TOP 10 REGGAE REISSUES OF 2017
The annual Vinyl-Only Sound System celebration titled Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk happening Sunday, September 3rd, will include a special musical tribute to the historic Greensleeves reggae label. Guest DJs for the event include Chanter International, The Timeless Sound; Vaughn Allstars and Joseph Demension, Downbeat The Ruler and other surprise guests. “The event celebrates classic Jamaican reggae soundsystem culture, and naturally, tracks from the Greensleeves catalog which have been a prominent part of the event over the years, said Founder and Producer of the event, Cater Van Pelt. “The Greensleeves catalog encompasses some of the best reggae of the early 80s, which is now the cornerstone for much of today’s ‘reggae revival.’”
Founded in 1977 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell, Greensleeves Records went from a record store to a full service record label and publishing company hailed for being the launch pad for the careers of reggae legends Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Shaggy, Mr. Vegas, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and others. The label spawned international success with U.K. based acts Dr. Alimantado, Capital Letters, Tippa Irie, Clint Eastwood & General Saint among others.
To commemorate the 40-year anniversary of its founding, parent company VP Records has staged multiple events during the course of the year. The iconic Times Square venue, BB King’s Blues Club was the site of an anniversary concert on June 21 featuring performances by Addis Pablo, Alborosie and Queen Ifrica. The same day, an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris, France was held for the annual celebration ‘Music Day.’ August 11 was the date of the London celebration at 02 Arena (in affiliation with Jamaica House), performances included Reggae Regulars and Capital Letters.
To support the anniversary events, exclusive editions of Greensleeves classic albums have been released. These include highly praised re-releases of Hugh Mundell “Africa Must Be Free By 1983,” Augustus Pablo “King David’s Melody” and Sylford Walker’s “Lamb’s Bread.” Newly recorded dub releases from Alborosie and King Jammy add to the celebration and legacy of the Greensleeves brand.
“It’s been gratifying to have VP/Greensleeves’ sustained support for Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk since 2013. As always, fans of the event can look forward to surprise guests on September 3rd, as we wrap up another great summer on the boardwalk,” concluded Van Pelt.
Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk
Sunday, September 3rd from 3pm-7pm
Coney Island Boardwalk at West 20th Street.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coneyislandreggae/
On Wednesday June 21, 2017, VP Records and the famous B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square, New York held an epic night of international roots reggae and dub to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of historic U.K. reggae label, Greensleeves Records. Italian born reggae star Alborosie delivered his first New York concert performance, while roots reggae sensation Queen Ifrica headlined with her full band before continuing her U.S. tour to promote her recent #1 album “Climb.” Musician/producer Addis Pablo opened the evenings performances with a selection of songs including a tribute to his late father, dub reggae legend Augustus Pablo, whose work was closely associated with the Greensleeves label internationally. A special sound system presentation from New York favorites, Deadly Dragon Sound kicked off the evening’s activity with music from the extensive Greensleeves catalog in between performances.
The energetic and diverse crowd moved towards the stage when Addis Pablo began a melodica performance of songs ‘Road to Addis’ and ‘Call of the Righteous.’ He also performed a set of his father Augustus Pablo’s hits including the popular ‘Java’, backed by the Positive Vibration band. Shortly after, Alborosie invigorated the venue more with crowd favorites such as ‘Poser’. Before wrapping up his 45-minute set he brought Lady Ann on stage to join him to perform her 1980’s hit song ‘Informer’. Closing the show, Queen Ifrica blew everyone away with ‘Trueversation’ from her latest album “Climb”, in addition to songs ‘Lioness on the Rise’ and ‘Below the Waist’ from previous albums.
Greensleeves Records, founded in 1977, created a legacy of respected reggae artists such as Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man and more. Their work with domestic and international artists helped develop the reggae genre in the U.K. and Europe and set a standard for presenting the music and culture with quality and respect. Greensleeves nurtured the music in Europe from dub plate to download. The label was purchased by VP Records in 2008.
