SPIRIT OF '69

SKINHEAD, REMEMBER YOUR ROOTS!!!!!

VINYL INJECTION!
(60'S SKA REVIEWS)
(UK ISSUES)

PRINCE BUSTER -
7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD/DRUNKARD PSALM [BB-378] [1967]

Great intro to this one,kicks off with an eastern style organ and moves
on to Steady Beat, it's a mixture of Ska and Rock Steady, but it's
more in the Rock Steady vein.  The flip side starts of with a piano
intro which was used on The Maytals 'Funky Kingston' single, it's in the
same style as the other side, but with Prince Buster talking his way
through the record.  Sadly this release is very hard to find, but you
never know your luck, it's worth finding this one.

SOUL BROTHERS/WAILERS -
TRAIN TO SKAVILLE/I MADE A MISTAKE [SKABEAT 226]
[1965]

Starts off with usual train noises then kicks into frantic Ska Beat, try
keeping your feet still to this one, a great record.  The flip side is
slow Soul ballad.  Not very good, this record is not as rare as the
'Prince Buster' record, still quite rare.

RUDIES -
ENGINE 59/MY GIRL [NU BEAT-005] [1968]

Good shuffling beat to this Rock Steady release, this is a 'Dandy'
production, which is done in his usual style.  The flip side is a Rock
Steady version of 'Otis Redding' classic, it's a quite good version but
it's spoilt by someone playing a kazoo, but still worth searching for
the A side.

KINGSTONIANS -
PUT DOWN YOUR FIRE/GIRLS LIKE DIRT
[DOCTOR BIRD-1120] [1968]

Two great sides on this release, the A-side is heavy chunky Rock
Steady beat, a great record to dance to, it's a great J.J. Johnson
production.  Flip side is done in the same style with that great
heavy chunky sound.  Search for this one!

JACKIE MITTOO/SUMMERTAIRS -
RAM JAM/YOUR GONNA LEAVE ME
[COXSONE-7019] [1968]

This is the classic instrumental version of the 'Ken Boothe'
hit 'Fattie Fattie'.  Great organ based Rock Steady tune, this is
a must have record, I think you can still get it on a J.A pressing
A true Scorcher.

ERIC BARNET -
QUAKER CITY/DOUBLE UP [CRAB-37] [1969]

Great piano based Skinhead Reggae, nice Steady Beat, brilliant
to stomp to.  The flip side is a little bit dull,but saying that,not to bad.
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SOUND DIMENSION/BOB & MARCIA -
GREAT MU GA RU GA/GOT TO GET OURSELVES
TOGETHER...[BAMBOO-54] [1970]

This is a brillaint piece of Skinhead Reggae, vocal intro, 'Gonna
sock it to Ya', then breaks into a fast chunky rhythm and pace which
never lets up.  A great 'Jackie Mittoo' production, the B-side is a
Reggae Soul number.

ETHIOPIANS/MATADORS -
SATAN GIRL/THE PUM [GAS-142] [1970]

Here we have a great Rude Reggae tune, kicks off with a bit of
a whip lashing and a girl crying murder, then moves on to a heavy
bass, then a nice steady rhythm throughout the record.  Great vocals
by The Ethiopians singing about wrecking this girl's Pum Pum.  Flip
is an instrumental version of 'Satan Girl'.  Another Scorcher here!

WINSTON JAMES & HOT ROD ALL-STARS -
THE LONGEST DAY/I MAY NEVER
[TORPEDO-6] [1970]

Good version of 'Laurel Aitken's' 'Babylon Gone', this is a much faster
version of the original, some great organ work on this one.  Flip side is
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