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Voice Of Jamaica LP 01 Red by The Skatalites, Don Drummond, Lyn Taitt, The Boys, Tommy McCook, Theophilus Beckford, Johnny Moore, Roland Alphonso, The Baba Brooks Band, Daniel Johnson, The Tenor Twins, Lloyd Clarke

  • Label: Voice Of Jamaica
  • Title: That Ska Beat !
  • Reference: Voice Of Jamaica LP 01 Red
  • Format: 12" Red LP LTD
  • Country: UK
  • Categories: Dub / ragga Rock wave punk
  • Style: Rock Steady
  • Weight: 0.24
  • Release date: 06/06/2024
  • Catalog entry: 06/06/2024
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Voice Of Jamaica LP 01 Red review

Ska never stopped you know! From it’s Jamaican music if the piano’s not playing ska or the guitar… any music you have… reggae… even the computer music… the piano’s playing ‘ska, ska, ska…’ it leads the music so ska is still the backbone of Jamaican music. Right?” Bunny Lee

The music of Jamaica has had a profound and lasting influence all around the world and reggae is the name by which it has become universally known. Although the term ska is often used to describe all Jamaican music before dub, deejays and dread in the mid seventies the real Jamaican ska was made in Kingston between 1961/1962 and 1966.

In the early fifties the popularity of driving rhythm & blues from the USA reached fever pitch in Jamaica and mobile sound systems (the forerunners of today’s discos) were assembled and operated by men such as Tom ‘The Great Sebastian’ Wong to play this music to wildly appreciative audiences at levels that were felt physically rather than merely heard. Competition was fierce, both metaphorically and literally, and sound system operators including Arthur Reid, ‘Duke Reid The Trojan’, and Clement Dodd, ‘Sir Coxsone The Downbeat’, would travel to America on record buying expeditions. On their triumphant return to Kingston, laden with exclusive records, they would be met by their enthusiastic supporters. Only the followers of their sound systems could hear these records and the records’ real identity would be a closely guarded secret. The titles were often scratched off and the tunes renamed to confuse the opposition.

As the decade drew to a close America turned to a softer more mellow sound and supplies of the music favoured in Jamaica began to dry up… so the sound system operators began to make their own rhythm & blues recordings. Initially intended for sound system play only on one-off acetates these tunes proved so popular that they were soon made

commercially available. Many sound men now became record producers including ‘Sir Coxsone’, Duke Reid ‘The Trojan’ and Prince Buster ‘The Voice Of The People’ although the first ‘local’ recording to make the number one spot in Jamaica was Laurel Aitken’s ‘Boogie In My Bones’/‘Little Sheila’ on Chris Blackwell’s R & B label.

The emphasis was placed firmly on the offbeat and these rhythm & blues shuffle and boogie recordings were unmistakably Jamaican in form and content and far, far more than straightforward copies of American rhythm & blues. A sound was gradually created that was not only completely new and original but that would also go on to outlive a large proportion of its influences. Powered by the musical collective known as The Skatalites together with solo singers including Derrick Morgan, Eric ‘Monty’ Morris, duos Higgs & Wilson, Keith & Enid and Stranger & Patsy and vocal groups The Maytals, The Wailers, Justin Hinds & The Dominoes the producers now began to drive the music one step beyond. Together they created an entirely new genre of music whose inventions and innovations would reach far beyond its parochial beginnings in Kingston sound system rivalry.

Tracks list

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    A1 - The Skatalites - Ska Boo Da Ba
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    A2 - Don Drummond & The Skatalites - Confucious
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    A3 - Lyn Taitt & The Boys - Storm Warning
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    A4 - Tommy McCook & his Ska-Talites - Alley Cat Ska
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    A5 - Theophilus Beckford - Trench Town People
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    A6 - Thophilus Beckford - Walking Down King Street
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    A7 - Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore
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    B1 - The Skatalites - Ringo
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    B2 - Roland Alphonso & His Ska-Talites - Nuclear Weapon
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    B3 - Lyn Taitt & The Baba Brooks Band - Magnificent Ska
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    B4 - Daniel Johnson - Come On My People
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    B5 - The Tenor Twins - Hit You Let You Feel It
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    B6 - Don Drummond & The Skatalites - The Re-Burial
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    B7 - Lloyd Clarke - Love Me Or Leave Me
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