VP/Greensleeves Kicks off 40th Anniversary Celebrations with “White Man In Hammersmith Palais” Topping Billboard Reggae Chart
Greensleeves’ limited press 7” EP "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" debuts at #1 this week on the Billboard reggae chart. This celebratory feat kicks off the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record Label, which will release various special edition albums and host events with some of VP/Greensleeves notable artists. "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" was released on April 22nd which is also Record Store Day- a day for international music lovers and vinyl collectors. The title is from the 1977 song by the punk rock legends The Clash. Inspired by a concert line up that featured Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson, the 7" EP features a hit from each of the four artists, packaged with a replica of the concert's promotional poster.
Record Store Day 2017 has proved to be an outstanding success for VP/Greensleeves. Held on April 22, 2017, the label released two limited press, vinyl only titles that have debuted at number 1 and 2 on the Billboard Reggae Chart for the week ending April 27, 2017. "White Man In Hammersmith Palais 7" EP" took the top position, “Mad Professor Meets Jah9 – In The Midst Of The Storm,” debuted at number 2 on the chart.
"White Man In Hammersmith Palais" is the title from the 1977 song by the punk rock legends The Clash. Inspired by a concert line up that featured Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson, the 7" EP features a hit from each of the four artists, packaged with a replica of the concert's promotional poster. Stores are reporting strong sales of the title which was also featured on the official U.K. Record Store Day site (http://recordstoreday.co.uk/news/posts/2017/record-store-day-2017-releases-revealed/)
VP Records celebrates Record Store Day with dual sound clash events at Jamaica, NY and Miramar, FL retail locations. The events featured top name DJs and a special tribute to 50th Anniversary of Rocksteady.
Saturday, April 16 was the annual celebration known as Record Store Day, the international event spotlighting independent record stores with exclusive, new music releases, now in its ninth year.
VP Records commemorated the day with dual sound system competitions at their retail locations in Jamaica Queens, NY and Miramar, FL. The New York location hosted local sound systems in an out-door sound competition featuring; King Addies, Pretty Posse, Road Intl., Platinum Kids, and Massive B, all participating in an old school, ‘vinyl only’ sound clash. “It was a spectacular event,” said Killa Boo a selector on the legendary Brooklyn sound King Addies. “We had a lot of fun out there, especially playing dub plates and finding out who (has the best) tunes.”
The New York event featured a special DJ set performed by Downbeat The Ruler, giving listeners a spin through the history rocksteady, the influential reggae sub-genre that produced a wealth of classic hits between 1966 and 1968. The set featured songs from the VP Records/ 17 North Parade release “First Class Rocksteady,” a limited edition boxed set of collectable rocksteady 7” singles released for Record Store Day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the genre. “I thought it was great for VP to celebrate rocksteady,” said Tony Screw, selector and owner of the venerable sound system, ”I feel that rocksteady represents the best of Jamaican music even though they say (the genre) only lasted eighteen months.”