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Posted by : Monkey SKA domingo, 2 de julio de 2017

AllMusic Review by David Jeffries
It'll take a while to explain this record to your friends, but what a concept. To be brief, Jamaican sound systems were once hungry for music (hard to imagine since rocksteady and reggae records would soon be issued as fast as newspapers), so the DJs turned to the world of American R&B. Original Jamaican Sound System Style features many of the American tunes Jamaican DJs were spinning in the '50s, and it's evidence that they had excellent taste. The liner notes are fantastic, and you can't even pretend that every song on here isn't anything but jaunty and rollicking Friday night fish-fry fun. But don't forget that the sound systems overdrove these tracks through monolithic but cheap speakers; they mixed the tracks in with their own Jamaican R&B, and entranced audiences with shouts of babble. To hear it would be amazing but the ultraclean digital remasters here only hint at the experience. It's unfortunate that no one dug up a tape of the real deal, but this is evidence that someone should try.

  1. Safronia B - Calvin Boze
  2. Monkey Speaks His Mind - Dave Bartholomew
  3. Live It Up - Ernie Freeman
  4. Let's Make A Whole Lot Of Love - Dodgers
  5. I'm Gone - Shirley & Lee
  6. I'm In The Mood For Love - Fats Domino
  7. Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris
  8. Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials
  9. Strator-Cruiser - Joe Lutchers
  10. Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers
  11. Someone Like You - Faye Adams
  12. It's Over - James 'SugarBoy' Crawford
  13. The Vow - Gene & Eunice
  14. If You Don't Want Me Baby - Ray Johnson
  15. Blue Moon - Lynn Hope
  16. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer -Amos Milburn
  17. Waiting & Drinking - Calvin Boze
  18. One Night - Smiley Lewis
  19. Be My Guest - Fats Domino
  20. 3 x 7 = 21 - Jewel King
  21. Return To Me - Ernie Freeman


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