Archive for the Treasure Isle Category

Joe Gibbs and The Professionals – No Bones For The Dogs b/w The Mighty Two – Throw It Joe (1977)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Joe Gibbs, Treasure Isle with tags , , on October 16, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“Jamaica is probably best known for their immense musical output. It never ceases to amaze me that an island so small, relatively speaking, produces so vast an amount of great music and, in the process, is able to influence the entire world with their unique and one-of-a-kind sound. But there is more to Jamaica than just the music alone, ofcourse. Its isolation has granted the island with extraordinary flora and fauna, including thousands of plants, manifold sorts of reptiles and numerous kinds of butterflies. If birdwatching is your thing, a visit to Jamaica even seems mandatory. Currently Jamaica hosts an impressive 324 species of birds, of which a whopping 160 are rare and an elite class of 28 are exclusive to the island. The Doctor Bird is one of those endemic species -the Arawaks called it the ‘God Bird’, for they believed it possessed magical powers – and is one of the national symbols of the nation. Naturally, the music scene of Jamaica took influence from their surroundings, although less than you’d expect with that rich an avifauna. The legendary engineer Graeme Goodal named his label after the humming bird, Jackie Mittoo imitated a songbird and Alton Ellis wondered ‘Why birds follow spring.‘ The latter was a big hit when it was released by Treasure Isle in 1967 and it has never stopped to grasp the attention of musicians, singers and fans alike. Even today the riddim is very popular and it can pride itself in receiving an update every few years or so. Joe Gibbs, never one to deny a good Treasure Isle riddim a new lick, also made good use of it. …”
Pressure Beat (Audio)
YouTube: No Bones For The Dogs b/w The Mighty Two – Throw It Joe

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The Jamaicans – Baba boom (1967)

Posted in Dub, Duke Reid, Ska, The Jamaicans, Tommy McCook, Treasure Isle with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“The Jamaicans were a ska/rocksteady trio formed in Jamaica in 1967, consisting of members Tommy Cowan, Norris Weir and Martin Williams. The Jamaicans originally started out as a band known as the Cool Shakes, consisting of Jerry Brown and childhood friend Norris Weir, joined later by Martin Williams. Then Tommy Cowan joined the group to make them a quintet. … They would also take first place in the Island’s Festival Song Contest in 1967 with the rocksteady classic ‘Ba Ba Boom’ (by this time without Jerry in the group), written by Cowan and Weir about the Jamaica Independence Festival. ‘Ba Ba Boom’ was entered in the 1967 Independence Festival Song Competition (now known as the Popular Song Competition), which had been inaugurated by Festival organizers the previous year, and the Jamaicans took home the win that year with their entry, which became their best-known song.”
Wikipedia

YouTube: Baba boom, Baba boom version

U Roy – You’ll never get away (1970)

Posted in Duke Reid, Tommy McCook, Treasure Isle, U-Roy with tags , , , on April 5, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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YouTube: You’ll never get away

The Melodians – Swing and Dine (1992)

Posted in Duke Reid, The Melodians, Tommy McCook, Treasure Isle with tags , , , on February 4, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Rather than the customary single lead contrasted by twin harmonies, The Melodians divided lead duties between Tony Brevette and Brent Dowe, with Trevor McNaughton harmonizing with the singer who wasn’t featured on a particular track. This outstanding 16-track collection includes their biggest hits for Treasure Isle. The threesome glided along atop skipping, light rhythms provided by such bands as the Gaytones, Lyn Taitt and the Jets, the Soul Syndicate, and Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. The Melodians primarily did poignant love tunes, although they could also handle evangelical or political material. The set features such classics as ‘Little Nut Tree,’ ‘Hey Girl,’ ‘You Don’t Need Me,’ and ‘Love Is A Doggone Good Thing.’ It’s also thoroughly annotated and superbly mastered.”
allmusic

