Various - If I Had A Pair Of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop Vol. 2 LPSKU: DEATH028
The second volume of Jamaican doo wop & R&B records taken from the late 50s and early 60s. These records represent a period in which soundsystems were just starting to dominate the island, with Duke Reid and Sir Coxsone stepping up their rivalry by beginning to make and release their own records rather than rely on US imports for use in their dances.
Many of these records are definitely more-or-less imitations of the American records, as the uniquely Jamaican ska sound was yet to take hold - however many of the future stars of ska, rocksteady and reggae were beginning to cut their teeth in the industry on these records, incl. Prince Buster, Derrick Harriott and more, and provide a unique view into the fledgling independent record industry culture in Jamaica that would prove to be unbelievably prolific and unparalleled for an island of it's size.
This compilation was issued on cassette in 2019 and now finally also available on vinyl.
Format & package: LP
Record Label: Death Is Not The End
Year of release: 2020 (compilation)
A1 Lloyd Clark & Smithie's Sextet - Now I Know The Reason
A2 Prince Buster & The Charmers - Now You Want To Cry
A3 The Rhythm Aces & The Caribs - A Thousand Teardrops
A4 Jiving Juniors - Have Faith In Me
A5 Chuck & Dobby - I Love My Teacher
A6 The Beltones & Dee's Group - Call Your Name Forever
A7 The Echoes & Celestials - I Love You Forever
B1 Wilfred Jackie Edwards - Hear My Cry
B2 Jiving Juniors - Valerie
B3 The Magic Notes - Why Did You Leave Me
B4 Rupert Edwards - Guilty Convict
B5 Keith & Enid - Worried Over You
B6 The Moonlighters - Julie
B7 Higgs & Wilson - How Can I Be Sure