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Skatalites: Independence Ska and the Far East Sound – Original Ska Sounds from The Skatalites 1963-65

Soul Jazz Records



CD

Released: 19th May 2017

£13.99


2LP + download

Released: 19th May 2017

£24.99

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At the start of the 1960s, in the space of just a couple of years, Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore, Lloyd Knibbs, Lloyd Brevett and others defined the exciting beat of ‘Ska’ as the sound of newly independent Jamaica.

thus, the Skatalites brought the sound of Jamaica to the world. As the house band at Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s newly launched Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road, the group comprising the finest jazz musicians on the island played on literally 1000s of recordings – Bob Marley and The Wailers, Toots and The Maytals, Delroy Wilson, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and many, many more. During their existence (1963-65) The Skatalites also recorded 100s of their own songs, and this collection on Soul Jazz Records brings you some of their finest material. The Skatalites’ ska sound brought together aspects of jazz, latin, rhythm and blues, proto-Rastafarianism, and more. The intensity and energy of their sound was matched by the experimentation of the troubled genius of Don Drummond whose ‘far east’ modal trombone sound added a complex melancholy to their music. available for the first time as a double LP edition & CD, complete with 10 extra bonus tracks and new extensive sleeve notes.

Skatalites: Independence Ska and the Far East Sound – Original Ska Sounds from The Skatalites 1963-65

Tracklist

  1. The Skatalites - Guns Of Navarone
  2. The Skatalites - Christine Keeler
  3. Roland Alphonso and The Skatalites - El Pussy Cat Ska Dizzy
  4. Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra - Sudden Destruction
  5. Roland Alphonso – Scambalena
  6. The Wailers - Tell Them Lord
  7. Don Drummond and The Skatalites - Russian Ska Fever
  8. Roland Alphonso and The Skatalites - Independent Anniversary Ska (I Should Have Known Better)
  9. Bongoman Byfield and The Skatalites - Marcus Garvey
  10. Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso - Heaven and Earth
  11. Bongoman Byfield and The Skatalites - Jack Ruby Is Bound To Die
  12. Don Drummond and The Skatalites - Further East (aka Trolley Song)
  13. The Skatalites - Beardsman Ska
  14. Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Surplus
  15. The Skatalites - Fidel Castro
  16. Tommy McCook and The Skatalites – Suavito
  17. Don Drummond and The Studio One Band - Coolie Boy
  18. Tommy McCook - Adam's Apple (Don't Bother Me No More)
  19. Tommy McCook and The Skatalites - Full Dread
  20. The Skatalites - King Solomon