LABEL: Studio One | GENRE: Ska | NEXT RELEASE: Return Of The Big Guns(1984)
Released three years after the group was formed in 1964, the album is regarded as the one of the Ska genre's milestone albums. Recorded between 1964 and 1965 it was first released on Dodd's obscure ND imprint before a second release in 1967 on the Studio One mainstay.
The sleeve was subtitled "Presenting THE ORIGINAL SKA-TALITES From Jamaica" marking the release as the groups international debut. The original release carried 12 tracks but the back cover as well as the label list only 5 titles for the A side although 6 are on the vinyl, A6 is the non mentioned title. A1 is Titled "Lee Oswald" on the cover but "Lee Harvey Oswald" on the label. Key tracks on the album include, "Brown Skin Girl", "Sammy Dead", and "Lee Oswald". The album has been re-released three times.
Noted in history as the inventors of Ska, Skatalite members have at times tried to downplay this accolade by citing a mis-interpretation of the Jazz/Big Band soundscape that was popular on Jamaican airwaves at the time. What the Skatalites actually did was drag these older styles into the contemporary scene, merge it with modern R&B, and propel it into the mainstream via a faster syncopated island beat. And with it, the group's musical legacy spread around the world and across generations.
The album however was not a album project but a compilation created by Dodd after the group split in July 1965, a few months after trombonist Don Drummond stabbed his lover and group vocalist, Marguerita to death. It would take twenty years to pass before the group reunited in 1986.
No one truly knows the extent of The Skatalites catalog as the group recorded under various monikers throughout the years. Records state that their cataloged recordings include 40 Albums, 109 Single/EP, 11 compilations and have made over 200 guest appearances on other productions.
5.You're So Delightful
6.Ska In Vienna Woods
10. Feeling Good
11. Ball Of Fire
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