Five CDs. Widely hailed as the Godfather of Ska, Laurel Aitken dominated Jamaica's recording industry throughout it's infancy, enjoying a series of hugely popular mento and Jamaican R&B hits during the latter half of the 1950s. Early the following decade he relocated to London, where, over the years that immediately followed, he recorded for every Afro-Caribbean record company of note. While his ska and rock steady recordings ensured Laurel remained a firm favorite among Jamaican ex-patriots, the reggae explosion of 1969 exposed his work to a wider audience, with productions for Doctor Bird, Pama and Trojan Records establishing him as a musical hero for many of Britain's young, white working-classes, notably those that had adopted a fashion style dubbed by the national press as 'skinhead'. This set collects the entirety of the singer-songwriter-producer's output that saw issue on 7" singles between 1969 and 1970, with the set including big sellers alongside long lost rarities and unissued tracks that make their CD debut. While Laurel's own considerable singing skills take center stage, the collection also features recordings he produced for other UK-based artists, their number including such celebrated acts as Rico, Winston Groovy, Pama Dice, the Pyramids, the Cimarons and the Rudies. Among the 138 tracks collected here, two are previously unreleased and a further 68 unavailable on any format for decades, ensuring this celebration of fast and furious boss sounds is an essential acquisition for any self-respecting fan of vintage reggae.
Five CDs. Widely hailed as the Godfather of Ska, Laurel Aitken dominated Jamaica's recording industry throughout it's infancy, enjoying a series of hugely popular mento and Jamaican R&B hits during the latter half of the 1950s. Early the following decade he relocated to London, where, over the years that immediately followed, he recorded for every Afro-Caribbean record company of note. While his ska and rock steady recordings ensured Laurel remained a firm favorite among Jamaican ex-patriots, the reggae explosion of 1969 exposed his work to a wider audience, with productions for Doctor Bird, Pama and Trojan Records establishing him as a musical hero for many of Britain's young, white working-classes, notably those that had adopted a fashion style dubbed by the national press as 'skinhead'. This set collects the entirety of the singer-songwriter-producer's output that saw issue on 7" singles between 1969 and 1970, with the set including big sellers alongside long lost rarities and unissued tracks that make their CD debut. While Laurel's own considerable singing skills take center stage, the collection also features recordings he produced for other UK-based artists, their number including such celebrated acts as Rico, Winston Groovy, Pama Dice, the Pyramids, the Cimarons and the Rudies. Among the 138 tracks collected here, two are previously unreleased and a further 68 unavailable on any format for decades, ensuring this celebration of fast and furious boss sounds is an essential acquisition for any self-respecting fan of vintage reggae.
5013929682702

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Format: CD
Label: PRED
Rel. Date: 04/03/2020
UPC: 5013929682702

Skinhead Train: Complete Singles Collection 1969-1970
Artist: Laurel Aitken & Friends
Format: CD
New: In Stock $43.00
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DISC: 1

