More Rude Boy

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Desirable Jamaican dancehall rarity with flip-side version, in stunning condition.

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Screwdriver - Accident and the Gun

Screwdriver -

Self-penned single from the Jamaican reggae artist who blended hip hop and R&B with dancehall in the 1990s.

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Teddy Brown - What Greater Love

Teddy Brown - (1970)

Stunning TR-7793 double-sider with "Lady Love", in "time capsule" condition.

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Dandy - Take a Letter Maria

Dandy - (1970)

EX+ UK Trojan TR-7800, suggesting few plays.

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Harry J. All Stars - Liquidator

Harry J. All Stars - (1969)

Classic Ska instrumental, features Winston Wright on organ, backed by "Hippy Boys" Aston Barrett, Carlton Barrett and Alva Lewis - Stunning!

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Desmond Dekker - Israelites

Desmond Dekker - (1968)

"EX+" (PYR 6058) Desmond Dekker / Leslie Kong penned masterpiece that combines the Rastafarian religion with rude boy concerns.

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Desmond Dekker & The Aces - It Miek

Desmond Dekker & The Aces - (1969)

UK Top-10 single written by Dekker and his record producer Leslie Kong.

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Upsetters - Return of Django

Upsetters - (1969)

Double A sided 7" single with "Dollar in the Teeth",  by producer Lee "Scratch" Perry's house band, led by pianist Gladstone Anderson.

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Bob and Marcia - Young, Gifted and Black

Bob and Marcia - (1970)

Best remembered reggae cover vesion of the Nina Simone song, first recorded and released on her album "Black Gold" in 1969.

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Dave and Ansil Collins - Double Barrel

Dave and Ansil Collins - (1970)

Well presented "EX+" UK Techniques variant of the UK chart-topping single, written and produced by Winston Riley.

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John Holt - Help Me Make It Through the Night

John Holt - (1974)

Tony Ashfield's reggae production of the Kris Kristofferson penned ballad, taken form Holt's album "1,000 Volts of Holt".

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Desmond Dekker - It Gotta Be So

Desmond Dekker - (1973)

One of the Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter's minor hits - strong excellent condition, suggesting few plays.

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Pete Wingfield - Eighteen With a Bullet

Pete Wingfield - (1975)

Wingfield's version of the pastiche doo-wop number, taken from his album "Breakfast Special".

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Sister Higgsy - Free Up Higgsy

Sister Higgsy - (1990)

EX+ Hard to find female dancehall with instrumental flip side version performed by Steelie & Clevie.

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Frisco Banton/Chronicle - Call Me

Frisco Banton & Chronicle - (1996)

Elusive '90s dancehall reggae with flip side instrumental version performed by Sly and Robbie.

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