FEEL SO FINE: BIRTH OF JAMAICAN SKA / VARIOUS Vinyl Record - UK Release
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The 28 tracks which comprise Feel So Fine are key recordings in the development of reggae's precursor, ska. Throughout the '50s and into the '60s, the most popular style at Jamaican sound systems was the hard-hitting New Orleans 'shuffle blues' sound, and the holy grail for the big operators were the obscurities that could serve as 'exclusives' for their sets, obtained from trusted importers or from forays to the US mainland. By the close of the '50s this practice was threatened by significant developments, most notably the demise of this style of R&B as American music evolved into what would ultimately become soul. Sound system operators started taking the only possible route to ensure the continued popularity of their sets: become record producers and start creating their own 'exclusives'. So it was that men such as Arthur 'Duke' Reid and Clement Seymour 'Coxson' Dodd began producing local talent, utilising Jamaica's first commercial studios. Initially, there was little to distinguish these early home-grown recordings from New Orleans R&B records, but by the dawn of the '60s, Jamaican 'shuffle blues' or 'boogie' had developed it's own unique sound. Debate still rages as to the first locally-produced recording clearly distinguishable in style from it's American forerunner, but the Coxson Dodd-produced 'Easy Snapping' is the most likely candidate. Other significant works from this period include the first commercially available disc to feature a rasta drumming ensemble, namely 'Oh Carolina'.
United Kingdom Release
This version of the record was released for the audience in the United Kingdom and has been imported to the United States.
Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti-dust sleeve.
All items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging. Every record is shipped in original factory-applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands.