World of Reggae Music Collection: The Ska Originals

The World of Reggae Music

The Ska Originals

The Jam-Tex selector presents a new chapter in the “Wolrd of Reggae Music Collection” called The Ska Originals.

The Jam-Tex selector has been working on a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music called “The World of Reggae Music Collection.” The selector invites others to comment on the selected tracks and to join in on the conversation about the history of reggae music.  This collection of singles began with the greatest roots reggae hits in categories entitled “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah” and “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth.”

Now the selector moves back in time to the roots of reggae, exploring the greatest singles from the early ska era. Please feel free to suggest your favorite singles. The primary examination of the “Ska Originals” genre focuses on the founders of ska music from the late 1950s to the 1960s. Later posts will explore forms of ska music of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s:  Two-Tone Ska and Third Wave Ska

Some of the same Jamaican singers, musicians, and producers of the original ska music movement later became the fathers and mothers of rocksteady and reggae.  A young Robert Nesta Marley recorded some ska tunes and so did Bob Marley‘s vocal group the Wailin’ Wailers, which later became the Wailers. Alton Ellis, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Clancy Eccles, Cornell Campbell, and Lee “Scratch” Perry all played ska as young lads. These Jamaican superstars all make this collection of ska singles.

The classic ska bands and vocal groups of the era appear on this collection, including the famed The Skatalites, The Ethiopians, The Pioneers, The Soulettes, The Paragons, The Heptones, The Ethiopians, The Techniques, The Upsetters, The Baba Brooks Band, The Gaylads, and The Versatiles. Many of the great ska musicians have singles that made this chart, like Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Lyn Taitt, and Tommy McCook.

Ska music is fun and fast, yet a very easy-going music that sends you skanking around the room. I love this music. There are some wonderful characters that came out of this musical genre, performers like Prince Buster, Sir Lord Comic, Lord Kitchener, Stranger Cole, Lord Creator, and the Folkes Brothers. Plus the dynamite sounds of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires make for some of the most classic ska tracks. The Jam-Tex selector invites you to comment on the list and make suggestions.

