THE TREASURE ISLE STORY: THE SOUL OF JAMAICA

Che aggettivo si può usare se non quello di superbo per una raccolta che pone al centro un’etichetta storica come la Treasure Isle, patrimonio comune riconosciuto da ogni autentico amante della musica jamaicana.

Quattro cd per rendere omaggio a Arthur “Duke” Reid e la sua creatura attraverso la quale si sono consegnati alla storia artisti e pezzi memorabili. Ska, rocksteady, early reggae, queste le etichette che accompagnano la Treasure Isle e i generi che ha contribuito a far nascere e ad alimentare.

Molto del materiale contenuto nella raccolta è di certo conosciuto, ciò non toglie però l’emozione che si prova ogni volta che ci si imbatte in canzoni che resteranno per sempre. Le vere sorprese, quelle che i collezionisti non si faranno scappare, si trovano nel quarto cd battezzato “From The Vaults” e nel quale vengono proposte 29 tracce mai ristampate prima su supporto digitale con vere e proprie chicche come l’incredibile voce di Pat Kelly accompagnato nella sua interpretazione solo da un pianoforte.

Protagonista di questa nuova ed essenziale raccolta è la sempre attiva Trojan i cui cofanetti sono di immenso valore per tutti coloro che hanno voluto davvero conoscere la storia della musica jamaicana.

Track list:

Disc One: Feel So Fine: The Mento, Shuffle & Ska Years

1. Penny Reel – Lord Power
2. Lollipop Girl – The Jiving Juniors
3. Judgment Day – Laurel Aitken
4. In And Out The Window – Monty & Roy
5. Feel So Fine (aka Feel So Good) – Derrick & Patsy
6. River Bank (aka Bank To Bank) Part 1 – Baba Brooks & His Band
7. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole
8. Watermelon Man – The Baba Brooks Orchestra
9. When You Call My Name – Stranger & Patsy
10. Musical Communion – The Baba Brooks Orchestra
11. Solomon A Gundy – Eric Morris
12. Woman A Come – Margerita
13. Yeah Yeah Baby – Stranger & Patsy
14. Eastern Standard Time – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
15. Carry Go Bring Come – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
16. Garden Of Love – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
17. The Fits Is On Me – Owen & Leon
18. Down Town Gal – Joe White
19. Street Corner – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
20. Rub Up, Push Up – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
21. Occupation – The Skatalites featuring Don Drummond
22. Vacation – The Melodies
23. Latin Goes Ska – The Skatalites
24. Little Did You Know – The Techniques
25. Don’t Call Me Daddy – Derrick Morgan
26. Dance Crasher – Alton Ellis & The Flames
27. Lucky Seven – Don Drummond & The Tommy McCook Band
28. Try Me – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

Disc Two: The Tide Is High: The Rock Steady Years

1. Girl I’ve Got A Date – Alton Ellis & The Flames
2. Happy Go Lucky Girl – The Paragons
3. Cry Tough – Alton Ellis & The Flames
4. On The Beach – The Paragons
5. Don’t Stay Away – Phyllis Dillon
6. The Tide Is High – The Paragons
7. Save A Bread – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
8. Do It Right – The Three Tops
9. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis & The Flames
10. Things You Say You Love – The Jamaicans
11. Only A Smile – The Paragons
12. Why Birds Follow Spring – Alton Ellis & The Flames
13. I Will Get Along Without You – The Melodians
14. You Don’t Care – The Techniques
15. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon
16. You Don’t Need Me – The Melodians
17. Ain’t That Loving You – Alton Ellis & The Flames
18. Queen Majesty – The Techniques
19. You Have Caught Me – The Melodians
20. Baba Boom (Festival ‘67) – The Jamaican
21. Last Train To Expo ‘67 – The Melodians
22. I’m A Loving Pauper – Dobby Dobson
23. Travelling Man – The Techniques
24. My Willow Tree – Alton Ellis
25. I Wish It Would Rain – The Techniques
26. Angel Of The Morning – Joya Landis
27. Those Guys – The Sensations
28. True, True, True – Ken Parker

Disc Three: Wake The Town: The Reggae Years

1. I’ll Be Lonely – John & Joya
2. Moonlight Lover – Joya Landis
3. Get On The Right Track – Phyllis Dillon & Hopeton Lewis
4. Tonight – John Holt
5. Breaking Up (Is Hard To Do) – Alton Ellis
6. Ali Baba – John Holt
7. Everybody Bawling – The Melodians
8. Drink Milk – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
9. Lock Jaw – Dave Barker
10. Stealing Stealing – John Holt
11. I Can’t Hide – Ken Parker
12. Funky Reggae – Dave Barker
13. Remember That Sunday – Alton Ellis & Phyllis Dillon
14. Wake The Town – U Roy & Winston Wright
15. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) – Alton Ellis
16. Boom-Sha- Ka-Lacka – Hopeton Lewis
17. Rule The Nation – U Roy
18. You Made Me So Very Happy – Alton Ellis
19. Wear You To The Ball – U Roy & John Holt
20. One Life To Live, One Love To Give – Phyllis Dillon
21. Drive Her Home – Hopeton Lewis & U Roy
22. Botheration – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
23. Sister Big Stuff – John Holt
24. Pirate – The Ethiopians
25. Mighty Redeemer Part 1 – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
26. Help Me Make It Through The Night – Ken Parker
27. Wake Up Jamaica – Dennis Alcapone
28. Blackbird (Singing) – Rosalyn Sweat & The Paragons
29. Sunshine (On My Shoulders) – Pat Kelly
30. Sinners Where You Gonna Hide – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

Disc Four: From The Vaults

1. Feeling Of Love –Stranger & Ken
2. Guns Fever (original mix – take 2) – The Baba Brooks Band
3. Want Me Cock (take 1) – Owen & Leon
4. You Wish Me Bad (take 6) – The Spanishtonians
5. Nuclear Weapon (original mix) – Roland Alphonso & The Baba Brooks Band
6. Wake Me, Shake Me (take 2) – The Zodiacs
7. Honey I Love (All My Tears) – Alton Ellis & The Flames
8. Storm Warning (take 1) – Lyn Taitt & The Boys
9. My True Confession (take 1) – The Silvertones
10. Michelle – Tommy McCook &The Supersonics
11. Once A Man (alternate version) – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
12. The Lesson – The Teacher Man
13. Soul Love – Joey & Group
14. Breaking Up (Is Hard To Do) – The Termites
15. There She Goes – Hopeton Lewis
16. What A Situation – Hopeton Lewis & Sir Lord Comic
17. Boys And Girls Reggae (take 3) – Phyllis Dillon & Hopeton Lewis
18. Cry Little Girl, Cry – Tyrone Evans
19. Don’t Run For A Hiding Place – The Silvertones
20. What Have I Done – The Versatiles
21. Sufferation 1969 – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
22. Wooden Heart (alternate version – take 3) – John Holt
23. Every Day Is A Holiday (alternate version) -The Sensations
24. Reggae Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) (take 2) – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
25. Barbwire (alternate version) – Nora Dean
26. Chant – Duke Reid All Stars
27. Fire Fire (take 3) – Tony & His Group
28. Woman Of The Ghetto (original mix) – Phyllis Dillon
29. I Wish It Would Rain (rehearsal) – Pat Kelly

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