Foundation Ska

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
As fans are well aware, although the Skatalites only officially existed for a mere 14 months or so, the bandmembers' impact on Jamaican music extended far beyond that brief period into the rocksteady era and then the reggae era and beyond, and stretching back into the island's pre-recording days. In various aggregations, the musicians played on vast swathes of songs throughout the '60s, and during the ska years virtually everything that was put on disc featured at least a couple of the men. Foundation Ska delves deeply into this era, exclusively with the group's work for Coxsone Dodd. A good number of the tracks predate the group's official launch, and even then the ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
As fans are well aware, although the Skatalites only officially existed for a mere 14 months or so, the bandmembers' impact on Jamaican music extended far beyond that brief period into the rocksteady era and then the reggae era and beyond, and stretching back into the island's pre-recording days. In various aggregations, the musicians played on vast swathes of songs throughout the '60s, and during the ska years virtually everything that was put on disc featured at least a couple of the men. Foundation Ska delves deeply into this era, exclusively with the group's work for Coxsone Dodd. A good number of the tracks predate the group's official launch, and even then the Studio One head oftentimes preferred to release their singles credited to the composer and/or the main soloist. Thus, although all 32 of the songs within were recorded by the band, many of them never appeared under the group's name. Helpfully, the sleeve notes provide an excellent background piece on the island's early music scene, as well as an exceptional biography of the band drawn from interviews with group members. Best of all, though, the individual soloists are listed for each song, a boon for those desperate to tell the saxophonists' work apart. While instrumentals are the main thrust of the set, five vocal tracks are also featured, a potent reminder of the group's equally crucial work behind the singers. Sadly, Skatalites' vocalist Lord Tanamo seems never to have recorded for Dodd during the ska age, but you do get a scorching number from another one of the band's singers, Jackie Opel, as well as a fabulous duet from Opel and Doreen Schaffer, who also sang live with the group. Filled to the brim with classic after classic -- "Don-De-Lion," "Eastern Standard Time," "Silver Dollar," "Scandal Ska," "Occupation," and so many, many more, just try to find a weak track within. Foundation Ska isn't the definitive set; fans still need to hear their equally masterful material from Treasure Isle, never mind the spectacular numbers they cut for the Yap brothers, but nonetheless this is a stunning and essential set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/1997
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661768529
  • Catalog Number: 617685

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Christine Keeler (3:09)
  2. 2 Fidel Castro (3:17)
  3. 3 Simmer Down - The Wailers (2:49)
  4. 4 Alley Pang (3:03)
  5. 5 Exodus (2:44)
  6. 6 King Solomon (2:52)
  7. 7 Eastern Standard Time (2:33)
  8. 8 World's Fair - Stranger Cole (2:33)
  9. 9 Two for One (2:25)
  10. 10 I Should Have Known Better (4:04)
  11. 11 Hot Cargo (2:49)
  12. 12 Black Sunday (2:56)
  13. 13 Ska la Parisienne (3:03)
  14. 14 Don-De-Lion (2:19)
  15. 15 Dick Tracy (2:47)
  16. 16 Hanging Tree (3:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Scandal Ska (3:04)
  2. 2 Occupation (3:01)
  3. 3 Old Rocking Chair - Jackie Opel (3:09)
  4. 4 Third Man Ska (2:44)
  5. 5 Ringo's Theme (This Boy) (3:56)
  6. 6 Ringo's Theme (This Boy) (3:05)
  7. 7 Nimrod (2:45)
  8. 8 Woman a Come - Margarita "La Diosa de la Cumbia" (3:10)
  9. 9 Cleopatra (2:46)
  10. 10 Beardsman Ska (3:02)
  11. 11 Addis Ababa (3:17)
  12. 12 Silver Dollar (2:59)
  13. 13 The Vow - Doreen Schaffer (2:36)
  14. 14 Doctor Kildare (2:28)
  15. 15 Killer Diller (2:44)
  16. 16 Naked City (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Skatalites Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ken Boothe Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Marley Track Performer
Don Drummond Trombone
Roland Alphonso Tenor (Vocal)
Frank Anderson Trumpet
Lloyd Brevett Bass
Stranger Cole Vocals, Track Performer
Lloyd Knibbs Drums
Tommy McCook Flute, Tenor (Vocal)
Jackie Mittoo Piano
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore Trumpet
Jackie Opel Track Performer
Ernest Ranglin Guitar
Lester Sterling Alto Saxophone
The Wailers Track Performer
Dennis Campbell Tenor Saxophone
Doreen Schaffer Track Performer
Margarita "La Diosa de la Cumbia" Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Don Drummond Composer
Roland Alphonso Song Credits
Duke Reid Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Producer, Engineer
Jamal Haynes Composer
Lloyd Knibbs Song Credits
Tommy McCook Composer, Horn Arrangements
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Sylvan Morris Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Lester Sterling Composer
J. Moore Composer
Brian Keyo Liner Notes, Song Credits
Chris Wilson Liner Notes
Dro Contributor
C.S. Dodd Engineer
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