Laurel Aitken: Ska with Laurel

Track List

>Street of Glory
>Lonesome Traveller
>Madame Sorosie
>We Shall Overcome
>Call the Doctor
>Hallelujah Train
>Looking for My Baby
>Woman Is Sweeter Than Man
>It's Coming Down
>Take off My Pyjamas
>Leave Me Woman Alone
>Mary Don't You Weep
>Ring Don't Mean a Thing
>Come and Let Us Go
>How Can I Forget You
>Clap Your Hands
>Jumbee Jamboree
>Green Banana
>Shame and Scandal
>Coconut Woman
>I Don't Want No More
>Last Night

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this debut album from the Reggae great, often cited as 'The Godfather Of Ska'. By the mid-sixties, Laurel Aitken had established a large and dedicated following in the UK, his recordings for London-based labels such as Rio and Ska Beat providing many British listeners with their first taste of Ska. It came as no surprise then, when in 1966 Rio chose capitalize on his popularity by issuing a collection of his works - a rarity for Jamaican acts during this time. Now, some 43 years later, its original dozen tracks are here, supplemented by an additional 14 bonus recordings from the mid-'60s, almost all of which have been unavailable for over four decades. Faithfully recreating the original artwork and featuring extensive notes by the singer's close friend Mark Wyeth. Pressure Drop. 2009.

Album Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] shows Laurel's strong gospel influence, with songs such as 'We Shall Overcome' and 'Street Of Glory' given a blue beat workover."


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