Greensleeves – the legendary reggae label begins vinyl reissue series…

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.

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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