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New releases last eight weeks: Classics/Ska

Classics/Ska vinyl released in the last four weeks
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One Law (warehouse find)
Cat: DSR 477. Rel: 27 Oct 23
One Law (acappella mix) (4:23)
One Law (Jeep mix) (4:23)
 in stock $3.94
Heart No Ace Ga Detekonai
Cat: MHKL 83. Rel: 14 Nov 23
Heart No Ace Ga Detekonai (Ska version) (3:41)
Heart No Ace Ga Detekonai (remix vocal dub - 2023 re-edit) (4:38)
 in stock $18.35
As The Night Moves In (warehouse find)
As The Night Moves In (3:05)
As The Night Moves In (version) (3:32)
 in stock $6.03
Xmas Ska
Xmas Ska (limited 7")
Cat: 7 27322. Rel: 04 Dec 23
Xmas Ska (4:02)
Xmas Horns (4:04)
! low stock $14.68
Save A Bullet (reissue)
Save A Bullet (reissue) (grey marbled vinyl 7" in hand-numbered hand-stamped sleeve limited to 110 copies)
Cat: HPR 70COL. Rel: 16 Oct 23
Save A Bullet (3:35)
Save A Dub (3:32)
 in stock $9.18
Cat: DP 002. Rel: 14 Nov 23
Phyllis Dillon - "Perfidia" (2:45)
Duke Supersonic - "Duchess Dub" (2:45)
Phyllis Dillon - "Love The One You're With" (2:57)
Duke Supersonic - "Love This Dub Mad" (2:57)
 in stock $16.26
Outer Banks (Soundtrack)
Cat: 81354517 LP. Rel: 12 Oct 23
Pogues Theme (5:25)
Royal Merchant (Outer Banks main Theme) (3:35)
Surf's Up (2:12)
 in stock $15.20
Obeah Book
Cat: ROOTS 47. Rel: 30 Nov 23
The Ethiopians - "Obeah Book" (2:56)
Observer - "Back Weh" (3:24)
Review: The Ethiopians were a big part of the 70s roots and reggae scene. Their catalogue has been pillaged here by the always-on-point Belgian label Roots Vibration, and they have come up with their 'Obeah Book' tune for reissue on this 45rpm. It was produced by Niney The Observer and is a deep steady and rolling rhythm that has some nice and playful piano up top, but the icing on the cake is the heartfelt vocals. On the back, Observer goes it alone with 'Back Weh', a nice head-twisting dub.
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 in stock $13.63
Scratch Mi Back (reissue)
Cat: JFR 1275. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Scratch Mi Back (4:22)
Fruity (3:24)
! low stock $14.42
Chi Town Reggae
Chi Town Reggae (limited 7")
Cat: SNDW 7028. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Chi-Town Reggae (3:46)
Hail Jah (3:52)
Review: Blending reggae, disco, soul, funk and roots - comes the reissue of the highly sought-after 7" from 1979 by Gypsy Fari, the first known reggae outfit from Chicago, born in the south side of the city after a chance meeting between St Kitts expat Leroy Webster and local music graduate Kevin Coleman. The pair set out to blur the boundaries of genre with their unique brand of music, spearheaded by Webster's Caribbean roots and fused with the soul and blues of the midwest.On the A-side, 'Chi-Town Reggae' springs out the gate with fast-paced disco-reggae, powered by a relentless rhythm section and Webster's infectious vocal melody. On the flip, 'Hail Jah' is a swaggering, deep roots reggae cut that pays homage to Webster's heritage - which he wrote on the hilltops of the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica.
