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Island Records Presents Ska

In 1962, youthful music entrepreneur, Chris Blackwell moved his Island Records operation from Kingston, Jamaica to London and over the ensuing months released an array of popular 45s by a host Caribbean talent. As a result, Island became a dominant force in the ever-expanding West Indian music market, only relinquishing its position after Blackwell had helped launch Trojan Records in 1968. The strength of Island’s early Jamaican music catalogue is reflected in this, the latest in the popular ‘Presents’ range. Collecting some of the best and rarest Ska sides from 1962 to 1966, the 2CD 40 track release highlights just why the company’s output is so revered among fans of the genre. And with artists including such luminaries as Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker, the Skatalites and Jimmy Cliff, ‘Island Presents Ska’ is not only a must for established fans, but also serves as a perfect introduction to the genre and Island’s early musical history.

  • CD 1

    1. Roy And Millie - We'll Meet
    2. Lloyd Clarke - Love You The Most
    3. Clancy Eccles - Judgment
    4. Derrick Morgan - No Raise No Praise
    5. Jimmy Cliff - One Eyed Jacks
    6. Larry Lawrence - Garden Of Eden
    7. Laurel Aitken - I Shall Remove
    8. Theo Beckford - Boller Man (A Come)
    9. Lord Tanamo - Come Down (Pomps And Pride)
    10. Baba Brooks & His Band - Robin Hood
    11. Stranger Cole - Stranger At The Door
    12. Jimmy Cliff - Miss Universe
    13. Baba Brooks & His Band - Three Blind Mice
    14. Robert Marley - One Cup Of Coffee
    15. Stranger Cole - Till My Dying Days
    16. Don Drummond, The Skatalites - JFK's Memory
    17. Dotty & Bonny - The Sun Rises In The East
    18. Lloyd Brevett - One More Time
    19. Baba Brooks & His Band - Catch A Fire
    20. The Cherry Pies - Do You Keep On Dreaming

    CD 2

    1. Eric Morris - What A Man Doeth
    2. Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces - Jeserene
    3. Theo Beckford - Take Your Time
    4. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Jump Out Of The Frying Pan
    5. The Skatalites - Dragon Weapon
    6. Lord Briscoe - Trojan
    7. The Skatalites - Stampede
    8. The Virtues, The Ambassadors - Your Wife And Mother
    9. Desmond Dekker - The Four Aces This Woman
    10. The Maytals - My New Name
    11. Derrick Morgan - Starvation
    12. The Techniques - Little Did You Know
    13. Baba Brooks - Duck Soup
    14. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Peace And Love
    15. Lyn Taitt, The Baba Brooks Band - Skalarama (The Magnificent Seven Theme)
    16. Derrick Harriott, The Audley Williams Combo - The Jerk
    17. Baba Brooks, Don Drummond - Lucky Seven
    18. Lloyd Clarke - Parro Saw The Light
    19. The Celestials, Llans Thewell - Choo Choo Ska
    20. Millie, Jimmy Cliff - Hey Boy, Hey Girl

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