Skatalites - Independence Ska and the Far East Sound 2xLP
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 ̢åÛå÷Dizzy̢åÛåª Moore, Lloyd Knibbs, Lloyd Brevett and others defined the exciting beat of ̢åÛå÷Ska̢åÛåª as the sound of newly independent Jamaica. As the house band at Clement ̢åÛå÷Sir Coxsone̢åÛåª Dodd̢åÛåªs 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 ̢åÛåÒ 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 ̢åÛåÒ from classics such as ̢åÛå÷Guns of Navarone̢åÛåª, ̢åÛå÷El Pussy Cat Ska̢åÛåª, ̢åÛå÷Christine Keeler̢åÛåª through to some serious rarities such as Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra̢åÛåªs ̢åÛå÷Sudden Destruction̢åÛåª and Don Drummond̢åÛåªs ̢åÛå÷Coolie Boy̢åÛåª. The Skatalites̢åÛåª ska sound brought together aspects of jazz, latin, rhythm and blues, proto-Rastafarianism (tracks such as ̢åÛå÷Full Dread̢åÛåª, ̢åÛå÷Beardsman Ska̢åÛåª) and more. The intensity and energy of their sound was matched by the experimentation of the troubled genius of Don Drummond whose ̢åÛå÷far east̢åÛåª 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). 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, CD and digital release complete with 10 extra bonus tracks and new extensive sleeve notes.