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Laurel Aitken & Friends: Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD)

(RPM) 138 tracks 1969-1970

- 70 recordings that are not available in digital form
- Almost 50 pieces available on CD for the first time
- 138 reggae anthems!

Widely known as the "Godfather of Ska", Laurel Aitken dominated Jamaica's record industry in the early days and enjoyed great popularity through his Jamaican R&B hits in the second half of the 1950s. In the early 1960s he moved to London and recorded for every Afro-Caribbean record company worth its salt.

With his ska and rocksteady recordings, Laurel remained an integral part of the lives of Jamaican ex-patriots, but it wasn't until the reggae explosion in 1969 that he became known to a wider audience. With productions for Doctor Bird, Pama and Trojan Records he became a musical hero for many British teenagers. The white working class, who adopted the fashion style, were henceforth called "skinheads".

This 5CD set brings together the complete output of the singer, songwriter and producer, which was released on 7" singles between 1969 and 1970, including great hits as well as lost rarities and unreleased tracks, which make their CD debut here. The collection also features recordings he has produced for British artists such as Rico, Winston Groovy, Pama Dice, The Pyramids, The Cimarons and The Rudies.

Of the 138 tracks, 2 are previously unreleased and another 68 were not available for decades, making the set a must-have for any vintage reggae.

Article properties:Laurel Aitken & Friends: Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD)

  • Interpret: Laurel Aitken & Friends

  • Album titlle: Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD)

