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Dillinger vs Trinity - Clash
(Burning Rockers BS-1003 UK-77 VG+ 275:-)

The sounds of Jamaica have brought many things to the world of music, including the inspiration to talk or rap, rather than sing, over music. Originally this was a live feature of the Jamaican dancehall as the DJ/toastmaster livened up the audience with chatty witticisms and ribald observations on life, but soon became popular enough for the nascent deejays to enter the recording studio and lay their moves on wax. Clash albums such as this one became very popular at the tail end of the 1970’s and into the 1980’s with both singers and deejays competing against each other track by track.

Original UK pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+.
Harriott, Derrick - Greatest Reggae Hits
(Trojan TRLS 116 UK-75 VG+ 275:-)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, reggae singer/producer Derrick Harriott began as a member of the Jiving Juniors (from 1958 through 1962) before embarking on his own solo career, in addition to producing other artists. Harriott tended to rework old R&B love songs as reggae tunes, but his best-known song, "The Loser," was an original composition.

Original UK pressing.
Madness - Mistakes
(Centrifugal 12CENT-05 US-80 VG+ 500:-)

Madness have always been about fun -- for themselves and for their audience -- earning the title "The Nutty Boys" early in their career. Their upbeat, humorous sound helped revitalize Ska in the late 1970s and early '80s.

This 2LP set was recorded 4 February 1980 At The Paradise Ballroom, Boston, Massachusettes USA.
Tradition - Alternative Routes
(RCA Victor PL-25186 UK-78 VG+ 300:-)

Tradition formed in Brent, North West London in 1976, initially as Special Brew. In 1977 the band signed to Venture Records, and released early singles including "Moving On", "Rastafari", and "Summertime". They were also one of the headline acts on the Anti-Nazi League's 'Rock Against Racism' tour.

Original UK pressing: both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+.