Island 40, Vol. 2: 1964-1969 -- Rhythm and Blues Beat

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Picking up where volume one left off, this second volume covers the Rhythm & Blues Beat years, from 1964-1969. Compared with its predecessor, which focused exclusively on ska, this compilation at first glance seems positively schizophrenic. Careening from American R&B and soul headfirst into British beat and delving into Jamaican rocksteady and reggae, one is tempted to ask just what Island label head Chris Blackwell was thinking. The enclosed elaborately illustrated booklet helps answer that question, charting the launch of the label's new imprints, notably Sue, an outlet for R&B. The record itself provides the musical answers, especially if played alongside ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Picking up where volume one left off, this second volume covers the Rhythm & Blues Beat years, from 1964-1969. Compared with its predecessor, which focused exclusively on ska, this compilation at first glance seems positively schizophrenic. Careening from American R&B and soul headfirst into British beat and delving into Jamaican rocksteady and reggae, one is tempted to ask just what Island label head Chris Blackwell was thinking. The enclosed elaborately illustrated booklet helps answer that question, charting the launch of the label's new imprints, notably Sue, an outlet for R&B. The record itself provides the musical answers, especially if played alongside volume one, where Jamaica's debt to American R&B becomes crystal clear. The U.K.'s British beat scene was equally influenced by the R&B records flowing out of the States, and it's particularly intriguing to hear how differently the U.K. and Jamaica built upon the same musical foundation stones. Inevitably, influences moved back and forth between the two islands as well, a point Jackie Edwards makes clear. The Jamaican singer spent much of his career in Britain, and the songs he composed for the British beat band the Spenser Davis Group rocketed up the U.K. charts. While Britain was in the grips of the mods, Jamaica was under the guns of the rude boys, as ska slowed to rocksteady then shifted into reggae. These genres moved ever further from their initial R&B roots, and thus the first volume actually fits better with this volume's U.K. artists. Careful selections and sequencing neatly solves this problem, though, but one is still left with a rather skewered view of Island's Jamaican releases. However, as an overview of the label's changing directions, it works a charm, and there are few better ways to explore the disparate threads that tied the '60s' sounds together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452439444
  • Catalog Number: 524394

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mockingbird - Inez Foxx (2:37)
  2. 2 Last Minute - Jimmy McGriff (2:49)
  3. 3 Little Piece of Leather - Donnie Elbert (2:41)
  4. 4 Guns of Navarone - The Skatalites (2:27)
  5. 5 Rub up, Push Down - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (2:44)
  6. 6 Stormy Monday Blues - Little Joe Cook (3:45)
  7. 7 Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl (2:47)
  8. 8 I Can't Stand It - The Soul Sisters (2:41)
  9. 9 Come on Home - Jackie Edwards (2:37)
  10. 10 Keep on Running - The Spencer Davis Group (2:42)
  11. 11 Barefootin' - Robert Parker (2:33)
  12. 12 Shotgun Wedding - Roy-C (2:19)
  13. 13 I Wanna Be Free - The V.I.P.s (3:11)
  14. 14 Gimme Some Lovin' - The Spencer Davis Group (2:53)
  15. 15 Dancing Mood - Delroy Wilson (2:49)
  16. 16 Put It On - The Wailers (3:05)
  17. 17 The Tide Is High - The Paragons (2:39)
  18. 18 Long Shot Kick de Bucket - The Pioneers (2:50)
  19. 19 Liquidator - Harry J All-Stars (2:52)
  20. 20 Israelites - Desmond Dekker (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Desmond Dekker Track Performer
The Skatalites Track Performer
Bob & Earl Track Performer
The Spencer Davis Group Track Performer
Robert Parker Track Performer
Jimmy McGriff Track Performer
Little Joe Cook Track Performer
Jackie Edwards Track Performer
Donnie Elbert Track Performer
The Pioneers Track Performer
Inez Foxx Track Performer
The Wailers Track Performer
Delroy Wilson Track Performer
The Soul Sisters Track Performer
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes Track Performer
Roy-C Track Performer
The Paragons Track Performer
The V.I.P.s Track Performer
Technical Credits
Donnie Elbert Producer
Duke Reid Producer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Chris Blackwell Producer, Executive Producer
John Cevetello Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Producer
Leslie Kong Producer
Earl Nelson Producer
Wardell Quezergue Producer
Juggy Murray Producer
Steve Barrow Contributor, Essay
Brian Hogg Contributor
Harry Johnson Producer
Adrian Boot Contributor
Tony Wright Art Direction
Roger Dalke Contributor
Doug Joswick Contributor, Copy Coordination
Pat Barry Producer
Roy Hammond Producer
Del Bartle Contributor
Matthew Stringer Executive Producer
Fred Smith Producer
Gary Kelley Illustrations
Robert Nelson Relf Producer
K. Hensley Composer
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