Horace Andy – Skylarking [Studio One 1969]

This album is so great we are showing the front and back of the record sleeve.

Horace Andy - Skylarking (Studio One 1969)
Horace Andy - Skylarking (Studio One 1969) Back View

Horace Andy released his classic ‘Skylarking’ album on Studio One for Coxsone Dodd – the term ‘skylarking’ refers to people not taking things seriously, something that Horace Andy is not guilty of on this record.

I really like this cover, it has a similar look and feel to US gospel album covers from the 1960s – and you can’t argue with Horace’s outfit, those creases are razor sharp. I also like the setting chosen for the photography and the concrete ribcage structure in the background.

Anyway, on to the music – it’s basically a great collection of Andy’s earlier hits that were all aggregated onto one album for release at the time. It features many of the all-time classic tracks that made him famous, all sung in his unique fragile and haunting vocal style.

If you only get one Horace Andy album, then this should provide all you need.

Track Listing:

1 Where do the children play
2 Just say who
3 Love of a woman
4 Skylarking
5 Mammie blue
6 Please don’t go
7 Every tongue shall tell
8 Something on my mind
9 See a man’s face
10 Don’t cry
11 I’ll be gone
12 Got to be sure

Listen To It

Listen to ‘Skylarking’ by Horace Andy:

Listen to ‘Love of a Woman’ by Horace Andy:

Buy It

Sadly this album is pretty hard to find now and it hasn’t yet been digitized as a single release, however, the good news is that most of the tracks from it can be found on some killer Horace Andy compilation albums that are all readily available for download.

The Gaylads – Soul Beat [1967]

The Gay Lads - Soul Beat

This is the Studio 1 release of The Gay Lads 1960’s ‘Soul Beat’. I love the grainy photo and the text.

This album was released in 1967 and was produced by the legendary Coxsone Dodd.

It’s a rather sombre album cover that doesn’t really match the uplifting and joyous tracks on the record. The photo on the cover looks like something from the 1800s as opposed to the 1960s – plus they have all managed to look in completely different directions whilst having their photo taken. Nice work boys.

This is an album packed full of great harmonies and rolling basslines, and stands as a fine testament to high standard of 1960s Jamaican vocal groups.

Track Listing:

  1. Picular Man
  2. How Can I Go On
  3. Red Rose
  4. The Soul Beat
  5. I Am Free
  6. Love Me With All Your Heart
  7. Walk The Proud Land
  8. Simple Way Of Living
  9. Wait On Me
  10. You Are Leaving Now
  11. Go Away
  12. She Cryed
  13. She Want It *
  14. Joy In The Morning *

Listen To It

Listen to The Gay Lads – The Soul Beat (Studio One):

Listen to The Gaylads – Love Me With All Your Heart:

Buy It

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  • Desmond Dekker and the Aces – Action! (1968)

    Desmond Dekker and the Aces – Action! (1968)
    This is as good as it gets, an incredible photo show Desmond Dekker and The Aces live on stage, the composition of the photo is so good it almost looks staged.

    And you’ve just got to love the matching socks of ‘The Aces’, while Desmond gets to dress up like a Jamaican ‘Fonz’. The Rock Steady era produced some wonderful album sleeve designs.

    This was released on “Beverley’s” Record Label.

    Track Listing:

    • Mother Pepper
    • Don’t Blame Me
    • You’ve Got Your Troubles
    • Personal Possession
    • Unity
    • 007 (Shanty Town)
    • It Pays
    • Young Generation
    • Mother Long Tongue
    • Sabotage
    • Mother’s Young Girl
    • Keep A Cool Head
    • Shing A Ling *
    • Unforgetable *
    • Gimme Gimme *
    • Fu Man Chu *

    This is pretty hard to get hold of now, but you can pick up copies on CD from time to time – the good news is that most of the tracks are available on many of the Desmond Dekker compilations that are readily available form download.

    Listen To It

    Listen to ‘Sabotage’ by Desmond Dekker and the Aces:

    Listen to ‘007 (Shanty Town)’ by Desmond Dekker and the Aces:

    Buy It

    Its pretty hard to get this exact album now, and to our knowledge it has not yet been made available in MP3 format, but most of the tracks are at least available on compilations and others albums: