Various - If I Had a Pair of Wings: JAMAICAN DOO WOP Vol.1 - LP

Death Is Not The EndSKU: LP-DEA025


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This collection of Jamaican doo wop from the late 1950s through to the early 1960s represents a period in which sound systems had begun to dominate the island, and were starting to step up their rivalry by beginning to record and release their own platters rather than rely on imported records to gain the competitive edge.

With the uniquely Jamaican ska explosion yet to completely catch hold, these tracks are largely imitative of the doo wop and R&B sound that had been reaching the island from American shores & radiowaves, albeit peppered with hints of what was to come ~ some of the future stars of ska, rocksteady and reggae are starting to cut their teeth on these tracks, providing a great view into the fledgling record industry on the island.


Side A
1 Muriel - Alton & Eddie
2 Dearest Darling  - Jiving Juniors
3 Are You Mine  - The Echoes & Celestials
4 Dearest Beverley  - Jimmy Cliff
5 Send Me - Keith & Enid
6 Midnight Love - The Downbeats
7 'Til the End of Time - Chuck & Dobby

Side B
8 Album of Memory - The Mellowlarks
9 True Love - Hortense & Stranger
10 Diamonds & Pearls - Dobby Dobson
11 I'm Going Back - The Charmers
12 Pleading for Mercy - The Blues Busters
13 Do You Know - Owen & Millie
14 Heavenly Angel - Laurel Aitken

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