Laurel Aitken - The Blue Beat Explosion Vol. 2 (Boogie In My Bones) LPSKU: SUNRLP012
Well-rounded compilation comprised of early hits from Ska-star Lauren Aitken and the various bands he featured in. Featuring tracks from the late 1950s and the early 1960s this period was integral for the legendary Blue Beat label as it began increasing its musical output to offer the rabid music fans more of the developing, new Rhythm & Blues sound that was then becoming known as Ska. One such artist whose name is synonymous with this emerging scene is the now renowned Lauren Aitken aka "the Godfather of Ska", who featured/collaborated with artists and groups including Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, Arthur 'Duke' Reid, The Bluesbeat , The Boogie Cats and Ruddy & Sketto.
Lauren Aitken, who during the late 1950s was Jamaica's first real recording star was also amongst the first to release a Ska record. Aitken's collaboration with music producer Chris Blackwell allowed his 1958 single "Boogie in My Bones" b/w "Little Sheila" to be the first Jamaican popular music record to be released in the United Kingdom. Other more Jamaican rhythm and blues orientated singles from this period include "Low Down Dirty Girl" and "More Whisky" both produced by Duke Reid. Additionally, Aitken recorded for several prominent producers, including Reid, Leslie Kong, and Ken Khouri. In 1960, spurred by the popularity of his records in England, Aitken moved to London. There he began recording for Blue Beat, the first British-based label to cater to Jamaican immigrant tastes. Blue Beat's first single was a reissue of "Boogie Rock," and not long after, "Mary Lee" became the first song Aitken recorded specifically for the label. Aitken cut more than 15 singles for Blue Beat then temporarily returned to Jamaica in 1963.
Format & package: LP
Record label: Sunrise Records
Year of release: 2013 (compilation)
A1 Laurel Aitken And The Caribs - Boogie In My Bones
A2 Laurel Aitken And The Caribs - Honey Girl
A3 Laurel Aitken And The Boogie Cats - Boogie Rock
A4 Laurel Aitken With Ken Richards & His Harmonisers - Judgement Day
A5 Laurel Aitken With Duke Reid Group - More Whiskey
A6 Laurel Aitken - Back To New Orleans
A7 Laurel Aitken And Hyacinth - Mabel
A8 Laurel Aitken And Hyacinth - You Got Me Rockin'
B1 Laurel Aitken - Sixty Days And Sixty Nights
B2 Laurel Aitken - If It's Money You Need
B3 Laurel Aitken With Ken Richards & His Harmonisers - Yea Yea Baby
B4 Laurel Aitken And The Blue Beats - Nursery Rhyme Boogie
B5 Laurel Aitken And The Blue Beats - Mash Potato Boogie
B6 Laurel Aitken With Ruddy And Sketto - Weary Wanderer
B7 Laurel Aitken - Going To Kansas City
B8 Laurel Aitken - Lucille