Play Ska - Skatalites, The
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If one band could be cited for the emergence of ska, it would be THE SKATALITES. Formed in 1965 and built around the many musicians that had honed their craft at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica, the early line up consisted of DON DRUMMOND, ROLAND ALPHONSO, TOMMY MCCOOK, JOHNNY 'DIZZY' MOORE, LESTER STERLING, JEROME 'JAH JERRY' HINES, JACKIE MITOO, LLOYD BREVETT and LLOYD KNIBBS. The time span of the Skatalites career, considering their output of literally 100's of sides of music, was a relatively short one of just over two years. Here, KINGSTON SOUNDS have delved into the vaults of WIRL RECORDS (the other great Ska label of the '60s).and have selected some tunes that show the dexterity of the band and what great sounds this group of mus icians was capable of producing.