1. Fire in Mi Wire - Laurel Aitken
2. Quando Quando - Laurel Aitken
3. Rice and Peas - Laurel Aitken
4. Worried Over Me - the Classics
5. Reggae Prayer - Laurel Aitken
6. Deliverance Will Come - Laurel Aitken
7. The Rise and Fall (Of Laurel) - Laurel Aitken
8. If You're Not Black - Laurel Aitken
9. Haile Haile (The Lion) - Laurel Aitken 1
10. Call Collect - Seven Letters 1
11. Carolina - Laurel Aitken 1
12. Kingston Town - Laurel Aitken 1
13. Donkey Man - Laurel Aitken 1
14. Woppi King - Laurel Aitken 1
15. Mr Soul - Laurel Aitken 1
16. Suffering Still -Laurel Aitken ; Girlie 1
17. Reggae '69 - Laurel Aitken 1
18. Haile Selassie - Laurel Aitken 1
19. Blues Dance - Laurel Aitken ; Girlie 2
20. Lawd Doctor - Laurel Aitken ; Girlie 2
21. Big Fight in Hell Stadium -Laurel Aitken ; Girlie 2
22. Run Powell Run - Laurel Aitken 2
23. A Message to You - Rico ; Laurel Aitken 2
24. Save the Last Dance - Laurel Aitken 2
25. Walk Right Back - Laurel Aitken 2
26. Don't Be Cruel - Laurel Aitken 2
27. (Sloop) John B - Laurel Aitken 2
28. Island in the Sun - Winston Groovy 2
29. Work It Up - Winston Groovy 3
30. (My Girl) Josephine - Winston Groovy 3
31. Champagne and Wine - Winston Groovy 3
32. Babylon Gone - Rico ; Laurel Aitken 3
33. Shoo Be Doo - Laurel Aitken 3
34. Landlords and Tenants - Laurel Aitken 3
35. Everybody Sufferin' - Laurel Aitken 3
36. Jesse James - Laurel Aitken 3
37. Freedom - Laurel Aitken 3
38. Pussy Price Gone Up - Laurel Aitken 3
39. Gimme Back Me Dollar - Laurel Aitken 4
40. Skinhead Train - Laurel Aitken 4
41. Kent People - the Gruvy Beats 4
42. Benwood Dick - Laurel Aitken 4
43. Apollo 12 - Laurel Aitken 4
44. Scandal in Brixton Market - Laurel Aitken ; Girlie 4
45. Frankenstein - King Horror 4
46. I Can't Stand It - Winston Groovy 4
47. Stupid Married Man - Laurel Aitken ; Girlie 4
48. Madam Streggae - Girlie 4
49. Think Me No Know - Laurel Aitken 5
50. Trombone Man - Rico 5
51. Pussy Got Thirteen Life - Laurel Aitken 5
52. Single Man - Laurel Aitken 5
53. Skinhead Wreck the Town -Laurel Aitken 5
54. Moon Rock - Laurel Aitken 5
55. Merry Xmas - Winston Groovy 5
56. Sin Pon You - Laurel Aitken 5
57. Everynight - Laurel Aitken 5
58. Cut Up Munno - Winston Groovy 5
59. The Vampire - King Horror 6
60. Cutting Blade - King Horror 6
61. Leaving Me Standing - Winston Groovy 6
62. Little Girl - Winston Groovy 6
63. The Hole - King Horror 6
64. Loch Ness Monster - King Horror 6
65. Zion I - Rico ; the Visions 6
66. Funky Chicken, Part 1 -Winston Groovy 6
67. Funky Chicken, Part 2 - the Cimarons 6
68. Funny, Version 1 - Winston Groovy 6
69. Funny, Version 2 - the Cimarons 7
70. Sin, Sun and Sex - Pama Dice 7
71. Honky Tonk Popcorn - Pama Dice 7
72. Bongo Man - Pama Dice 7
73. Reggae Popcorn - Pama Dice 7
74. The Worm, Part 1 - Pama Dice 7
75. The Worm, Part 2 - Pama Dice 7
76. Only You - Laurel Aitken 7
77. I Can't Go on - Winston Groovy 7
78. Funky Monkey, Version 1 - Dice the Boss 7
79. Funky Monkey, Version 2 -Dice the Boss 8
80. Give Me Back Your Love - Trevor Lloyd 8
81. Hold Me - Trevor Lloyd 8
82. Chinee Brush - Trevor Lloyd 8
83. Real Collie - Dice ; Cummie 8
84. Loch Ness Monster (Alt. TK.) - King Horror 8
85. The Worm - Pama Dice 8
86. You Can't Turn Your Back on Me - Winston Groovy 8
87. Funky Duck - Dice the Boss 8
88. Funkier Than Duck - Dice the Boss 8
89. The Naked City - King Horror 9
90. Wood in the Fire - King Horror 9
91. Mr Popcorn - Laurel Aitken 9
92. Share Your Popcorn - Laurel Aitken 9
93. I've Got to Have Your Love - Laurel Aitken 9
94. Blue Mink - Laurel Aitken ; Gruvy Beats 9
95. Souls of Africa - Tiger 9
96. Dallas, Texas - Laurel Aitken ; Gruvy Beats 9
97. Standing on the Corner - Winston Groovy 9
98. You Send Me - Winston Groovy 9
99. Nobody But Me - Laurel Aitken 10
100. Baby Please Don't Go - Laurel Aitken 10
101. Yellow Bird - Winston Groovy 10
102. For Your Love - Winston Groovy 10
103. I'll Never Love Any Girl - Laurel Aitken 10
104. Take Me Back - Laurel Aitken 10
105. Reggae Popcorn - Laurel Aitken 10
106. Here Is My Heart - Winston Groovy 10
107. Birds and the Bees - the Gruvy Beats 10
108. Election - the Freedom Singers 10
109. Tomorrow's World - Fleece ; the Live Shocks 11
110. Pick My Pocket - the Versatiles 11
111. Freedom - the Freedom Singers 11
112. The Outlaw - Laurel Aitken 11
113. So Much Love - the Classics 11
114. Same Old Feeling - the Classics 11
115. Nobody Else But You - Joe Lace 11
116. Version of Nobody - the Live Shocks 11
117. Baby I Need Your Loving (1970 Version) - Laurel Aitken 11
118. Think It Over - Laurel Aitken 11
119. Musical Scorcher - Tiger 12
120. Three Dogs Night - Tiger 12
121. Sex Machine - Laurel Aitken 12
122. Since You Left - Laurel Aitken 12
123. Groovin' - Winston Groovy 12
124. Sugar Mama - Winston Groovy 12
125. Witchcraft Man - the Inner Mind 12
126. Night in Cairo - the Inner Mind 12
127. Pum Pum Girl - the Inner Mind 12
128. Freedom - the Inner Mind 12
129. History of Africa - the Classics 13
130. Honey Bee - the Classics 13
131. Pachanga, Part 1 - Laurel Aitken 13
132. Pachanga, Part 2 - Laurel Aitken 13
133. Tennessee Waltz - Winston Groovy 13
134. Old Man Trouble - Winston Groovy 13
135. Why Can't I Touch You - Laurel Aitken 13
136. (You) Can't Turn Your Back on Me - Laurel Aitken 13
137. Mary's Boy Child - Laurel Aitken 13
138. Mary's Boy Child (Instr.) - the Rudies

