Various Artists – This Is Jamaica Ska


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Release Date: 2021

Label: Studio One

Track List

  1. Simmer Down – The Wailers
  2. Salt Lane Gal – The Ska-Talites
  3. Push Wood – Jackie Opel
  4. Wonder No More – Andy & Joey
  5. Bongo Tango – Roland Alphonso
  6. Sucu Sucu – Roland Alphonso
  7. Dr. Ring Ding (take 4) – Roland Alphonso
  8. Change Your Gear (take 2) – Blue Beats
  9. 20-75 – Roland Alphonso
  10. The Vow – Jackie & Doreen
  11. How Many Times – The Wailers
  12. Roll-On Sweet Don – Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso
  13. Sit Down Servant – Jackie Opal
  14. Go, Jimmy, Go – The Wailers
  15. Finger Mash – The Blue Beat
  16. Gal & Boy – The Gaylords



When first released, This Is Jamaica Ska followed in the footsteps of the successful Ska Authentic releases and also marked the first time that Clement Dodd began to showcase on LP his new discovery, The Wailers, who had begun tearing up the dances in Kingston with “Simmer Down.” This song had been held for exclusive use in the dances before it was finally put out on 45, now it gained album status marking the increased visibility of the group in the marketplace. In addition to “Simmer Down,” two other songs by The Wailers are also found on the album: “How Many Times”, and the blazing cover of Jimmy Clanton’s “Go, Jimmy, Go” which Clement Dodd had proposed for the group to incorporate into their repertoire. Transferred in 2020 from the original master tapes, This Is Jamaica Ska is a welcome addition to the Studio One Original Masters Series.


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