The Wailing Wailers (1965)

The Wailing Wailers is the debut album by The Wailers published on the Studio One label. Originally released in very late 1965 and compiled from various recordings made over the years 1964-1965, it compiles what Clement Coxsone Dodd considered the best Wailers recordings from this period. It is not a studio album in the conventional sense but was the first full length LP released of the band’s work. The album has remained in print since its release, but after the first release (which has a different cover) each release of the album was newly overdubbed to fit with musical trends of the time. The album has never been released on CD with the original tracklisting or cover but all tracks (with and without overdubs) are available across various compilations released by Heartbeat Records in the 1990s and 2000s. The front cover’s band photo was also an inspiration for Walt Jabsco, the unofficial logo for 2 Tone Records, the drawing was created by Jerry Dammers and Horace Panter and is based on Peter Tosh (right).”

“Continuing on with our journey into some of Bob Marley’s best rare grooves, in celebration of his 67th birthday today, we’re going all the way back to the very beginning of the Wailers, when they were the ska vocal trio known as the Wailing Wailers. Motown Records was as much of an influence on a young Bob, Peter and Bunny as it was on all other Jamaican musicians during this era, but simply replacing the Motown backbeat with some bluebeat was too easy for these future legends. Backed by the Soul Brothers Orchestra at Studio One, they turned Junior Walker and the All-Stars’ Motown hit ‘Shotgun’ into ‘Ska Jerk,’ adding the flavor of one of the period’s most popular dances.”

YouTube: The Wailing Wailers [Full Album HD]

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