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Prince Alla
Songs From The Royal Throne Room

The long-lasting roots singer Prince Alla (sometimes styled Ras Allah) sees his debut LP revamped for reissue by Kingston Sounds. Songs From The Royal Throne Room may have a different title to 1978’s Heaven Is My Roof, but bar a reshuffled running order and a couple of bonus joints the records share the same set of songs. The deep production and Alla’s sonorous falsetto make for a winning combo.
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Birth Of Dancehall: Black Solidarity 1976-1979

The name Ossie Thomas may not be as well known as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry or King Tubby, but like those producers Thomas has been responsible for writing some important chapters in Jamaican musical history. In particular the riddims he made in the latter part of the 1970’s under the name Black Solidarity were some crucial first steps from the genre we now know as dancehall. The Kingston Sounds compilation Birth Of Dancehall - Black Solidarity 1976-1979 gives Thomas his dues. Sugar Minott, Josey Wales and a mis-titled tune from Sammy Dread (‘Wat Wah’ is in fact ‘Righteous Dread’) are among the track listing.
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  • Kingston Sounds
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Listen Up! - Rocksteady

Something was afoot in Jamaican music in the mid-’60s. Maybe it was the lingering thrill of the island gaining independence in 1962; maybe it was that the generation who’d grown up with ska needed a new musical thrill; or maybe it was just an unseasonably hot Summer in 1965. Whatever it was, the conditions were ripe for a new style to come through and usurp ska’s crown. That style was Rocksteady, a slower, more sensual style and one of the most important musics of the 20th Century. To celebrate a half-decade of Jamaican independence, Kingston Sounds are issuing a series of Listen Up! compilations that chart the evolution of sound in this most important of musical lands. The Rocksteady edition features Delroy Wilson, The Sensations, Dawn Penn and many more.

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Listen Up! - Ska

Kingston Sounds have come through with a series of excellent compilations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence. The Listen Up! records focus on some of the island nation’s most beloved and important musical movements, so of course it’s no surprise to find a ska volume in the mix. Listen Up! - Ska features Johnny Moore, Roland Alphonso and a tonne of tracks by The Skatalites.
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  • Kingston Sounds

Bunny Lee
Agro Sounds 101 Orange Street

‘The Agro Man’ AKA Bunny Lee, founder of the legendary Agro Sounds record shop at 101 Orange Street in London, has put together a record highlighting some of what he considers to be the best producers from the most overlooked period in time for the genre. The record is compiled from the countless exceptional recordings that were made in Kingston between 1968 and 1971.
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  • Kingston Sounds
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Listen Up - Dancehall

The Kingston Sounds imprint have got together a few compilations to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence. Listen Up! Dancehall is (obviously) the dancehall one. These selections mainly focus on the genre’s formative period in the 1980’s, a time before dancehall fully digitised and began to spawn new sounds like bashment and ragga. Johnny Clarke, Dennis Brown and Linval Thompson are among the featured artists.

The Skatalites
Treasure Isle Time

Reggae aficionados Kingston Sounds get together a compilation of tunes from the legendary Skatalites. Anyone with even a passing interest in Jamaican music will likely be familiar with the band, but if you’re just getting started then all you need to know is that ska simply wouldn’t have been the musical force it was without this lot. Tommy McCook and Jackie Mittoo were just two of the artists who got their start with The Skatalites. Treasure Isle Time collects some tunes the group cut at Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle Studios.
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  • Kingston Sounds