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

Spanner Banner -

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

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Future Troubles/Lukie D. - Smooth Type of Love

Future Troubles/Lukie D. - (1996)

Written and performed by the prominent "love song" dancehall deejay Michael Kennedy.

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Turbulence - The Truth

Turbulence - (2002)

Jamaican Rastafari reggae artist who's music regularly voices political and social issues.

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Twiggy - It Feels So Good

Twiggy - (1996)

Female dancehall-reggae production with alternate mix version

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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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Bitty McLean - Never Let Me Go

Bitty McLean - (2005)

The popular British reggae/lovers rock vocalist, with instrumental flip side performed by Jerico Horn Section.

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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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Bunny General - General Tour

Bunny General - (1988)

Popular '80s Jamaican dancehall-reggae dee-jay with flip version performed by artist/producers Steely & Clevie.

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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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Birdy Culture - Biblical Man

Birdy Culture - (1988)

Late '80s dancehall reggae with flip side instrumental version performed by the Fire House Crew.

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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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Daddy Lizard - Run Girl Run

Daddy Lizard - (1988)

Jamaican dancehall with instrumental flip-side version performed by Steelie & Cleevie.

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Shabba Ranks - Punany Full We Head

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Self written dancehall number with version, from the popular Jamaican dancehall-ragga crossover artist.

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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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Leroy Smart - Lover Smart

Leroy Smart - (1987)

King Jammy produced dancehall with flip-side version.

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Plyers - Tell the World

Plyers - (1989)

UK pressing of self-written dancehall number with flip-side version, in excellent condition.

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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

Sugar Minott -

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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Scotty - Mi-Ha-Fi-Chat It

Scotty - (1988)

Jamaican singer and deejay/toaster prolific in the '70s, best known for his hit "Draw Your Brakes".

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Tuffest - No Batty Man

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Elusive rarity from the Jamaican dancehall dee-jay.

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Tony Tuff - Sweet

Tony Tuff - (1988)

Former member of The African Brothers in the 1960s and 1970s with Sugar Minott and Derrick "Bubbles" Howard.

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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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Bingie - Hot Fi Wi

Bingie - (1989)

Late '80s dancehall with flip-side version performed by  Steelie & Cleevie.

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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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Lyrical - Do a Little Move

Lyrical -

Dancehall reggae artist having recorded since the mid '80s - Stunning!

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Chaka Demus & Pliers - Pretty Robber

Chaka Demus & Pliers - (1988)

One of the earlier releases from the Jamaican duo of dee-jay Chaka Demus, and singer Pliers.

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Tony Tuff - Sweet Reggae Music

Tony Tuff -

Former member of The African Brothers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. with Sugar Minott and Derrick "Bubbles" Howard.

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Shabba Ranks - I Man

Shabba Ranks -

One of the most popular Jamaican dancehall artist/dee-jay's of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Patrick Irie & Sherriff - Gun Never the Answer

Patrick Irie & Sherriff -

N. Wright and M. Smith produced dancehall with flip-side version - Stunning!

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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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Gregory Isaacs - Bust the Case

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One of Jamaica's best loved reggae musician having hits spanning roots, dancehall and the lovers rock genres.

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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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Modeling Rosie - Greatest Gal Winer

Modeling Rosie -

Female dancehall reggae with flip-side version performed by Steelie & Cleevie.

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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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Charlie Chaplin - Bald Head

Charlie Chaplin - (1988)

Jamaican dancehall and ragga deejay, memorable for his cultural and social theme lyrics.

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