Release Date: 18 May 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|The Skatalites The Skatalite Limited Edition Clear Vinyl LP
Faithful reproduction of the original 1969 Treasure Isle collection featuring 12 prime slices of The Skatalites at their finest , featuring the original artwork!
Limited edition clear vinyl pressing!
More than a band, the Skatalites were and are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didn't merely define the sound of Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the '50s and '60s. Although the group existed in its original incarnation for less than 18 months, members brought their signature styles to hundreds upon hundreds of the island's releases. the Skatalites officially lined up as guitarist Jerome ""Jah Jerry"" Hinds, bassist Lloyd Brevett, teenaged pianist Donat Roy ""Jackie"" Mittoo, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, trumpeter Johnnie ""Dizzie"" Moore, Cuban-born tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook, alto saxophonists Lester Sterling and Cuban born Roland Alphonso, and trombonist Don Drummond. Moore, McCook, Sterling, and Drummond were all alumni of the Alpha Cottage School for Boys, an educational institution for troubled and troublesome boys in Kingston, run by the Catholic diocese. Besides the regular lashings of studies, the school was renowned for its music program, and over the years turned hundreds of wayward boys into performers of note. All four ended up playing the hotel circuit, churning out R&B and jazz covers for the tourists.
Previous to the late '50s, this was Jamaica's only real music industry outside the mento scene, and as there were no local record labels, resorts were the only way for musicians to seriously ply their trade. The hotel bands were an ever-shifting conglomerate of players, but over time, they would crisscross each other's paths so often, that all became familiar with everyone else's style. Knibbs and Drummond, for example, had both once played with Eric Dean's Band. When Knibbs departed for the Sheiks, he joined a lineup that included Mittoo and Moore. However, new career opportunities presented themselves when local businessmen Duke Reid and Clement ""Coxsonne"" Dodd both launched record labels and the era of the sessionmen arrived in Jamaica.
1. Yard Broom
3. Twelve Minutes To Go
5. Strolling In
2. Eastern Standard
3. Rough & Tough
4. Musical Store Room
5. When You Call My Name
6. River Bank