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|Don Drummond, Ths Skatalites, The Maytals as the Vikings|
More Intensified: Ska 63-67
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
This compilation captures the subtle shift in Jamaican music from ska to rock steady around the mid-'60s, a distinction that is not always easy to make. Early ska is a musical grab bag of diverse elements. Rooted in mento,... more »
This compilation captures the subtle shift in Jamaican music from ska to rock steady around the mid-'60s, a distinction that is not always easy to make. Early ska is a musical grab bag of diverse elements. Rooted in mento, a folk sound that could be described as Jamaican Calypso, ska also incorporated R&B structures, Latin American horn choruses, and elements from the burgeoning Rasta drumming movement led by Count Ossie and his band. It even reprised the musical strains of African revivalist cults such as Pocomania. Rock steady, which would soon evolve into reggae, is said to have emerged when the dry, hot summer of '66 necessitated a slowdown by dancers and musicians into steadier tempos and simpler arrangements, and the new sound and dance were both aptly termed rock steady. This ska-to-rock steady period was also the heyday of the legendary ska big band the Skatalites, many of whose members had been students at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston and had played in various marching bands. The Skatalites' instrumental virtuosity, jazz influences, and military-tight arrangements are represented here most compellingly in "Dick Tracy" and "Man in the Streets," featuring the emblematic and melancholy slide trombone of Don Drummond, whose tragic death in an insane asylum after he murdered his beautiful dancer girlfriend adds a bit of frisson to the Skatalites-Drummond legend. But all the selections in this compilation possess that distinctive Skatalite quality of springboarding from deep-rooted folk tradition to the heights of jazz lyricism. --Elena Oumano
Nathaniel Vaughan | Montpelier, Vermont | 08/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is an automatic mood stimulant, as beautiful, peppy and innocent as anything I've ever heard. It's also not something everyone else owns, therefore it is a secret pleasure. I recommend it to anyone who isn't an idiot."
Treasure trove of Jamaican music
Pieter | Johannesburg | 02/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album covers early ska from 1963 to 1967 in a blend of instrumentals and vocal numbers. My favourites include Six and Seven Books of Moses by The Maytals as The Vikings, Mount Zion by Desmond Dekker and the amazing Congo War by Lord Brynner and The Sheiks, in which the civil war in the Congo in the early 1960's is discussed in a most colourful manner. Train to Skaville by The Ethiopians is another soulful, melodic track, displaying the diversity of this Jamaican style. Other artists here include The Skatalites, Don Drummond, Stranger Cole, Sir Lord Comic, Marguerita, The Soul Brothers and Eric Morris. All of these tracks were recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, from 1963 to 1967 and the instruments include trumpet, trombone, tenor and alto sax, keyboard, bass, drums and guitar. This is chugging great music!"
Another lost classic
Art | 11/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Another out-of-print classic from Island/Mango. As with "Club Ska 67", this contains a nice mix of popular hits ("Man in the Street", "Train to Skaville") with more obscure numbers that aren't available on every other ska compilation out there ("Congo War", "Run Joe"). I used to have a cassette with this on one side and "Club Ska 67" on the other side which was a permanent resident in my car's cassette deck, circa 1993. I'm glad I grabbed this on CD when I had a chance, since Island is obviously content to let Trojan grab all the dollars/pounds from today's fans of old-time ska with their inferior, repetitive compilations."