The shuffle rhythm that was born from the American Rhythm and Blues tunes that hit
Jamaica in the 1950's would soon fuse under its Jamaican influence and find an
emphasis on the second and fourth bars of the beat. This Off-Beat would create the
Ska Sound and no fine exponent of this in the sounds early days was Theo Beckford.

Theophilus 'Easy Snapping' Beckford (born 1935, Kingston, Jamaica) began his musical
career in the mid fifties and had after only two years mastered his instrument of choice
the piano. His first hit for Coxonne Dodd's Worldisc label was the classic ‘Easy Snapping’.
He had created his own laid back style that simply rolled off his piano and his musical
arrangements became the backbone of so many early Ska tunes. His services were
soon in demand with not only Coxonne Dodd but all the other top flight producers of the
time, Duke Reed, Beverley's, Prince Buster and Clancy Eccles. His session work
alongside his playing as part of the big group of the time Clue J and His Blues Blasters,
that would eventually morph into the legendary Skatalites, meant that his fingers were
truly on the musical pulse of the time.

We have compiled some great early Ska cuts for this release that have been touched
with the T. Beckford magic. Some of his own classic hits 'Flip,Flop and Fly' (aka Walking
Down King Street), 'Mr Downpressor' the fantastic 'Don't Have a Ticket Don't Worry'.
His poignant duo of 'Grudgeful People' and 'Ungrateful People' and two other timeless
tracks 'What A Woe' and 'Boilerman'. Alongside some of his productions for some of the
other long - forgotten hero's of the early Ska Sound. Basil Gabiddon's 'Streets of Glory',
Frank Cosmo's 'On Your Knees', Shenley and Annette's 'Now Your Gone' and Daniel
Johnson's uplifting 'Come On My People'.

A mighty fine set of early Ska tunes fighting their way out of Kingston Town and into
your Hearts ...Hope you enjoy the set.


CD Track Listing

1. Don’t Have a Ticket Don’t Worry - T. Beckford
2. Come On My People - Daniel Johnson
3. Love Me or Leave Me - Lloyd Clarke
4. Seven Long Years - T. Beckford
5. Hit You Like You Feel It - The Tenor Twins
6. Daphne - T. Beckford
7. On Your Knees - Frank Cosmo
8. Grudgeful People - T. Beckford
9. Flip Flip and Fly - T. Beckford
10. Brother Nathan - Daniel Johnson
11. Streets of Glory - Basil Gabiddon
12. Bajan Girl - T. Beckford
13. Now You’re Gone - Shenley & Annette
14. Mr Downpressor - T. Beckford
15. Boiler Man - T. Beckford
16. Ungrateful People - T. Beckford
17. What A Woe - T. Beckford*
18. Take Your Time - T. Beckford*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1. Don’t Have a Ticket Don’t Worry - T. Beckford
2. Come On My People - Daniel Johnson
3. Love Me or Leave Me - Lloyd Clarke
4. Seven Long Years - T. Beckford
5. Hit You Like You Feel It - The Tenor Twins
6. Daphne - T. Beckford
7. On Your Knees - Frank Cosmo
8. Grudgeful People - T. Beckford

Side 2

1. Flip Flip and Fly - T. Beckford
2. Brother Nathan - Daniel Johnson
3. Streets of Glory - Basil Gabiddon
4. Bajan Girl - T. Beckford
5. Now You’re Gone - Shenley & Annette
6. Mr Downpressor - T. Beckford
7. Boiler Man - T. Beckford
8. Ungrateful People - T. Beckford


Musicians Include:
Don Drummond: Trombone
Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Johnny ’Dizzy’ Moore: Trumpet
Lester Sterling: Alto Saxophone
Ernest Ranglin, Keith Stoddart, Jerome ’Jah Jerry’ Hines: Guitar
T. Beckford, Aubrey Adams, Jackie Mittoo: Piano
Cluett Johnson, Lloyd Mason, Lloyd Brevett: Bass
Ken Williams, Lloyd Knibbs: Drums

Recorded at: W.I.R.L. Studios, Federal Studios
Produced By: Theophilius Beckford & Friends
Design by: Gary @ Voodoo London
Manufactured Under License from: E.Lee
All Tracks Copyright Control