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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Lloyd Charmers - Sweet Harmony

Lloyd Charmers - (1974)

Self produced single release, from the Jamaican singer-keyboard player.

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Judge Dread - Oh! She Is a Big Girl Now

Judge Dread - (1973)

The 4th single release from the English reggae/ska musician, a double-A sided record with "Big One".

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Turnel McCormack and the Cordells - Irie Festival

Turnel McCormack and the Cordells - (1974)

Mid '70s rocksteady release on the Harry Johnson record label in stunning EX+ condition.

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Prince Buster - Al Capone

Prince Buster - (1964)

The lime green solid centre label 1970 re-issue of '60s ska classic, double sided with "One Step Beyond".

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Junior Byles - Curly Locks

Junior Byles - (1975)

Roots reggae "Promo" copy, with dub version  performed by The Upsetters.

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Bob Marley & the Wailers - Buffalo Soldier

Bob Marley & the Wailers - (1983)

Recorded in 1978, but not released until 1983, from his posthumous album "Confrontation". - (with original picture sleeve).

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Various Artists - Trojan Explosion EP

Various Artists - (1979)

Maxi Trojan re-issue EP, features The Pioneers, Desmond Dekker, Dave & Ansel Collins and Dandy Livingstone.

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M.J. Dorane - If I Were a Carpenter

M.J. Dorane - (1972)

Promotional copy of self produced single - a rocksteady cover version of the song originally released by The Four Tops in 1968.

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Jimmy Cliff - Wild World

Jimmy Cliff - (1970)

Reggae cover version of the Cat Stevens penned/produced classic, in excellent condition.

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The Special AKA - Gangsters

The Special AKA - (1979)

Debut single from the Coventry based ska revival band, with the label mates The Selecter on the flip-side.

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Madness - The Prince

Madness - (1979)

The Camden based ska revival band's debut single, a tribute to the Jamaican ska singer Prince Buster.

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The Beat - Tears of a Clown / Ranking Full Stop

The Beat - (1979)

Double A side with "Ranking Full Stop", the Birmingham based ska revival band's debut release.

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The Selecter - On My Radio

The Selecter - (1979)

UK Top-10 chart hit from the ska revival band, with "Too Much Pressure" on the flip side.

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The Selecter - Missing Words

The Selecter - (1980)

Track written by band member and guitarist Noel Davies.

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The Specials featuring Rico - A Message to You Rudy

The Specials featuring Rico - (1979)

Cover version of the 1967 Dandy Livingstone rocksteady song originally titled "Rudy, A Message to You".

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The Specials - Stereotype

The Specials - (1980)

One of seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles for the Coventry based ska revival band, peaking at #6, (uncharted in the U.S.).

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The Specials - Do Nothing

The Specials - (1980)

Taken from their album, "More Specials", with original laminated flipback picture sleeve - Stunning!

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The Selecter - Three Minute Hero

The Selecter - (1980)

Taken from their debut studio album, "Too Much Pressure", a UK Top-20 hit peaking at #16.

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The Bodysnatchers - Let's Do Rock Steady

The Bodysnatchers - (1080)

Double A sided debut single, from the seven piece all-female ska revival band, originally formed in London.

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Dorrine Sinclair - Back in My Arms

Dorrine Sinclair - (1977)

Lovers rock rarity, her only release on Trojan Horse, in it's original company birth sleeve.

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Althia & Donna - Up Town Top Ranking

Althia & Donna - (1977)

The youngest female duo to reach the number 1 place on the UK chart, ad-libbing to the deejay track "Three Piece Suit" by Trinity.

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Dennis Brown - Money in my Pocket (Pt. 1)

Dennis Brown - (LIG 554)

Brown's lovers rock, breakthrough top-20 hit in the UK, in stunning EX+ condition.

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Barry Biggs - Work All Day

Barry Biggs - (1976)

Biggs' international breakthrough hit, with the correct B-side "Play All Night" performed by The Dynamites.

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Dave & Ansel Collins - Monkey Spanner

Dave & Ansel Collins - (1971)

The follow-up release to the highly successful "Double Barrel" - a UK top 10 single peaking at #7.

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Jimmy Cliff - Wonderful World, Beautiful People

Jimmy Cliff - (1969)

Clean British pressing of Jimmy Cliff reggae classic - a top 10 UK single, peaking at #6.

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John Holt - I'd Love You to Want Me

John Holt - (1973)

EX+ example of Tony Ashfield produced single, taken from the album "1,000 Volts of Holt".

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Bob Marley & the Wailers - Exodus

Bob Marley - (1977)

Stunning EX+ example of single, taken from the album of the same name, in it's original company birth sleeve.

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Jackie Edwards - Hush

Jackie Edwards - (1965)

British pressing of reggae classic, produced by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.

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Bob Marley & the Wailers - Is This Love

Bob Marley & the Wailers - (1978)

UK Top-10 hit, taken from the album "Kaya".

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Chaka Demus & Pliers With Jack Radics & Taxi Gang - Twist and Shout

Chaka Demus & Pliers - (1993)

UK chart-topping reggae cover version of the song originally released by the Top Notes.

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The Special A.K.A. - Too Much Too Young - The Special A.K.A. Live!

The Special A.K.A. - (1980)

Live EP recorded at The Lyceum, London and Tiffany's, Coventry.

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Greyhound - Moon River

Greyhound - (1971)

Reggae cover version of the Henry Mancini song, peaking at #12 in the UK singles chart.

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The Bodysnatchers - Too Experienced

The Bodysnatchers - (1980)

Double A-sided single, the second of three releases from the seven piece all female ska revival band.

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The Special A.K.A. - Nelson Mandela

The Special A.K.A. - (1984)

The original 1984 pressing, (CHS TT 26) protest song, otherwise known as "Free Nelson Mandela".

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The Beat - Hand's Off, She's Mine / Twist and Crawl

The Beat - (1980)

UK singles Top-10 hit, (UK #9, U.S. Dance #22), released as a Double A sided feature with "Twist and Crawl".

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Nicky Thomas - Images of You

Nicky Thomas - (1973)

Promotional copy of single taken from the album of the same name, in EX+/EX+ condition.

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Third World - Now That We've Found Love

Third World - (1978)

Stunning EX+/EX+ original 1978 1st press 7" single with picture sleeve, a reggae-disco cover version of the Gamble/Huff song first recorded by The O'Jays in 1973.

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