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Various Artists - The Blue Beat Explosion Volume. 2 (Cat No. SUNRLP012) 
 

Various Artists - The Blue Beat Explosion Volume. 2 (Cat No. SUNRLP012)

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LP £10.99
Various Artists
Genre: Reggae/Ska
Cat No. SUNRLP012 Barcode: 5036436087723


Secret Records subsidiary label, Sunspot Records, releases a well-rounded compilation comprised of early hits from Ska-star Lauren Aitken and the various bands he featured in.


Featuring tracks from the late 1950s and the early 1960s this period was integral for the legendary Blue Beat label as it began increasing its musical output to offer the rabid music fans more of the developing, new Rhythm & Blues sound that was then becoming known as Ska. One such artist whose name is synonymous with this emerging scene is the now renowned Lauren Aitken aka "the Godfather of Ska", who featured/collaborated with artists and groups including Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, Arthur 'Duke' Reid, The Bluesbeat , The Boogie Cats and Ruddy &Sketto.

Lauren Aitken, who during the late 1950s was Jamaica's first real recording star was also amongst the first to release a Ska record. Aitken's collaboration with music producer Chris Blackwell allowed his 1958 single "Boogie in My Bones" b/w "Little Sheila" to be the first Jamaican popular music record to be released in the United Kingdom.  Other more Jamaican rhythm and blues orientated singles from this period include "Low Down Dirty Girl" and "More Whisky" both produced by Duke Reid. Additionally, Aitken recorded for several prominent producers, including Reid, Leslie Kong, and Ken Khouri. In 1960, spurred by the popularity of his records in England, Aitken moved to London. There he began recording for Blue Beat, the first British-based label to cater to Jamaican immigrant tastes. Blue Beat's first single was a reissue of "Boogie Rock," and not long after, "Mary Lee" became the first song Aitken recorded specifically for the label. Aitken cut more than 15 singles for Blue Beat then temporarily returned to Jamaica in 1963.

To be issued on 25 track CD and 180 gram 16 track vinyl, ‘The Blue Beat Explosion vol.2’ features the early, essential Lauren Aitken  influenced tracks from some of the major names in Ska and Reggae music aimed at those interested in the beginnings of these timeless genres.

Release date: 2nd September 2013

LP Tracklisting

Side 1

1. Boogie In My Bones – Laurel Aitken and The Caribs
2. Honey Girl– Laurel Aitken and The Caribs
3. Boogie Rock– Laurel Aitken and The Boogie Cats
4. Judgement Day – Laurel Aitken with Ken Richards and The Harmonisers
5. More Whisky– Laurel Aitken With Duke Reid Group
6. Back To New Orleans – Laurel Aitken
7. Mabel– Laurel Aitken and Hyacinth
8. You Got Me Rockin – Laurel Aitken and Hyacinth

Side 2

1. Sixty Days And Sixty Nights– Laurel Aitken
2. If It’s Money You Need– Laurel Aitken
3. Yea Yea Baby – Laurel Aitken with Ken Richards and The Harmonisers
4. Nursery Rhyme Boogie – Laurel Aitken and The Blue Beats
5. Mash Potato Boogie – Laurel Aitken and The Blue Beats
6. Weary Wanderer – Laurel Aitken with Ruddy and Sketto
7. Going To Kansas City – Laurel Aitken
8. Lucille – Laurel Aitken


 
 
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