YouTube: Swing and Dine, I’ll Get Along Without You, Hey Girl, Come on little girl come on, A Little Nut Tree, I’ll Take You Where the Music’s Playing, No, No Lola (Take Two), Daphne Walking

Slim Smith – Early Days (1975)

Posted in Duke Reid, Ska, Slim Smith, Studio One, Treasure Isle with tags , , , , on January 16, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Slim Smith (born Keith Smith, 1948, Kingston, Jamaica, died 1973) was a ska, rocksteady and reggae singer. In their book Reggae: The Rough Guide (1997), Steve Barrow and Peter Dalton described Smith as ‘the greatest vocalist to emerge in the rocksteady era’. Smith first came to prominence as a member of the Victors Youth Band, who were highly praised at the 1964 Jamaican Festival. He subsequently became a founding member and lead vocalist of The Techniques, who recorded primarily with Duke Reid for his Treasure Isle label. In 1964 they recorded several songs for Byron Lee, two of which, ‘Don’t Do It’ and ‘No One’, were included on the The Real Jamaica Ska LP released by Epic Records and co-produced by Curtis Mayfield. …”
Wikipedia

YouTube: Give me some more, Build My World Around You, Let me go girl, My Woman’s Love, Love And Affection, Watch This Sound, Out Of Love, If It Don´t Work Out, Please Don’t Go

The Melodians – Swing & Dine (1992)

Posted in Duke Reid, Ska, The Melodians, Treasure Isle with tags , , , on October 31, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Rather than the customary single lead contrasted by twin harmonies, The Melodians divided lead duties between Tony Brevette and Brent Dowe, with Trevor McNaughton harmonizing with the singer who wasn’t featured on a particular track. This outstanding 16-track collection includes their biggest hits for Treasure Isle. The threesome glided along atop skipping, light rhythms provided by such bands as the Gaytones, Lyn Taitt and the Jets, the Soul Syndicate, and Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. The Melodians primarily did poignant love tunes, although they could also handle evangelical or political material. The set features such classics as ‘Little Nut Tree,’ ‘Hey Girl,’ ‘You Don’t Need Me,’ and ‘Love Is A Doggone Good Thing.; It’s also thoroughly annotated and superbly mastered.”
allmusic

YouTube: Swing and Dine, I’ll Get Along Without You, Come On Little Girl, You’ve caught me, No, No Lola (Take Two)

Alton Elllis – Cry Tough (1993)

Posted in Alton Ellis, Duke Reid, Rocksteady, Ska, Tommy McCook, Treasure Isle with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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Cry Tough is a 1993 collection of Alton Ellis recordings from the rocksteady era of 1966-1968. It was released in 1993 by Heartbeat Records, and features the pick of Ellis’ work for Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid, plus some tracks produced by Sonia Pottinger. The album contains most of Ellis’ original Mr. Soul of Jamaica album, and contains the same tracks as the 1973 Greatest Hits compilation on Count Shelly Records, plus eight additional tracks. Several of the tracks are alternate takes of some of his biggest hits from the era. The backing band is the Treasure Isle studio band of the time, Tommy McCook and the Supersonics.”
Wikipedia

“Although Alton Ellis was never to receive the international recognition of such contemporaries as Desmond Dekker or Delroy Wilson, the singer was at least their equal. Launching his career as the duo of Alton & Eddie (Parkins) at the dawn of the ska age, Ellis’ career has continued unabated since, both as partner with other singers (including his equally talented sister Hortense Ellis) and as a solo artist. Although he recorded for a multitude of producers, some of his most glittering work during the rocksteady/early reggae eras was cut with Duke Reid, and it is from Reid’s Treasure Isle chest that this compilation is drawn. There were scores of classics to choose from, and Cry Tough contains many of the best, a sumptuous entrance to the singer’s world. …”
allmusic

YouTube: Cry Tough Extended, All My Tears Come Rolling, Willow Tree, I Can’t Stop Now, Remember That Sunday, Chatty chatty, Ain’t That Loving You.