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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pluto Shervington - DAT

Pluto Shervington - (1975)

UK Top-10 single by the Jamaican singer, engineer and record producer.

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Tito Simon - This Monday Morning Feeling

Tito Simon - (1974)

Self written and produced minor hit from the Jamaican reggae singer, in excellent condition.

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Desmond Dekker - Pickney Gal

Desmond Dekker - (1969)

The UK Pyramid (PYR 6078) late '60s pressing with "Generosity" on the flip side.

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Prince Buster & All Stars - Al Capone

Prince Buster & All Stars - (1967)

Stunning EX+ UK Blue Beat (BB 324) pressing of "Al Capone" / "One Step Beyond".

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The Pyramids - Train Tour to Rainbow City

The Pyramids - (1967)

The first release on the President Record label, from the UK based reggae band also known as Symarip, written and produced by Eddie Grant.

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Marcia Aitken - Still In Love With You Boy

Marcia Aitken - (1977)

Stunning original UK Lightning Records rarity, cover version of the Alton Ellis song "I'm Still in Love With You".

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Earl George - Opportunity

Earl George - (1977)

Elusive UK pressing (HOSS 143), of lovers rock song, with flip side dub version, in it's original company birth sleeve.

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Nicky Thomas - Come Back Girl

Nicky Thomas - (1977)

EX+ UK Trojan (TRO 9025) pressing.

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The Upsetters - The Vampire

The Upsetters - (1969)

Lee "Scratch" Perry produced instrumental rarity in stunning EX+ condition, with The Bleechers "Check Him Out" on the flip side.

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Boris Gardiner - Elizabethan Reggae

Boris Gardiner - (1969)

The four-prong first pressing, with the centre label incorrectly identifying producer Byron Lee as the artist.

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Desmond Dekker - You Can Get It If You Really Want

Desmond Dekker - (1970)

The cover version of the Jimmy Cliff song originally used in the 1972 film The Harder They Come.

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Horace Faith - Black Pearl

Horace Faith - (1970)

The Jamaican reggae cover version of the Levine/Spector/Wine song, first released by The Checkmates Ltd.

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The Pioneers - Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

The Pioneers - (1971)

EX+/EX+ original pressing of UK Top-5 single, a cover version of the Jimmy Cliff song.

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The Mowhawks - Let It Be

The Mowhawks - (1970)

Reggae cover version of the Lennon McCartney song, performed by the session musicians, probably best known for their '60s song "The Champ".

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Max Romeo - Wet Dream

Max Romeo - (1975)

Notoriety boss reggae song, due to its lyrics of an explicit sexual nature.

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Greyhound - Black and White

Greyhound - (1971)

UK Top-10 hit from the reggae band formerly known as The Rudies.

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Winston Groovy - No One Day Love

Winston Groovy - (1977)

Jamaican reggae singer who relocated to the UK, probably best known for his song "Please Don't Make Me Cry".

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Greyhound - I Am What I Am

Greyhound - (1972)

The British reggae band's third single release, peaking at #20 in the UK charts.

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Bruce Ruffin - One Big Happy Family

Bruce Ruffin - (1971)

Clean UK pressing of early '70s rocksteady reggae song.

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Syramip - Skinhead Moon Stomp

Syramip - (1969)

The song based on the Derrick Morgan song "Moon Hop".

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Horace Andy - Lonely Woman

Horace Andy - (1974)

Derrick Harriott produced '70s rocksteady rarity in EX+/EX+ condition.

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Al Cook - Frankie and Johnny

Al Cook - (1974)

Reggae cover version of Sam Cook song, in stunning EX+ condition.

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Tropic Sunlight - Labour Day

Tropic Sunlight - (1974)

Mid '70s rocksteady reggae written and produced by D.C. Anderson.

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Derrick & Hortenese

Derrick & Hortenese - (1974)

Bunnie Lee produced mid '70s rocksteady.

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Boy Wonder - All On the House

Boy Wonder - (1974)

EX+ UK (ATT. 8068) mid '70s rocksteady reggae.

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Sambo Jim - Natty Dread

Sambo Jim - (1974)

Double sided roots reggae covers of Bob Marley songs in EX+ condition, performed by The Cimarons under a psudenumn.

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The Lunatics - Telstar

The Lunatics - (1974)

Rocksteady reggae instrumental cover version of Joe Meek '60s classic.

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The Cats - William Tell

The Cats - (1969)

The Mile End, London, ska ensemble's 4th single release, (uncharted), in EX+ condition.

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