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If I Had A Pair Of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop, Vol. 2 (LP)

Label: Death Is Not The End

Format: LP

Genre: Library/Soundtracks

Preorder: Releases March 8th 2024

Repressed by popular demand! Lauren Laverne's comp of the week on BBC Radio 6 Music w/c 11th Jan.

The second volume in a two-part collection of Jamaican doo wop from the late 1950s through to the early 1960 represents a period in which sound systems began to dominate the island, and were starting to step up their rivalry by beginning to record heir own platters rather than rely on imports to gain the competitive edge.

With the uniquely Jamaican ska craze yet to fully catch hold, these tracks are largely imitative of the sounds that had been reaching the island from American shores, albeit peppered with hints of what was to come ~ some of the future stars of ska, rocksteady and reggae are starting to cut their teeth here on these records, providing a unique view into the fledgling industry at a time of creative flux.

Cat. number: DEATH028LP
Year: 2024
Track A6 is wrongly credited to The Blues Busters on the release, however it is actually by The Beltones & Dee's Group

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