VP Records will unleash four vinyl selections for Record Store Day 2013 – a recently complied selection of Barrington Levy classics from 1979 – 1984 entitled Sweet Reggae Music, two reissues of rare dub sessions including Winston Edwards’ Natty Locks Dub and King Tubby & Lee Scratch Perry’s King Tubby Meets The Upsetter At The Grass Roots Of Dub and a picture disc single for Little John’s Clarks Booty (dye cut in the shape of a Clarks desert boot). These vinyl collectables are set to release for Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20, 2013 issued under the VP Records vintage imprint 17 North Parade and the historic Greensleeves label.
LITTLE JOHN’S CLARKS BOOTY
(Custom Shaped 10” Disc of Clarks Original Desert Boot Shoe)
Clarks Originals is an official partner of Record Store Day this year. Since the iconic British footwear brand has been a staple in Jamaican fashion for over 30 years, Greensleeves Records will pay homage with a special limited edition vinyl pressing, entitled Clarks Booty.
In recent years, dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel catapulted the shoe’s demand to new heights with his 2010 international hit “Clarks,” and the critically acclaimed coffee-table book Clarks in Jamaica by Al Fingers followed in 2012. To expand on Jamaica’s long standing love affair with the brand, Greensleeves created a Clarks Desert Boot shaped disc featuring two certified classics from the 1980s dedicated to the island’s shoe of choice. Side A unveils Little John’s 1985 anthem “Clarks Booty” recorded over the popular Father Jungle Rock rhythm by legendary producer King Jammy, while Side B features Scorcher’s “Put On Me Clarks” produced by Junjo Lawes and mixed by Roots Radics. Just like Clarks, these timeless tunes will never go out of style.
Little John – Clarks Booty
Scorcher – Put On Me Clarks
BARRINGTON LEVY’S REGGAE ANTHOLOGY: SWEET REGGAE MUSIC (1979-84)
For the very first time on vinyl, 17 North Parade carefully selects 10 of Barrington’s most sought after sound system favorites off his full length 40-track album Reggae Anthology: Sweet Reggae Music (1979-84), which was released digitally and on compact disc this past December.
Filled with certified classics from beginning to end, this LP covers the early years of Barrington Levy’s astonishing career in chronological order. This timeless musical selection gives an in-depth look of the living legend’s journey throughout this crucial period when he was proclaimed the “undisputed lord of dancehall” and earned the Best Vocalist Award at the 1984 UK Reggae Awards.
Whom Shall I Be Afraid Of
Mary Long Tongue
21 Girl Salute
Praise His Name
Pon Your Toe
Here I Come
WINSTON EDWARDS’ NATTY LOCKS DUB REISSUE
Unavailable since its original 1974 release, VP Records will reissue a limited edition of the Jamaican-born, UK-based reggae aficionado Winston Edwards’ Natty Locks Dub. Recorded in Kingston at Lee Perry’s Black Ark Studios and at his cousin Joe Gibbs’ state of the art recording complex on Retirement Crescent, this monumental dub collection was Winston Edwards’ debut LP as a producer. The instrumental set boasts jazzy soft flutes and easy skanking horns with a minimal effect and subtle bass. It is still considered to be one of the holy grails of dub until this day.
1. Natty Dub
2. Big Daddy Amin
3. Jah Shakin Dub
4. Soul Fire Dub
5. Macka Bee
6. Herbman Style From The Ghetto
7. Jah Macka Dub
8. Well Charge
9. Gun Court In Red
10. Lover Dub
KING TUBBY & LEE SCRATCH PERRY’S REISSUE
KING TUBBY MEETS THE UPSETTER AT THE GRASS ROOTS OF DUB
Originally released in 1975, King Tubby Meets The Upsetter At The Grass Roots Of Dub brought together two of the most influential mixing engineers at the time and helped establish dub music to an audience beyond sound system followers. Rightfully acknowledged as the dub clash of the century, Lee Scratch Perry and King Tubby went head to head in this classic horn soaked dub conference – bringing their own original flavor to one side of the record.
For the first time since in over a decade, Greensleeves Records will unleash this ultimate dub clash on vinyl and allow fans to rediscover why it was the bestselling reggae album in 1975.
1. King Tubby – Blood Africa
2. King Tubby – African Roots
3. King Tubby – Rain Roots
4. King Tubby – Wood Roots
5. King Tubby – Luke Lane Rock
6. Lee Perry – People From The Grass Roots
7. Lee Perry – Crime Wave
8. Lee Perry – No Justice for the Poor
9. Lee Perry – 300 Years at the Grass Roots
10. Lee Perry – King Tubby & The Upsetter At Spanish Town