JAMAICA - Rhythm & Blues 1956 - 1961

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JAMAICA - Rhythm & Blues 1956 - 1961

The Roots of Jamaican Soul

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"Chris Blackwell, Clement «Coxsone» Dodd, Duke Reid, Prince Buster, Edward Seaga and Byron Lee are all legendary figures, and here they were beginning their careers as producers. Influ-enced by the sounds of New Orleans and Memphis, this Jamaican R&B, featured in 44 exceptional titles selected by Bruno Blum, represents a unique cocktail: blues, boogie-woogie, shuffle, swing jazz, jump blues, gospel, nyabinghi, doo-wop and rock & roll! Forgotten by history, this tropical rock-music preceding the arrival of ska contains the authentic roots of reggae. Many of these seminal bluebeat pieces have been almost impossible to find since the Sixties but, at last, here they are!"

Patrick FRÉMEAUX

Format: CD Box

ART DIRECTION : BRUNO BLUM
RIGHTS : DP / FREMEAUX & ASSOCIES

CD1 :
LAUREL AITKEN (FEAT. ERNEST RANGLIN): BOOGIE ROCK • DENZIL LAING & THE WRIGGLERS: BLOODSHOT EYES • HIGGS & WILSON (FEAT. JOE HIGGS): MANNY OH • THEOPHILUS BECKFORD (FEAT. RICO RODRIGUEZ): EASY SNAPPING • THEOPHILUS BECKFORD (FEAT. ROLAND ALPHONSO): GEORGIE AND THE OLD SHOE • RICO RODRIGUEZ: LET GEORGE DO IT • LAUREL AITKEN: LOW DOWN DIRTY GIRL • LAUREL AITKEN: BABA KILL ME GOAT • DRUMBAGO ALL STARS (FEAT. COUNT OSSIE): DUCK SOUP • THEOPHILUS BECKFORD (FEAT. ERNEST RANGLIN): JACK AND JILL SHUFFLE • DERRICK MORGAN: FAT MAN • DUKE REID’S ALL STARS: PINK LANE SHUFFLE • DERRICK MORGAN (FEAT. DON DRUMMOND): LOVER BOY • LLOYD CLARKE: PARAPINTO BOOGIE • LAUREL AITKEN: JUDGEMENT DAY • BELL’S GROUP: KINGSTON 13 • LAUREL AITKEN: MORE WHISKY • THE FOLKS BROTHERS (FEAT. COUNT OSSIE): OH CAROLINA • OWEN GRAY: CUTEST LITTLE WOMAN • OWEN GRAY: RUNNING AROUND • LAUREL AITKEN: MIGHTY REDEEMER • BUDDY DAVIDSON W / BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONAIRES: KISSIN’ GAL.

CD2 :
OWEN GRAY (FEAT. DON DRUMMOND): SINNERS WEEP • THE JIVING JUNIORS (FEAT. DERRICK HARRIOTT): HIP RUB • THEOPHILUS BECKFORD: SHE’S GONE (MY BABY IS GONE) • LAUREL AITKEN: DRINKIN’ WHISKY • OWEN GRAY: GET DRUNK • ERIC “MONTY” MORRIS: CORN BREAD AND BUTTER • ERIC “MONTY” MORRIS: HUMPTY DUMPTY • DERRICK MORGAN: I’M GONNA LEAVE YOU • DUKE REID’S ALL STARS (FEAT. ROLAND ALPHONSO): WHAT MAKES HONEY • LASCELLES PERKINS: LONELY ROBIN • ROY PANTON: FORTY FOUR • THEOPHILUS BECKFORD: DON’T WANT ME NO MORE • BUNNY & SKITTER (FEAT. DON DRUMMOND): ROCK WITH MY BABY • DERRICK MORGAN: WIGGER WEE SHUFFLE • NEVILLE ESSON (FEAT. CLUE J AND HIS BLUES BLASTERS): LOVERS’ JIVE • LAUREL AITKEN: HEY BARTENDER • THE FOLKS BROTHERS (FEAT. COUNT OSSIE): I MET A MAN • KEITH & ENID: EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT • DERRICK MORGAN: LEAVE EARTH • SHENLEY & ANNETTE: MILLION DOLLAR BABY • THE BLUES BLASTERS (FEAT. DIZZY JOHNNY MOORE): DOWN BEAT SPECIAL • THE MELLOW CATS (FEAT. COUNT OSSIE): ANOTHER MOSES.

Press:

