In August 1965, barely a week after the disbandment of the original Skatalites, The Soul Brothers (featuring ex-Skatalites members Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso, Johnny Moore and Lloyd Brevitt) were up and running as the new house band at Studio One. They didn’t waste any time, also recruiting Wallin Cameron (guitar) and Bunny Williams (drums) into the group!
The Soul Brothers mix of musical styles has often been described as Ska/Jump-Up and it was this style that bridged the gap between Ska and the arrival of Rocksteady. What also made the Soul Brothers that little bit more interesting, however, was their experimentation with Funk, Jazz and Latin styles. This enhanced their unique sound.
These styles you can hear in today’s song, Voodoo Moon, which I believe was released in 1968 on Coxsone Records? Later issued on an album called Last Train To Skaville, Voodoo Moon was originally released in conjunction with Peter Touch & The Chorus’ Making Love 45 and featured as the B-side. I love its lively percussive fire, funk-tinges and upbeat flow. It’s got a great sound and those rhythms really give it a Latin-feel which makes it even better!! Nice tune, eh!
Check it out above.