  • Label RPM

  • Genre Reggae

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5013929682702

  • weight in Kg 0.17
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 1
01laurel aitkenFire in mi wire
02laurel aitkenQuando quando
03laurel aitkenRice and peas
04the classicsWorried over me
05laurel aitkenReggae prayer
06laurel aitkenDeliverance will come
07laurel aitkenThe rise and fall (of laurel)
08laurel aitkenIf you're not black
09laurel aitkenHaile haile (the lion)
10seven lettersCall collect
11laurel aitkenCarolina
12laurel aitkenKingston town
13laurel aitkenDonkey man
14laurel aitkenWoppi king
15laurel aitkenMr soul
16laurel aitken & girlieSuffering still
17laurel aitkenReggae '69
18laurel aitkenHaile selassie
19laurel aitken & girlieBlues dance
20laurel aitken & girlieLawd doctor
21laurel aitken & girlieBig fight in hell stadium
22laurel aitkenRun powell run
23rico & laurel aitkenA message to you
24laurel aitkenSave the last dance
25laurel aitkenWalk right back
26laurel aitkenDon't be cruel
27laurel aitken(sloop) john b
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 2
01winston groovyIsland in the sun
02winston groovyWork it up
03winston groovy(my girl) josephine
04winston groovyChampagne and wine
05rico & laurel aitkenBabylon gone
06laurel aitkenShoo be doo
07laurel aitkenLandlords and tenants
08laurel aitkenEverybody sufferin'
09laurel aitkenJesse james
10laurel aitkenFreedom
11laurel aitkenPussy price gone up
12laurel aitkenGimme back me dollar
13laurel aitkenSkinhead train
14the gruvy beatsKent people
15laurel aitkenBenwood dick
16laurel aitkenApollo 12
17laurel aitken & girlieScandal in brixton market
18king horrorFrankenstein
19winston groovyI can't stand it
20laurel aitken & girlieStupid married man
21girlieMadam streggae
22laurel aitkenThink me no know
23ricoTrombone man
24laurel aitkenPussy got thirteen life
25laurel aitkenSingle man
26laurel aitkenSkinhead wreck the town
27laurel aitkenMoon rock
28winston groovyMerry xmas
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 3
01laurel aitkenSin pon you
02laurel aitkenEverynight
03winston groovyCut up munno
04king horrorThe vampire
05king horrorCutting blade
06winston groovyLeaving me standing
07winston groovyLittle girl
08king horrorThe hole
09king horrorLoch ness monster
10rico & the visionsZion i
11winston groovyFunky chicken, part 1
12the cimaronsFunky chicken, part 2
13winston groovyFunny, version 1
14the cimaronsFunny, version 2
15pama diceSin, sun and sex
16pama diceHonky tonk popcorn
17pama diceBongo man
18pama diceReggae popcorn
19pama diceThe worm, part 1
20pama diceThe worm, part 2
21laurel aitkenOnly you
22winston groovyI can't go on
23dice the bossFunky monkey, version 1
24dice the bossFunky monkey, version 2
25trevor lloydGive me back your love
26trevor lloydHold me
27trevor lloydChinee brush
28dice & cummie +Real collie
29king horrorLoch ness monster (alt tk)
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 4
01pama diceThe worm
02winston groovyYou can't turn your back on me
03dice the bossFunky duck
04dice the bossFunkier than duck
05king horrorThe naked city
06king horrorWood in the fire
07laurel aitkenMr popcorn
08laurel aitkenShare your popcorn
09laurel aitkenI've got to have your love
10laurel aitken & gruvy beatsBlue mink
11tigerSouls of africa
12laurel aitken & gruvy beatsDallas, texas
13winston groovyStanding on the corner
14winston groovyYou send me
15laurel aitkenNobody but me
16laurel aitkenBaby please don't go
17winston groovyYellow bird
18winston groovyFor your love
19laurel aitkenI'll never love any girl
20laurel aitkenTake me back
21laurel aitkenReggae popcorn
22winston groovyHere is my heart
23the gruvy beatsBirds and the bees
24the freedom singersElection
25fleece & the live shocksTomorrow's world
26the versatilesPick my pocket
27the freedom singersFreedom
28laurel aitkenThe outlaw
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 5
01the classicsSo much love
02the classicsSame old feeling
03joe laceNobody else but you
04the live shocksVersion of nobody
05Baby i need your loving (1970 version) -laurel aitkenLaurel Aitken & Friends
06laurel aitkenThink it over
07tigerMusical scorcher
08tigerThree dogs night
09laurel aitkenSex machine
10laurel aitkenSince you left
11winston groovyGroovin'
12winston groovySugar mama
13the inner mindWitchcraft man
14the inner mindNight in cairo
15the inner mindPum pum girl
16the inner mindFreedom
17the classicsHistory of africa
18the classicsHoney bee
19laurel aitkenPachanga, part 1
20laurel aitkenPachanga, part 2
21winston groovyTennessee waltz
22winston groovyOld man trouble
23laurel aitkenWhy can't i touch you
24laurel aitken(you) can't turn your back on me
25laurel aitkenMary's boy child
26the rudiesMary's boy child (instr)
Laurel Aitken Laurel Aitken was born on April 22, 1927 in Cuba under the name Lorenzo Aitken.... more
"Laurel Aitken & Friends"

Laurel Aitken

Laurel Aitken was born on April 22, 1927 in Cuba under the name Lorenzo Aitken. The British label boss Gaz Mayall gave him the title 'Godfather of Ska' in the mid-1980s - and rightly so, as he is commonly considered one of the founders of ska music in Jamaica. The Aitken family moved there, to West Kingston in 1938.

There he came into contact with the then popular rhythm'n' blues from New Orleans via US F.M. radio stations. Favourites included Smiley Lewis, Louis Jordan and Amos Milburn. The combination of the cool sounds from New Orleans with Caribbean Calypso formed the basis for his particularly unique style, which later should conquer the world as Ska music. Initially, however, Aitken worked for the Jamaican Tourist Board and appeared as an entertainer in nightclubs. After first recordings, Chris Blackwell who was born in London in 1937, later founder of Island Records, produced Boogie in My Bones b/w Little Sheila, the first pop record from Jamaica that was also released in England.

