Archive for Don Drummond

The Skatalites – Ska Boo-Da-Ba, Vol. 3 (1998)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Don Drummond, Duke Reid, Ska, The Upsetters with tags , , on May 30, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Although they cut many a fine session with superstar producers Clement Dodd and Duke Reid, the Skatalites’ work for relatively unknown knob-twiddler Justin Yap has been especially revered. Why? Well, because the songs have often been very hard to track down and Yap — unlike either Reid or Dodd — gave the legendary ska outfit the time and money to really dig into a set of songs. Those reasons and the fact he allowed ganja smoking in house all made for the ideal recording atmosphere. This West Side roundup of Yap titles proves the point. Resplendent with supple arrangements, fine sound, and a bevy of top-notch solos, Ska Boo-Da-Ba delivers with classic original ska (‘Confucius,’ ‘Ringo Rides’) and singular takes on Duke Ellington’s ‘Caravan’ (‘Ska-Ra-Van’) and ‘In a Mellow Tone’ (‘Surftide Seven’). Topped off with a handful of incredible trombone statements by the late Don Drummond, this 14-track import makes for some rarefied listening.”

YouTube: Ska Boo Da Ba, Confucius, Chinatown, The Reburial, Smiling, Marcus Junior, You can’t sit down (ghost town), Ringo Rides, In a Mellow Tone

The Skatalites – Legendary Skatalites in Dub (1975)

Posted in Dancehall, Don Drummond, Dub, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Ska, The Aggrovators, The Black Ark, Tommy McCook with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This is the third collection of King Tubby-produced Skatalites tracks to come from England’s Motion label. Once again, anyone whose acquaintance with the Skatalites is limited to that group’s classic ’60s ska material will be surprised by the slow, languid roots rhythms that are on offer here; and once again, the combination of Tubby’s dubwise engineering prowess and the Skatalites effortless groovemaking is perfect. On ‘Middle East Dub’ saxophonist Tommy McCook plays the melody from Bob Marley’s ‘Coming in from the Cold’ over the ‘Give Thanks’ rhythm before getting slingshotted off into space by Tubby, while the funde and repeater drums chuckle and percolate underneath; Tony Brevett’s ‘Starlight’ gets two cuts, one a showcase for the trombone magic of Don Drummond (‘Starlight Version’) and the other a more mystical version that focuses more on the percussionists (‘African Dub’). Nine of these fifteen tracks (including all three of the CD bonus tracks) were recorded at Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s notorious Black Ark studio before being taken to Tubby’s for remixing, and all partake of that inimitable swampy, dark Black Ark vibe. Overall, this is a treasure trove of classic dub that can confidently be recommended to all fans of the genre.”

YouTube: The Legendary Skatalites In Dub [Meet King Tubby] 52:27
01- 00:00 Starlight version 02- 03:00 Middle east dub 03- 06:27 Fugitive dub 04- 09:47 Whispering dub 05- 15:40 Kimble dub 06- 19:56 Roots dub 07- 26:01 Bottom dub 08- 29:05 African roots dub 09- 32:39 Dumboo dub 10- 35:55 African dub 11- 38:58 Herb dub-collie dub
Bonus Tracks: 12- 43:00 Starlight (with Tony Brevett) 13- 45:49 Middle east 14- 49:04 Sealing dub