A Record Collector's Guide

Lloyd Brevett with The Skatalites


African Roots

United Artists UA-LA799-H LP, released 1978 (U.S.)

Liberty LT-51161 LP, released 1985 (U.S.)

Alpha Enterprise/Hybrid YHR-1051 CD, released 1992 (Japan)

Grover GRO-LP 009, released 1995/2016 (Germany)

Grover GRO-CD 009, released 1996 (Germany)

Moon Ska MR104 CD, released 1997 (U.S.)

The Legendary Skatalites

Top Ranking International ‎JLP 555 LP, released 1976 (U.S.)

Jam Sounds 555 LP, released 1976 (U.S.)

Jam Sounds JLP 555 LP, released 1976 (U.S.)

The Skatalites

Penetrate LPPN 2003, released 1976 (Jamaica)

Rebirth Skatalites

Released 1976 (UK)

OK, this one's a bit of a nightmare. The African Roots album was released under several names over 40+ years. It was recorded in the mid-'70s as a Lloyd Brevett solo album. A lot of the original Skatalites went into the studio and knocked out the recordings, though, and it kind of became a Skatalites album. It was released under several titles: The Skatalites, The Legendary Skatalites, Rebirth Skatalites, and African Roots. To complicate things further, there was a dub version of the album released as Herb Dub - Collie Dub, but I'm leaving that one alone here.

The earliest versions, those with the first three titles mentioned above, were all released around 1976. There were subtle differences among these versions, which reflect a broad range of scarcity and dramatically affect the market prices. I am not an expert on these, and will forego trying to value them. Instead, I will focus on the versions that carried the African Roots title.

The first appearance of a record with that title was 1978. It contained the same eight tracks as its predecessors. Same with the 1985 U.S. issue. In 1992, a CD version was released in Japan. This one started adding some tracks: two dub versions plus four other tracks. This became the baseline for the subsequent releases: first, in Germany, on Grover, as a LP and then CD. Then, as a Moon Ska CD. Every version titled African Roots had different artwork.

Grover reissued it again in 2016 on green vinyl (with a bonus CD version). This one was limited to 250 numbered copies.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
United Artists UA-LA799-H LP Black 20-30 4 Stable
Liberty LT-51161 LP Black 15-25 5 Stable
Alpha Enterprise/Hybrid YHR-1051 CD 30-40 6 Stable
Grover GRO-LP 009 Black 12-15 3 Stable
Grover GRO-CD 009 5-8 2 Stable
Moon Ska MR104 CD 5-8 4 Stable
Grover GRO-LP 009 Green + CD 15-20 7 Stable
Credits Discogs: Many of the sleeve images

This page was last updated on March 31, 2020.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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