Various - If I Had A Pair Of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop Vol. 1 LPSKU: DEATH025
This collection of Jamaican doo wop from the late 1950s through to the early 1960s represents a period in which sound systems had begun to dominate the island, and were starting to step up their rivalry by beginning to record and release their own platters rather than rely on imported records to gain the competitive edge.
With the uniquely Jamaican ska explosion yet to completely catch hold, these tracks are largely imitative of the doo wop and R&B sound that had been reaching the island from American shores & radiowaves, albeit peppered with hints of what was to come ~ some of the future stars of ska, rocksteady and reggae are starting to cut their teeth on these tracks, providing a great view into the fledgling record industry on the island.
This compilation was issued on cassette in 2018 and now finally also available on vinyl.
Format & package: LP
Record Label: Death Is Not The End
Year of release: 2020 (compilation)
A1 Alton Ellis & Eddy Parkins - Muriel
A2 Jiving Juniors - Dearest Darling
A3 The Echoes & Celestials - Are You Mine
A4 Jimmy Cliff - Dearest Beverley
A5 Keith & Enid - Send Me
A6 The Downbeats - Midnight Love
A7 Chuck & Dobby - 'Til The End Of Time
B1 The Mellow Larks - Album Of Memory
B2 Horthens & Stranger - True Love
B3 Dobby Dobson - Diamonds & Pearls
B4 The Charmers - I'm Going Back
B5 The Blues Busters - Pleading For Mercy
B6 Owen Gray & Millie Small - Do You Know
B7 Laurel Aitken - Heavenly Angel