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laurel aitken

skinhead ska

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Released: 6th May 2013

£6.99


known as 'the godfather of ska', laurel aitken was jamaica's first real recording star & one of the first artists ever to release a ska record.

he was a pioneer in many other respects as well: the first to work at promoting his music in the u.k., & one of the first to record for the seminal island label, itself a major force in the international popularity of jamaican music. cutting his teeth on the sort of jump blues & boogie shuffles popular during the early days of american r&b, aitken recorded numerous hits for a variety of labels over the years, enjoying his heyday during the '60s with some of his biggest u.k. hits, many of which he penned himself, including 'fire (in your wire), 'pussy price' (both early slack numbers), 'landlords & tenants', 'it's too late', 'jesse james' & 'skinhead train', to name some of the biggest. his continued presence in the u.k. made him an elder statesman to the two tone ska revival movement of the punk era, culminating in classic '80s tracks like 'rudi got married'.

skinhead ska

Tracklist

  1. SKINHEAD INVASION
  2. RUDI GOT MARRIED
  3. FREEDOM
  4. SALLY BROWN
  5. BOOGIE IN MY BONES
  6. SKINHEAD
  7. JESSE JAMES
  8. HONEY COME BACK TO ME
  9. DANCING WITH MY BABY
  10. IT’S TOO LATE
  11. LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
  12. RUDE BOY DREAM
  13. BARTENDER
  14. MAD ABOUT YOU
  15. FIRE (IN YOUR WIRE)
  16. SAHARA
  17. PUSSY PRICE (GONE UP)
  18. SCANDAL IN A BRIXTON MARKET
  19. HEY LITTLE GIRL
  20. SKINHEAD TRAIN