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ARTIST
TITLE
Last Train To Skaville
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SJR 080CD SJR 080CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/22/2003

"Jackie Mittoo is one of the most important artists in the history of Jamaican music. As founding member of the legendary Skatalites, as in-house arranger/producer at the equally legendary Studio One and as a solo artist in his own right leading groups such as The Soul Brothers, Sound Dimension and Soul Vendors. The Soul Brothers recorded at Studio One between 1965-1967, the transitionary period between Ska and Rocksteady. Their music was a mixture of Jamaican Funk, Latin and Jazz sometimes with a reminder of Ska and the hint of Rocksteady. The previous era of Ska had been dominated by the Skatalites. The Skatalites were made up of Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Moore, Lloyd Knibbs, Lloyd Brevett, Tommy McCook, Ernest Ranglin and Lester Sterling. Clement Dodd described the Soul Brothers mix of musical styles as Ska, Jump-Up and Soul sounds. The opening track 'Train to Skaville' signalled the end of the Ska era, as the Soul Brothers started to forge a new sound. The classic and rare recordings included here, however, are all from the short period 1965-67 when Jackie Mittoo was developing his new style and the Soul Brothers bridged the gap between Ska and Rocksteady. As Clement Dodd stated at the time 'The Soul Brothers possess a Crystal Clear Sound. Obviously it would be better to Cut the Chatter and Spin the Platter'."