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 in stock $12.57
Something Blue
Something Blue (limited blue vinyl 7")
Cat: JUMP7HP 2. Rel: 12 Oct 23
Lyin' Eyes (3:13)
See You Again (2:36)
I Will (2:09)
Mama Bird (3:16)
 in stock $11.53
Reggae Discomix Vol 17: Christmas Songbook
Derrick Harriott & The Tamlins & Joy White & Reasons & U-Brown - "Christmas Songbook" (11:27)
The Chariot Riders - "Christmas Songbook" (instrumental dub Style) (11:30)
Tags: Dub Reggae
 in stock $9.97
Reggae Discomix Vol 17: Christmas Songbook
Reggae Discomix Vol 17: Christmas Songbook (12" in hand-stamped sleeve)
Cat: DHVOL 17XMAS. Rel: 31 Oct 23
Derrick Harriott & The Tamlins & Joy White & Reasons & U-Brown - "Christmas Songbook" (11:27)
The Chariot Riders - "Christmas Songbook" (instrumental dub Style) (11:32)
Review: Lifelong reggae fans, vinyl lovers and frequent Juno readers will be familiar with Crystal D's Reggae Disco mix series. It was a 70s thing where artists served up their own unique reggae versions of Christmas classics and now we get volume 17 of the Christmas Songbook. This one comes on 12" in hand-stamped sleeve and the A-side is an 11+ minute collection of tunes from Derrick Harriott & The Tamlins & Joy White & Reasons & U-Brown with natty chords, sleigh bells and choral reggae vocals. What a mix. In authentic reggae fashion, the flip side is a dub of the whole lot by The Chariot Riders.
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Tags: Dub Reggae
 in stock $12.06
Get Up Natty
Cat: DKR 260. Rel: 25 Oct 23
Get Up Natty
Get Up Natty (version)
No Peace
No Peace (version)
Review: Two previously unheard righteous anthems from the sweet-voiced Icho Candy. The A side, 'Get Up Natty' was cut at Channel One in the mid-eighties, with backing by the Gifted Roots Band, and features an instantly recognisable bed of squelchy FX, elastic synth leads and choppy upstrokes, while the flip is an emotive new cut featuring legends from the Firehouse and Channel One production camps on the riddim. It's great to hear Icho still in fine style, delivering a timeless anthem with a positive message. Both sides also include excellent dubwise versions. Another jewel in the constantly expanding Digikiller catalogue!
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Played by: Piers Harrison
 in stock $16.78
She Is My Little Secret
Cat: HPS 0135. Rel: 29 Nov 23
JD Smooth - "She Is My Little Secret" (3:16)
Sly & Robbie - "She Is My Little Secret" (feat Dean Fraser - version) (3:01)
 in stock $14.42
Somebody's Baby
Cat: JR 7019. Rel: 31 Oct 23
Somebody's Baby (2:58)
I'm In The Mood For Love (2:02)
 in stock $17.31
Call Me
Call Me (limited 7")
Cat: AVR 014. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Call Me (3:45)
Take A Look (3:51)
 in stock $14.42
Never Can Tell
Cat: 730783. Rel: 13 Oct 23
Mango Wood - "Never Can Tell" (3:11)
The Moskito Bite - "Down In Mexico" (4:32)
 in stock $12.57
Baby Come Back
Cat: STIX 061. Rel: 27 Nov 23
Baby Come Back (Mato Mellow Reggae mix) (4:16)
Baby Come Back (Mato dub version) (4:16)
Review: Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, presents the second release from its new Mellow Reggae Series project. Launched earlier this year by Mato & Ethel Lindsey, with a stunning cover of the famous 'What You Won't Do For Love' by Bobby Caldwell, the series continues with the same duo, now taking over 'Baby Come Back', the underground AOR/Blue-Eyed-Soul classic from The Player. Like he always does, Mato delivers an outstanding version, delighting us with his matchless skills for dub production. Already matching on Bobby Caldwell's rendition, Ethel Lindsey ensures yet again the perfect vocals over Mato's production.
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Played by: Charles Maurice
 in stock $15.20
Aliens (translucent green vinyl 7")
Cat: FLRS 161. Rel: 03 Nov 23
Aliens (part 1) (4:25)
Aliens (part 2) (3:06)
 in stock $18.61
Where That Love?
Where That Love? (limited 7")
Cat: LQ 151. Rel: 27 Oct 23
Eugene Paul - "Where That Love?" (with Mighty Megatons)
Mighty Megatons - "Mexican Affair"
 in stock $12.57
Jump Up!
