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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Rare & Unreleased Augustus Pablo album "Born To Dub You" is finally here!

Augustus Pablo's "Born To Dub You"

Release Dates: UK 8/4/14 - Germany - 8/8/14 - France 8/25/14
Catalog #: VPRL2498


Rare and unreleased Augustus Pablo from the vaults of Gussie Clarke. Includes full 12" versions of the mind-bending 'No Entry' and 'Classical Illusion' (complete with King Jammy dub). Also included is the rare JA 45 take, two unreleased Skylarking shock-outs  and impossible to find 45's like 'Believe A Dub'. This is classic Augustus Pablo - Are you ready to be Dubbed?
- Digital & Vinyl Only -

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

#1 BUDGET REGGAE SERIES IS BACK! TOTAL REGGAE "ONE DROP" OUT NOW!


Various Artists “TOTAL REGGAE ONE DROP”
Release Dates: UK & FR: July 21// GAS & RoE:July 25
Catalog #: VPCD2483



Total Reggae: One Drop is the latest in VP's now firmly established bargain price series! This double cd set rounds up 40 of the most essential One Drop reggae anthems including massive underground hits from Alborosie, Gyptian, Tarrus Riley, Gentleman, Sizzla, Fantan Mojah, Jah Cure plus many more! These are the artists who have kept the roots reggae flame burning and for reggae fans around the globe these authentic vibes are the real sound of Jamaica.





TOTAL REGGAE SUMMER VIBES IS YOUR ESSENTIAL SUMMER SOUNDTRACK! OUT NOW!


Various Artists “TOTAL REGGAE SUMMER VIBES”
Release Dates: UK & FR: July 21// GAS & RoE:July 25
Catalog #: VPCD2484

Total Reggae: Summer Vibes, its the essential Summer soundtrack! This next set in VP's now established bargain price double CD is packed with 40 proved and tested Summer Vibes! Packed with Summer Hit songs 'The Tide Is High', 'Oh Carolina', 'Mr Lover Man’ and more as well as Reggae Superstars Shaggy, Gregory Isaacs, John Holt! The album also includes Carl Malcolm 'Fattie Bum Bum' as featured recently on Paddy Power TV advertising campaign plus Sister Nancy 'Bam Bam' as featured in the brand new Reebok TV ad campaign


Legendary producer Gussie Clarke new album "Gussie Presents The Right Tracks" out now!


GUSSIE PRESENTING THE RIGHT TRACKS
Release Dates: UK: July 21 // GAS & RoE:July 25 // FR: Aug 25
Catalog #: VPGSCD2478 / VPRL2479 / VP2500





VP Records' vintage imprint 17 North Parade opens its vaults to present a crucial reissue from one of the most influential Jamaican producers Gussie Clarke, who has consistently churned out hits since the 1970s until today. Gussie Presenting The Right Tracks, which was originally released in 1976, captures Clarke's early work during a definitive era for reggae.



17 North Parade will reissue the original vinyl LP in its entirety with previously unreleased Gussie productions for the first time on CD. The newly-compiled double disc set will contain all re-mastered tracks and deluxe packaging with extensive liner notes and the original LP artwork. Originally recorded and mixed inside Kingston's legendary Channel One studio and King Tubby's Tubby studio, this collection includes Gussie's work with a true parade of Jamaican greats, including Horace Andy, Leroy Sibbles of The Heptones, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Delroy Wilson, Augustus Pablo, Leroy Smart and Jacob Miller. In addition to this release, there will be a vinyl companion piece (carrying the same name) of 11 essential tracks from the CD version available the same day.



In the early 70s, Gussie's breakthrough success with deejay-style vocalists like Big Youth and I Roy put him at the forefront of the new rebel sound because he was able to blend this style with more instrumental records, often featuring the talents of Augustus Pablo, Old Boys Inc., The Simplicity People or The Society Squad.



In an excerpt from the set's liner notes, Gussie Clarke explains his thought process during at the time. “There’s no ‘how it comes about’ with these names. I’m that kind of person who’s always thinking outside the box. There wasn’t any logic to it! It’s just a love for the difference and the uniqueness of things. Everybody had a sound and a style and I’d switch the musicians round to get a different vibe and a different feel.”



"I had the songs and in those days compilations were a good idea. I said ‘why not?’ and ‘The Right Tracks’ is appropriate now because they are the right tracks,” he adds.



The Right Tracks series is the first installment of many Gussie Glarke collections that will drop this year. He will also unleash a reissue of his vinyl LP production from Augustus Pablo “Born To Dub You” (Aug 25) and his 2CD/DVD Reggae Anthology Music Works box set slated for Fall 2014.



17 North Parade will also unleash a a 2CD/DVD Reggae Anthology for Gussie Clarke's Music Works label slated for Autumn 2014.

Monday, 14 July 2014

"Reggae Loves Africa" compilation is out now!


