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You Got Me Rockin': The Best of the Blue Beat Years 1960 - 1964


Download links and information about You Got Me Rockin': The Best of the Blue Beat Years 1960 - 1964 by Laurel Aitken. This album was released in 2010 and it belongs to Rock, Reggae, Ska, Alternative genres. It contains 28 tracks with total duration of 01:16:42 minutes.

Artist: Laurel Aitken
Release date: 2010
Genre: Rock, Reggae, Ska, Alternative
Tracks: 28
Duration: 01:16:42
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No. Title Length
1. Mary Lee 2:20
2. Railroad Track 2:52
3. Tell Me Darling 2:49
4. Bartender 2:36
5. Mash Potato Boogie 2:46
6. Nursery Rhyme Boogie 3:05
7. Bouncin' Woman 2:30
8. Mighty Redeemer 2:50
9. Please Don't Leave Me 2:42
10. Brother David 2:50
11. Back to New Orleans 3:01
12. Mabel 2:37
13. You Got Me Rockin' 2:13
14. Lucille 3:54
15. I Love You More Everyday 3:56
16. Sixty Days and Sixty Nights 3:22
17. Going to Kansas City 2:13
18. Weary Wanderer 2:35
19. Jenny Jenny 2:20
20. She's Gone to Napoli 2:35
21. Have Mercy Mr. Percy 2:09
22. Sweet Jamaica 2:04
23. Bossa Nova Hop 2:48
24. Zion 2:11
25. Swing Low Sweet Chariot 2:17
26. Daniel Saw the Stone 3:20
27. This Great Day 2:54
28. I May Never See My Baby 2:53



Cuba-born and Jamaica-bred singer Laurel Aitken would eventually become known as "the Godfather of Ska," but first paid his dues as a Jamaican folksinger and nightclub entertainer who played a blend of early rock & roll, jump blues, and boogie. By the time he was signed to London's Blue Beat label in 1960 — his "Boogie Rock" was their first-ever release — he had started to shape the sound that would later make him famous. Although "Boogie Rock" is inexplicably missing here, this generous compilation contains heaping helpings of straight R&B and proto-rock amidst tasty ska tracks like "Brother David," "You Got Me Rockin'," and a blue-beat version of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." It's on the spiritual numbers — "Zion," "Mighty Redeemer" — that Aitken's soulful voice really soars, although he is equally capable of getting down and dirty. Newcomers to Aitken's music might be better served by Pressure Drop's more comprehensive two-disc anthology The Godfather of Ska, which showcases the ska and pre-reggae island sound for which he was renowned, but fans of early R&B, rock, and soul, or Laurel Aitken completists, will have much to celebrate and enjoy here.