Cat: OGR 857. Rel: 14 Nov 23
The Pioneers - "Jump Up!" (3:33)
Prince Deadly - "Jump Dub!" (3:47)
Review: When it comes to digging deep into the vast reserves of dub and reggae the world has amassed since the 60s and 70s, few labels do it with a more knowing and cultured ear than Original Gravity. This time they look to The Pioneers and Prince Deadly for another crucial pair of riddims. There is a ska twist to The Pioneers' original 'Jump Up!' thanks to its bold brass, woody back beats and plucked guitar riffs, all topped off with a loved up vocal. Deadly steps up on the backside to dub things out to perfection.
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 in stock $12.85
Reggae Dynamite Vol 5
The Regulators - "Love Is A Treasure" (2:22)
Woodfield Rd Allstars - "From Mandeville To Sligoville" (2:54)
Junior Dell & The D-Lites - "Second Shot" (2:38)
Woodfield Rd Allstars - "Jump The Gun" (2:38)
 in stock $16.00
Lion Share
Cat: SR 001. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Lion Share (5:56)
Riff Against Crack (5:58)
 in stock $9.97
Anarchy In The UK
Anarchy In The UK (7" + insert)
Cat: PARK 1053. Rel: 23 Oct 23
Anarchy In The UK (3:16)
Longing For Andulusia (4:44)
Review: Inokasira Rangers are known for bringing their own idiosyncratic dub and rootsy take on a whole world of classic source sounds from multiple different genres. Here they look to an iconic tune from The Sex Pistols and completely rework it into a slow and skating digital-dub framework then wire it up with spangled bass, bright metallic chords and re-sing the vocal in snarling fashion. On the flip is the excellent 'Longing For Andulusia' which is a more laid back and traditional dub sound that comes doused in island sun with some epic guitar solos.
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 in stock $14.16
Rude Boy
Cat: MTONE 001. Rel: 30 Oct 23
Rude Boy (3:26)
Koffee (4:01)
Review: Mountone Records wins us over right from the first moment of this, their first release. They feature Jamaican legend Stranger Cole seeing up his buttery vocals with music from The Steadytones on a limited edition rocksteady 7". 'Rude Boy' has superb horns leading the way as the swaggering, ska-infused rhythms carry you away on a hot day and the guitar riffs keep you moving. Flip it over and you'll find the slightly longer 'Koffee'. It's slower and more precise, with a haunting and mystical lead next to more rock-tinged guitar kicks and bolder drum hits. A fine experiment with tried and teased rocksteady tropes.
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 in stock $13.63
More Flaws
Cat: IMP 002. Rel: 15 Oct 23
That Summer (3:21)
Mrs Lovegrove (2:56)
O Pereferico (2:52)
Hazy Recollection (3:25)
 in stock $13.11
What A Botheration (reissue)
Cat: DU 10. Rel: 20 Nov 23
Upsetters - "What A Botheration" (3:01)
The Inspirations - "Stand By Me" (1:47)
Review: Some undeniably classic reggae here on this reissue from Duke. It is a red hot double sider that was originally recorded in 1968 by the one and only dub legend Lee "Scratch" Perry and taken from a solo 7" box set that was assembled a few years ago by the name of People Funny Boy. The A-side What A Botheration' is a rhythm from his legendary band The Upsetters with Perry's typically esoteric vocal style up top. On the flip is The Inspirations with the seriously warm and soul-drenched tune 'Stand By Me' which radiants sun rays and earthy grooves.
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 in stock $9.97
I Love You Too Much
I Love You Too Much (limited 12")
Cat: HBR 047. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Wayne Wade - "I Love You Too Much" (3:46)
Computer Paul - "Version" (3:49)
Review: The Heavy Beat label is almost at the not-so-small milestone of 50 releases. Ahead of that comes a 47th, and this time it is a reissue of a Wayne Wade jam from 1991 that has been reissued a number of times in various formats. The original is a dancehall-tinged sound with those subtle warrior leads and shiny digital synth sounds topped with an old school lover's rock vocal. The flipside version comes from Computer Paul and it slows things down so that sweet bass has more room and space to land and really make a mark.
