The Skatalites – Essential Artist Collection


2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Clear Vinyl | Gatefold

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The Skatalites – Essential Artist Collection

During the early 1960’s, the sound of ska exploded upon Jamaica’s musical landscape, with the driving dynamic sound championed by arguably the greatest ensemble of musicians ever to have performed and recorded on the island. Fronted by legendary saxophonist Tommy McCook, the Skatalites also comprised a veritable who’s who of Kingston-based performers, their number including trombonist Don Drummond, tenor saxman Roland Alphonso, drumming supremo Lloyd Knibb and keyboard prodigy Jackie Mittoo.

Following their creation in the summer of ’64, this powerhouse instrumental combo dominated the island’s music industry for 18 glorious months, the very best of their work produced by famed Treasure Isle Records boss, Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid.

The best of their output for the celebrated producer is showcased on the ‘Essential Artist Collection’, which sees issue on a 2LP vinyl set

2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Clear Vinyl | Gatefold


The Skatalites - Essential Artist Collection album cover


A1 Don DrummondTommy McCook & The Skatalites Music Is My Occupation (Ring Of Fire)
A2 Tommy McCook & The Baba Brooks Band Alley Cat Ska
A3 Don Drummond & The Skatalites Cool Smoke
A4 Don Drummond & The Skatalites Garden Of Love
A5 Tommy McCook Twelve Minutes To Go
A6 The Baba Brooks Band Girls Town Ska
A7 The Baba Brooks Band Vitamin A
B1 Lester Sterling & The Skatalites Latin Goes Ska
B2 Roland AlphonsoDon Drummond & The Skatalites Alipang
B3 Don Drummond & The Tommy McCook Band* Lucky Seven
B4 Frank Anderson & Roland Alphonso Musical Store Room
B5 The Baba Brooks Orchestra* Musical Communion
B6 Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites Sandy Gully
B7 Don Drummond & The Baba Brooks Band Doctor Dekker
C1 Roland Alphonso & The Baba Brooks Band Nuclear Weapon
C2 Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites Corner Stone
C3 Baba Brooks & Don Drummond Knockout Punch (AKA Cotton Tree)
C4 Don Drummond & The Skatalites Don De Lion
C5 Tommy McCook & The Skatalites Rocket Ship
C6 Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites Feeling Fine
C7 Don Drummond & The Skatalites Mesopotamia
D1 Don Drummond & The Skatalites Eastern Standard Time
D2 Don Drummond & The Skatalites Thoroughfare (Treasure Isle)
D3 Don DrummondRoland Alphonso & The Skatalites Silver Dollar
D4 The Skatalites Street Corner
D5 Don Drummond University Goes Ska
D6 The Skatalites Good News
D7 Don Drummond & Tommy McCook J.F.K’s Memory