Various - Mash It! Jamaican R&B And The Birth of Ska
The sequel to Youths Boogie, and again compiled by genre specialist Mike Atherton (Echoes, Record Collector),Mash It! portrays the popular music of Jamaica in the period 1959 to 1962, before it became formerly known as ska, but by which time most of the characteristics of ska were present and correct. The music owes some debt to Jamaica’s earlier indigenous pop music, mento, but the strongest, most obvious ingredient of ska was American rhythm and blues.
By the close of the 1950s the advent of record pressing facilities on the island had enabled records to be manufactured, without sending tapes to Britain and waiting for records to be shipped back. A number of enterprising Jamaicans began to supervise recording session and released the results on their own labels. Sides One and Two showcase the work of WIRL records (Eddie Seaga) and Beverley’s (Leslie Kong), leavened with some fine, rare Rico Rodriguez instrumentals, while Sides Three and Four look at other producers vying to make a name for themselves in what is now regarded as the first chapter in the story of reggae.
Mash It! features the work of male solo artists like Laurel Aitken, Owen Gray and Jimmy Cliff, groups such as theMoonlighters and the Blues Busters, and duos like Higgs and Wilson, and Derrick and Patsy.