The Jam-Tex selector proudly presents…

World of Reggae Music Collection

The Ska Originals

The Skatalites Guns of Navarone

Don Drummond Don De Lion

Bob Marley & the Wailers Simmer Down

The EthopiansTrain To Skaville

Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead

Jimmy Cliff Miss Jamaica

Toots & the MaytalsSweet & Dandy

John Holt & the Paragons The Tide Is High

Don Drummond – Eastern Standard Time

Jackie Opel – Push Wood

Tommy McCook – Alley Cat Ska

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Jamaica Ska

Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina

The Heptones – Gunman Coming To Town

Lord TanamoI’m In The Mood For Ska

Laurel Aitken & the Skatalites – Rude Boy Dreams

Desmond Dekker King Of Ska

Freddie Note & the Rudies Montego Bay

The Maytals Broadway Jungle

Prince Buster – Madness

Derrick MorganMoon Hop

Lee “Scratch” Perry & The SoulettesDoctor Dick

Don Drummond & the SkatalitesChinatown

Desmond DekkerRudy Got Soul

Gregory IsaacsMy Time

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics Ska Jam

Bob Marley Judge Not

The MaytalsSix And Seven Books Of Moses

Jimmy Cliff – Hurricane Hattie

Don Drummond – (Music Is My) Occupation

Roland Alphonso – James Bond

The Gaylads – Stop Making Love

Alton Ellis & Eddie Parker My Heaven

The Pioneers Jackpot

Prince Buster – Al Capone

Justin Hinds and the DominoesThe Ark

Ken BootheUno Dos Tres

Amos Clarke Chatty Chatty Woman

Val Bennett – Atlas

Lee “Scratch” Perry Give Me Justice

Alton EllisMouth A Massy

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jailhouse

Jimmy Cliff – King of Kings

Desmond Dekker – Honour Your Mother and Father

Eric Monty Morris – Enna Bella

Millie Small & Roy Panton – We’ll Meet

Blues Blenders – The Girl Next Door

Alton Ellis & the FlamesBlessings Of Love

Bob Marley & the WailersDuppy Conqueror

Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp

Roy Shirley & Ken Boothe Calling

Lee “Scratch” PerryWhat A Good Wood Man

Derrick MorganBlazing Fire

Roland Alphonso Phoenix City

Baba BrooksDuck Soup

Stranger Cole & Lester SterlingBangarang

The SkatalitesLatin Goes Ska

Alton Ellis Dance Crasher

Desmond Dekker – Get Up Edina

Derrick MorganFat Man

Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole – Arte Bella

Owen Gray – Darling Patricia

Baba Brooks – Girls Town Ska

Lord CreatorHurry Up

The MaytalsLet’s Jump

Derrick Harriott – Monkey Ska

Dave and Ansel CollinsMonkey Spanner

The EthiopiansFree Man

Lord Tanamo – You Belong to My Heart

Owen Grey Jezebel

Lee “Scratch” Perry Rub & Squeeze

Justin Hinds and the DominoesOver The River

Don Drummond – Man in the Street

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Out of Space

Roland AlphonsoOn The Move

Ewan McDermott Candy Ska

Desmond Dekker – Mount Zion

Granville Williams OrchestraHonky Tonk Ska

Desmond Dekker Pickney Gal

Tommy McCook & the Skatalites Silver Dollar

Duke Reid’s Group – Let George Do It

The Paragons Happy Go Lucky Girl

Chuck Joseph, Dobby Dobson, and Aubrey Adams – Du Du Wap

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Go Jimmy Go

Desmond Dekker & the Aces – Sabotage

Roland Alphonso – Old Fowl Ska

Eric ‘Monty’ Morris – Penny Reel

Rita Marley Anderson & the Wailers – A De Pon Dem

Jimmy Cliff – One-Eyed Jacks

The Versatiles – Push It In 

Derrick Morgan – The Hop 

Lord Tanamo – Mattie Rag (aka Ol’ Matilda)

Jackie Opel – Sit Down Servant

The Sounds – Shufflin’

Cornell Campbell – Under the Old Oak Tree

The Baba Brooks Band – Guns Fever

Frank Anderson – Musical Storeroom

Clive and Naomi – You Are Mine

Alton Ellis & the Flames – The Preacher

Desmond Dekker – Unity

Delroy Wilson & Slim Smith – Look Who I Back Again

Bob Marley & the Wailers – How Many Times (Do You Remember)

Don Drummond & The City Slickers – Don Cosmic

Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites – Nimble Foot Ska

The Baba Brooks Band – Teenage Ska

Toots & the Maytals – Shining Light

Clancy Eccles with Hersang & The City Slickers – River Jordan

The Riots – Yeah Yeah

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Sugar Bag

Lyn Taitt – Independence Ska

Lord Tanamo – If You Were Mine

Frank Cosmo – My Days Are Lonely

Cecil Lloyd & Roland Alphonso – Oceans 11

Laurel Aitken – Hey Bartender 

Derrick Harriott – Derrick!

