Another prime quality release by ROCK-A-SHACKA: the first compilation of JDI material, a rare label treasured by collectors from all four corners of the world.
The label ran for almost 3 years between 1965 to 1967 during the hot ska and rock steady period.
JDI productions had a unique hi-fashion style, different from the likes of Studio One and Prince Buster productions. The two JDI bands - The Diamonds and Los Caballeros were house residents at the Johnson's Drive Inn premises owned by the man himself Mr Copley Johnson with tip top singers like Lloyd Williams and Roy Panton on vocal duties.
When you listen to the JDI releases, you can actually feel the vibes of the JDI night club at that present time! The JDI band members included a young Karl "cannonball" Bryan, Sammy Ismay, Freddie Butler (brother of well know keyboardist Leslie Butler) and Lloyd Delpratt.
Mr Brian Keyo provides great liner notes once again!
Lovely, ultra slow-motion rock steady, with a few New Orleans and mento flavours thrown in the pot.
1. Lloyd Williams & Chorus with The Diamonds Band - Rock Steady People
2. Roy Panton with Los Caballeros Orchestra - Beware Rudie
3. Los Caballeros Orchestra - Make Yourself Comfortable
4. Los Caballeros Orchestra - Hot Nosh
5. Los Caballeros Orchestra - Rigmarole
6. Desmond Tucker with Los Caballeros Orchestra - Rude Boy's Prayer
1. Roy Panton with Los Caballeros Orchestra - Control Your Temper
2. Desmond Tucker with Los Caballeros Orchestra - Press On
3. The Diamonds - Expo 67 (Silhouette)
4. The Diamonds - Look Away
5. Los Caballeros Orchestra - James Bond
6. Los Caballeros Orchestra - Keino Ska (Tribute To Kenya's Keino)
7. Desmond Tucker & Los Caballeros Orchestra - Danger Man (Climb Every Mountain)
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