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 âDizzyâ Moore, Lloyd Knibbs, Lloyd Brevett and others defined the exciting beat of âSkaâ as the sound of newly independent Jamaica. As the house band at Clement âSir Coxsoneâ Doddâs 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 â 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 â from classics such as âGuns of Navaroneâ, âEl Pussy Cat Skaâ, âChristine Keelerâ through to some serious rarities such as Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestraâs âSudden Destructionâ and Don Drummondâs âCoolie Boyâ. The Skatalitesâ ska sound brought together aspects of jazz, latin, rhythm and blues, proto-Rastafarianism (tracks such as âFull Dreadâ, âBeardsman Skaâ) and more. The intensity and energy of their sound was matched by the experimentation of the troubled genius of Don Drummond whose âfar eastâ 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.