Winston Samuels – My Bride to Be

Andy Capp – The Law 

Roland Alphonso – Yard Broom 

Tommy McCook – Cotton Tree

Don Drummond – Lucky Seven 

Lloyd Robinson – Too Late 

Ossie & The Upsetters – Turn Me On 

The Skatalites – Streets of Gold 

Lloyd Brivett – Wayward Ska 

Lynn Taitt – Tender Loving Care 

Jackie Estick – Daisy I Love You 

Cornell Campbell – Don’t Want Your Loving 

Derrick Morgan – Hold Your Jack 

Stranger & Gladdy – How Your Pantie Get Wet 

Bunny & Skitter – When The Well Runs Dry 

The Charmers – Jeanie Girl

The Dreamletts – Really Now 

Clue J & His Blues Brothers – Beeston Street Riff

Derrick Harriott – Answer Me My Darling

Frank Anderson & Tommy McCook – Wheel and Turn

Lascelles Perkins with Clue J and His Blues Brothers – Lonely Moments

Lester Sterling, Johnnie Moore, & Tommy McCook – Settle Down

Jackie Estick – The Ska

Horrell DawkinsButterfly

The SilvertonesTrue Confessions

Ewan McDermottSinners Got A Moanin…

Raymond HarperDiscipline

The Baba Brooks Band Special Event

The Skatalites Good News

Don Drummond – Cool Smoke

Roland AlphonsoCorner Store

Tommy McCook – Twelve Minutes to Go 

The Duke Reid Group – Strolling In

Don Drummond – Stampede

Derrick Morgan – Don’ Call Me Daddy 

Baba Brooks – Boat Ride 

The Skatalites – Black Sunday 

Ewan McDermott – Don’t Bring Me Your Dreams 

Lloyd Brevett – One More Time 

Raymond Harper – Yours 

Tommy McCooke – Apanga 

Clue J & His Blues BlastersSalt Lane Shuffle

Frank Anderson, Tommy McCook, & The Skatalites Always on Sunday

Roland Alphonso – Sucu Sucu

Don Drummond – University Goes Ska

Derrick Morgan – Look Before You Leap 

Roland Alphonso – Bongo Tango 

The Skatalites – Dragon Weapon 

Baba Brooks – Musical Communion 

Don Drummond – Spider 

The Skatalites – Street Corner 

Derrick Morgan – Seven Letters 

Roland Alphonso – Back Beat 

Don Drummond – Doctor Decker

Baba Brooks & His Band – Blues 

Don Drummond – Mesoptamia

Baba Brooks – Dreadnaught 

Roland Alphonso – 20.75

Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso – Heaven And Earth 

Roland Alphonso & Carroll McLaughlin – Set Back 

Don Drummond – Garden of Love 

Roland Alphonso & Studio One Orchestra – Spread Satin 

The Baba Brooks Band – Vitamin A 

Don Drummond – Around the World 

Roland Alphonso – Nuclear Weapon 

Don Drummond – Burning Torch 

Roland Alphonso – Alipang

Don Drummond – Thorougfare

Roland Alphonso – Feeling Fine

Don Drummond – Melody Jamboree

Roland Alphonso – Sandy Gulley

Don Drummond – Silver Dollar 

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Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You

