Saturday, February 20, 2021

VA - USA Jamaica Roots of Ska 1942-1962 [2014] (3 x CD's)



VA - USA Jamaica Roots of Ska 1942-1962 [2014] (3 x CD's)

As is well documented, Jamaican ska drew heavily on the rhythm and blues of black America, most notably the New Orleans variant (which echoed Caribbean cadences), and the jump blues that formed rock'n'roll's direct precursor. Divided into three CD's respectively subtitled 'USA 1942-1950', 'USA & Jamaica 1950-1962' and 'Jamaica 1956-1962', this set has 69 tracks, all of them with the characteristic shuffle that influenced Jamaican music and fed into ska. 

Many mysteries surround the origins of ska, a famous musical genre born in Kingston in 1962. Bruno Blum puts an end to speculation here. The ska and its peculiar offbeat (which we find later in reggae) are derived from shuffle, an American style of rhythm and blues little known to the general public. Here is a dazzling anthology, from the obscure original version of the famous “My Boy Lollipop” to the classic “Just a Gigolo”. This anthology offers in parallel 27 shuffles recorded in Jamaica just before the creation of the ska among which we have the pleasure to find the beginnings of Bob Marley - the original sound of Jamaican dance hall. (Patrick Fremeaux)


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Track lists


01 Louis Jordan It 's a Low Down Dirty Shame 2:50

02 Louis Jordan Gi Jive 3:02

03 Louis Jordan Choo Choo Ch' Boogie 2:48

04 Louis Jordan Boogie Woogie Blue Plate 2:47

05 Gene Philips Rock Bottom 2:39

06 T-Bone Walker T-Bone Shuffle 2:59

07 Gene Coy Killer Diller 2:53

08 Louis Jordan Reet Petite and Gone 2:44

09 Professor Longhair Willie Mae 2:50

10 Todd Rhodes Page Boy Shuffle 2:40

11 Jimmy Witherspoon Spoon Calls Hootie 2:43

12 Robins If It's So Baby 3:07

13 Floyd Dixon Rockin' At Home 2:52

14 Johnny Otis Show Boogie Guitar 2:36

15 Harold Land San Diego Bounce 2:43

16 Professor Longhair Ben Fooling Around 3:03

17 Archibald Stack a Lee 2:31

18 Willis 'Gator' Jackson Later for the Gator 2:42

19 T-Bone Walker Street Walkin' Woman 3:04

20 Wayne James Tend to Do Business 2:33

21 Roy Brown Train Time Blues 2:50

22 Rosco Gordon No More Doggin' 2:58

23 Dave Bartholomew My Ding a Ling 2:14


01 Little Esther Lovers Lane Boogie 2:32

02 Robins I Found Out My Troubles 2:44

03 Tiny Grimes Rockin' the Blues Away 2:57

04 Jesse Allen Rock This Morning 2:04

05 Bill Brown Chicken Blues 2:50

06 Jimmy Mccrackin Rockin' All Day 2:41

07 Lowell Fulson Guitar Shuffle 2:47

08 Smiley Lewis You're Not the One 2:30

09 Floyd Dixon Hey Bartender 2:49

10 B.B. King You Upset Me Baby 3:03

11 Johnny Watson Hot Little Mama 3:23

12 Johnny Watson Gettin' Drunk 2:43

13 Shirley Gunter and the Queens Oop Shop 2:16

14 Rosco Gordon Hey Hey Girl 2:38

15 Johnny Watson Too Tired 2:44

16 Spencer Bobby My Bop Lollipop 2:24

17 Louis Prima Just a Gigolo / I Aint Nobody 4:44

18 Francis Guzzo Sea Cruise 2:46

19 Ernest Ranglin I Feel Good 2:42

20 Roland Alphonso The Joker 3:09

21 Jackie McLean Greasy 7:25

22 Duke Reid Group Duke's Cookies 2:27

23 Bob Marley Judge Not 2:32


01 Owen Gray Rocking in My Feet 4:14

02 Clue J and His Blues Blasters Silky 2:51

03 Roland Alphonso Yard Broom 3:15

04 Lloyd Clarke Japanese Girl 2:35

05 Don Drummond That Man Is Back 1:56

06 Bob Marley One Cup of Coffee 2:40

07 Owen Gray Midnight Track 2:34

08 Eric Marty Morris Me and My Forty Five 2:53

09 Rico Rodriguez Magic 3:01

10 Chuck & Doddy Cool School 2:53

11 Matador All Stars Bridgeview Shuffle 2:43

12 Theophilus Beckford That's Me 2:46

13 Count Ossie and the Wareikas African Shuffle 2:39

14 Jiving Juniors Over the River 2:06