Multiple album projects are scheduled to commemorate the Greensleeves anniversary including; Alborosie “Freedom In Dub,” King Jammy “Waterhouse Dub,” “African Dub Chapter Two” by Joe Gibbs plus classic re-issues from Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo, Keith Hudson, Sylford Walker, Linval Thompson and more. Already released titles include Suns of Dub “Riddimentary – Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves”, 40th anniversary editions of Culture “Two Sevens Clash,” The Congos “Heart of The Congos” and the forty-track “Total Reggae – Greensleeves.”
“The recent concert at BB King is an excellent example of the quality of music that has been put out on Greensleeves over the past 40 years,” said Richard Lue, Director of Business Development at VP Records. “Addis Pablo represented his father’s legacy on Greensleeves, Alborosie represented the labels current roster and Queen Ifrica represented VP Records. Together they put on an amazing show.”
VP Records and B.B. Kings Blues Club present a night of international roots reggae and dub, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the historic U.K. reggae label, Greensleeves Records. On Wednesday, June 21st, the legendary BB King Blues Club in Times Square, New York will host Italian born reggae star Alborosie, in his first New York concert performance. Queen Ifrica, the roots reggae diva will headline with her full band, as she embarks on a U.S. tour to promote her recent #1 album “Climb.” Musician / producer Addis Pablo will perform a tribute to his late father, dub reggae legend Augustus Pablo, whose work was closely associated with the Greensleeves label internationally. A special sound system presentation from New York favorites, Deadly Dragon Sound with Scratch Famous, Jonny Go Figure and Selector JD will kick off the evening’s activity.
Greensleeves Records was founded in 1977 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell. The label is esteemed for developing the talents of legends Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man and more. Their work with domestic and international artists helped develop the reggae genre in the U.K. and Europe and set a standard for presenting the music and culture with quality and respect. Greensleeves nurtured the music in Europe from dub plate to download. The label was purchased by VP Records in 2008.
Multiple album projects are scheduled to commemorate the Greensleeves anniversary including; Suns of Dub “Riddimentary – Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves” on April 28th. Alborosie “Freedom In Dub,” King Jammy “Waterhouse Dub,” plus classic re-issues from Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo, Keith Hudson, Sylford Walker, Linval Thompson and more. Further emphasizing the depth of the combined VP/ Greensleeves vault, the company will release 40th anniversary editions of Culture “Two Sevens Clash,” “African Dub Chapter Two” by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos “Heart of The Congos.” The forty-track “Total Reggae – Greensleeves,” released in May, presents a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics.
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the release of the seminal reggae classic “Two Sevens Clash” by Culture, VP Records will release a deluxe edition of the album on June 9th. The historic album became a cultural phenomenon in 1977, referencing Marcus Garvey’s predictions of chaos occurring on the date 7/7/1977. The song and album are today, among the most influential records in the reggae genre.
Culture, the vocal trio comprising of lead singer Joseph Hill and harmony vocalists Albert Walker and Kenneth Dayes created the ten songs on the record with legendary producer Joe Gibbs. The message and intention in the music was to spread Rastafari’s message of peace, love and global unity. Highlighting the suffering of their ancestors and Garvey’s messages of repatriation in their songs gave the album its raw and classic sound, which helped to define the roots reggae era.
In the new release, liner notes by Don Letts gives the back story of the impact ‘Two Sevens Clash’ had locally and how the song prompted many Jamaican businesses and schools to close on July 7, 1977. The songs, noted as “conscious reggae for conscious people,” included hits such as ‘See Dem A Come’, ‘Natty Dread Taking Over’ and the title track ‘Two Sevens Clash.’
The 2017 VP release, re-mastered by Pete Norman at Final Tweek and executive produced by Christopher Chin, features two discs (on CD and 3 discs on vinyl LP) of remastered tracks. Disc one contains the 10 original songs, while disc two includes extra tracks by The Mighty Two, Shorty the President and Joe Gibbs & The Professionals.
“Two Sevens Clash made an impact on the musical landscape in the late 70s and still resonates forty years later,” said Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records. “We are proud to be associated with this important and timeless album.”