The Album

Universal Music Group / King Size Records
Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters
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The Album

The Bluebeaters landmark debut album from 1999 receives a first-ever vinyl release. Featuring band’s hits like Cher’s “Believe” or Black’s “Wonderful Life” all cooked in a strictly mid 60s Jamaican Blue Beat & Rock Steady style. Gatefold 2LP clear vinyl with printed inserts, limited to 500 copies, instant collector’s item

Record Kicks in collaboration with Universal Music Italy presents the release of The Bluebeaters seminal debut LP “The Album” for the first time ever on wax on a limited edition clear vinyl double LP on March 31. Way before the vinyl comeback of the 2010s, “The Album” was released in 1999 on CD and on two limited edition promo 12”s that are now very in-demand in the scene on V2 Records. “The Album” marked a generation of Soul, Rock Steady and Reggae fans in Italy selling over 40.000 physical copies and now 24 years after its original release, it gets published on full vinyl.

Fronted by “The King” Giuliano Palma on vocals backed with members of cult Italian bands of the 90s such as “Casino Royale”, “Africa Unite” and “Fratelli di Soledad”, The Bluebeaters’ analog recordings finally find the vinyl format they deserve. On the album’s track list you can find Jamaican music classics such as “World’s Fair” from the Skatalites, Joe Higgs’ “There’s a Reward” or Bob Marley’s “Coming In From The Cold” mixed with hits such as Cher’s “Believe”, Black’s “Wonderful Life” or even 1978 “See You Tonite” by Gene Simmons from The Kiss that perfectly sound as if they were recorded by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at Studio1 in Kingston in 1966.

The Bluebeaters are not newcomers on Record Kicks, the Milan label released their “Everybody Knows” album in 2015. Top Italian musicians in love with vintage Jamaican ska and reggae and blessed by Ken Booth, during the last 25 years of their career they headlined festivals like Rototom Sunsplash and International Ska Fest in London. Among their fans, they count the likes of Gaz Mayall, David Rodigan and the legendary late lamented Lloyd Knibb (The Skatalites).

The reissue of The BB’s “The Album” is part of Record Kicks’ 2023 initiatives to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Side by side with similar imprints like Daptone, Big Crown, Colemine or Timmion Records, under its motto “The explosive sound from Today’s scene”, Milan-based record label and music publishing Record Kicks, has been pitching the contemporary funk & soul scene since 2003. With over 250 physical releases under the belt, the label has released bands from all over the globe and earned support of VIP fans such as rap superstars Jay-Z, Tyler The Creator and Dr. Dre, who sampled the label’s catalogue.


A1.   See You Tonite.   3:09
A2.   Believe.   4:27
A3.   How Many Times.   2:48
A4.   I Don't Know Why I Love You (But I Do).   3:40
A5.   Stop Making Love.   3:49

B1.   I Don't Want To See You Cry.   3:34
B2.   Wonderful Life.   4:56
B3.   World's Fair.   3:11
B4.   Coming In From The Cold.   4:36

C1.   Gimme A Little Sign.   3:44
C2.   Tell Me Now.   4:21
C3.   Let Him Try.   3:22
C4.   Desperate Lover.   3:47
C5.   There's A Reward.   3:22

D2.   A Shot In The Dark.   3:55
D3.   Never Never Never.   4:34
D4.   Domani.   3:46
D5.   Che Cosa C'è.   3:46


Clear vinyl.
Gatefold sleeve.
Edition of 500 copies.
Printed insert of sides A&B contain liner notes, printed insert of sides C&D contain band members' memories.
Tracks D4 and D5 are unreleased studio sessions performed and recorded with Gino Paoli.

Giuliano “The King" Palma
The Prince Melody
Ferdi "Bombodrummer"
The Angelo Parpaglione
Cato Senatore
Zorro Silvestri
Gigi de Gasperi
Ricky Gibertini