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• INCLUDES UK HIT, ‘TRAIN TO SKAVILLE’
• ‘SIGN THE CHEQUE’ & ‘IN THE PARK’ NEW TO CD
• ONE OF THE MOST COLLECTABLE ROCK STEADY ALBUMS EVER RELEASED

In the autumn of 1967, an obscure Jamaican group with a strange sounding rock steady recording, issued in the UK by an obscure small London-based record company achieved the unthinkable by breaching the British pop charts.

Despite limited distribution and very little radio airplay, the Ethiopians’ ‘Train To Skaville’ ended up spending six weeks on the nation’s Top 50 listings, peaking at a respectable number 40 on 26 September of that year. Its unexpected success led to Rio Records, the company behind the hit, being purchased by future Trojan owners, B&C, and rights to the group’s recordings acquired by another rival, Doctor Bird Records.

Although the group were unable to secure further UK hits, they remained a major force in their native Jamaica, releasing a series of major local hits throughout the remainder of the rock steady era. In fact, such was their popularity on the island throughout this time that early in 1968, they joined the hallowed ranks of Kingston-based recording artists to have a whole album of their work released.

Issued by WIRL Records in Jamaica and Doctor Bird in Britain, “Engine 54” collected ten original numbers, penned and produced in the studio by the group’s leader by Leonard ‘Sparrow’ Dillon, with the set including their international hit, ‘Train To Skaville’ alongside other such notable works as ‘Train To Glory’, ‘You Got The Dough’, ‘Give Me Your Love’, ‘Long Time Now’ and the immensely popular title track.

Now, at long last, this seminal album has been expanded to include the remainder of the group’s output from the rock steady era and in so doing features numerous best sellers alongside a number of rarities from the latter half of 1968.

TRACKLIST

1. ENGINE 54
2. MY LOVE
3. YOU GOT THE DOUGH
4. TRAIN TO SKAVILLE
5. GIVE ME YOUR LOVE
6. TRAIN TO GLORY
7. LONG TIME NOW
8. WOMAN¹S WORLD
9. UNCHANGED LOVE
10. COME ON NOW
BONUS TRACKS
11. YOU ARE THE GIRL – with Albert Griffiths
12. I NEED YOU
13. DO IT SWEET
14. THE WHIP
15. COOL IT AMIGO
16. STAY LOOSE, MAMA
17. THE WORLD GOES SKA
18. SH’BOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM)
19. I’M SHOCKING
20. SIGN THE CHEQUE
21. YOU DIDN’T ANSWER
22. IN THE PARK
23. FIRE A MUSS MUSS TAIL
24. REGGAE HIT THE TOWN
25. I’M A KING
26. WHAT A BIG SURPRISE
27. DING DONG BELL

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1. ENGINE 54
2. MY LOVE
3. YOU GOT THE DOUGH
4. TRAIN TO SKAVILLE
5. GIVE ME YOUR LOVE
6. TRAIN TO GLORY
7. LONG TIME NOW
8. WOMAN¹S WORLD
9. UNCHANGED LOVE
10. COME ON NOW
BONUS TRACKS
11. YOU ARE THE GIRL – with Albert Griffiths
12. I NEED YOU
13. DO IT SWEET
14. THE WHIP
15. COOL IT AMIGO
16. STAY LOOSE, MAMA
17. THE WORLD GOES SKA
18. SH'BOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM)
19. I’M SHOCKING
20. SIGN THE CHEQUE
21. YOU DIDN’T ANSWER
22. IN THE PARK
23. FIRE A MUSS MUSS TAIL
24. REGGAE HIT THE TOWN
25. I’M A KING
26. WHAT A BIG SURPRISE
27. DING DONG BELL