10th September 2018

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Don Drummond (2017)

Studio One SOR-004
matrix: LP-SOR-004 155193E1/A

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Heaven And Earth* (Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso); Don Cosmic (Don Drummond & The City Slickers); Coolie Boy (Don Drummond & The Studio 1 Band); Surplus (Don Drummond); The Shock (Don Drummond); Schooling The Duke (Don Drummond & His Evergreens) // Reload (Don Drummond & His Group); Last Call (Take 1 & Take 2) (Don Drummond); Far East (aka Further East / Trolley Song) (Don Drummond); Green Island (Don Drummond); Jet Stream (Don Drummond & His Evergreens) // The Rocket (Don Drummond & His Green Landers); Scrap Iron (Don Drummond); Rain Or Shine (Take 1, 2 & 3); (Don Drummond) // Grooving With The Beat (Cecil Lloyd Group featuring Don Drummond); Serenade In Sound (Workshop Musicians)

US issue. Number 4 in the series of releases from Studio One's collaboration with Yep Roc Records. Available on double vinyl, CD and digital formats. *Heaven And Earth is wrongly listed as Roll On Sweet Don.

Don Drummond is perhaps best known as one of the key members of the Skatalites, but he had enjoyed an illustrious career even before the Skatalites were formed in 1965, not least as a member of the Eric Deans Orchestra and the Sonny Bradshaw Band in the early 1950s, and by 1954 he was headlining his own bands, including the Don Drummond All Stars and the Don Drummond Four. This excellent collection gathers together some of the tracks Drummond recorded for Clement Dodd under his own name between 1960 and 1966. Originally compiled by Chris Wilson and Clement Dodd, the album was shelved after Dodd’s death in 2004. Most of the tracks were released as 7” singles on labels such as Sensational, Muzik City, C&N, Rolando & Powie, D Darling and Studio 1, but Rain Or Shine, Grooving With The Beat and Serenade In Sound only appeared on LP.