A great selection of tracks produced by Vincent "Randy" Chin in the first heyday of Ska the early 60ies, the independent time of Jamaica. Featured are six of Skatalites original instrumentals and six solo outings by associated band members Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Rico Rodriguez, Baba Brooks and Charles "Organaire" Cameron. Additionally the Skatalites (aka Randy's All Stars) are the backing band for finest tunes by the singers Alton Ellis, Basil Gabbidon, the vocal duos of John & Alton (aka John Holt & Alton Ellis), Ken & Stranger (aka Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole) and the trio of The Maytals.
Skatalites - Black Joe / John & Alton - Rum Bumper's / Don Drummond - Machine Shop / Maytals - John & James / Skatalites - Baby Elephant Walk / Ken & Stranger - Home Home Home / Skatalites - Malcolm X / Alton Ellis - Mouth A Massy
Baba Brooks - Portrait Of My Love / Randy's All Stars - Fast Mouth / Don Drummond - A Way From It All / Alton Ellis - Ska Beat / Skatalites - Hello Mother / Skatalites - Collie Bud / Basil Gabbidon - Goodbye Pretty Darling / Roland Alphonso - Blow Roland Blow
BASS: Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Mason
DRUMS: Lloyd Knibbs, Drumbago
GUITAR: Harold McKenzie, Ernest Ranglin, Jerry Hines
ALTO SAX: Lester Sterling, Karl Bryan
TENOR SAX: Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Dennis Campbell, Stanley Ribbs
TROMBONE: Don Drummond, Rico Rodriguez
TRUMPET: Baba Brooks, Raymond Harper, Dizzy Moore, Bobby Ellis
PIANO: Jackie Mittoo, Gladdy
ORGAN/HARMONICA: Charlie "Organaire" Cameron
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