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REDI-STR-2165xGarrison Hawk with Sly & Robbie
SurviveSurvive is the long awaited, full-length from Garrison Hawk with Sly & Robbie. You can say he's a toaster, a rapper, an MC and undoubtedly a great writer, but most of all he's a bad ass singer. Wild is the party track; Murderer, What She Wants, Reggae Music and Don't Ya Know are the hooky business; Gangster For Life and Running Red have that uptempo Jamaican feel; Apocalypse features a stripped down Raga muffin style; and the title track is an anthem featuring Ethiopian artist Teddy Afro and Gigi.1. Wild
3. What She Wants
4. Gangster For Life
6. Reggae Music
7. Running Red
8. Don't Ya Know
9. Save My Life
11. Remember$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
EchoesWally Badarou is a French-born synthesizer specialist, and long-time associate of the British band Level 42, known for its blend of funk, pop, soul and rock. He has co-written and performed on a number of the band's tracks since their recording dÉbut in 1980, later co-producing them. Though not an official member, he has long been considered an informal fifth member.
Badarou was one of the Compass Point All Stars (with Sly and Robbie, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung and Uziah Sticky Thompson), the in-house recording team of Compass Point Studios responsible for a long series of albums of the 1980s recorded by Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Black Uhuru, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs. His keyboard playing can also be heard on albums by Robert Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, Herbie Hancock, Talking Heads, Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Manu Dibango and Miriam Makeba.
Echoes (1983) is his second solo album, which included Chief Inspector, Hi-Life and Mambo, which was sampled for Massive Attack's Daydreaming of the Blue Lines album. You can actually feel Caribbean sunshine with this music. Badarou breathes real life into his synthesizers on this album of happy, upbeat, and danceable instrumentals.1. Keys
6. Endless Race
7. Chief Inspector
10. Rain$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Inspiration Information: Amp Fiddler (Awaiting Repress)This autumn brings the launch of a priority new series on Strut as the label takes a break from its schedule of funky compilations and moves into new studio recordings for the first time. Entitled Inspiration Information, the series brings together current artists and producers with their musical heroes for a mouth-watering one-off collaboration. The series kicks off with Detroit soul maverick Amp Fiddler in a head-to-head with reggae legends, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare. Our manager told us about Amp, says Robbie. We heard that he used to be part of the Funkadelic set-up. We were always right into the Parlia-Funkadelic sound, recalls Sly. Their brand of funk was so different. I loved it from their first record. Me and Bootsy Collins are good friends he played on one of our albums and I always loved Motown too, ever since I was a kid. That all brought us closer to Amp and the musical groove just stuck. We hit it off from the first session.1. Crazy Day
2. I Feel On The Wagon
3. Drama Inside
4. Black House (Paint The White House Black)
7. I Believe In You
11. This World$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-PRE-3018xPhil Pratt / The Sunshot Band
Dial M For Murder In Dub Style1980's Dial M For Murder In Dub is one of Phil Pratts most dynamic dub productions and it is an extremely sought after album for good reason. Recorded at Channel One in 1979/1980, the 10-song set features none other than Sly and Robbie as the rhythm section, Rad Brian on guitar, Bobby Kalphat and Ansell Collins on keyboards and piano, and Tommy McCook and Herman Marquis on horns.1. Dial M For Murder
2. Danger UBX
4. Beware Of This Rass Dub
5. Chase A Crooked Shadow
6. Dont Watch My Size
7. Walking Razor
8. Wonder Woman Dub
9. Bad Boy Dub
10. Jam Up$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dubs Unlimited"The Breadwinners" is the name for Mancunian multi-instrumentalist, composer, engineer and
producer Alan Redfern, and a cast of guests that includes Big Youth on one track. Redfern's growing
reputation has led him to mixing some of Gregory Isaacs' very last recordings, produced by Sly &
Robbie, which are unreleased to date but have earned Sly & Robbie's approval. Working in his all-analogue studio, equipped with specific pieces of
hardware associated with Lee "Scratch" Perry's
unique Black Ark sound, in particular the Mu-Tron Bi-Phase and Roland Space Echo, Redfern has produced hundreds of tracks over the past 5 or 6 years. Some of the best are presented here on the "Dubs Unlimited" album.1. The Breadwinner
2. Hold I Version
3. Green Man Dub
4. Dub Rock
5. Vs Dub
6. When It A Go Dub
