2020 mostly sucked for the music industry. The global pandemic and subsequent precautionary restrictions around international travel, live events and the hospitality and retail sectors impacted majorly on many people. Despite these setbacks, the market for new vinyl records and reissues of vintage recordings has been remarkably resilient.

As a selector, my focus in recent years has been on vintage reggae and especially the 7-inch single format. I won’t go into why I’m so crazy about collecting and playing 45s, just know that it is still a popular thing in the reggae community.

Vintage reggae reissues are a boon for collectors like myself as a great way to acquire rare tunes that are now both extremely scarce and expensive. Here I present my pick of those that were just reissued in 2020. Of these, one has never appeared on a 7-inch before now, and three of these titles were originally issued only on Jamaican blank-label pre-release, so are consequently almost impossible to find in the wild.

There is further good news for those who prefer to consume music digitally – most of these record companies have now set up bandcamp pages, so even if you dig this amazing old music but don’t need to own it on vinyl, you can still purchase many of these tunes as files and at a fraction of the price.

An old-time selector might say, “They simply don’t make music like this anymore”, and that folks is exactly the point here. Although the music itself may have been recorded in Jamaica some forty or fifty years ago, we can all now enjoy freshly minted, brand-new copies. What a time to be alive!

Winston Harris – Reggae A Go Go

(Studio One/Yep Roc US reissue of 1968 Coxsone UK)

Reggae A Go Go on YouTube

Winston Jarrett – Wreck Up A Pagan Heart

(Studio One/Yep Roc US reissue of 1969 Coxsone UK)

Wreck Up A Pagan Heart on YouTube

Sound Dimension – Walk Don’t Run

(Studio One/Yep Roc US reissue of 1969 Studio One blank JA)

Walk Don’t Run on YouTube

The Kingstonians – Hold Down

(Harlem Shuffle UK reissue of 1969 Move & Groove JA)

Hold Down on YouTube

The Conscious Minds – Something New

(Soul Beat/Ohm Records US reissue of 1970 Links blank JA)

Something New on YouTube

Freddie McKay – Bring Back The Good Old Days

(Typhoon/Common Ground International UK reissue of GG’s blank JA)

Bring Back The Good Old Days on YouTube

The Wailers – Satisfy My Soul Jah Jah

(Impact/Only Roots FR reissue of 1972 Tuff Gong JA)

Satisfy My Soul Jah Jah on YouTube

African Brothers – Righteous Kingdom

(Ital Lion/Deep Roots FR reissue of 1975 Micron Music JA)

Righteous Kingdom on YouTube

The Chosen Few – Collie Stuff

(Rock A Shacka JP reissue of 1975 Groovemaster JA)

Collie Stuff on YouTube

Dub Cut to Chosen Few on YouTube

Carl Bert & The Cimarons – Slipping Into Darkness

(Summertime/Hornin’ Sounds FR reissue of 1975 Orchid JA)

Slipping Into Darkness on YouTube

Wayne Jarrett – Love In A Mi Heart

(Jah Guidance/VP US reissue of 1980 Junjo Lawes Production)

Love In A Mi Heart on YouTube

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