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The Skatalites - Essential Artist Collection: The Skatalites
The Skatalites - Essential Artist Collection: The Skatalites
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The Skatalites - Essential Artist Collection: The Skatalites

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Release Date 20/01/2023
Format 2LP Clear Vinyl
Label Trojan Records
Catalogue Number 4050538842968


During the early 1960’s, the sound of ska exploded upon Jamaica’s musical landscape, with the driving dynamic sound championed by arguably the greatest ensemble of musicians ever to have performed and recorded on the island.

Fronted by legendary saxophonist Tommy McCook, the Skatalites also comprised a veritable who’s who of Kingston-based performers, their number including trombonist Don Drummond, tenor saxman Roland Alphonso, drumming supremo Lloyd Knibb and keyboard prodigy Jackie Mittoo. Following their creation in the summer of ’64, this powerhouse instrumental combo dominated the island’s music industry for 18 glorious months, the very best of their work produced by famed Treasure Isle Records boss, Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid.

The best of their output for the celebrated producer is showcased on the Essential Artist Collection, which sees issue on both as a 2LP vinyl set and a double CD collection, both of which provide the best introduction yet to the music of the incredible, multi-talented and hugely influential Skatalites.

Tracklist:

LP1 SIDE 1
1 (Music Is) My Occupation (Ring of Fire) - Don Drummond, Tommy McCook & The Skatalites
2 Alley Cat Ska – Tommy McCook & The Baba Brooks Band
3 Cool Smoke – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
4 Garden of Love – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
5 Twelve Minutes to Go – Tommy McCook
6 Girls Town Ska – The Baba Brooks Band
7 Vitamin A – The Baba Brooks Band

LP1 SIDE 2
1 Latin Goes Ska – Lester Sterling & The Skatalites
2 Alipang – Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond & The Skatalites
3 Lucky Seven – Don Drummond & The Tommy McCook Band
4 Musical Store Room – Frank Anderson & Roland Alphonso
5 Musical Communion – The Baba Brooks Orchestra
6 Sandy Gully – Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites
7 Doctor Dekker – Don Drummond & The Baba Brooks Band

LP2 SIDE 1
1 Nuclear Weapon – Roland Alphonso & The Baba Brooks Band
2 Corner Stone – Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites
3 Knockout Punch (aka Cotton Tree) – Baba Brooks & Don Drummond
4 Don De Lion – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
5 Rocket Ship – Tommy McCook & The Skatalites
6 Feeling Fine – Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites
7 Mesopotamia – Don Drummond & The Skatalites

LP2 SIDE 2
1 Eastern Standard Time – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
2 Thoroughfare (Treasure Isle) – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
3 Silver Dollar – Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso
4 Street Corner – The Skatalites
5 University Goes Ska – Don Drummond
6 Good News – The Skatalites
7 J.F.K’S Memory – Don Drummond & Tommy McCook

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