Blue Beat Explosion, Vol. 2: Boogie In My Bones (180g LP)


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Format: LP 
Label: Sunspot 
Year: 2013 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS: 

A1 Laurel Aitken And The Caribs - Boogie In My Bones 
A2 Laurel Aitken And The Caribs - Honey Girl 
A3 Laurel Aitken And The Boogie Cats - Boogie Rock 
A4 Laurel Aitken With Ken Richards & His Harmonisers - Judgement Day 
A5 Laurel Aitken With Duke Reid Group - More Whiskey 
A6 Laurel Aitken - Back To New Orleans 
A7 Laurel Aitken And Hyacinth - Mabel 
A8 Laurel Aitken And Hyacinth - You Got Me Rockin' 

B1 Laurel Aitken - Sixty Days And Sixty Nights 
B2 Laurel Aitken - If It's Money You Need 
B3 Laurel Aitken With Ken Richards & His Harmonisers - Yea Yea Baby 
B4 Laurel Aitken And The Blue Beats - Nursery Rhyme Boogie 
B5 Laurel Aitken And The Blue Beats - Mash Potato Boogie 
B6 Laurel Aitken With Ruddy And Sketto - Weary Wanderer 
B7 Laurel Aitken - Going To Kansas City 
B8 Laurel Aitken - Lucille 

Originally recorded ca. 1958-1963 

Featuring tracks from the late 1950s and the early 1960s - this period was integral for the legendary Blue Beat label as it began increasing its musical output to offer the rabid music fans more of the developing, new Rhythm & Blues sound that was then becoming known as Ska. 

One such artist whose name is synonymous with this emerging scene is the now renowned Lauren Aitken aka "the Godfather of Ska", who featured/collaborated with artists and groups including Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, Arthur 'Duke' Reid, The Bluesbeat , The Boogie Cats and Ruddy & Sketto. 

Lauren Aitken, who during the late 1950s was Jamaica's first real recording star was also amongst the first to release a Ska record. Aitken's collaboration with music producer Chris Blackwell allowed his 1958 single "Boogie in My Bones" b/w "Little Sheila" to be the first Jamaican popular music record to be released in the United Kingdom. 

Other more Jamaican rhythm and blues orientated singles from this period include "Low Down Dirty Girl" and "More Whisky" both produced by Duke Reid. Additionally, Aitken recorded for several prominent producers, including Reid, Leslie Kong, and Ken Khouri. 

In 1960, spurred by the popularity of his records in England, Aitken moved to London. There he began recording for Blue Beat, the first British-based label to cater to Jamaican immigrant tastes. 

"The Blue Beat Explosion vol.2" features the early, essential Lauren Aitken influenced tracks from some of the major names in Ska and Reggae music aimed at those interested in the beginnings of these timeless genres. 

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