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 in stock $15.47
You'll Never Need Somebody (reissue)
Cat: MISSYOU 029. Rel: 23 Oct 23
You'll Never Need Somebody (original 1981 mix) (3:34)
You'll Never Need Somebody (Disco 45 mix) (7:36)
You'll Never Need Somebody (4:31)
You'll Dub (Androo Synth mix) (4:37)
You'll Dub (Androo Percussion mix) (4:38)
You'll Dub (Androo Essential mix) (4:38)
Review: Originally put out in 1981, Merlyn Brooks' 'You'll Never Need Somebody' got a superb lovers' rock cover from Janice Walker that oozes with romance and groove. It always soon sells out and now gets reissued again by Miss You with several different versions. The original 1981 mix opens up with its lush harmonies and gentle grooves and then comes a 45 mix and original, with Androo stepping up for three dub versions on the flip. One is synth-heavy, one is all about the percussion and one he bills an Essential mix.
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 in stock $22.01
Money Worries
Money Worries (12" limited to 110 copies)
Cat: CLD 1204. Rel: 23 Oct 23
Ernest Wilson - "Money Worries" (7:40)
Brentford Disco Set - "El Bang Bang" (7:53)
 in stock $41.43
Reggae Now!
Reggae Now! (translucent yellow vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: PPR 237LPB. Rel: 06 Dec 23
Pound For Pound
Say Or Do
Groove Them, Move Them
Hurry Up
Love Me Tonight
Western Taipan
People Win
Help Man
Why You Rat
15 Or 50
Aggro Reggae Party
Shadow Walk
 in stock $22.01
Honey I'm Homely! (reissue)
Honey I'm Homely! (reissue) (gatefold red vinyl LP)
Cat: TT 0251. Rel: 03 Nov 23
Lost Again (3:19)
Will Tomorrow Ever Come (2:39)
All Mine (3:09)
Salted (2:26)
Next To You (2:57)
I Want It All (3:16)
Elvis & Me (2:48)
Whisky & Gin (3:18)
Cold Shower (2:28)
Last Laugh (2:46)
Mr Blue (2:41)
Stand By (2:44)
The Truth About Me (3:29)
Big Mouth (2:21)
Over Again (3:00)
 in stock $34.35
Rock Steady With Dandy (Expanded Edition)
Cat: DB2DPD 131. Rel: 16 Nov 23
Keep Them Fretting
Got You On My Mind
Soul Power
Sock It To Me
People Do Rock Steady Let's Do Rock Steady
Rhythm Of The Rain
Rude With Me
Play It Cool
Turn Your Wheel
My Wonderful One
Turn On Your Lovelight
You're No Hustler (You're A Scuffler)
The Operation
A Little More Ska
The Fight
Do You Know
One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
Maximum Pressure
Rudy A Message To You
Till Death Do Us Part
My Time Now
East Of Suez
Puppet On A String
Have Your Fun
We Are Still Rude
Somewhere My Love
My Kind Of Love
There Is A Mountain
This Music Got Soul
I'm The Mood
That's How Strong My Love Is
Trouble In The Town
Charlie Brown
Ain't That A Shame
Do It Right Now
The Giant March
Sweet Ride
Up The Hill
Tears On My Pillow
Mad Them
I'm Back With A Bang Bang
Jungle Walk
 in stock $16.26
Back To Paradise
Cat: SUNBR 002CD. Rel: 09 Nov 23
Rocking Back To Kingston
Man Next Door
I'll Take You Over Anybody Else
Botheration (feat The Dominoes)
Puppet On A String
Blazing Fire Band Skit
Big Shot (feat Dennis Alcapone)
Stop Waiting For Your Curtain To Fall
Too Bad
You Should Know Me By Now (feat My Dad & Bill Cranstoun)
Wonderful Tonight
Red Light
 in stock $11.01
Sings Rock & Soul
Sings Rock & Soul (limited LP)
Cat: CLDLP 7013. Rel: 06 Nov 23
I'm Just A Guy (3:06)
Let Him Try (2:29)
Ain't That Loving You (2:54)
So Much Love (3:08)
Whiter Shade Of Pale (3:13)
Massachusetts (3:00)
Get Ready (3:15)
I'm Still In Love With You (3:26)
Never Love Again (3:34)
Mad Mad Mad (4:10)
Baby Now That I Found You (3:37)
Why Birds Fly (2:41)
Review: Alton Ellis is known as the Godfather of Rocksteady and has put out several key albums such as Mr Soul Of Jamaica from 1967. The genre innovator has the smoothest of smooth voices and shows that again on Sings Rock & Soul, which is actually heavy on the soul and light on the rock. This limited edition reissue on Studio 1 sounds superb and all of the 12 tracks are gorgeous things with unhurried reggae rhythms and his soaring vocals backed by sympathetic guitar riffs and neat chords.
