Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.

Stylistically, reggae incorporates some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, mento (a celebratory, rural folk form that served its largely rural audience as dance music and an alternative to the hymns and adapted chanteys of local church singing), calypso, African music, as well as other genres. One of the most easily recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure.

Reggae / Ska 7" Singles
Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

The bass guitar often plays the dominant role in reggae. The bass sound in reggae is thick and heavy, and equalized so the upper frequencies are removed and the lower frequencies emphasized. The guitar in reggae usually plays on the off beat of the rhythm. It is common for reggae to be sung in Jamaican Patois, Jamaican English, and lyaric dialects. Reggae is noted for its tradition of social criticism and religion in its lyrics, although many reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love and socializing.

Reggae has spread to many countries across the world, often incorporating local instruments and fusing with other genres. Reggae en Español spread from mainland South American Caribbean from Venezuela and Guyana to the rest of South America. Caribbean music in the UK, including reggae, has been popular since the late 1960s, and has evolved into several subgenres and fusions. Many reggae artists began their careers in the UK, and there have been a number of European artists and bands drawing their inspiration directly from Jamaica and the Caribbean community in Europe.


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Spanner Banner - Cry Cry

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Elusive pressing from dancehall-roots songwriter-performer, responsible for writing Chaka Demus & Pliers' chart-topping "Tease Me".

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Earl George - People Are Doing It

Earl George - (1977)

British pressing from the late '70s reggae/lovers rock singer-songwriter, best known for his work with Lee "Scratch" Perry and Bunny Lee.

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Sugar Minott - Man Hungry

Sugar Minott - (1978)

Excellent original Black Roots pressing, increasingly hard to find, in this kind of condition.

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Anthony Blackwood - Ghetto

Anthony Blackwood -

Reggae artist best known for his roots reggae and dub singles "African Woman", "Written Lies" and "Once Bitten Twice Shy".

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Shaggy Wonder - One More Rude Boy

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Desirable Jamaican dancehall rarity with flip-side version, in stunning condition.

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Dandy - Take a Letter Maria

Dandy - (1970)

EX+ UK Trojan TR-7800, suggesting few plays.

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Desmond Dekker - Israelites

Desmond Dekker - (1968)

"EX+" (PYR 6058) Desmond Dekker / Leslie Kong penned masterpiece that combines the Rastafarian religion with rude boy concerns.

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Desmond Dekker & The Aces - It Miek

Desmond Dekker & The Aces - (1969)

UK Top-10 single written by Dekker and his record producer Leslie Kong.

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Upsetters - Return of Django

Upsetters - (1969)

Double A sided 7" single with "Dollar in the Teeth",  by producer Lee "Scratch" Perry's house band, led by pianist Gladstone Anderson.

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Bob and Marcia - Young, Gifted and Black

Bob and Marcia - (1970)

Best remembered reggae cover vesion of the Nina Simone song, first recorded and released on her album "Black Gold" in 1969.

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Dave and Ansil Collins - Double Barrel

Dave and Ansil Collins - (1970)

Well presented EX+ UK Techniques variant of the UK chart-topping single, written and produced by Winston Riley.

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John Holt - Help Me Make It Through the Night

John Holt - (1974)

Tony Ashfield's reggae production of the Kris Kristofferson penned ballad, taken form Holt's album "1,000 Volts of Holt".

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Desmond Dekker - It Gotta Be So

Desmond Dekker - (1973)

One of the Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter's minor hits - strong excellent condition, suggesting few plays.

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Tito Simon - This Monday Morning Feeling

Tito Simon - (1974)

Self written and produced minor hit from the Jamaican reggae singer, in excellent condition.

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Desmond Dekker - Pickney Gal

Desmond Dekker - (1969)

The UK Pyramid (PYR 6078) late '60s pressing with "Generosity" on the flip side.

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Prince Buster & All Stars - Al Capone

Prince Buster & All Stars - (1967)

Stunning EX+ UK Blue Beat (BB 324) pressing of "Al Capone" / "One Step Beyond".

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Earl George - Opportunity

Earl George - (1977)

Elusive UK pressing (HOSS 143), of lovers rock song, with flip side dub version, in it's original company birth sleeve.

