New Drum & Bass Reissues Dropping

Another couple re-issues from Drum & Bass Records of classic Studio One tunes are available. Always top quality productions with extremely accurate labels and thick vinyl make these issues must have.Grab em while you can! Scroll down to see a promo video where you can hear some of the tunes being released.

Jamaicans / Charley Organaire – Chain Gang / Rude Boy Charlie
Rock A Shacka, LTD 7″ (Ska) (DBCS-003) 166678

The title of the tough Ska instrumental by Charley Organaire on the b-side of this release features the theme of rude boys (a concept that will be familiar to all lovers of 60s Jamaican music), while the a-side is a superb 1966 cover of Sam Cooke’s hit song Chain Gang performed for the benefit of rudies by the Jamaicans — an upcoming vocal group who had yet to make it big with their later hit Baba Boom. Best known for tracks such as In the Village and Little Holiday, Charley Organaire delivers a menacing harmonica solo on the b-side, which seems to embody all the danger and deprivation of the ghetto.

Owen Gray / Roy Richards – Give Me Little Sign / Summer Time
Rock A Shacka, LTD 7″ (Rock Steady) (DBCS-002) 166677

This Studio One release is a covers special, with Owen Gray’s killer vocal Rock Steady cut to Brenton Wood’s hit song on the a-side, and Gershwin’s classic Summer Time on the b-side. Summer Time is a standard number that has been covered by countless artists in the past, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Janis Joplin. The version on this release is a heavy Rock Steady instrumental backed by the Soul Vendors with Roy Richards providing the melody on harmonica.

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I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.