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(Radiation Records) 16 tracks Remastered and extended by 4 bonus tracks version of the early 70s... more

Laurel Aitken: The Fantastic Laurel Aitken (LP)

(Radiation Records) 16 tracks

Remastered and extended by 4 bonus tracks version of the early 70s album of the Godfather of Ska, which was reissued here for the first time on vinyl with a total of 16 songs. In 1970 he had already established himself as the forefather of British reggae. In 1960 he moved to England and dominated the Jamaican music scene on the island from the very beginning. After eleven years of consistent success on every major Caribbean label, he was no longer satisfied with his success and began to look for new challenges. So he took the unusual step of transferring the distribution of his latest recordings to mainland Europe and North America. For British fans, the battle began for the few copies of the album originally released on the Belgian label Hebra that were available via export.


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  • Interpret: Laurel Aitken

  • Album titlle: The Fantastic Laurel Aitken (LP)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label RADIATION RECORDS

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 8055515232301

  • weight in Kg 0.22
Aitken, Laurel - The Fantastic Laurel Aitken (LP) LP 1
01 Baby Please Dont Go Laurel Aitken
02 Sex Machine Laurel Aitken
03 Hiele Hiele Laurel Aitken
04 Chop Chop Rock Laurel Aitken
05 Cant Your Back On Me Laurel Aitken
06 Since You Left Laurel Aitken
07 I'll Never Love Any Girl Laurel Aitken
08 Baby I Need Your Loving Laurel Aitken
09 Do The Boogaloo Laurel Aitken
10 Soul Of Africa Laurel Aitken
11 Dancing With My Baby Laurel Aitken
12 Dallas Texas Laurel Aitken
13 Rock Steady Laurel Aitken
14 Reggae Mood Laurel Aitken
15 Why Can't I Touch You Laurel Aitken
16 Let True Love Begin Laurel Aitken
Laurel Aitken Laurel Aitken was born on April 22, 1927 in Cuba under the name Lorenzo Aitken.... more
"Laurel Aitken"

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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