Golden Gems

is a imprint dedicated to the reissue of rare gems and unknown thrillers from the golden age of reggae as well as other music styles, all deeply researched and fully licensed


Straight from King Jammy, the godfather of digital reggae! Cocoa Tea’sGirl Go Home’ is an unusual love song about a girl ‘too young to be my lover’, that eventually gave birth to one of the most known dubplate specials in the clash circuit, as championed by David Rodigan. This one nice up any digital, dancehall and roots music session!


CAT: GGRS010
A 1: COCOA TEA – GIRL GO HOME
A II : KING JAMMY – DUB
B 1: COCOA TEA – DUBPLATE MIX
B II : KING JAMMY – VERSION

Produced and Mixed by King Jammy


A massive tunes, on the Tonight Riddim and originally released in 1987, a crucial year for digital reggae due to the frequent use of minor chords, as serious collectors will know. Eccleton Jarrett’s invitation to ‘Turn on the Heat’ is a timeless call to the selector to raise the temperature of the dancehall session with music and sound. The tune is presented on a 4 tracks 12’’ including original and unreleased dubplate mixes from Jammy’s studio.


CAT: GGRS009
A 1: ECCLETON JARRETT – TURN ON THE HEAT
A II : KING JAMMY – DUB
B 1: ECCLETON JARRETT – DUBPLATE MIX
B II : KING JAMMY – VERSION

Produced and Mixed by King Jammy


The amazing ‘Jah Jah Loving‘ is a more contemporary production showcasing Mike Brooks’ longstanding talent and associations with the cream of Jamaican musicians. The riddim, arranged and built by Flabba Holt in the early 2000s, relicks Delroy Wilson’s 1967 cut of The TemptationsGet Ready’. Mike Brooks’ inspired Rasta lyrics float over an uptempo reggae beat which driving horns skank remain faithful
to the original Studio One cut.


CAT: GGRS008
A: MIKE BROOKS – JAH JAH LOVING
B: DUB

Produced by Mike Brooks


Recorded early in 1976, apparently ‘Born Free’ was never released in Jamaica, but went straight to the UK market as a 7’’ on the obscure ‘Boss’ label, and reissued as an Attack 12’’ few years later. While production details are somehow puzzling, with British sound operator Fatman sometimes credited among the producers and the riddim re-surfacing within Yabby You’s catalogue, what remains undisputed is the King Tubby’s studio stamp on the mix, emphasised by the raw cymbals on the B side. Michael Rose’s incredibly inspired voice floats over a stripped down roots rhythm singing timeless lyrics of freedom that will inspire Black Uhuru’s hits Willow Tree and Peace and Love in the Ghetto.


CAT: GGRS007
A: MIKE BROOKS – NO WAR OVER WOMAN
B: KING TUBBY – DUB

Produced by Mike Brooks
Mixed by King Tubby


We are happy to unveil a new collaboration with prolific Jamaican singer and producer Mike Brooks. Born in the Westmoreland parish in the early 1950s, Mike Brooks’ journey in music kicked off around the legendary Channel One studio where he was involved with Lloyd Park’s Skin Flesh and Bones band for some time, before devoting himself to singing and producing, mainly through his own ‘Teams’ label.
Released in the UK as part of Brooks’ ‘One Love’ album in the early 1980s, ‘No War Over Woman’ was originally recorded at Channel One around 1975, with musicians apparently including Sly & Robbie rhythm section, Ansel Collins on keys and Deadly Headley on saxophone, and mixed at King Tubby’s. It is arguably the first time it gets issued as a 7’’ single including a version on the flip side. Extra tip: roots fans will recognise the riddim from Knowledge’s monumental ‘Stumbing Block’, which appeared on the Tamoki Wambesi label.


