Ska Bonanza: The Studio One Ska Years [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The British ska boom of the late '70s and early '80s has left a somewhat deceptive perception of what the original Jamaican ska sides from the early '60s actually sounded like, as this classic two-disc set of Clement Dodd productions makes clear. Few of the 40-plus sides collected here have the rapid, frenetic pace that many associate with ska, but instead reflect the midtempo jump blues and R&B roots of the form. As the 1950s drew to a close, Dodd and fellow pioneering Jamaican producers like Duke Reid and Leslie Kong began searching for a way to combine the American R&B he loved with the calypso-inflected mento rhythms that drove the island's traditional folk ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The British ska boom of the late '70s and early '80s has left a somewhat deceptive perception of what the original Jamaican ska sides from the early '60s actually sounded like, as this classic two-disc set of Clement Dodd productions makes clear. Few of the 40-plus sides collected here have the rapid, frenetic pace that many associate with ska, but instead reflect the midtempo jump blues and R&B roots of the form. As the 1950s drew to a close, Dodd and fellow pioneering Jamaican producers like Duke Reid and Leslie Kong began searching for a way to combine the American R&B he loved with the calypso-inflected mento rhythms that drove the island's traditional folk music, and with world-class Jamaican jazz players like Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, and others at his disposal, ska was the result. The musical DNA of ska has informed Jamaican popular music in all of its transformations ever since. This fine collection of Dodd's early Federal sides and his subsequent Studio One ska recordings was originally issued as a double-disc set in 1991, and Heartbeat has added three bonus tracks to the end of the second disc for this remastered reissue. The newly added tracks, a jazzy shuffle called "Beeston Street Riff" by Clue J's Blues Blasters, a low-key and charming "Under the Old Oak Tree" by Cornel Campbell, and a duet between Roy Panton and Millie Small called "We'll Meet," aren't particularly earth-shattering additions, but they do fit seamlessly at the end of what is now a close to two-hour sequence. Some of the highlights of this wonderful survey of Dodd's early-'60s ska productions are the infectious "Streets of Gold" by the legendary Skatalites, the stop/start balance of Roland Alphonso's "Old Fowl Ska," and the slowed-down and elegant version of the mento classic "Wheel and Turn" by Frank Anderson and Tommy McCook on disc one. The second disc offers Bob Marley & the Wailers' familiar "Simmer Down," the early Motown meets Jamaica feel of "Stop Making Love" by the Gaylads, and the midtempo roller coaster shuffle of "Answer Me My Darling" by Derrick Harriott, among other enjoyable moments. All of this adds up to an essential compilation for anyone interested in ska and its pivotal role in the story of modern Jamaican music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661780521
  • Catalog Number: 617805

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nimble Foot Ska - Roland Alphonso (3:08)
  2. 2 Spread Satin - Roland Alphonso (2:57)
  3. 3 Arte Bella (Aka Artibella) - Stranger Cole (2:36)
  4. 4 Streets of Gold - The Skatalites (2:52)
  5. 5 A de Pon Dem - Bob Marley (2:43)
  6. 6 Black Sunday - The Skatalites (2:55)
