dimanche, novembre 02, 2008

Sunday Morning Music: Early Ska Selections

About 14 years ago I began listening to early ska and the roots of reggae. We're talking about very different music than people think of nowadays when we say ska/reggae. In the mid to late '60s, groups in Jamaica began recording pop (and original) songs with a soulful, downbeat twist. It's reminiscent of Motown, but a different frequency.

Many years later, these songs have been re-recorded. A good example is "The Tide is High" by John Holt.



Or 1963's Simmer Down by the Wailing Wailers. Truth be told, I prefer the early band over the later Bob Marley work.



Here's my all time fave by the Wailing Wailers - an excellent take on "Do You Love Me"



There is also another offshoot of early ska called Rocksteady. I have an insane Rocksteady list on iTunes if you ever want to check it out. Do I get a red cent out of it? Nah. iTunes doesn't need to pay me in order to make money. Evil geniuses...

3 Comments:

Blogger Jon said...

Some other recommendations for Sunday mornings:

Nina Nastasia and Jim White - You Follow Me

Hilde Marie Kjersem - A Killer for that Ache

Fleet Foxes - s/t

9:22 AM, novembre 02, 2008  
Blogger Phelony Jones said...

I haven't heard of these and will check them out -- is s/t the name of the song?

12:30 PM, novembre 02, 2008  
Blogger Jon said...

s/t is self-titled...name of the album is fleet foxes also:)

3:00 PM, novembre 02, 2008  

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