7. Return Of The Bakery
8. Kawai Dub
9. Pass It To You
10. Little Horn Version
11. Thinkin' Dub
12. KT's Ital Stew
13. Dub Is The Only Way
14. Harp Dub$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sheffield SteelJoe Cocker signed to Island Records in 1981 and recorded the 12 single Sweet Little Woman b/w Look What You've Done, both of which appear on 1982's Sheffield Steel, his first full-length for the label. Featuring tropical instrumental backing from the the Compass Point All-Stars, led by legendary session musicians Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, the 10-song set put Cocker's famous interpretive skills back on the map with moving takes of material by Bob Dylan (Seven Days), Randy Newman (Marie), Steve Winwood (Talking Back to the Night), Jimmy Cliff (Many Rivers To Cross) and Jimmy Webb (Just Like Always).1. Look What You've Done
3. Sweet Little Woman
4. Seven Days
6. Ruby Lee
7. Many Rivers To Cross
8. So Good, So Right
9. Talking Back to the Night
10. Just Like Always$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Mi ShabbaA nice mid-'90s release from Shabba Ranks, the defending champion of dancehall at the time. The fare is relatively standard, with some level of gun talk and slackness involved as a common motif. The more notable thing associated with Ranks is the re-elevation of the reggae DJ in the production of sound. Relatively surprisingly, given the heavy levels of cameo appearances employed by his rivals, Ranks only makes use of three supporting vocalists, all from within the dancehall tradition. He enlisted some of the best as far as production is concerned as well, with the vast majority of the tracks produced (and played) by Sly and Robbie, and a couple of spare ones guest produced by Naughty by Nature and Puffy Combs (prior to his real dosage of fame). Not a bad dancehall album at all, heavily infused with hip-hop grooves here and there. For fans of contemporary dancehall (at a relatively low speed), this album should be worthwhile to listen to.
- Adam Greenberg (All Music Guide)1. Ram Dance Hall
2. Shine Eye Gal
3. Spoil Mi Appetite
4. Well Done
5. Fattie Fattie
6. Rough Life
7. Let's Get It On
8. Ice Cream Love
9. High Seat
10. Gal Nuh Ready
11. Medal and Certificate
12. Original Woman$9.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Strictly DubLloyd James is famed for his domination of 1980's Dance-hall as 'King Jammy' û producer and Sound owner û but before his coronation Jammy was a 'Prince' and known as a producer and mixer of Dubs. Here he uses some of Kingston's A-team session players, with horn players Bobby Ellis & Deadly Headly Bennet and the drum and bass partnership û Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare û who were themselves developing their own Taxi imprint at the time. Taken from an obscure dub album that briefly surfaced in the early 1980's, Strictly Dub is rightly regarded as a minor masterpiece of Jammy's mixing style.1.Imagrant Dub
6.Old Country Dub
7.42nd Street Dub
8.271 Utica Dub
9.Bronx Fashion Dub
10.Strictly Dub$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Sound Doctor: Black Ark Singles And Dub Plates'The Sound Doctor' is a 24 track set and follows 'High Plains Drifter' put out in mid February, and documents Lee Perry's recordings of the dreads, rastas and sufferers in 70's Kingston.
The album collects remastered and previously unavailable Lee Perry productions of artists such as Junior Byles, U-Roy, Dillinger and The Ethiopians as well as more obscure performers, including Brother Roy and Jah T.
The tracks were recorded in three different Kingston Studios - Dynamic, Randy's and Lee Perry's own Black Ark - with some of the finest musicians, and amongst them were Sly & Robbie, Augustus Pablo, Winston Wright, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Bobby Ellis and Theophilius Beckford.LP1
1. Oppression- Delroy Butler
2. Army of Love - Junior Byles (Previously unreleased)
3. Wam-Pam-Pa-Do - Dillinger
4. Sound Doctor - Bobby Floyd
5. Doctor Skank -Young Dellinger
6. Horny Train - The Upsetters (Exclusive Dub Plate Mix)
7. Do Good - Al Maytone
8. Different Experience- Brother Roy
9. Smiling Faces - Tinga Stewart
10. Smiling version - Hux Brown Group
11. Be Prepared - Keith Poppin
12. 006 - U Roy
1. Key Card - Lee & Jimmy
2. Domino Game- The Upsetters
3. Message To The Nation - Tony Fearon
4. Dub Message - Upsetters
5. Water your Garden - The Flames
6. Standing On The Hill-Chenley Duffus
7. Start Over - The Gatherers
8. Its Impossible - The Ethiopians
9. Grandfather Land - Jah T
10. King of Kings - Pat Francis
11. King of Kings Version - the Upsetters
12. To Hell and Back - Count Stocky & The Upsetters$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
King Jammy Presents New Sounds Of FreedomKing Jammy is one of reggae's most prolific and innovative producers, with New Sounds Of Freedom he shows himself strong once again.
