Message Of Old – Joe Higgs & Ken Boothe (Studio One Production)
Ken Boothe is a giant of Jamaican music and one of it’s greatest ever voices though on this tune it’s hard not to think that it’s Joe Higgs who carries it. Higgs has a pedigree in the Jamaican music industry that is almost second to none, alongside Roy Wilson in the duo Higgs And Wilson he was one of the first hit makers on the island and famously went on to tutor Bob Marley as well as having significant success in the 70’s as a solo artist.
Message Of Old has something of a late ska sound due to the horns on the off beat but it has a subtlety and sophistication that is pure rocksteady. Another Studio One masterpiece.
Message Of Old was incorrectly credited to Dudley Sibley on the original UK issue on Coxsone. The original Jamacian issue came on a blank though there may have been a labelled issue on Coxsone as well(?). It is currently available of Soul Jazz’s Studio One Roots Volume 2.