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Babylon
Babylon (7")
Cat: OR 50. Rel: 11 Apr 14
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Icho Candy - "Babylon"
  2. Rockers International Band - "Rocking Babylon"
 in stock $9.71
Children Of Jah
Cat: OR 01. Rel: 14 Oct 10
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Children Of Jah
  2. Life Dub
 in stock $7.11
Scars Of War
Cat: OR 117. Rel: 03 Sep 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Delroy Williams - "Scars Of War" (3:47)
  2. High Times All Star - "Scars Of War" (version) (3:29)
 in stock $10.88
Wha She Do Now
Cat: OR 126. Rel: 14 Apr 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Wha She Do Now (2:09)
  2. I Love The Reggae (2:49)
Review: Only Roots Records continues to delve into the bulging vaults of Randy's Records, an imprint set up by producer Vincent Chin. He's naturally at the controls on this two-tracker by long-serving Jamaican vocal group the Gaylads. Both cuts date from 1970, though for one reason or another they were never given a commercial release. A-side 'Wha Sha Do Now' is a sweet rocksteady number in which the group's harmonic, rhythm & blues-influenced vocals rise above a fine rhythm rich in Hammond organ and deep bass. Arguably even better is flipside 'I Love The Reggae', a fuzzier and more up-tempo celebration of reggae culture that has all the makings of a future scene anthem.
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 in stock $9.99
All The Time
Cat: ORD 24. Rel: 03 Sep 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Delroy Williams - "All The Time" (4:55)
  2. Jah Bull/Pablo & Rockers All Stars - "We Know Where We Are Going/Jah Time Dub" (5:02)
 in stock $15.00
Loving Bride
Cat: OR 116. Rel: 28 Jul 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Loving Bride (3:28)
  2. Loving Bride (version) (3:29)
Review: The vital Only Roots label turns to Nyah Hunter for a previously unreleased b-side. Now pressed up onto its own 7", complete with a dub, the song appeared for the first time in 1973 on the compilation "Pipeline". It was recorded at Federal Records Studios in the early seventies and was produced by Alvin Ranglin. It exudes all the earthy vibes you'd expect of that period, the rumbling drums, fat bass and aloof vocals. It's as sweet as chocolate and smooth as silk.
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 in stock $12.34
King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown
King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (LP in screen-printed sleeve)
Cat: ORLP 18LTD. Rel: 15 Aug 20
Dub
  1. Keep On Dubbing (3:05)
  2. Stop Them Jah (2:47)
  3. Young Generation Dub (2:29)
  4. Each One Dub (2:55)
  5. 555 Dub Street (2:43)
  6. Braces Tower Dub (2:55)
  7. King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (2:33)
  8. Corner Crew Dub (2:57)
  9. Say So (3:08)
  10. Skanking Dub (2:39)
  11. Frozen Dub (2:51)
  12. Satta Dub (4:17)
Review: Melodica maestro Augustus Pablo released a number of influential albums during a golden period in the 1970s, though little quite as ground-breaking and far-sighted as 1976's "King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown". Mixed by King Tubby, it was one of the first great dub albums and is still one of the finest examples of the stripped-back, rhythm-heavy style around. If you don't already own a copy, we'd heartily recommend picking up this reissue. Musically, the tracks sound as warm, weighty and spacious as ever - all heavy Robbie Shakespear/Family Man Barrett bass, idiosyncratic drumming and killer melodica/Clavinet/organ action from Pablo - while the screen-printed artwork is a delight.
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 in stock $41.14
I Admire You
Cat: ORLP 22. Rel: 16 Dec 20
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. She Is My Woman (3:02)
  2. I Admire You (3:08)
  3. Shirley (2:54)
  4. Captivity (2:35)
  5. Jah Fire (2:49)
  6. My Foreparent (3:14)
  7. Is Wey The Money Deh (2:44)
  8. Set Me Free (1:58)
  9. Thelma (2:44)
  10. Can't You Understand (2:55)
  11. You Lie (2:32)
  12. Oh Jah (2:11)
 in stock $23.81
I Admire You
I Admire You (hand-numbered screen-printed LP limited to 100 copies)
Cat: ORLP 22X. Rel: 23 Feb 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. She Is My Woman
  2. I Admire You
  3. Shirley
  4. Captivity
  5. Jah Fire
  6. My Foreparent
  7. Is Wey The Money Deh
  8. Set Me Free
  9. Thelma
  10. Can't You Understand
  11. You Lie
  12. Oh Jah
 in stock $50.55
Take It Easy Girl
Cat: OR 83. Rel: 23 Feb 21
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Take It Easy Girl (3:21)
  2. Take It Easy Girl (version) (3:19)
 in stock $10.88
FORTHCOMING
Young Generation
Cat: OR 120.
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
coming soon $14.09
Cool Down Rude Boy
Cat: OR 78. Rel: 15 Apr 16
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Cool Down Rude Boy (3:47)
  2. Cool Down Rude Boy (version) (3:29)
 in stock $7.94
Shashamane
Cat: OR 77. Rel: 15 Apr 16
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Shashamane (3:27)
  2. Shashamane (version) (3:12)
 in stock $10.28
Work All Day
Cat: ORD 23. Rel: 28 Jul 20
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Barry Biggs - "Work All Day" (3:26)
  2. The Dynamites - "Play All Night" (3:29)
  3. Clarence Wears - "Working Mood" (2:50)
  4. The Dynamites - "Got To Work" (3:05)
Review: Only Roots come through with a classic wedge from Barry Biggs. These pure vibes first came in 1976 and on this package you're also treated to the Clarence Wears guitar piece from the same year, plus a couple of spicy dubs. "Work All Day" is a golden offering with an aloof and soulful vocal that drifts up top like a wispy cloud on a summer's day. Muted chords enrich things and the natty riffs keep things subtly funky. That original Wears guitar piece is a real heart wrencher - the guitar rings out into the sky with oodles of reverb giving it even more poignancy.
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 in stock $15.00
King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown
Cat: ORLP 18. Rel: 07 Jan 20
Dub
  1. Keep On Dubbing (3:05)
  2. Stop Them Jah (2:47)
  3. Young Generation Dub (2:29)
  4. Each One Dub (2:55)
  5. 555 Dub Street (2:43)
  6. Braces Tower Dub (2:55)
  7. King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (2:33)
  8. Corner Crew Dub (2:57)
  9. Say So (3:08)
  10. Skanking Dub (2:39)
  11. Frozen Dub (2:51)
  12. Satta Dub (4:17)
Review: Melodica maestro Augustus Pablo released a number of influential albums during a golden period in the 1970s, though little quite as ground-breaking and far-sighted as 1976's "King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown". Mixed by King Tubby, it was one of the first great dub albums and is still one of the finest examples of the stripped-back, rhythm-heavy style around. If you don't already own a copy, we'd heartily recommend picking up this reissue. Musically, the tracks sound as warm, weighty and spacious as ever - all heavy Robbie Shakespear/Family Man Barrett bass, idiosyncratic drumming and killer melodica/Clavinet/organ action from Pablo.
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 in stock $19.69
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