New Sounds of Freedom adds a new chapter to a story that now bridges three albums. In 1977 Black Uhuru recorded "Love Crisis" a 10
song classic from the defining era in reggae. The rhythms were laid at Harry J's Recording studio with Sly & Robbie, Chinna Smith, Johnny
Osbourne, Winston Wright and Gladstone Anderson among others. Then voiced and mixed at King Tubby's studio. The album was later
remixed by Prince Jammy at King Tubby's and released in 1981 as Black Sounds of Freedom.
The 1981 version serves as the inspiration and jump off point for these raw and vibrant new tracks featuring original vocal performances
from Chronixx, Gentleman, Alborosie, Dre Island, Tony Rebel and others. The 10 song collection will be released on CD and vinyl LP.1. Peace Treaty Style - Alborosie
2. Walls Of Babylon - Dre Island
3. King Selassie Throne - Chronixx
4. Dog Nyam Yuh Suppa - Tony Rebel
5. Another Day In The Ghetto - Bounty Killer
6. Leave Satan Business - Gentleman
7. Peace And Love - Kabaka Pyramid
8. Mystic Chant - U Roy
9. Leggo Babylon Wickedness - Shaggy & Beenie Man
10. People Bawling - Louie Culture$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ranked 316/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
They say you can never go home again.
Yet, on their new Interscope Records release and fifth album, Rock Steady, No Doubt has embarked on a globe-spanning musical adventure that proves, once and for all, that home is where the heart is.
At the heart of the quartet's fifteen-year musical journey is a sound, a style and a sensibility that celebrates their enduring bond with millions of fans worldwide: the sheer pleasure of pure pop - danceable, hummable, instantly accessible songs that have become indispensable additions to the soundtrack of our life and times. And now with Rock Steady, that soundtrack signals a return to some of the key creative elements that have made No Doubt one of today's most popular and enduring bands. Simply put, No Doubt is ready to party.
"It's the hardest thing in the world just to be simple, to let the music and the words speak for what you're feeling and, hopefully, to share that feeling. And the feeling we all shared on this album turned out to be pretty simple, too: we were in a good mood."
So says vocalist, lyricist and glorious gamine Gwen Stefani on the inspiration that ignited the dozen deliriously entertaining new tracks comprising Rock Steady. With all-original material penned by Gwen and No Doubt's dynamic songwriting duo of Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont and a roster of producers that pretty much covers the cutting edge of the studio art, Rock Steady, recorded in such far flung locations as London and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jamaica, is without question the most eclectic, wide-ranging and stylistically diverse offering in the band's extraordinary career. It is also a loving tribute to the musical roots that have nourished No Doubt from their very inception.
"We were on tour pretty much all of last year," explains drummer Adrian Young, "and whenever we had some down time, we found ourselves listening to lots of dancehall. It was kind of like getting back to where we once belonged." Dancehall, the exuberant evolution of reggae, ska and calypso currently rocking the clubs and studios of Jamaica, proved a potent point of departure for the group when they convened in early 2001 to begin work on a new album. "We were part of the whole ska revival back when we first got together," continues Adrian. "The fact is, we had to work hard to prove we had a wider range, and I guess we did that. Because this time around we didn't feel like we had anything to prove. The whole point was to follow the music, wherever it led."
"Following the music" would lead the quartet to a variety of exotic locales as they indulged their instincts and experimented with sounds and settings that would capture the sensational new music beginning to emerge. "This album was less about technique and more about attitude," asserts Tony. "We took it one day at a time and it became a very spontaneous process. Tom had set up a studio at his place in L.A. and we'd meet there just to try out different ideas. Whereas before we'd write everything with a guitar or bass, this time we started with just beats and grooves and keyboards and built from there. After a week or two of songwriting, Gwen had a trip planned to London. Since we were having such a good time we just packed up and followed her over there. We knew we were onto something."
"It felt like starting over," is Tom's assessment. "We had spent two years working on Return Of Saturn because we felt it was important to prove we could do a record that had depth and substance. Once we got that out of our system it was time to have some fun."
Return Of Saturn, the group's smash 2000 release, did indeed establish No Doubt's ability to fashion songs of substance as well as style. It also conclusively demonstrated that the group's 1995 breakthrough release, Tragic Kingdom was more than a flash in the pan, although it was a distinctly dazzling flash that elevated the group to world class status with a solid string of hit singles. "We'd already done most of what we'd set out to accomplish," continues Tom. "We wanted try something fresh."
