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Record Store Day April 19, 2014 Ska & Reggae Releases You Might Want to Get

Record Store Day April 19, 2014Record Store Day is fast approaching. That time of year when super exclusive and rare records are brought back to life for just one day. Well everyday is record store day at my house. Always sort of hated the idea just on the idea that we need to promote only one day but I think I’ve come around recently with some of the stuff they’ve been producing. 2011 featured a Trojan UK exclusive release from Toots & The Maytals doing an alternative cut to ‘Do The Reggay’ as ‘Do The Boogaloo’. There were 2012 releases from Lee Perry, The Specials, The Beat, Keith Hudson, and Peter Tosh.

So what about this year? Well this year sees a number of releases from notable artists and in very limited quantities so get out there early and shop til the needle drops!

The Specials The Specials Sock It To Em J.B./Rat Race
Format: 7″ Vinyl
2 Tone inspired picture sleeve. British import of previously unreleased dub 7″ single from the album, “More Specials” (1980).
“Sock It To ‘Em JB (Dub)”/”Rat Race (Dub)”


Gregory IssacsGregory Isaacs Mr. Know It All / War Of The Stars
Format: 12″ Vinyl
After a seven year hibernation, Blood And Fire Records relaunch with this limited edition 12″ Record Store Day only pressing of Gregory Isaacs’s 1977 roots classic ‘Mr Know It All’. Blood and Fire Records was a reggae and dub record label founded in Manchester, England in 1994. They reissued roots reggae classics by King Tubby, the Congos, and many, many others. Recorded at the legendary Channel One studio and expertly produced by Ossie Hibbert ‘Mr Know It All’ captures The Revolutionaries at their creative peak showcased in full effect on the devastating Sly Dunbar propelled ‘War Of The Stars’ dub.

Johnny OsbourneJohnny Osbourne Give a Little Love
Format: 12″ Vinyl
LIMITED EDITION/1,000 Full color picture disc of the classic Jamaican Dub LP. Considered one of the ‘Essential’ dub sets by Ernie B Reggae Distribution, the world’s largest distributor of Jamaican music.



Roots RadicsRoots Radics Scientist Meets The Roots Radics
Format: 12″ Vinyl
First time Greensleeves 12″ issue of Johnny Osbourne thunderous ‘Give A Little Love’ complete with two previously unreleased dubs showcasing Roots Radics in full effect with Scientist at the controls. Recorded at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby’s. Limited Record Store Day coloured vinyl pressing with dual Greensleeves / Greensleeves Dub Master labels. Available on Red, Green or ‘Gold’ coloured vinyl – collect they set!

The JB'sThe JB’s Food For Thought: The Get On Down Edition
Format: 12″ Vinyl
This reissue of the inaugural release from James Brown’s People Records from 1972 is pressed on 150 gram vinyl, features a 70s style tip on jackets and is housed in an 8 gauge custom bag with an embossed People Records logo. Also included in this deluxe offering: a 22” x 22” poster of the original cover art and a bonus 45 of The Grunt Parts 1 & 2 pressed on purple vinyl.


Joe Strummer & The PoguesThe Pogues Live With Joe Strummer
‘The legendary live show recorded in 1991 at the London Forum during Shane MacGowan’s hiatus from the band with his initial replacement, Joe Strummer. This previously unreleased material is contained in the recently released “Pogues 30” box which is available in the US only on import. This is the first vinyl, only physical release in the US of this album.


Sharon JonesSharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Dap-Dippin’ [Remastered]
Format: 12″ Vinyl
First release on Daptone back in print on colored vinyl with a bonus track, Will You Be True featuring Lee Fields, never released before. The color version will be exclusive to RSD.



AND Asbestos Records recently posted this little ditty:
FishboneI’m beyond proud to announce that @asbestosrecords will be reissuing one the debut EP for one of the single most important & influential rock bands of the last 30 years for Record Store Day. This act influenced the majority of the bands we’ve released records for, and had the versatility to tour with bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Beastie Boys, and De La Soul. They revolutionized “alternative” rock, and their sound was a conglomeration of ska, punk, metal, funk, r&b, hip hop… and just about everything else.. so on RSD head on down to your local independent record store and grab a copy of Fishbone – s/t and experience it again! It has “Skankin’ to the Beat” from the PAGZ 12″ a a bonus track, and is limited to 1000 copies… 900 on red, and 100 totally unmarked copies on blue! Happy hunting!

If I hear anything else I’ll be sure t0 update this post. If you hear anything please let me know!

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.