Laurel Aitken You Got Me Rockin': The Best of the Blue Beat Years 1960-1964

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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2010
  • Label: Pressure Drop

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Mary Lee
  • Buy for $0.992.Railroad Track
  • Buy for $0.993.Tell Me Darling
  • Buy for $0.994.Bartender
  • Buy for $0.995.Mash Potato Boogie
  • Buy for $0.996.Nursery Rhyme Boogie (In and Out the Window)
  • Buy for $0.997.Bouncin' Woman
  • Buy for $0.998.Mighty Redeemer
  • Buy for $0.999.Please Don't Leave Me
  • Buy for $0.9910.Brother David
  • Buy for $0.9911.Back To New Orleans
  • Buy for $0.9912.Mabel
  • Buy for $0.9913.You Got Me Rockin'
  • Buy for $0.9914.Lucille
  • Buy for $0.9915.I Love You More Everyday
  • Buy for $0.9916.Sixty Days and Sixty Nights
  • Buy for $0.9917.Going To Kansas City
  • Buy for $0.9918.Weary Wanderer
  • Buy for $0.9919.Jenny Jenny
  • Buy for $0.9920.She's Gone To Napoli
  • Buy for $0.9921.Have Mercy Mr Percy
  • Buy for $0.9922.Sweet Jamaica
  • Buy for $0.9923.Bossa Nova Hop
  • Buy for $0.9924.Zion
  • Buy for $0.9925.Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  • Buy for $0.9926.Daniel Saw the Stone
  • Buy for $0.9927.This Great Day
  • Buy for $0.9928.I May Never See My Baby

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Phil "Enthucol" Etgart.
Cuba-born and Jamaica-bred singer Laurel Aitken would eventually become known as "the Godfather of Ska," but first paid his dues as a Jamaican folksinger and nightclub entertainer who played a blend of early rock & roll, jump blues, and boogie. By the time he was signed to London's Blue Beat label in 1960 -- his "Boogie Rock" was their first-ever release -- he had started to shape the sound that would later make him famous. Although "Boogie Rock" is inexplicably missing here, this generous compilation contains heaping helpings of straight R&B and proto-rock amidst tasty ska tracks like "Brother David," "You Got Me Rockin'," and a blue-beat version of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." It's on the spiritual numbers -- "Zion," "Mighty Redeemer" -- that Aitken's soulful voice really soars, although he is equally capable of getting down and dirty. Newcomers to Aitken's music might be better served by Pressure Drop's more comprehensive two-disc anthology The Godfather of Ska, which showcases the ska and pre-reggae island sound for which he was renowned, but fans of early R&B, rock, and soul, or Laurel Aitken completists, will have much to celebrate and enjoy here. ~ Paula Carino
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  • UPC: 5013929680920
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