In 1960 Aitken moved to Brixton in London and recorded fifteen singles for the 'Blue Beat' label before returning to Jamaica in 1963. With the Skatallites as his backing band, he made further recordings there, before returning to Great Britain, where he was able to further consolidate his position as a leading Ska musician. Besides the Caribbean inhabitants of London he was especially popular amongst mods, skinheads and other Ska fans.
From the late 1950s until the 1970s Aitken was able to achieve a multitude of hits internationally. In 1970 he settled down with his wife in Leicester, England, and performed less frequently. In 1980 Ska experienced a renaissance, and finally he entered the British single charts for the first time with Rudi Got Married.

On 17 July 2005, Laurel Aitken died of a heart attack in his adopted hometown of Leicester. He is remembered as the artist who made Mento/Calypso, R&B, Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae his own thing.

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Tracklist
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 1
01 laurel aitken
02 laurel aitken
03 laurel aitken
04 the classics
05 laurel aitken
06 laurel aitken
07 laurel aitken
08 laurel aitken
09 laurel aitken
10 seven letters
11 laurel aitken
12 laurel aitken
13 laurel aitken
14 laurel aitken
15 laurel aitken
16 laurel aitken & girlie
17 laurel aitken
18 laurel aitken
19 laurel aitken & girlie
20 laurel aitken & girlie
21 laurel aitken & girlie
22 laurel aitken
23 rico & laurel aitken
24 laurel aitken
25 laurel aitken
26 laurel aitken
27 laurel aitken
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 2
01 winston groovy
02 winston groovy
03 winston groovy
04 winston groovy
05 rico & laurel aitken
06 laurel aitken
07 laurel aitken
08 laurel aitken
09 laurel aitken
10 laurel aitken
11 laurel aitken
12 laurel aitken
13 laurel aitken
14 the gruvy beats
15 laurel aitken
16 laurel aitken
17 laurel aitken & girlie
18 king horror
19 winston groovy
20 laurel aitken & girlie
21 girlie
22 laurel aitken
23 rico
24 laurel aitken
25 laurel aitken
26 laurel aitken
27 laurel aitken
28 winston groovy
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 3
01 laurel aitken
02 laurel aitken
03 winston groovy
04 king horror
05 king horror
06 winston groovy
07 winston groovy
08 king horror
09 king horror
10 rico & the visions
11 winston groovy
12 the cimarons
13 winston groovy
14 the cimarons
15 pama dice
16 pama dice
17 pama dice
18 pama dice
19 pama dice
20 pama dice
21 laurel aitken
22 winston groovy
23 dice the boss
24 dice the boss
25 trevor lloyd
26 trevor lloyd
27 trevor lloyd
28 dice & cummie +
29 king horror
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 4
01 pama dice
02 winston groovy
03 dice the boss
04 dice the boss
05 king horror
06 king horror
07 laurel aitken
08 laurel aitken
09 laurel aitken
10 laurel aitken & gruvy beats
11 tiger
12 laurel aitken & gruvy beats
13 winston groovy
14 winston groovy
15 laurel aitken
16 laurel aitken
17 winston groovy
18 winston groovy
19 laurel aitken
20 laurel aitken
21 laurel aitken
22 winston groovy
23 the gruvy beats
24 the freedom singers
25 fleece & the live shocks
26 the versatiles
27 the freedom singers
28 laurel aitken
Aitken, Laurel - Skinhead Train - The Complete Singles Collection (5-CD) CD 5
01 the classics
02 the classics
03 joe lace
04 the live shocks
05 Baby i need your loving (1970 version) -laurel aitken
06 laurel aitken
07 tiger
08 tiger
09 laurel aitken
10 laurel aitken
11 winston groovy
12 winston groovy
13 the inner mind
14 the inner mind
15 the inner mind
16 the inner mind
17 the classics
18 the classics
19 laurel aitken
20 laurel aitken
21 winston groovy
22 winston groovy
23 laurel aitken
24 laurel aitken
25 laurel aitken
26 the rudies