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Monkey Business (The Definitive Skinhead Reggae Collection)

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: Trojan Records


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Originally released by Trojan Records as a one-disc vinyl album in 1980, the hugely popular ‘Monkey Business’ became the entry point for a new generation looking to find out more about the sounds that inspired 2Tone and the ska revival. Its reissue as a 2CD set in 2016 repeated the success, living up to its strapline as ‘the definitive skinhead reggae compilation’.

Unavailable as a long player for almost 4 decades, the original LP has at last been rebranded and remastered with the track-listing bolstered by seven bonus tracks from the ‘boss reggae era’ of the late Sixties and early Seventies.

Released to mark the 50 years of ‘the Spirit of 69’, this instant collector’s item is pressed on the highest quality vinyl and spread over two 12” discs to ensure maximum audio fidelity, and it’s presented in a stylish gatefold sleeve, which is annotated by top skinhead reggae DJ Toast, ensuring the album looks a good at it sounds.


A-1.   The Untouchables - Tighten Up - 
A-2.   Clancy Eccles - Fatty Fatty - 
A-3.   The Maytals - 54 - 46 Was My Number - 
A-4.   Desmond Dekker & The Aces - 007 (Shanty Town) - 
A-5.   The Harry J All Stars - Liquidator - 
A-6.   King Stitt - Fire Corner - 
A-7.   Dave & Ansel Collins - Double Barrel - 

B-1.   Lloydie & The Lowbites - Birth Control - 
B-2.   King Stitt & Andy Capp - Herbsman - 
B-3.   Boris Gardiner & The Love People - Elizabethan Reggae (AKA Elizabethan Serenade) - 
B-4.   The Upsetters - Return Of Django - 
B-5.   Dave & Ansel Collins - Monkey Spanner - 
B-6.   Bob & Marcia - (To Be) Young Gifted And Black - 
B-7.   The Pioneers - Long Shot Kick De Bucket - 

C-1.   The Maytals - Monkey Man - 
C-2.   The Upsetters - Dollar In The Teeth - 
C-3.   Nora Dean - Barbwire - 
C-4.   Dave Barker & The Upsetters - Shocks Of Mighty - 
C-5.   The Soul Mates - Them Laugh And A Kiki - 
C-6.   The Beltones - No More Heartaches - 
C-7.   The Kingstonians - Sufferer - 

D-1.   Max Romeo - Wet Dream - 
D-2.   Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites - 
D-3.   Richard Ace - Hang 'Em High - 
D-4.   Rudy Mills - John Jones - 
D-5.   Dandy - Reggae In Your Jeggae - 
D-6.   Tony Tribe - Red Red Wine - 
D-7.   Symarip - Skinhead Moonstomp