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The Godfather of Ska Anthology

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Download links and information about The Godfather of Ska Anthology by Laurel Aitken. This album was released in 1992 and it belongs to Rock, Reggae, Ska, Alternative genres. It contains 52 tracks with total duration of 02:33:11 minutes.

Artist: Laurel Aitken
Release date: 1992
Genre: Rock, Reggae, Ska, Alternative
Tracks: 52
Duration: 02:33:11
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Nebuchenezer 2:23
2. Aitken's Boogie 3:04
3. Boogie Rock 2:34
4. Come Back Jeannie 2:21
5. Baba Kill Me Goat 2:35
6. Little Sheila 1:55
7. Boogie In My Bones 2:48
8. Love Me Baby 2:30
9. Mary Lee 2:19
10. Judgment Day 2:54
11. Railroad Track 2:52
12. More Whisky 3:07
13. Bartender 2:36
14. Mabel 2:37
15. Brother David 2:51
16. (She's Gone To) Napoli 2:34
17. Have Mercy Mr Percy 2:09
18. That Great Day 2:54
19. Freedom Train 2:44
20. Lion of Judah 2:34
21. Zion City Wall 2:34
22. Bachelor Life 1:46
23. West Indian Cricket Test 3:27
24. You Left Me Standing 4:04
25. Bag a Boo 2:32
26. Yes Indeed 2:10
27. Propaganda 2:56
28. Green Banana 2:31
29. Rock Steady 2:26
30. Fire (In Your Wire) 2:43
31. The Rise and Fall (Of Laurel) 2:27
32. Woppi King 3:40
33. Suffering Still 3:42
34. Run Powell Run 3:51
35. Landlords and Tenants 2:45
36. Scandal In a Brixton Market 3:33
37. Jesse James 2:41
38. Pussy Price Gone Up 3:01
39. Skinhead Train 3:02
40. Mr Popcorn 2:39
41. Reggae Popcorn 2:40
42. It's Too Late 3:14
43. Delilah (Is a Woman) 3:16
44. Fatty Bum Bum Gone to Jail 3:03
45. Witch Doctor from Amsterdam 4:03
46. Rudi Got Married 3:23
47. Big Fat Man 3:10
48. Mad About You 3:04
49. Sahara 2:19
50. Ringo the Gringo 4:32
51. Sally Brown 4:56
52. Skinhead 4:40

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A remarkable 52-track survey of Laurel Aitken’s early career, Godfather of Ska Anthology captures the soon-to-be-bustling Jamaican recording industry in its infancy. Though Jamaican singers like Lord Fly, Harold Williams, and Lord Composer had some success recording calypso and mento in the early '50s, Laurel Aitken was the island’s first real recording star. He started out cutting jaunty mento numbers like “Nebuchenezer,” but his career really took off when he began incorporating his love of American R&B into his recordings. Aitken was particularly enamored of the music of Memphis-based Rosco Gordon, whose distinctive piano style laid a heavy emphasis upon the upbeat. Aitken and his backing musicians mimicked Gordon’s rhythmic accents on early hits like “Boogie in My Bones” and “Drinkin’ Whiskey,” effectively laying the foundations of ska, rocksteady, and reggae in the process. The importance of these influential recordings can't be overstated. But more to the point: they’re an absolute blast to listen to, and their bubbling conviviality effortlessly evokes the heady atmosphere of the earliest days of Jamaican music.