As vinyl continues to enjoy a revival, its encouraging to see that its popularity is now spreading across all genres of music…
Greensleeves Records began in modest circumstances as a record shop in West Ealing, London, back in November 1975. A move to Shepherds Bush in 1977 saw the foundation of the thriving record label that is now based just west of London in Isleworth, Middlesex.
By 1980 the record shop had become largely a sideline to the record label: the first few albums included work by Augustus Pablo (the acclaimed Original Rockers album) and Barrington Levy, both of whom still appear on the label.
The mid-eighties were a particularly strong time for the label: it’s hard to name a reggae star of the era who wasn’t associated with the label. Among best-remembered highlights of the era are several albums from Eek-A-Mouse (including the classic Wa Do Dem), 10 albums from Yellowman (including his most famous, Zungguzungguguzungguzeng), Josey Wales’ The Outlaw Josey Wales, Johnny Osbourne’s Water Pumping, Junior Reid’s debut Boom Shack A Lack, and Frankie Paul’s early success Pass The Tu-Sheng-Peng.
Greensleeves have now begun a massive vinyl reissue program, the first stage see a total of nineteen albums pressed including releases from Eek-A-Mouse, Black Uhuru, Yellowman, Clint Eastwood And General Saint, and Prince Jammy many of which have been out of print for many years and can command high prices on eBay etc – all the reissues come in a remastered format featuring original cover art. Pre-orders are being taken now.