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Fantastic Voyage

Double LP + colour insert collectors edition of 500 copies only. Features 32 of the most sought after tracks from the 2CD, 50-track set highlighting Jamaican R&B and the birth of Ska, one of Fantastic Voyages most anticipated releases of the year. Compiled by genre authority Mike Atherton, Youths Boogie features 32 examples of prime early ska by artists including Owen Gray, Hortense Ellis, Laurel Aitken, Wilfred Jackie Edwards, Derrick Morgan, and Keith & Enid. Disc One is devoted to major players on the Jamaican production scene, Duke Reid and Chris Blackwell, while Disc Two investigates the work of other producers vying to make their name.

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Ragga Dancehall Reggae
R & B

It took years for ska music to become an overnight success. When tunes like ‘My Boy Lollipop’ hit the airwaves in Britain in the sixties, most listeners assumed that the odd and addictive back-to-front beat was something dreamed up in the studio the month before. Some realised that the music had connections with Jamaica, but few people knew that the genre had been gestating for some years. The music owed some debt to Jamaica’s indigenous folk music, mento, but the strongest, most obvious ingredient of ska was American r&b. By the close of the 1950s the advent of record pressing facilities on the island had enabled records to be manufactured, without sending tapes to Britain and waiting for records to be shipped back. A number of enterprising Jamaicans began to supervise recording session and released the results on their own labels.

Compiled by specialist black music writer Mike Atherton (Record Collector, Echoes), Youths Boogie portrays the popular music of Jamaica in the period 1959 to 1962, before it became formally known as ska, but by which time most of the characteristics of ska were present and correct, alongside the influences of American r&b. Disc One showcases the productions of Chris Blackwell, a white Jamaican who ran the local R&B and Island labels, before moving his operation to Britain, and Duke Reid, who ran the Trojan sound system, and issued many of his productions on the Duke Reid’s label, before founding the famous Treasure Isle label in the sixties. Disc Two looks at the productions of other individuals like Simeon Smith, Charlie Moo, Dada Tewari, Byron Lee, Roy Robinson, Vincent Chin and the London-based Sonny Roberts, who were all vying to make names for themselves.

Taking its name from a Rico instrumental, Youths Boogie features the work of male solo artists like Laurel Aitken, Owen Gray, Derrick Morgan, Wilfred “Jackie” Edwards, groups such as Derrick Harriott’s Jiving Juniors and the Blues Busters, male/female duos Derrick & Patsy, Roy & Millie, and Keith & End, as well as a rare (for this era) solo female outing by Hortense Ellis. Tracks by Charlie Babcock, Al T Joe and Lloyd Williams are making their debut on CD. As well as Mike’s notes, the 20pp booklet features a wealth of Jamaican and British label shots.
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