Various Artists “Reggae Loves Africa”
Release Dates: UK: July 14 // GAS & RoEJuly 20 // 
FR: Aug 25
Catalog #: VPCD2475


Celebrating the kinship and inspiration that Africa has provided to reggae music, some of the genre’s greatest voices are gathered on Reggae Loves Africa to pay tribute. Themes of liberation and repatriation are at the heart of reggae music. The rhythms of Africa are at reggae’s deepest roots. Africa’s history and its modern day struggles have served as subject matter on some of reggae’s most memorable songs. Favourites from the VP/ Greensleeves catalogue are presented here including Beres Hammond & Freddie McGregor for all people of the diaspora; conscious reggae with a message of uplift and hope.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends

SPECIALIST PRESENTS ALBOROSIE & FRIENDS
Release Dates: UK: June 23rd // GAS & RoE:June 27th // FR: June 30th
Catalog #: VPGSCD701


Alborosie is an artist to watch in 2014; with multiple projects as a singer, songwriter, producer & dub master hitting the market, his
name and his stock are growing. Among the offerings is this double CD of combination tracks recorded over the past 5 years & three
albums. The tracks feature a range of roots reggae & dancehall artists including; Black Uhuru’s Mykal Rose, Horace Andy, Kymani
Marley, Busy Signal, Etana, Sizzla and Gentleman who, is featured in the 2014 documentary film Journey To Jah with Alborosie.  

Monday, 16 June 2014

The NEW album from Reggae legend Maxi Priest "Easy To Love" is out now!

MAXI PRIEST “Easy To Love”

Release Dates: UK: June 16 // GAS & RoE:June 20 // FR: June 30

Catalog #: VPCD1978





UK Reggae Superstar Maxi Priest is back with his first new studio album in almost a decade titled Easy To Love”. 11 new songs taking him back to the foundation and highlighting Maxi’s earliest musical influences; roots reggae and lover’s rock. The album features Reggae music luminaries Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden, Clive Hunt and  labelmate Beres Hammond on the R&B flavored ‘Without A Woman. The songwriting and production also feature some of the genre’s best talents including; Colin ‘Bulby’ York, Handel Tucker (a producer on the hit “Close To You”) and Donovan Germain. “Easy To Love” is an eagerly awaited album from one of the genre’s most familiar and much loved voices. “Easy To Love” from Maxi Priest features the hits “Easy To Love”, “Every Little Thing”; “Holiday” and the new single which is a remake of John Mayer hit “Gravity”. The album also features a cover of the John McLean classic If I Gave My Heart”.

On Friday June 20th Reggae Superstar Maxi Priest will be hosting a live chat with his fans via VP Records Official BBM Channel. Fans will be able to speak directly with Maxi at 4pm GMT / 5pm CET / 11am EST about his new album “Easy To Love” his career and more. To speak with Maxi download the BBM app on your BlackBerry; Apple or Android device and in the BBM Channel feature on the app add the VP Records BBM Channel using this PIN: C0003E8B3

Maxi will also be at HMV Manchester for an exclusive in store signing on June 18th at 530pm!!! And performing LIVE at the world famous Glastonbury Festival headlining the Gully Outernational stage on Friday June 27th!!!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Soca Gold 2014 out now!

SOCA GOLD 2014
Release Dates: UK: MAY 26TH // GAS & RoE (EX FR): MAY 30TH // 
Catalog #: VPGS2490

Soca Gold 2014 presents 18 of the BIGGEST songs from carnival season including Bunji Garlin’s “Carnival Tabanca”; Fay-Ann Lyons “Done D Party”; “Big People Party” by Farmer Nappy & “Come Out To Play” by Benjai. Soca Gold 2014 includes a Bonus DVD features exclusive footage from Trinidad &Tobago Carnival including music videos, live performances and behind the scenes footage from the wildest street party of the year!


SOCA GOLD 2014  – Track Listing

1.         Carnival Tabanca – Bunji Garlin
2.         Big People Party – Farmer Nappy
3.         BTW (Behaving The Worst) – Skinny Fabulous
4.         Come Out To Play – Benjai
5.         Monster Winer – Kerwin Du Bois & Lil Rick
6.         To Meh Heart – 5 Start Akil
7.         Bread – Ravi B
8.         Run Away (Remix) – Ki & Olatunji
9.         Need Ah Riddim – Biggie Irie
10.        Done D Party – Fay-Ann Lyons
11.        Somebody – Patrice Roberts
12.        Bad Influence – Sass featuring Nadia Batson
13.        Last Man Standing – Edwin Yearwood
14.        Fete Everyday – Problem Child
15.        Shake Dat – Sass featuring Jojo
16.        Addiction – Farmer Nappy featuring Imani
17.        Jab Jab Nation – Tallpree
18.        Tun Tun – Ricardo Drue 


Check out the video to Bunji Garlin's "Carnival Tabanca" the lead track from Soca Gold 2014http://bit.ly/1suqBm9

Also take a look at this video of Bunji breaking down meaning of his hit song "Carnival Tabanca" http://bit.ly/1njxeZK

Peep our video playllist for Soca Gold 2014 featuring tracks from the LP: http://bit.ly/1l7xt5H


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