musicology #525


Jamaica #5

(Edwards All Stars – North Coast)

Was unable to spare the time to throw down yesterday..played out last night at a very dear and cherished friend’s birthday bash and spent most of the day preparing the set. Anyway explanations aside and moving on from Don Drummond at the Duke’s Treasure Isle to a cut delivered by one of the other major Ska producers and sound systems of the time; King Edwards, (The Giant). Don’t know hardly anything about the Cat other than he had a major Sound that for a while competed with the players; Sir Tom The Great Sebastian, Duke Reid, (The Trojan), Sir Coxsone Downbeat, Lord Koos, and V-Rocket on top of producing some BOSS Ska.

His main DJ, (not selector), was none other than Sir Lord Comic who went on to record what is considered to be the first ‘DJ’ cut, (Ska-ing West), in 1966 at the dawn of a new era, (Rock Steady), but more about that next week. This week it’s all about the Ska and this piece is a rare, (and I mean rare), treat. 1965 release on the, (English), Rio label. Credited to the Edwards All Stars but better known as the Skatalites.

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4 thoughts on “musicology #525

  1. listening to your selection of ska in succession this week illuminates (for me) the range of this music
    that I knew only as ‘bluebeat’ back in the early days when it was played in the clubs (and that rarely) I went to….in this slice what struck me was the fabulous lyrical instruments to the ska back beat, what a combo!..a treat indeed!

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  2. The highlight for me on this cut has to be the jazzy saxophone solo, injecting a little bit of sophistication into what is otherwise quite a raw sound. Good one.

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