1962, youthful music entrepreneur, Chris Blackwell moved his Island Records operation from Kingston, Jamaica to London. He promptly struck licensing deals with most of the island's leading producers and over the ensuing months released an array of popular 45s by a host Caribbean talent.
As a result, Island became a dominant force in the ever-expanding West Indian music market, only relinquishing its position after Blackwell had helped lunch Trojan Records in 1968.
The strength of Island's early Jamaican music catalogue is reflected in this, the latest in the popular 'Presents' range.
Collecting some of the best and rarest Ska sides from 1962 to 1966, the 2CD 40 track release highlights just why the company's output is so revered among fans of the genre.
And with artists including such luminaries as Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker, the Skatalites and Jimmy Cliff, 'Island Presents Ska' is not only a must for established fans, but also serves as a perfect introduction to the genre and Island's early musical history.
1. We'll Meet - Roy & Millie
2. Love You The Most - Lloyd Clarke
3. Judgment - Clancy Eccles
4. No Raise No Praise - Derrick Morgan
5. One Eyed Jacks - Jimmy Cliff
6. Garden Of Eden - Larry Lawrence
7. I Shall Remove - Laurel Aitken
8. Bullo Man (A Come) - Theo Beckford
9. Come Down - Lord Tanamo
10. Robin Hood - Baba Brooks & His Band
11. Stranger At The Door - Stranger Cole
12. Miss Universe - Jimmy Cliff
13. Three Blind Mice - Baba Brooks & His Band
14. One Cup Of Coffee - Bob Marley
15. 'Til My Dying Day - Stranger & Patsy
16. J.F.K.'s Memory - Don Drummond
17. The Sun Rises In The East - Dotty & Bonnie
18. One More Time - Lloyd Brevett & His Group
19. Catch A Fire - Baba Brooks & His Band
20. Do You Keep On Dreaming - The Cherry Pies
1. What A Man Doeth - Eric Morris
2. Jeserene - Desmond Dekker & The Cherry Pies
3. Take Your Time - Theo Beckford
4. Jump Out The Frying Pan - Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
5. Dragon Weapon - The Skatalites
6. Trojan - Lord Briscoe
7. Stampede - Don Drummond & The Skatalites
8. The Choice (aka Your Wife And Mother) - The Virtues & The Ambassadors
9. This Woman - Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
10. My New Name - The Maytals11. Starvation - Derrick Morgan
12. Little Did You Know - The Techniques
13. Duck Soup - Baba Brooks & His Band
14. Peace And Love - Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
15. Skalarama - Lyn Taitt & Baba Brooks Band
16. The Jerk - Derrick Harriott & The Audley Williams Combo
17. Lucky Seven - Baba Brooks & His Band
18. Parro Saw The Light - Lloyd Clarke
19. Choo Choo Ska - Llans Thewell & The Celestials
20. Hey Boy - Hey Girl - Millie & Jimmy
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