The Original Cool Jamaican Ska - Laurel Aitken

The Original Cool Jamaican Ska
Released 20/07/09. In 1964 the world was rocking to the sound of Ska: Millie's My Boy Lollipop was rocking the charts and every major in Britain and US were keen to jump on the bandwagon. In such an atmosphere, Decca Records in London approached leading West Indian music independent, Rio, to license some of the company's latest singles for a new album highlighting the new, exciting sound from Jamaica. The result was After Midnight, essentially a collection of Laurel Aitken tracks, along with a few others by the singer s brother, Bobby, along with unknowns, Vic Brown and Alan Martin.
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The High Priest of Reggae
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