15 Winston I Love You 2:35

16 Rico Rodriguez Luke Lane Shuffle 2:55

17 Laurel Aitken Bouncing Woman 2:33

18 Audrey Adams Stew Peas and Cornflakes 2:25

19 Cornell Campbell Rosabelle 2:22

20 Chuck & Doddy I Was Wrong 2:12

21 Busty & Cool What a World 2:16

22 Angelic Brothers Ten Virgins 2:30

23 Azie Lawrence Jamaica Blues 2:49




  1. enticing to say the least, Thanks BB

    1. Hi D,
      I've been listening to a bit of reggae and blues lately.
      This set is better than I initially imagined.


  2. Hi Butter Boy, great albums as always as well as high quality compilations. Thanks again
    Keep working with such high quality everybody appreciate

    1. Thank you Serge,
      Glad you find the post enjoyable.


  3. Great selection, as always. Thanks so much!

  4. Looks like another good one. Thanx.

    1. Hi BarrieB,
      Hope you will enjoy listening to these amazing albums.


  5. Hi!

    Thanx for this collection. LUV Ska music & looking @ its "roots" looks interesting. Missed the 60's 1st wave of Ska but caught & participated in the 80's 2nd wave = Specials, Madness etc. Fun music.

    Ciao! For now.

  6. Hi!

    Thanx for responding. Very few do. MORE Ska next week?! Great! Drooling already.....

    Ciao! For now.

    1. Hi nrtcm,
      I respond to every post (except ones that are rude and or Spam, which I delete).
      If you went to the trouble to leave a comment then ,I should at least acknowledge that.
      I hope you keep enjoying your time here


  7. hi BB, For the life of me I can't get this to Download. I haven't had any problems before. It also appears I may be the only one judging by comments already put up.. Any Ideas anyone? I've tried 4 different browsers over the last couple of days including opera with it's VPN but it crashes halfway through every time. Anyway keep up the good work mate the ambient collection was excellent. nice to shove on shuffle when reading.

    1. Hi bob,
      I've just tested the links and they appear to be working. I am not sure to help you here. There has been over 460 downloads so far. I'll break the files into parts and send them to you in these comment section. Please be patient I should get them to you tomorrow.


    2. Hi bob,
      Thanks for you comments on the Ambient compilation too. Much appreciated.

      Here are new links for the above set. I hope these will work for you.

      VA - USA Jamaica Roots of Ska 1942-1962 [2014] CD1

      VA - USA Jamaica Roots of Ska 1942-1962 [2014] CD2

      VA - USA Jamaica Roots of Ska 1942-1962 [2014] CD3


  8. Hello Butterboy, Just rediscovered your blog, Its great to have you back, Used to love browsing through your crate posts. Hope you're keeping well. Many Thanks for all your great tunes.

    1. Hi clarissa,
      Thanks for that. I am enjoying the sharing again. I probably will not do the Crates for now. As you may know I lost over 6000 files all crate related. I know they were popular.
      I hope you find music to enjoy even though the crates will not appear.


    2. Nah It still won't have it. I've used kraken before with no problem so it's not that, My lap top may have updated it's security program which may be causing a problem (Either that or it's becoming racist in it's old age LOL). No worries I'll get it on my girlfriends later in the week. I would ask her to do it for me but when it comes to computers she doesn't know her arse from her elbow! Cheers for trying again though it is appreciate. Keep up the good work!

    3. Sorry to hear that, bob.
      Sometimes a retart can fix the problems like that too. Good Luck.


  9. Looks great BB... alas, file no longer there. Thanks in advance.