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SONG OF THE DAY The Maytals – Night and Day

“The Maytals were unlike anything else … sensational, raw and dynamic.” (Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell) Many moons ago I heard this song, saved in one of my many playlists with the aim of revisiting it, but somehow never returned….until … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Morton & The Uptights – Taurus

Amidst an ocean of choice with no firm direction, my musical explorations can literally take me anywhere and in direction. Whilst bobbing along on this sea of sounds today, this beacon of jazz/funk joy happened to float my way and … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Stephen Cheng – Always Together

Tonight I have learnt something completely new and I wonder how many of you out there were aware of this too? How many of you knew just how entwined the music of China and Jamaica (ska/rocksteady/reggae) were? There has long … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Caribs – Taboo

With hints of early ska, reggae, surf and exotica all carefully blended into this intensely dreamy and deliciously sublime fusion of sound, there’s a little bit for everyone in this sonic delight! Issued on Island Records in 1960, Taboo was … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Don Drummond – Roll on Sweet Don

Don Drummond was a Jamaican ska trombonist/composer who became one of the original members of The Skatalites.  His musical career began in 1950 with the Eric Dean’s All-Stars where initially he played as a jazz musician. For over a decade … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE (CHRISTMAS) DAY The Wailers – Christmas Is Here

Christmas day is here and I dare say most of you will be celebrating and getting full into the festivities of Yule, certainly not checking out what the Listening Post Blog has selected for its Christmas day song!  So, without … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Maytals – Christmas Feeling Ska

This track is so jolly and if this doesn’t get your baubles skanking I don’t know what will! Originally released as a 45 in 1964 with ‘Let’s Kiss’ as its B-side, this is a perfect way to bounce along to … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Don Drummond – Confucious

After featuring ‘Rico’s Torpedo’ by the great Rico & Joe’s All Stars last night, I’ve spent some time getting familiar with Don Drummond, the man who taught Rico Rodriguez to play trombone. Don Drummond was a Jamaican ska trombonist/composer who became one … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Rico & Joe’s All Stars – Rico’s Torpedo

This song has been stuck in my head ever since I played it earlier and I haven’t been able to stop humming it yet. Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez, aka Rico, Reco or El Reco was a Cuban-born Jamaican ska and reggae … Continue reading

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