Title

Artist
Label
Format
Date
  Various artists album review
King Size Ska Original Jamaican Instrumental Ska Sounds 1964-1966
Various
Trojan
CD
06 - 07 - 1998


Tracking list

  1. Roland Alphonso - El torro
  2. Baba Brooks & His Recording Band - King size
  3. Granville williams Orchestra - Hi life
  4. Roland Alphonso - On the move
  5. Sammy Ismay & Baba Brooks Band - Cocktails for two
  6. Raymond Harper & Carib Beats - No other love
  7. Roland Alphonso - Women of the world
  8. Baba Brooks & His Recording Band - Faberge
  9. Granville Williams Orchestra - Old McDonald
  10. Roland Alphonso - Nothing for nothing
  11. Tommy McCook & Supersonics - Riverton City
  12. Val Bennett & His Selected Group - Atlas
  13. Roland Alphonso - Jungle bit
  14. Baba Brooks & His Recording Band - First session
  15. Granville Williams Orchestra - Popeye ska
  16. Roland Alphonso - The cat
  17. Roy Richards & Baba Brooks Band - Contact
  18. Raymond Harper & Carib Beats - Amour
  19. Roland Alphonso - Guantanamera ska
  20. Carib Beats - J.J. special
  21. Granville Williams Orchestra - Honky tonk ska
  22. Roland Alphonso - Song for my father
  23. Baba Brooks & His Recording Band - The scratch
  24. Granville Williams Orchestra - Tear up
  25. Cluett Johnson Orchestra - Hot nosh
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4


By the early 60s Jamaican music had developed an unmistakable style of its own, with an ever increasing emphasis on the upbeat. Up until the summer of 1966, it was the sound of Jamaica. Numerous bands were playing ska music on the island, The Skatalites being the most influential of them all.
This album gathers 25 ska tracks, recorded between 1964 to 1966 for producers such as Leslie Kong, Sonia Pottinger and Ken Lack. It focuses on a few gifted musicians : saxophonist Roland Alphonso, trumpeter Baba Brooks and Granville Williams. It's not a greatest ska hits compilation but a well worth checking out collecting of ska sides.

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