Greensleeves Records was founded in 1977 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell. The label is esteemed for developing the talents of legends Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man and more. Their work with domestic and international artists helped develop the reggae genre in the U.K. and Europe and set a standard for presenting the music and culture with quality and respect. Greensleeves nurtured the music in Europe from dub plate to download. The label was purchased by VP Records in 2008.
Multiple album projects are scheduled to commemorate the Greensleeves anniversary including; Suns of Dub “Riddimentary – Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves” on April 28th. Alborosie “Freedom In Dub,” King Jammy “Waterhouse Dub,” plus classic re-issues from Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo, Keith Hudson, Sylford Walker, Linval Thompson and more. Further emphasizing the depth of the combined VP/ Greensleeves vault, the company will release 40th anniversary editions of Culture “Two Sevens Clash,” “African Dub Chapter Two” by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos “Heart of The Congos.” The forty-track “Total Reggae – Greensleeves,” released in May, presents a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics.
SOURCE: MPR CONSULTING