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Ska Reggae Biography Discography Lyrics
The Skatalites were the sound of Jamaica throughout the fifties and sixties. Several members of the group were from the Alpha Cottage School for Boys a Catholic School for troubled youth in Kingston. This college turned out some of the best musicians in the world and would revolutionise Jamaican music. They recorded at Studio One and suddenly took off. In truth, most ska compilations are awash in the members' music, credited or not. That bouncy swing tempo, the jazzy brass, and the steady, skanking beat, all shout the Skatalites louder than any written credit, as easily heard on the vocal releases as on their own instrumentals. But the instrumentals were the group's glory. Songs like Guns of Navarone and "Phoenix City," "Addis Ababa," "Silver Dollar," "Corner Stone," and "Blackberry Brandy to name just a small handful of their most seminal cuts. Each year brings another set of compilations of their recordings from labels around the world. Decades on, their music remains timeless.