Jamaica Ska & Other Jamaican Party Anthems

Jamaica Ska & Other Jamaican Party Anthems

by Byron Lee
     
 

This double-CD set is a godsend for anyone curious about the incredibly prolific Byron Lee and his erstwhile Dragonaires. Prior to the arrival of Jamaica Ska & Other Jamaican Party Anthems, poor Byron's catalog was littered with late-period soca and smooth reggae collections with the occasional poorly packaged live collection of older tunes rearing its head,See more details below

Overview

This double-CD set is a godsend for anyone curious about the incredibly prolific Byron Lee and his erstwhile Dragonaires. Prior to the arrival of Jamaica Ska & Other Jamaican Party Anthems, poor Byron's catalog was littered with late-period soca and smooth reggae collections with the occasional poorly packaged live collection of older tunes rearing its head, but no definitive set of his major works available. His assembly-line approach that continues to crank out disc after disc of music in whatever style is in favor is partly to blame. Be it calypso, ska, soca, reggae -- if it was popular in Jamaica or other parts of the Caribbean there is probably a tune or album by Lee and his group in that style. What he was known for, though, was ska, and that is where this collection sets its sights. Covering roughly 11 years, 1960 to 1971, Jamaica Ska follows Lee though the heydays of ska, rocksteady, and the nascent reggae boom. The first disc is largely ska, highlighted by the title tune and a number of covers, including a rousing cover of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man." Lee was also producing ska recordings at this time, and songs he produced for Stranger Cole and the Maytals are included as well. The second disc moves, as Byron Lee did, with the times with a rocksteady focus. In between the ska and rocksteady jumpers are various tunes that showcase the strong musicianship and overall eclecticism of the Dragonaires: an odd acetone organ-and-horns cover of "Ol' Man River," a fairly straight, although loungey, soul cover of "Green Onions," a rocksteady version of "Shaft," and other stabs at bossa nova, show tunes, calypso, and funk. Lee's contribution to Jamaican music cannot be understated, especially in introducing ska to American audiences. Jamaica Ska & Other Jamaican Party Anthems will at least let listeners find out, once again, what all the fuss was about.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768049024
catalogNumber:
80490

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Jamaica Ska  -  Keith & Ken
  2. Sammy Dead
  3. Come Back  -  Stranger & Patsy
  4. She Will Never Let Me Down
  5. Watermelon Man
  6. Oil in My Lamp
  7. Frankenstein Ska
  8. Rough & Tough  -  Keith & Ken
  9. Ska Dee Wah
  10. Fat Back (AKA Tear Up)
  11. Dumplins
  12. Walk Like a Dragon
  13. Last Night
  14. Napoleon Solo
  15. Ride Your Donkey
  16. Nice Time
  17. Music Like Dirt
  18. Ram Jam
  19. Way Back Home
  20. More Scorcher
  21. Too Experienced

Disc 2

  1. Dumplins
  2. Kissin' Gal
  3. Dragon's Paradise
  4. Ol' Man River
  5. Joy Ride
  6. Village Ram
  7. Green Onions
  8. Desafinado
  9. Elaine, Henry and Mama
  10. River Bank Jump Up
  11. Holiday
  12. Goldfinger
  13. Shaft
  14. Message to a Blackman
  15. Fire Fire (There's a Fire)
  16. Psychedelic Train
  17. Mawga Dawg
  18. Poison Pressure
  19. Bam Sa Bo
  20. A Little Love
  21. Cashbox
  22. Express Yourself

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byron Lee   Primary Artist,Bass,Bass Guitar
Ken Lazarus   Guitar,Vocals
John Bennet   Trumpet,Vocals
Hux Brown   Guitar
Neville Hinds   Organ
Esmond Jarrett   Drums
Chester Powers   Trumpet
Lester Sterling   Trumpet
Winston Wright   Organ
Felice Taylor   Trombone
Ossie Scott   Saxophone
Keith Lyn   Vocals
Junior Gray   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals
Jojo Bennett   Trumpet,Vocals
Carl Brady   Vocals
Carl Bradney   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals
Bumps Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Stranger & Patsy   Track Performer
Junior Gray   Percussion,Vocals
Chester Power   Trumpet
Sammy Johnson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Byron Lee   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
William Bell   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Gladys Knight   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Ken Lazarus   Composer
Charles Wright   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Richard Alderson   Producer
Charles "Packy" Axton   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Stranger Cole   Composer
Wilton Felder   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Toots Hibbert   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Carlton Lee   Engineer
Peter Tosh   Composer
Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Eric "Monty" Morris   Composer
Floyd Newman   Composer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Derrick Harriott   Composer
Hopeton Lewis   Composer
Graeme Goodall   Engineer
Ronnie Nasralla   Producer,Audio Production
Smoochy Smith   Composer
Newton Mendonça   Composer
Floyd Lloyd Seivright   Composer
Jeremy Collingwood   Sleeve Notes
Norman Davis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bob Andy   Composer
Ken Khouri   Producer
Albert George Murphy   Composer
Alty East   Producer
A. Jenkins   Producer
Alty East   Audio Production

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