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Laurel Aitken - The High Priest Of Reggae
Laurel Aitken
The High Priest Of Reggae
LP | 1969 | EU | Reissue (Radiation)
13,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
By the dawn of the seventies, Laurel Aitken was well and truly established as the UK’s top Jamaican singing star. Over the years following his move from Jamaica in 1960 he had acquired a strong and faithful following in Britain and well beyond, but the recent Reggae explosion increased this many times over. Eager to exploit Laurel’s astounding popularity, Pama Records fought off competition from esteemed rivals, Trojan and Doctor Bird, to acquire rights to issue his material, the bulk of which subsequently saw release on their newly launched Nu Beat imprint. By the Spring of 1970, he had provided Pama with series of best-selling singles, and the hugely popular long-player, Scandal in a Brixton market, but with demand for his works showing no signs of diminishing, the company decided to collect a dozen of his most popular sides to date for what became the aptly titled collection, The High Priest Of Reggae. Despite selling in huge numbers at the time, the LP soon became a rarity and this, added to the enduring appeal of Aitken’s work has resulted it becoming one of the most sought after Reggae long-players around. Now, after four decades of waiting for its re-release, fans can finally obtain the LP, with the added incentive of 4 bonus tracks from those 69 sessions. Dust off your pork pie hats and fedoras and enjoy the 'madness'.
Laurel Aitken - Scandal In A Brixton Market
Laurel Aitken
Scandal In A Brixton Market
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Radiation)
13,29 €* 13,99 € -5%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
As the sixties came to a close, Laurel Aitken was firmly established as Britian's favourite Jamaican performer, enormously popular with members of both the country's West Indian ex-pat communities and its rapidly growing Reggae-loving Skinhead population. Unsurprisingly, competition to gain rights to his works among the country's leading Jamaican music companies was fierce and often bitter, so when, early in 69, Pama Records acquired his signature, the achievement was rightly regarded as a major coup by the London-based operation. Over the weeks that immediately followed, Laurel duly provided Pama with a number of best-selling singles, and while single artist compilations by Jamaican artists were still considered a rarity, such was the demand for the singer's music the company wasted little time in issuing a long-playing collection: Scandal In Brixton Market. Featuring a handful of previously released sides along with seven recordings exclusive to the collection, the LP also featured guest appearances from two of the UK's most popular Jamaican acts, Girlie and celebrated trombonist, Rico Rodriquez. A must-have collection for all Reggae fans, Scandal In Brixton Market quickly sold out at stores the length and breadth of the country, and over the years that have followed it has become increasingly scarce. It is therefore with great pleasure that some 45+ years after its original release, Radiation Reissues is able to present it again on vinyl.
Laurel Aitken - Skinhead Train
Laurel Aitken - Ska With Laurel
Laurel Aitken
Ska With Laurel
LP | 2015 | EU | Original (Mad Butcher)
17,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
'Ska With Laurel' tells the story of Ska legend Laurel Aitken. A major force within Ska music, Laurel was a hugely influential figure in the development of new Jamaican musical styles in the 1950s and '60s. He also played a key role in bringing these genres to popularity in England. Laurel moved from Jamaica to England in the early 1960s and released his records on the Blue Beat label. Proving popular with the mods and skinheads in the 1960s and '70s, Laurel's music also influenced the Two Tone sound of the early 1980s, in particular bands such as The Specials, Selecter, The Beat and Bad Manners.
Laurel Aitken - Rege Dege Ding
Laurel Aitken
Rege Dege Ding
2LP | 1962 | EU | Reissue (Dynamite!)
19,99 €*
Release:1962 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Two LPs of early singles from “The Godfather of Ska”, Laurel Aitken. Born in Cuba of mixed Cuban and Jamaican descent, Aitken was cutting mento and boogie hits by the mid-50s, including some of the earliest tracks ever produced by Island Records legend Chris Blackwell. Rege Dege Ding culls together mento and ska tracks recorded between 1958 and 1962 for labels like Kalypso and Blue Beat. An absolutely essential collection, feel that boogie in your bones!
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