The Wailing Wailers (1965)

I’m sure everyone has heard of Bob Marley’s early recordings, not many people actually have them, so here we have 1965’s The Wailing Wailers, which is essentially their ska album. Also, it is a collection LPs so it was recorded at Studio One over a span of time, not all at once.
Wiki explains in greater detail but this is a difficult album to find information for, because I recall a few details that I was unable to confirm and most of the descriptions are vague.
Either way it is an interesting one.


Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Play Dynamite Ska

Just when I was about ready to put Ska and Rocksteady Thursdays on hold for a bit, I stumbled across this gem by accident and it has renewed my love of ska once again.
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires are another of the old Jamaican bands that has been around since the 1950’s, playing with everyone from Chuck Berry, the Drifters, Fats Domino, Prince Buster, Jimmey Cliff, they were in and played in the 1961 James Bond movie Dr No as the hotel band. The Wiki article explains their history in greater detail (for those who wish to look. I will explain further in future posts).
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires was never a band that I was ever “into”, I believe this is the only album of theirs that I ever owned, so I am just now “discovering” this band.
So Ska and Rocksteady Thursday lives on… at least until I see some goon wearing checkers and Skank’in.

download CD 1
download CD 2
band site

Prince Buster (and the Skatalites) Fly Flying Ska (1964)

The Skatalites playing the instrumentals for Prince Buster’s album… there is something deep and profound that this album reveals about the relationship between Prince Buster and Ska, and Jamaican music in general (rocksteady and reggae also).
Prince Buster has been influential but a step removed to the point that it is difficult to box his style into a genre. He is so removed from reggae that he stopped making music because the Rastafarian influences offended his Muslim beliefs… I have no idea what allure Islam could possibly have over rastafarianism, but whatevesies. He lives in Miami likely spending most of his time playing shuffle-board, as old as he is now (74).