More Info:

Five CDs. Widely hailed as the Godfather of Ska, Laurel Aitken dominated Jamaica's recording industry throughout it's infancy, enjoying a series of hugely popular mento and Jamaican R&B hits during the latter half of the 1950s. Early the following decade he relocated to London, where, over the years that immediately followed, he recorded for every Afro-Caribbean record company of note. While his ska and rock steady recordings ensured Laurel remained a firm favorite among Jamaican ex-patriots, the reggae explosion of 1969 exposed his work to a wider audience, with productions for Doctor Bird, Pama and Trojan Records establishing him as a musical hero for many of Britain's young, white working-classes, notably those that had adopted a fashion style dubbed by the national press as 'skinhead'. This set collects the entirety of the singer-songwriter-producer's output that saw issue on 7" singles between 1969 and 1970, with the set including big sellers alongside long lost rarities and unissued tracks that make their CD debut. While Laurel's own considerable singing skills take center stage, the collection also features recordings he produced for other UK-based artists, their number including such celebrated acts as Rico, Winston Groovy, Pama Dice, the Pyramids, the Cimarons and the Rudies. Among the 138 tracks collected here, two are previously unreleased and a further 68 unavailable on any format for decades, ensuring this celebration of fast and furious boss sounds is an essential acquisition for any self-respecting fan of vintage reggae.