CAT: GGRS006
A: MICHAEL ROSE – BORN FREE
B: PRINCE JAMMY – DUB

Produced and Mixed by King Jammy


Grammy-winning outfit Black Uhuru is one of the most known and beloved reggae bands of all times. The group was formed in 1972 in Waterhouse, Kingston. Initially known simply as ‘Uhuru’ (the Swahili word for ‘freedom’) it was formed by the likes of Garth Dennis, Don Carlos and Duckie Simpson. But it wasn’t until 1977, when Errol Nelson and Michael Rose joined Duckie to replace Carlos and Dennis, that they started to build a solid reputation both in Jamaica and the UK with a stream of now legendary albums. African Love is part of Black Uhuru’s debut album ‘Love Crisis’, produced and mixed by Prince Jammy in 1977. The somehow ‘raw’ production quality of this early versions allows the listener to sink into the band’s unmistakable talent.


CAT: GGRS005
A: BLACK UHURU – AFRICAN LOVE
B: DUB

Produced and Mixed by King Jammy

Before igniting the Digital Reggae Revolution with «Under Me Sleng Teng» in 1985, vocalist Wayne Smith had already released a bunch of quality Roots tunes under production from Prince Jammy. «Life Is A Moment In Space» is probably the most acclaimed result of those foundational years: A One-Of-A Kind Roots monster. Wayne’s Soulful Interpretation is reminiscent of his contemporaries Hugh Mundell and Lacksley Castell, with lyrics borrowed from «A Woman In Love» by no-other-than Barbara Streisand. Originally released around 1982, now reissued by Golden Gems with unreleased cuts from Jammy’s Vaults, it is a must-have in every selector’s box.


CAT: GGRS004
A SIDE: WAYNE SMITH – LIFE IS A MOMENT IN SPACE
B SIDE: PRINCE JAMMY – LIFE IS A MOMENT IN DUB (Unreleased)

Produced and Mixed by King Jammy

Dear retailers and customers

We are very sorry to say that the freshly-landed Golden Gems release Wayne Smith ‘Time is a Moment in Space’ has a minor but annoying pressing fault. Apparently this affects most of the stock. Luckily, one of our collaborators listened to the vinyl at a proper volume just before sending the first packages. We don’t feel the records can be marketed as they are, and we do not want to give up on any customer, so we are forced to stop both wholesale and retail at the moment. We are already in touch with the pressing plant which acknowledged the mistake and offered to repress all faulty copies in 3/4 weeks time.
If your order includes other tunes from our distribution we could ship them out now, or you can just wait for the Wayne Smith to be in stock in all its glory.

Sincere Apologies,
Dennis on behalf of Golden Gems


Golden Gems is proud to present one of our favourite hits from the late legendary roots singer Barry Brown. Recorded in 1980, It A Go Dread features Barry’s unmistakable talent, here somehow anticipating what will become known slightly later as Waterhouse vocal style. With granitic drum n bass and driving percussions, the rhythm also testifies the ongoing shift between the late 1970s roots rockers and the early 1980s radics style. Produced by Prince Jammy, this reissue includes the original extended mix, one dub cut and one instrumental, all coming straight from the master tapes.


CAT: GGRS003
A I: BARRY BROWN – IT A GO DREAD (Extended)
B I: PRINCE JAMMY – IT A GO DUB
B II: IT A GO DREAD (Version)

Produced and Mixed by King Jammy

«Don’t Shoot Gunman» by Clarence Parks is a tune which cannot be missed out in any selector’s box. Recorded at Channel One studio on the crucial Take Five riddim, it features (unfortunately) timeless reality lyrics about guns and violence in Jamaica. The punchline is a pure sufferah’s pleading: «If you see me walking down the street, don’t shoot me down, oh no mr. gunman»… Boom! Originally released in 1983 as a 10» on the Bebo International imprint, now reissued with original extended mixes.

CAT: GGRS002
A: CLARENCE PARKS – DON’T SHOOT GUNMAN
B: DUB

Produced by B. Phillips

Performed by the obscure artist Zu-Zu, «Winner» is an extremely sought-after, early 1980’s JA roots tune on the timeless Swing Easy riddim. Originally released on 7» on the Bebo’s Music imprint, it features top-a-top musicians of reggae golden age on the backing track and positive lyrics about the power of reggae music. Now reissued with previously unreleased extended cuts, a must for all collectors and reggae lovers!

CAT: GGRS001
A: ZU-ZU – WINNER (Extended)
B: ZU-ZU – VERSION (Extended)

Produced by B. Phillips