Something fresh and, as it turned out, something tried and true. "With all the dancehall we'd been listening to it was only natural that some of that rhythm would seep into our new songs," Gwen adds. "We ended up going to Jamaica without really knowing exactly what we'd find when we got there. That was the whole plan from the beginning not to have a plan."
What No Doubt found in the lush musical environs of the island was a creative collaboration with some of Jamaica's most revered producers including the legendary team of Sly & Robbie who sat behind the board for the album's debut single "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All," a tune written by Gwen with Eurthymics mainstay Dave Stewart during the group's London sojourn. They would also go on record with the fast rising dancehall duo of Steely & Clevie, who worked their magic for the incendiary selection, "Start The Fire." Remarks Tom, "Going to Jamaica and working with the great artists there had always been a dream of ours. Having that opportunity is one the best things about having some success. It's more important than any amount of fame or fortune."
As the spring of 2001 turned to summer the pace of recording stepped up, along with the group's increasingly bold ventures into new creative territory. In Los Angeles they added hip-hop to the mix with the streetwise sensibilities of The Neptunes, co-writers on the album's opening track, the scorching "Hella Good." Next they huddled with high-profile mixmaster Nellee Hooper on Rock Steady's title track as well as such standout selections as "In My Head," "Running," "Detective" and the above mentioned "Hella Good." Along the way they logged time with William Orbit for "Making Out," Ric Ocasek on "Platinum Blonde Life" and "Don't Let Me Down," and the inimitable Prince who co-produced and provided backing vocals on the drop dead gorgeous "Waiting Room."
But mixing and matching songs and producers was only part of the creative evolution that took place with Rock Steady. Says Tony, "Our attitude from the beginning was that we'd do whatever it took to make the music work. We've always been a very self-contained unit. This time we wanted to open it up, to find out what other people could bring to the party."
"The whole album was an exercise in spontaneity," adds Gwen, "and that challenged me to write more directly from my thoughts and feelings. I threw away my thesaurus and put aside my influences, everyone from Joni Mitchell to Sylvia Plath. I wanted to write songs about how it felt to be alive right now and that feeling, despite everything that going on in the world, is optimistic and full of hope. This is a time to affirm what's good and positive in our lives and if we can convey even a small part of the fun and excitement we had making this music, then we've done what we set out to do."
Hot on the heels of Rock Steady's release comes news of an extensive touring schedule that includes select dates with U2 as well as an extensive itinerary of international headlining dates. "We're primarily a live band," comments Tony. "That's how we started and that's how we maintain contact with our fans. Over the past couple of years, as the No Doubt machine got bigger, it's been more difficult to maintain that connection. But this time around,we're determined to stay true to the spirit of the music. It's about having a good time, about dancing in aisles and singing along. We all need that and it's what this tour is going to be about."
"After fifteen years together you naturally create all kinds of rules about how things should be," concludes Gwen. "There comes a time when you've got to throw the rules out and start all over again. That's what keeps it fun and interesting. For us that time has come."
It's a sentiment that gets to the heart of the brilliant music on Rock Steady, an album that finds No Doubt comfortable at home with the risks and rewards of true originality. It's also proof positive that, when No Doubt throws a party, everyone's invited.LP1
2. Hella Good
3. Hey Baby
4. Making Out
5. Underneath It All
7. Don't Let Me Down
1. Start The Fire
3. In My Head
4. Platinum Blonde Life
5. Waiting Room
6. Rock Steady$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fly Rasta (Out of Stock)Picture Disc
The 5th solo studio album from 5 time Grammy winning artist Ziggy Marley, Life on Mars explores crisis on a deteriorating earth and the ultimate migration of the human race. This conceptual album is a cry for humans to come together and make our planet a better place before there is no point of return. Many goodwill partnerships will be created out of this project, all in an effort for people to connect with one another in a positive way and give back to their fellow humans.
Marley serves as the album s producer, Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Silversun Pickups) was tapped for the additional production on song structure and the album s audio profile. The record features a collection of talented musicians, including Sly and Robbie, James Gadson (Bill Withers, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney), Lyle Workman (Sting, Beck), Brian MacLeod (Sheryl Crow), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty) and Zac Rae (Lana Del Ray, Brett Dennenwith guest vocal appearances from the Melody Makers (Cedella and Sharon Marley, Erica Newall). The album is mixed by Andrew Schepes (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake) and mastered by Dave Cooley (M83, Neon Trees). Life on Mars marks some of Marley s most forward thinking and accessible songs in the past decade.1. I Don't Wanna Live on Mars
2. Fly Rasta
5. Moving Forward
7. So Many Rising
8. I Get Up
9. You're My Yoko
10. Give It Away$19.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Temporarily out of stock