The Maytals – Someone’s Going to Bawl

Sir Lord Comic and His Cowboys – Ska-ing West

Don Drummond – Dew Drops

Eric Morris – Put on Your Best Dress

Roland Alphonso, King Sporty, & Justin Yap – El Cid

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Watermelon Man

Prince Buster – Run Man Run

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Train to Ska-Thedral

Lord Tanamo – Night Food Ska

Derrick Morgan – No Raise, No Praise

Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough

Lord Kitchener – The Road

Chuck & Dobby – I Don’t Need Your Love

Derrick Morgan – National Dance

Eric Morris – Strongman Sampson

Drumbago’s Orchestra – Duck Soup

The Rulers – Wrong’em Boyo

Baba Brooks – Musical Workshop

Derrick Morgan – Be Still

The Tartans – What Can I Say

Lord Tanamo – Come Down

The Techniques – I’m In Love

The Spanishstonians – Rudie Gets Plenty

The Techniques – Little Did You Know

Winston & George – Denham Town

Roland Alphonso – Blackberry Brandy

Basil Gabbidon – Ena Meni

Derrick Morgan and Patsy – Let Me Go

Eric Morris – Solomon Gundie

Granville Williams Orchestra – The Third Man Theme

Clive & Naomi – Open The Door

Stranger Cole & the Conquerors – Drop the Ratchet

Andy Cap – Pop A Top

The Maytals – Just Got To Be

Dandy Livingstone – Reggae in Your Jeggae

Roland Alphonso – Shot in the Dark

Baba Brooks – One Eyed Giant

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Soul Limbo

Bongo Herman & Les – Dr. Who

The Skatalites – Ghost Town

Tommy McCook & the Skatalites – Doctor Zhivago

Baba Brooks – Watermelon Man

Lord Comic & the Skatalites – Lon Cheney

The Rulers – Copasetic

Carlos Malcom – Bonanza Ska

The Skatalites – Ringo

Lloyd Robinson – When You Walk

Tommy McCook – Riverton City

The Skatalites – Ska Boo Da Baa

Baba Brooks – Shenk I Shek

Roland Alphonso – Cleo’s Back

Cornell Campbell – Make Hay

Don Drummond – Away From It All

The Skatalites – China Clipper 

Lord Tanamo – Iron Bar

King Stitt & the Dynamites – The Ugly One (AKA Lee Van Cleef)

Owen Gray – She’s Going to Napoli

Roy Shirley – Get on the Ball

Vinley Gayle – Go On

Justin Hinds – Try Me

Ferdy Nelson – Ska Down Jamaica Way

The Valentines – Blam Blam Fever

Joanne Gordon & Roland Alphonso – Blow Roland Blow

Johnny Moore – South China Sea

Roy Richards – Lost My Girl

Bobby Aitken – Jericho

Senior Pablo – Senorita

Jackie Opel – Turn to the Almighty

Delroy Blyfield – Yagga Yagga

Ruddy  & Sketto – I Love You

Winston Grennan – Turn on the Light

Larry Marshall – Snake in the Grass

Basil Gabbidon – Back to Jamaica

The Royals – Save Mama

Harry Johnson and the All Stars – The Dog

Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead

The Skatalites – Kingston 11

Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, & the Skatalites –World’s Fair

Owen & Leon Silveras – Next Door Neighbour

Stranger & Patsy – When I Call Your Name

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World of Reggae Music Collection: The Ska Originals

Top Ten for October 2008!!!

October 2008
1. AlborosieSoul Pirate [Forward Recordings 2008]
2. Bob DylanTell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 [Sony 2008]
3. GyptianI Can Feel Your Pain [VP Records 2008]
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6. Mr. VegasThe Hits [Greensleeves 2008]
7. Various ArtistsReggae Anthology Randy’s 50th Anniversary [VP Records 2008]
8. Thievery Corporation Radio Retaliation [Eighteenth Street 2008]
9. Dub Specialist Dub [Heartbeat 2008]
10. Lucinda WilliamsLittle Honey [Lost Highway 2008]

The Italian reggae sensation Alborosie dropped a limited edition of Soul Pirate on the masses this month. The singles “Kingston Town,” “Rastafari Anthem,” “Herbalist,” and “Moonshine” promise to be roots reggae hits. Kymani Marley, Ranking Joe, and Michael Rose all appear on the disc. Marley and Alborosie cover Bob Marley’s “Natural Mystic” while Ranking Joe toasts over “Precious.” This disc is a classic one!

Bob Dylan continues to amaze. On Tell Tale Signs versions of “Mississippi” and “Dignity” give me chills. This new edition of bootlegs covers the more recent work of Dylan, including the beautiful tracks laid down by producer Daniel Lanois.

VP Records released Randy’s 50th Anniversary, which offers some excellent Jamaican reissues, including tracks from Lord Creator, Cornell Campbell, Baba Brooks, The Skatalites, the late great Alton Ellis, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, The Ethiopians, Don Drummond, The Maytals, Roland Alphonso, Count Machukie, and many more.

Thievery Corporation’s new album Radio Retaliation mashes reggae, dancehall, dub, international, and electronica music with a revolutionary spirit. Several vocalist appear over the thickly layered world beats, including Sleepy Wonder, Seu Jorge, Femi Kuti, Anushka Shankar, Jana Andevska, Lou Lou, Notch, and Chuck Brown.  I especially like the reggae-laced tracks, “Sound the Alarm,” “Radio Retaliation,” and “Blasting Through the City.” Also “El Pueblo Unido” is a powerful song driven by Latin rhythms and bold lyrics.

Top Ten for October 2008!!!