  7. 7 Don't Want Your Loving - Cornell Campbell (2:44)
  8. 8 Old Fowl Ska - Roland Alphonso (2:10)
  9. 9 Enna Bella (Aka Lena Belle) - Eric "Monty" Morris (1:58)
  10. 10 Jezebel - Owen Grey (2:35)
  11. 11 Always on Sunday (Aka Always on a Sunday) - Tommy Cook (2:29)
  12. 12 Sugar Bag - Tommy McCook (2:31)
  13. 13 Settle Down - Lester Sterling (2:43)
  14. 14 Turn Me On - Rita Marley (3:05)
  15. 15 When the Well Runs Dry - Tommy McCook (2:28)
  16. 16 Wheel and Turn - Tommy McCook (2:43)
  17. 17 Oceans 11 - Cecil Lloyd (3:42)
  18. 18 Over the River (Aka I'll Be Here When He Come) - The Jiving Juniors (2:05)
  19. 19 My Heaven - Eddie Parkins (2:32)
  20. 20 Set Back (Aka Just Cool) - Roland Alphonso (2:20)
  21. 21 Du Wap - Chuck Josephs (2:14)
  22. 22 Don Cosmic - Clue J & His Blues Blasters (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Man in the Street - Don Drummond (3:13)
  2. 2 Simmer Down - Don Crummond and the City Slickers (2:48)
  3. 3 Shining Light - Carroll McLaughlin (2:26)
  4. 4 Push Wood (Aka More Wood) - Jackie Opel (2:27)
  5. 5 Wonder No More - Andy and Joey (2:27)
  6. 6 Bongo Tango (Aka Down Beat Alley) - Roland Alphonso (3:21)
  7. 7 Sucu Sucu - Roland Alphonso (2:14)
  8. 8 20.75 - Roland Alphonso (2:35)
  9. 9 Stop Making Love - The Gaylads (2:19)
  10. 10 How Many Times (Do You Remember) - Clancy Eccles (2:50)
  11. 11 Heaven and Earth - Roland Alphonso (3:28)
  12. 12 Sit Down Servant - Jackie Opel (2:11)
  13. 13 Go Jimmy Go - Alton Ellis (2:28)
  14. 14 Stew Peas and Cornflakes - Rico Rodriguez (2:28)
  15. 15 Answer Me My Darling (Aka Answer Me) - Derrick Harriott (2:20)
  16. 16 River Jordan - Hersang & The City Slickers (2:54)
  17. 17 Salt Lane Shuffle - Clue J & His Blues Blasters (3:14)
  18. 18 Jeanie Girl - Bunny "Bonnie" (2:34)
  19. 19 Lonely Moments - Clue J & His Blues Blasters (2:42)
  20. 20 Beeston Street Riff - Clue J & His Blues Blasters (3:26)
  21. 21 Under the Old Oak Tree - Cornell Campbell (2:36)
  22. 22 We'll Meet - Roy Panton (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ska Bonanza Primary Artist
Monty Alexander Piano
Don Drummond Trombone
Roland Alphonso Saxophone
Aubrey Adams Organ, Piano
Lloyd Brevett Bass
Esmond Jarrett Drums
Lloyd Knibbs Drums
Cecil Lloyd Organ, Piano
Carl McCloud Drums
Tommy McCook Saxophone
Desi Miles Bass
Trummie Miles Trumpet
Jackie Mittoo Organ, Piano
Ernest Ranglin Guitar
Roy Richards Harmonica
Lloyd Robinson Drums
Carlton Samuels Saxophone
Lloyd Spence Bass
Lester Sterling Saxophone
Seymour Walker Saxophone
Rico Rodriguez Trombone
Harold McKenzie Guitar
Dennis Campbell Saxophone
Ken Williams Drums
Tony Wilson Saxophone
Herman Sang Piano
Jah Jerry Hines Guitar
Cluett Johnson Bass
Winston Martin Drums
Keith Stoddart Guitar
"Deadly" Headley Bennett Saxophone
Technical Credits
Alton Ellis Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Cornell Campbell Composer
Don Drummond Composer
Roland Alphonso Composer, Producer
Clancy Eccles Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Photo Courtesy
Owen Gray Composer
Toots Hibbert Composer
Chuck Josephs Composer
Tommy McCook Composer
Jackie Opel Composer
Lascelles Perkins Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Lloyd Tyrell Composer
Derrick Harriott Composer
Graeme Goodall Engineer
Harris Seaton Composer
Noel Sims Composer
Chris "Poet" Wilson Liner Notes
Eddie Parkins Composer
Roy Panton Composer
Julian Singles Liner Notes
Eric Morris Composer
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