Thursday, February 28, 2019

Record Store Day 2019 (USA): Ska and Reggae Releases from Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Pietasters, The Specials w/Saffiyah Khan and Amy Winehouse, Joe Strummer, and more!

Lent is almost here, which means that Record Store Day isn't far behind it (for the record, it falls on April 13, 2019)!

The list of 2019 RSD releases has been unveiled and we've sorted through it all to highlight some of the key ska and reggae records that you might want to keep your eye out for that day.

Of particular note, The Specials are participating in RSD again this year with a double A sided 7" consisting of "10 Commandments" featuring Saffiyah Khan from their new album Encore backed with a live version of "You're Wondering Now" featuring the late Amy Winehouse (which has been floating around as a boot since 2009).

Here are several of the US RSD 2019 ska and reggae releases of interest:

Desmond Dekker Pretty Africa LP (Trojan)
Dillinger CB200 LP (Get on Down)
Heptones Swing Low LP + 12" (Burning Sound)
Lee "Scratch" Perry Back to the Ark 4 x LP (Upsetter Records)
Lee "Scratch" Perry Rootz Reggae Dub 2 x LP (Megawave)
The Pietasters Willis LP (Epitaph/Slugtone)
Roots Radics Dub the Planet LP (Soundsystem)
Roots Radics 12 Inches of Dub LP (VP Records/17 North Parade)
The Skatalites Greetings From Skamania LP (Jump Up/Shanachie)
The Specials "10 Commandments" featuring Saffiyah Khan b/w "You're Wondering Now" featuring Amy Winehouse 7" (Island)
Joe Strummer The Rockfield Studio Tracks ("Forbidden City (Demo)" b/w "The Cool Impossible") 12" (Ignition)
V/A Roots from the Yard 7" box set (VP Records/17 North Parade)
V/A Studio One Showcase 7" box set (Soul Jazz)

Happy hunting!

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