KSLP081

SKA was the name given to the music that came out of Jamaica between
1961 – 1966.Based on the American R & B and Doo-wop records that the
Sound Systems in Kingston Town used to play.

But the American records style started to mellow out, while the Jamaicans
preferred a more upbeat sound. So the Sound System bosses became
record producers to cater for this demand. Sir ‘Coxonne’ Dodd and Duke
Reid led the way putting the top musicians on the Island in the studio to
make music, its subtle twist that had an emphasis placed on the offbeat,
made the music unmistakably Jamaican. A lot of their early recordings
were cut at Federal Records before they built their own studios.

Federal Records was the first domestic Jamaican studio, based at
220 Foreshore Road, Hagley Park, Kingston. It opened its doors in 1961
owned by Ken Khouri who first licensed American records to the island of
Jamaica, before cutting his own tunes, which were some of the first Jamaican
RnB and Ska singles. Ken Khouri initial studio was Records Limited but was
very basic so with the help of engineer Graeme Goodall built the new studio
complex at 220 Foreshore Road which also contained a pressing plant and
disc cutting room. The studio was not only the forerunner for Ska music but
the the music that followed and in 1981 Ken Khouri sold the complex now
on the renamed road Marcus Garvey Drive to Bob Marley who renamed the
premises Tuff Gong Studios whose legasy carries on to today.

We have compiled some of the best SKA SOUNDS that came out of the
Federal Vaults, with some of the best artists musicians from the time.
The great Lord Tanomo, Don Drummond, Rico Rodriguez ,Roland Alphonso,
alongside some lesser known artists. But one things for sure the quality
never drops on this fine collection of Ska Hot Tunes….

Hope You enjoy the set….


CD Track Listing

1 Ambition of Men - Reuben Anderson
2 Come Down - Lord Tanomo
3 Hungry Man -
The Decons
4 Yard Broom - Roland Alphonso & Don Drummond
5 Good News -
The Skatalites
6 Birds and Bees -
Ferdie Nelson
7 Please Beverly -
Bibby & The Astronauts
8 Eastern Standard Time -
Lord Tanamo
9 Lonely and Blue Boy -
Ferdie Nelson
10 Let George Do It -
Rico Rodriguez
11 Ska Down Jamaica Way - Ferdie Nelson & Ivan Jap
12 Sweet Dreams -
Bibby & The Astronauts
13 Valley Of Green -
Jackie Opel
14 I Had A Dream -
Lord Tanomo*
15 Men Alone -
The Decons*
16 One More Time -
Lloyd Brevett*
17 Weeping And Wailing -
Ferdie Nelson*

*CD Bonus tracks

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Ambition of Men - Reuben Anderson
2 Come Down - Lord Tanomo
3 Hungry Man -
The Decons
4 Yard Broom - Roland Alphonso & Don Drummond
5 Good News -
The Skatalites
6 Birds and Bees -
Ferdie Nelson
7 Please Beverly -
Bibby & The Astronauts

Side 2

1 Eastern Standard Time - Lord Tanamo
2 Lonely and Blue Boy -
Ferdie Nelson
3 Let George Do It -
Rico Rodriguez
4 Ska Down Jamaica Way - Ferdie Nelson & Ivan Jap
5 Sweet Dreams -
Bibby & The Astronauts
6 Valley Of Green -
Jackie Opel



Musicians Include:
Don Drummond & Rico Rodriguez: Trombone
Roland Alphonso & Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore: Trumpet
Lester Sterling: Alto Saxophone
Jerome ‘Jah Jerry’ Hines: Guitar
Jackie Mittoo: Piano
Lloyd Brevett: Bass
Lloyd Knibbs: Drums

Recorded at: Federal Studios W.I.R.L Productions
Produced by: Duke Reid, L. Pottinger & Friends
Design By: Gary @Voodoo London
Manufactured Under License from: E. Lee & Bunny Rae
All tracks copyright control