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 in stock $38.02
Valley Of Decision: The Collection 1973-1974
Cat: LANR 033. Rel: 19 Oct 23
Baby I Love You (2:10)
Cry Not For Me (2:31)
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (2:51)
Why Birds Follow The Spring (2:05)
Love You For More Reason That One (2:29)
Please Leave Me Alone (2:27)
Girl You Can't Be My Wife (2:32)
La La (Means I Love You) (3:04)
You Are Mine (3:35)
The Valley Of Decision (3:52)
I Want You Girl (4:20)
Honey I Love You (2:38)
Review: Jamaican singer-songwriter Alton Nehemiah Ellis OD has been inducted into the International Reggae And World Music Awards Hall Of Fame since 2006 - just two years before his death - which shows how much he contributed to the genre in his heyday. And that was the early 70s, when most of the music on this new album Valley Of Decision: The Collection is taken from. His style was high-impact reggae, often delivered with extra power from superb horn arrangements. For many, he was an important pioneer in the development of what became known as the rocksteady style and as such was known as the Godfather of Rocksteady.
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 in stock $24.91
Screaming At The Top Of My Lungs
Screaming At The Top Of My Lungs (pink vinyl LP + insert limited to 250 copies)
Cat: JUMP 185LP. Rel: 19 Oct 23
One Of My Mistakes
Punching Underwater
He's All Yours (feat Tara Hahn)
How Dare You
Makes Me Want You More
Ashes (feat Aaron Barrett)
Asking For It
The Way We Changed
Hey Little Rich Girl (feat Scott Klopfenstein)
Marry Go Round
Uber Over
 in stock $26.75
Soul Reggae
Soul Reggae (limited translucent orange vinyl LP)
Cat: IMT 0501021. Rel: 14 Nov 23
You Don't Have To Lie
Oh Take Me Girl
My Whole World
Don't Wait Too Long
Somebody Lied
Oh I Miss You
Is This The Right Way?
I'll Never Change
Got To Get Away
Your Love Won't Shine
One Step Ahead
 in stock $57.17
The Father Of Lybian Reggae
Cat: HABIBI 024CD. Rel: 26 Oct 23
Never Understand
Only World (Feat. Suzan)
Tayr Al Salama
Al Hob Wal Salam
Fouhi Ya Nesma
Watany Al Kabir
Tags: African | Dub Reggae | Arabic
 in stock $15.72
The Giver
The Giver (limited green vinyl LP)
Cat: OGIC 21141. Rel: 12 Oct 23
More Than 2 Sides
Measure Of A Man
Now That You Know
The Giver
Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door
Song Of The Underground Railroad
Home Is Where The Hatred Is
Take A Chance On Me
Someone Else's Love Song
Dark Before Dawn
 in stock $31.20
Rub A Dub Soul
Rub A Dub Soul (unmixed CD)
Cat: VPCD 2761. Rel: 19 Oct 23
Pioneers - "You Won't See Me"
Gentleman - "Help"
Pierpoljak - "Michelle" (feat Ala Ni)
Danakil - "Hey Jude"
Patrice - "Let It Be"
Tarrus Riley - "With A Little Help From My Friends"
Nai Jah - "Taxman"
Barry Biggs - "Here Comes The Sun"
Little Roy - "Norwegian Wood"
The Tamlins - "Blackbird"
