Independent Reggae label: Greensleeves Records was One of the most prominent Reggae labels in Britain.  Founded by Chris Cracknell and Chris Sedgwick. Greensleeves started life in 1975 as a Reggae/Soul mail order business and shop. The shop was opened in 1975 in West Ealing. The downstairs sold general pop/rock with a dedicated Reggae/Soul department upstairs. The shop relocated to 44 Uxbridge Shepherds Bush in 1977 and then closed (in 1980) as it became increasingly sidelined by the development of Greensleeves the label. By 1980 had become more successful and profitable than the shop.  The first release on the label was a 7" - Doctor Alimantado - Born For A Purpose/Reason For Living (Reggae Regulars Where Is Jah was GRE001 but apparently Born For A Purpose GRE002 was released first). The label became something of a legend for it's series of 12inch discomixes during the Dancehall era. The first Discomix on the label was The Wailing Souls - War (with Ranking Trevor)/Jah Give Us Life. In December 1978 they lauched the Cool Rockers label for Lovers Rock releases. It flourished throughout the '80s and '90s, with a mix of licensed material and records by local talent; it even entered the Singles Chart on several occasions, with Tippa Irie's 'Hello Darling' (1986), Beenie Man's 'Who Am I' (1998), and, most impressively, Shaggy's No.1 hit 'Oh Carolina' (1993).  Numbering began at GRE-001, in 1977; it dropped the two noughts at GRE-5 and had reached GRE-196 by 1986.  The label achieved mainstream distribution via EMI when it signed a pressing and distribution deal with Island, in March 1978 , but by the end of the decade Spartan had taken over - note the absence of any reference to EMI on the second label.  Greensleeves is still going strong into the 2000s, as a music publisher as well as a record company. Distributed By EMI Records. Greensleeves Former address: 44 Uxbridge, Shepherd's Bush, London W12, Unit 7, Goldhawk Industrial Estate, 2a Brackenbury Road, London W6 0BA, Unit 14, Metro Centre, St. John's Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW6 GNJ.Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

77 Reggae Regular  Where Is Jah  GREENSLEEVES GRE 001
77 Doc. Alimantado & The Rebels  Born For A Purpose  GREENSLEEVES GRE 002
77 Gideon Jah Rubbaal  Love Rasta  GREENSLEEVES GRE 003
78 Reggae Reggular  The Black Star Liner  GREENSLEEVES GRE 004
78 Doc. Alimantado & The Rebels  Still Alive  GREENSLEEVES GRE 5
78 Reid Dennis  Land Of The Rising Sun  GREENSLEEVES GRE 6
78 Roots  Mash Down  GREENSLEEVES GRE 7
78 Tetrack  Only Jah Jah Know  GREENSLEEVES GRE 8
78 Mundell Hugh  Let's All Unite  GREENSLEEVES GRE 9
78 Ranking Joe  Dub Sister Dub It  GREENSLEEVES GRE 10
78 Jah Thomas  Stop Yu Loafin  GREENSLEEVES GRE 12
78 Dr Alimantado   Best Dressed Chicken In Town GREENSLEEVES GRE 13
79 Capital Letters  Run Run Run  GREENSLEEVES SKANK 1

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