October 11, 2011, at 10:25 pm

Laurel on Moondust

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 of Lawd Doctor. Big Fight… was originally credited to Laurel Aitken and Girlie but this is Laurel on his own. … continue reading…

July 26, 2011, at 11:01 pm

More than just… the story of Blue Beat

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 family; Melodisc, Limbo and Duke we get an impressive 58 tunes chronicling the earliest days of Jamaican recorded music in … continue reading…

September 8, 2010, at 8:02 pm

Tewari Ska

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 the first half of the 60’s with ska 45’s on the same labels and another short lived label, Regal. Perhaps … continue reading…

August 15, 2010, at 3:53 pm

Another 7 days on ebay

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 £105 ($165) for an EX copy last week which is top dollar for sure. It is a lovely tune though.


If You Can’t Beat Them You Join … continue reading…

July 9, 2010, at 10:05 pm

Laurel Aitken – Voodoo Woman

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 Mods:Soul And Ska Sounds From The Sixties”, in truth there isn’t a huge amount of ska but plenty of R&B, … continue reading…

March 31, 2010, at 9:01 pm

Rockin' With Laurel

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 raw musicianship on show with a fine strolling double bass and Rico’s trombone prominent on many tracks. Aitkens rough and … continue reading…

June 24, 2009, at 9:51 pm

Don't rest on your Laurels

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!

The Original Cool Jamaican Ska (PDROP CD 5) is based on the Original Cool Jamaican Ska AKA After Sunset LP that … continue reading…

June 4, 2009, at 9:06 am

More Aitken

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 opinion about, Mark Wyeth of Club Ska, who wrote the sleeve notes for these two releases clearly loves him, alot … continue reading…

May 8, 2009, at 9:15 am

Aitken all over

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 Girlie) are given the reissue treatment. These two first saw the light of day in 1970 and it looks like … continue reading…

May 4, 2009, at 7:53 am

Listening to Laurel

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 doing so Pressure Drop have created a release of two halves, the original LP with it’s Rocksteady style backings that … continue reading…