Thursday, July 06, 2006

Shenley Duffus
Shenley Duffus - Rukumbine

Something from the Ska file. From 1964, Rukumbine is a track that has really gotten under my skin and has some things in common with the famous streetwise Simmer Down by Bob Marley & The Wailers. I think this is loosely based on an earlier American song called Rock Combine. Duffus has an effective sandpaper rasp-bark akin to Toots Hibberts of The Maytals. Island Records in England rereleased many of Duffus' recordings between 1963 and 1966: Give To Get, Fret Man Fret, I Know The Lord, One Morning and Easy Squeal among them. This recording was produced by Duke Reid of Treasure Isle, which always means fine skanking...

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