Qyor - "We Can Work"
Ala Ni - "Strawberry Fields"
Yaniss Qdua - "Revolution"
Dave Eggar - "Eleanor Rigby"
 in stock $12.57
Greatest Hits: The Rare Grooves
Cat: FSRLP 146. Rel: 19 Oct 23
Love Is What You Make It
Turn Out The Light
Close To You
How Could I Let You Get Away
Marley's Gone (Tribute To Bob Marley) (1:17)
Baby I Am Yours (5:12)
Summer Time Blues (5:35)
Living In A World Of Magic (4:48)
Woman I Need Your Loving (5:24)
Run Away Child (5:06)
 in stock $22.82
Daytrippin (gatefold clear vinyl LP (indie exclusive))
Cat: 020286243441. Rel: 07 Nov 23
IRL (3:30)
Can't Look Back (4:12)
Daytrippin (3:02)
Strange (4:58)
California Dreams (3:37)
Last Night (feat Maxi Priest) (3:53)
New Style (5:40)
Remedy (3:49)
The Stream (3:52)
Comedown (feat Claire Wright) (3:50)
 in stock $25.16
Daytrippin (gatefold LP)
Cat: TPRR 10A. Rel: 11 Oct 23
IRL (3:30)
Can't Look Back (4:12)
Daytrippin (3:02)
Strange (4:58)
California Dreams (3:37)
Last Night (feat Maxi Priest) (3:53)
New Style (5:40)
Remedy (3:49)
The Stream (3:52)
Comedown (feat Claire Wright) (3:50)
 in stock $25.44
The New International Sound Of Hedonism
Cat: UXB 013LP. Rel: 23 Nov 23
Rebel Sound (2:54)
Late Night Sonic Insurrection (3:05)
Here Come The Drums (2:57)
Bos En Lommerweg (2:59)
Unconditional Love (3:06)
Put A Boombox On My Grave (3:02)
One Way Ticket Home (2:04)
Thessaloniki (2:55)
Peace & Love (3:01)
Fake Carreras (3:02)
Two Ships Passing (2:50)
Date With A Needle (3:19)
This Could All Go So Horribly Wrong (2:52)
Thank You (4:09)
 in stock $26.22
Lover's Rockin: The Lost Album
Cat: CM 743164CD. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Man In The Street
Dock Of The Bay
Honky Tonk
KC Song
Johnny You Too Bad
Lover's Rocking
Soul Serenade
Only The Strong
 in stock $15.47
Lover's Rockin': The Lost Album
Cat: CM 743164LP. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Suzie (3:30)
Man In The Street (4:30)
Dock Of The Bay (5:00)
Honky Tonk (4:17)
KC Song (4:04)
99 1/2 (4:24)
Johnny You Too Bad (3:59)
Lover's Rockin' (4:23)
Soul Serenade (6:23)
Only The Strong (3:51)
 in stock $24.64
Introducing (limited LP)
Cat: LPV 109. Rel: 26 Oct 23
Ain't No Use (4:39)
Controller (4:31)
In The Air (4:05)
Yes I Do (5:07)
For The Love Of Jane (4:55)
Why Oh Why (4:45)
No Roots (4:47)
Mr Reggae (3:03)
Personify (4:18)
Take It Away (3:32)
 in stock $17.31
Mash! Mr Lee
Cat: JASMCD 2809. Rel: 13 Oct 23
Joy Ride
Damela Cha Cha
Yellow Bird
Cha Cha Medley
Ay Cosita Linda
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Let True Love Begin
Finale Medley
Kissin' Gal
Mash Mr. Lee
Help Me Forget
Over The Rainbow
Joy Ride
River Bank Jump Up
Night Train
Dan Is The Man
Funny How Time Slips Away
Sunjet Jump
East To West
Walk Like A Dragon
Forget Her
I Don't Love You Anymore
Bata Cha Cha Cha
Fiesta Twist
 in stock $9.97
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