musicology #644

tUmp #6

the Wailers – Freedom Time

More Ska from the Wailers, who were first introduced to Studio 1 by percussionist Alvin ‘Seeco’ Patterson and went by the name ‘the Teenagers’. Bob had already recorded a tune for Leslie Kong before arriving at Coxsone’s Brentford Road gate but as a (5 piece), group they were yet to record. Lee Perry was assigned the task of making the ‘Wailers’ the islands #1 group and encouraged them to work at their original material rather than the covers that Coxsone, (who was a fan of the group), was forwarding. This SUPERB piece is one of those original compositions..Jackie Mittoo on the keys leading the Studio 1 band, (formerly known as the Skatalites)



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  1. This was cut on the second last occasion the Wailers worked at Brentford Road, in October 1966, with Soul Brothers as backing musicians. Bob Marley had only just returned from Delaware with a heap of new songs. While cut at Studio One, it was for release on their own Wail N Soul M label (not that that stopped Coxsone licensing it to Island in the UK). It fits in more with the sound of their self-produced records from 1967-68 than with the earlier ska and R & B tunes from before, and was a step up from some of Peter Tosh’s mento covers from earlier in the year


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