October 11, 2011, at 10:25 pm
Two reissues of Laurel Aitken tracks from circa 1969 are available now on Moodust Records, a new label out of America.
Reggae 69/Big Fight In Hell Stadium Both sides of this were originally released on Pama’s Nu Beat label. Reggae 69 was on the flip of Suffering Still and Big Fight… was the reverse side [...]
July 26, 2011, at 11:01 pm
The Story Of Blue Beat: 1960 is real musical history lesson and a thoroughly entertaining one at that. Over two CD’s Sunrise records have collected all of the A and B sides from the first 24 Blue Beat releases dating back to 1960. Coupled with another ten tunes from other labels in the Blue Beat [...]
September 8, 2010, at 8:02 pm
Rock A Shaka from Japan release a CD compilation of Dada Tewari’s ska and pre-ska sides titled “You’ll Never Know: Caribou Ska Collection” shortly. Tewari was involved in the Jamaican recording industry from it’s earliest days, releasing 78′s on the Caribou and Downbeat labels from the end of the 50′s. He continued to produce in [...]
August 15, 2010, at 3:53 pm
It’s kind of surprising to see tunes on the UK Cactus label to go for big money but a couple that do are Hold Up Your Head and Ram Goat And Malish Water, both Rupie Edwards productions by Errol Carter. The latter reached the princely sum of Â£105 ($165) for an EX copy last week [...]
July 9, 2010, at 10:05 pm
After releasing no less than eight different Laurel Aitken CD’s and an anthology too you’d be forgiven for thinking that Pressure Drop records had pretty much covered all the bases for the “godfather of ska”. But they’re not done yet and the compilations keep on coming, the latest release; Voodoo Woman is subtitled “Music For [...]
March 31, 2010, at 9:01 pm
Pressure Drop are back with another instalment of their Laurel Aitken odyssey, a 28 track release called You Got Me Rockin’ an entertaining though patchy release of pre Ska R&B type sides that were all originally released between ’60 and ’64.
Most tracks are UK recordings but this isn’t so bad, there is some great [...]
June 24, 2009, at 9:51 pm
That’s perhaps the most naff title for an entry ever but I’ve run out of smart arse headings for Laurel Aitken so now they get cheesy.
Anyway, just when you thought that the Pressure Drop/Cherry Red mining of the Laurel Aitken back catalogue had run it’s course they are back with two more releases!
June 4, 2009, at 9:06 am
Following hot on the heals of the reissue of Ska With Laurel and Laurel Aitken Says Fire, Pressure Drop have now re-issued the other two Laurel Aitken LP’s from the 60′s/early 70′s; Scandal In Brixton Market and The High Priest Of Reggae. Laurel Aitken is one of those artists that people will always have an [...]
May 8, 2009, at 9:15 am
Having recently re-released Ska With Laurel and Laurel Aitken Says Fire, Pressure Drop Records are back on the 18 of May with two more installments of the late and sometimes great Laurel Aitken. This time the two LP’s first released on Pama, “The High Priest Of Reggae” and “Scandal In Brixton Market” (with Laurel alongside [...]
May 4, 2009, at 7:53 am
As mentioned recently Pressure Drop records have recently released a couple of CD’s based on Laurel Aitkens two 60′s LP’s; Ska With Laurel and Laurel Aitken Says Fire.
The Laurel Aitken Says Fire release takes the original 1968 Doctor Bird LP as a starting point and adds a number of bonus tracks from ’68/69. In [...]