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HISTORY OF SKA VOL.2
Various Artists (c.1971)

Studio One GW 00011
matrix: HISTORY OF SKA OLDIES

Black Sunday (Skatalites); Carolina (Count Ossie)*; Time Longer Than Rope (Prince Buster)*; Spit In The Sky (Delroy Wilson); Pain In Me Belly (Maytals)*; African Blood (Prince Buster All Stars)* // Ocean Eleven (City Slickers); River Jordan (Clancy Eccles); Turn Your Lamp Down Low (Jackie Opel); Ska La Parisienne (Skatalites); Freedom (Clancy Eccles); Dick Tracy (Skatalites)

Original Jamaican issue in UniPrint sleeve. (Click sleeve to enlarge.)

All tracks were previously issued as singles in Jamaica beween 1961 (Carolina, River Jordan & Freedom) and 1965 (Pain In Me Belly & Dick Tracy). The first track on side 1 is listed on sleeve and label as Exodus, but is actually Black Sunday (first issued on an ND Records label in 1964). Ska La Parisienne differs from the single version issued on the Studio One label (matrix CN9). Dick Tracy was credited to Don Drummond on its Studio One issue (matrix CSD50) and to The Skatalites on the UK Island label.

* Carolina (credited to Count Ossie rather than Folkes Brothers) is a Prince Buster production, as are Time Longer Than Rope, Pain In Me Belly and African Blood.

Black Sunday (Skatalites); Carolina (Count Ossie)*; Time Longer Than Rope (Prince Buster)*; Spit In The Sky (Delroy Wilson); Pain In Me Belly (Maytals)*; African Blood (Prince Buster All Stars)* // Ocean Eleven (City Slickers); River Jordan (Clancy Eccles); Turn Your Lamp Down Low (Jackie Opel); Ska La Parisienne (Skatalites); Freedom (Clancy Eccles); Dick Tracy (Skatalites)

The FCD matrix number suggests that this issue may predate the one above, although the coloured label usually denotes a first press. (My copy comes in a plain sleeve, so no help there.) Same tracks as above.

HISTORY OF SKA VOL.2
Various Artists

Studio One GW-00011
matrix: FCD 7903

HISTORY OF SKA VOL.2
Various Artists

Studio One GW-0001
matrix: GW 00011

Black Sunday (Skatalites); Carolina (Count Ossie)*; Time Longer Than Rope (Prince Buster)*; Spit In The Sky (Delroy Wilson); Pain In Me Belly (Maytals)*; African Blood (Prince Buster All Stars)* // Ocean Eleven (City Slickers); River Jordan (Clancy Eccles); Turn Your Lamp Down Low (Jackie Opel); Ska La Parisienne (Skatalites); Freedom (Clancy Eccles); Dick Tracy (Skatalites)

Jamaican reissue in a reproduction sleeve (the label gives the Fulton Street, Brooklyn address). The tracks remain the same, although the labels get the sides mixed up.