Studio 1 Father Coxsone Dodd assembled the Skatilites adding the skills of Jamaica’s talented jazzmen into a mix. The result was the musical sensation known as Ska– the revival of classic Mento music with an emphasis on the off beat and upbeat tempo.
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Reissue giants SoulJazz Records have once again opened the mighty Studio One music vaults. This time for a second ska compilation.
The first compilation – put out in 2004 – was titled Studio One Ska and featured classic vocal and instrumental tracks from The Skatalites, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Delroy Wilson alongside rare tracks from the likes of Ken Boothe and The Maytals.
Studio One Ska Fever! is a slightly different affair. It still features a mix of vocal cuts and instrumentals, but it collects less classic tracks and a heavier dose of obscurities, for example gems like Jackie Opel’s Old Rocking Chair and the Soul Brothers’ take on The Skatalites’ classic Freedom Sounds.
The tempo and the quality of the songs are of course high throughout the 18 tracks recorded between 1964 and 1967. It’s upbeat and joyous, just listen to the Bob Marley lead Climb the…
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