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Nicky Thomas - Come Back Girl

Nicky Thomas - (1977)

EX+ UK Trojan (TRO 9025) pressing.

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Desmond Dekker - You Can Get It If You Really Want

Desmond Dekker - (1970)

The cover version of the Jimmy Cliff song originally used in the 1972 film The Harder They Come.

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Horace Faith - Black Pearl

Horace Faith - (1970)

The Jamaican reggae cover version of the Levine/Spector/Wine song, first released by The Checkmates Ltd.

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The Pioneers - Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

The Pioneers - (1971)

EX+/EX+ original pressing of UK Top-5 single, a cover version of the Jimmy Cliff song.

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The Mowhawks - Let It Be

The Mowhawks - (1970)

Reggae cover version of the Lennon McCartney song, performed by the session musicians, probably best known for their '60s song "The Champ".

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Max Romeo - Wet Dream

Max Romeo - (1975)

Notoriety boss reggae song, due to its lyrics of an explicit sexual nature.

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Greyhound - Black and White

Greyhound - (1971)

UK Top-10 hit from the reggae band formerly known as The Rudies.

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Winston Groovy - No One Day Love

Winston Groovy - (1977)

Jamaican reggae singer who relocated to the UK, probably best known for his song "Please Don't Make Me Cry".

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Greyhound - I Am What I Am

Greyhound - (1972)

The British reggae band's third single release, peaking at #20 in the UK charts.

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Bruce Ruffin - One Big Happy Family

Bruce Ruffin - (1971)

Clean UK pressing of early '70s rocksteady reggae song.

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Syramip - Skinhead Moon Stomp

Syramip - (1969)

The song based on the Derrick Morgan song "Moon Hop".

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Horace Andy - Lonely Woman

Horace Andy - (1974)

Derrick Harriott produced '70s rocksteady rarity in EX+/EX+ condition.

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Al Cook - Frankie and Johnny

Al Cook - (1974)

Reggae cover version of Sam Cook song, in stunning EX+ condition.

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Tropic Sunlight - Labour Day

Tropic Sunlight - (1974)

Mid '70s rocksteady reggae written and produced by D.C. Anderson.

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Derrick & Hortenese

Derrick & Hortenese - (1974)

Bunnie Lee produced mid '70s rocksteady.

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Boy Wonder - All On the House

Boy Wonder - (1974)

EX+ UK (ATT. 8068) mid '70s rocksteady reggae.

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Sambo Jim - Natty Dread

Sambo Jim - (1974)

Double sided roots reggae covers of Bob Marley songs in EX+ condition, performed by The Cimarons under a psudenumn.

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The Lunatics - Telstar

The Lunatics - (1974)

Rocksteady reggae instrumental cover version of Joe Meek '60s classic.

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The Cats - William Tell

The Cats - (1969)

The Mile End, London, ska ensemble's 4th single release, (uncharted), in EX+ condition.

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Lloyd Charmers - Life Is Just For Living

Lloyd Charmers - (1974)

Jamaican born reggae singer, keyboard player and record producer.

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Leo Simpson - Black Oppressor

Leo Simpson - (1974)

Mid '70s rocksteady written, performed and produced by Leo Simpson.

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Martin Reilly - Lord Pity Us All

Martin Reilly - (1973)

Mike Berry and Tony Ashfield produced rocksteady reggae, in it's original company birth paper sleeve.

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Jackie Robinson - Homely Girl

Jackie Robinson - (1974)

Solo recording after joining and becoming lead singer of The Pioneers in 1967.

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Desmond Dekker - Busted Lad

Desmond Dekker - (1974)

Release from mid '70s rocksteady reggae period.

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Greyhound - Floating

Greyhound - (1972)

One of the later releases, (uncharted), from the British reggae band formerly known as The Rudies.

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Bob Andy - Green Green Valley

Bob Andy - (1971)

Early '70s rocksteady vocalist and songwriter, widely regarded as one of reggae's most influential songwriters.

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Lorna Bennett - Run Johnny

Lorna Bennett - (1976)

Jamaican female soloist, probably best known for her reggae cover version of "Breakfast In Bed".

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Zap Pow - Wild Honey

Zap Pow - (1976)

Jamaican reggae band led by singer Beres Hammond.

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