- « It is a fine record » by Blues & Rhythm
"Just like busses… For many years Jamaican r&b languished largely forgotten, an occasional article or radio show being it in terms of exposure (Hi Tony Rounce, last time I heard ‘Kissin Gal’, included here, you were spinning it on Stuart Colman’s radio show – thirty years ago, was it ?). Now with the public domain time-span having elapsed, it is nearly as difficult to keep up with what is coming out, as it is to sort out the intricacies of the Jamaican record companies that originally issued this material. This double set contains 44 titles and unlike say, the BlueBeat series reviewed in B&R 268 which contains plenty of doo-woop and ballad styled material, the focus here is almost excusively on up-tempo rocking items – or at least mid-tempo shuffles, and with walking basses a plenty. Some of these titles are at risk of becoming over familiar – Laurel Aitken’s ‘Boogie Rock’ makes a great opener, it is a fine record, but the rapidly developing problem is that everyone includes it. Less well-known – to me at any rate – is Dezing Laing’s ‘Bloodshot Eyes’, which could come from either Wynonie Harris or Hank Penny, though my money is still on the former, and The Jiving Juniors’ ‘Hip Rub’, with influences from The Coesters and early 60s New Orleans r&b. Nice to hear Duke Reid’s All Stars’ ‘Pink Lane Shuffle’ and The Blues Blasters’ ‘Down Beat Special’ too, both with a sound that hards back to the early 1950s, and a young Owen Gray (he’s still active) referencing Rosco Gordon and Big Joe Turner on ‘Running Around’. A couple of choices do not really fit the remit – Laurel Aitken’s ‘Baba Kill Me Goat’ certainly is not r&b (though I do like the way that Laurel’s piano break approximates the banjo in mento), and The Folkes Brothers’ well-known ‘Oh Carolina’ is more important for its neo-African drumming than the r&b connection ; ditto ‘The Mellow Cats’, ’Another Moses’. There’s no real problem with the rest ; despite my description earlier it really is quite a variety of sounds. Check your shelves and see how much of this material you already have. There is no denying that this all excellent music, and if you have previously enjoved Jamaican r&b, you’ll certainly thrill to this set."
Par Norman DARWEN - BLUES & RHYTHM

 
Credits :
Laurel Aitken/ Ernest Ranglin, Ruddy Abrahams, Lorenzo Aiken, Denzil Laing & The Wrigglers, Clayton Penny Herbert, Higgs & Wilson, Joe Higgs, Roy Wilson, Theophilius Beckford/rico Rodriguez, Theophilus Beckford, Theophilius Beckford/roland Alphonso, Rico Rodriguez, Emmanuel Rodriguez, Lorenzo Aitken, Drumbago All Stars/count Ossie, Roland Alphonso, Theophilius Beckford/ernest Ranglin, Derrick Morgan, Duke Reid's All Stars, Lloyd Clarke, Bell's Group, The Folk Brothers/count Ossie, John Folks, Owen Gray, Buddy Davidson W/byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Owen Gray/ Don Drummond, The Jiving Juniors/derrick Harriot, Derrick Harriott, Eric Monty Morris, Eric Morris, Morgan Derrick, Duke Reid's All Stars/roland Alphonso, Lascelles Perkins, Lacelles Perkens, Roy Panton, Bunny & Skitter/don Drummond, A.robinson, Neville Esson, The Folks Brothers, Keith & Enid, Stewart, Campbell, Shenley & Annette, Shenley Duffus, The Blues Blasters/dizzy Johnny Moore, Clement Dodd, The Mellow Cats/ Count Ossie

 
CDPisteTitreArtiste principalAuteurDuréeEnregistré en
11Boogie rockLaurel Aitken/ernest Ranglin 00:02:331959
12Bloodshot eyesDenzil Laing & The Wrigglers 00:02:331958
13Mammy ohHiggs & Wilson 00:02:291960
14Easy snappingTheophilius Beckford/rico Rodriguez 00:02:561958
15Georgie and the old shoeTheophilius Beckford/roland Alphonso 00:03:371958
16Let george do itRico Rodriguez 00:03:161961
17Low down dirty girlLaurel Aitken 00:02:431960
18Baba kill me goatLaurel Aitken 00:02:351959
19Duck soupDrumbago All Stars/count Ossie 00:02:381959
110Jack and jill shuffleTheophilius Beckford/ernest Ranglin 00:03:011959
111Fat manDerrick Morgan 00:02:211960
112Pink lane shuffleDuke Reid's All Stars 00:03:191959
113Lover boyDerrick Morgan 00:02:431959
114Parapinto boogieLloyd Clarke 00:02:421961
115Judgement dayLaurel Aitken 00:02:541960
116Kingston 13Bell's Group 00:03:371960
117More whiskyLaurel Aitken 00:03:081961
118Oh carolinaThe Folk Brothers/count Ossie 00:02:411959
119Cutest little womanOwen Gray 00:02:181960
120Running aroundOwen Gray 00:02:131960
121Mighty redeemerLaurel Aitken 00:02:491960
122Kissin' galBuddy Davidson W/byron Lee & The Dragonaires 00:02:401960
21Sinners weepOwen Gray/ Don Drummond 00:02:281961
22Hip rubThe Jiving Juniors/derrick Harriot 00:02:111961
23She's gone my baby is goneTheophilus Beckford 00:02:421961
24Drindin' whiskyLaurel Aitken 00:02:381960
25Get drunkOwen Gray 00:02:011961
26Corn bread and butterEric Monty Morris 00:02:151961
27Humpty dumptyEric Monty Morris 00:02:541960
28I m gonna leave youDerrick Morgan 00:02:081960
29What makes honeyDuke Reid's All Stars/roland Alphonso 00:02:091960
210Lonely robinLascelles Perkins 00:03:241961
211Forty fourRoy Panton 00:02:271961
212Don't want me no moreTheophilus Beckford 00:02:491959
213Rock with my babyBunny & Skitter/don Drummond 00:03:201959
214Lover's jiveDerrick Morgan 00:03:021961
215Wigger we shuffleNeville Esson 00:02:171959
216Hey bartenderLaurel Aitken 00:02:351961
217I met a manThe Folks Brothers 00:01:591961
218Everything will be all rightKeith & Enid 00:02:191961
219Leave earthDerrick Morgan 00:02:351961
220Million baby dollarShenley & Annette 00:02:391961
221Down beat specialThe Blues Blasters/dizzy Johnny Moore 00:03:211961
222Another mosesThe Mellow Cats/count Ossie 00:02:331961



 



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