Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Crackers Rush - Bobby Aitken

Bobby Aitken a true Pioneer of Jamaican music .His first recording was the title track of this compilation and from there he fronted The Caribbeats ,session band for so many great tunes in the 60's .Here's a selection of his work
01 - Orange Street Special - Bobby Aitken
02 - Little Girl - Bobby Aitken
03 - Together - Bobby Aitken
04 - Crackers Rush - Bobby Aitken
05 - Hello - Bobby Aitken
06 - Get Up Mister - Bobby Aitken
07 - Cell Block 11 - Bobby Aitken
08 - What A Fool - Bobby Aitken
09 - Curfew - Bobby Aitken
10 - Isabella - Bobby Aitken
11 - Never Never - Bobby Aitken
12 - Thunderball - Bobby Aitken
13 - J.J. Special - Bobby Aitken
14 - Scaramouche - Bobby Aitken
15 - One Way Street - Bobby&Val
16 - Jericho - Bobby Aitken
17 - Mr Judge - Bobby Aitken
18 - Rolling Stone - Bobby Aitken
19 - Garden Of Eden - Bobby Aitken
20 - I've Told You - Bobby Aitken

Re Upped 14-5-12 some tracks changed !! re errors noted in comments


freeska said...

simple awesome and very rare tunes i gonna real enjoy this great ska sound yes in did sorprice me once again thanks once more side walk doctor

Kees said...

Another great selection, thanks a lot!

Anybody can tell who Tinse (or Tince) was?

Chris T said...

Much appreciated!

Chris Ward said...

Hiya Steve

I've been in India for the past 12 months, and it feels like I've returned to Paradise as I'm now able to enjoy your collections that I missed in the past 12 months.

Sometimes in India I would look at your blog and think "I can't wait to get home!"

I'm having a great time listening to the dozen or so compilations that you kindly made for us, perfect antidote to the poor weather.

Thanks a lot and best wishes
Chris Ward

Anonymous said...



She sounds most like Millicent Small...

Michael said...

Hi Doc. I'm not sure whether I've posted a comment with you before, and this post is already "old", but I'm going to use this space to thank you for sharing your amazing collection. I get VERY excited whenever I discover a new Ska, Bluebeat or Rock Steady compilation.

And this Bobby Aitken post is a beauty - lots of stuff I haven't heard before. Thank you.

A comment on "Bobby & Tince" (and because somebody asked): It's well documented how much of an influence New Orleans R&B has been on early Jamaican music (on a clear day they could pick up New Orleans radio) but this 45 is the first example I've come across where they've blatantly taken a New Orleans record and put their own name as the artist. (Derrick Morgan may be guilty of one also)

This record is by Shirley (Goodman) & Lee (Leonard) and both songs were hits for them. I don't believe anybody anywhere could imitate them so exactly - they both had such unique voices, and that's definitely the New Orleans band, with Lee Allen on sax.

If anybody is interested in exploring early Jamaican music influences there would be no better place to start than tracking down some Shirley & Lee. It reveals why there was such a proliferation of male/female duets in Jamaica, why the female part was often just a little "wayward" and clearly shows that the musicians of the day were trying to emulate that New Orleans sound.

Thanks again. Mick from Australia

Anonymous said...

You are right Mick, I have checked the 2 songs claimed by Bobby Aitken & Tince.

They are Shirley & Lee - Don't Leave Me Here To Cry - SP ALADDIN 3418-B - 1958


Shirley & Lee - That's What I'll Do - SP ALADDIN 3313 - 1956