The Skatalites
Original Ska Sounds From The Skatalites 1963-65

Soul Jazz

UK - Reissue
Reggae / Roots + Exotic Grooves
The Skatalites - Original Ska Sounds From The Skatalites 1963-65
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This album was originally released as a limited-edition Record Store Day collectors 7-inch box set (now deleted) and is now available for the first time as a double LP edition

Original Ska Sounds From The Skatalites 1963-65 - Independence Ska And The Far East Sound

The Skatalites brought the sound of Jamaica to the world. 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.

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, released either under their own name, or The Studio One Orchestra, or that of band members Drummond, McCook etc. This is the first collection on Soul Jazz Records to bring you some of their finest material – from classics such as ‘Guns of Navarone’, ‘El Pussy Cat Ska’, ‘Christine Keeler’ through to some serious rarities such as Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra’s ‘Sudden Destruction’ and Don Drummond’s ‘Coolie Boy’.

The Skatalites’ ska sound brought together aspects of jazz, latin, rhythm and blues, proto-Rastafarianism (tracks such as ‘Full Dread’, ‘Beardsman Ska’) 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 the music of the Skatalites (the group split-up after Drummond was charged with murdering his wife, dancer Margarita Mahfood).

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A1.Guns Of Navarone
A2.Christine Keeler
A3.El Pussycat Ska
A4.Sudden Destruction Dizzy Johnn...
B1.ScambalenaRoland Alph...
B2.Tell Them Lord
B3.Russian Ska FeverDon Drummond
B4.Independent Anniversary Ska (...Roland Alph...
B5.Marcus Garvey Delroy 'Bon...
C1.Heaven And Earth Don Drummon...
C2.Jack Ruby Is Bound To Die Delroy 'Bon...
C3.Further East (aka The Trolley...Don Drummond
C4.Beardsman Ska
C5.Surplus Don Drummond
D1.Fidel Castro
D2.Sauvito Tommy McCook
D3.Coolie Boy Don Drummond
D4.Adam's Apple (Don't Bother Me...Tommy McCook
D5.Full Dread Tommy McCook
D6.King Solomon

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