“Ska With Laurel” by Laurel Aitken - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1965Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

It's hard to find out the background to this LP – sources seem divided between 1965 and 1966 as to the year of release. I can find no solid information to sway me either way, so if anyone knows then please do holler. By the sounds of the rhythm section, I’d hazard a guess that much of the set was recorded in the UK, most notably the second side. It’s a decent enough offering, although I could happily lose all of the R n B numbers – and there are several of them. All of the best action is to be found on the Ska-heavy side 1, with “Street of Glory” (probably a Jamaican recording) opening up sharply with a neat line of trumpet and trombone. “Madame Sorosie” (which appeared titled as “Madame Serase” on the b-side to “Street of Glory”) keeps up the same standards, and was probably cut at the same session. “Call the Doctor”, again featuring some excellent trombone, is the third highlight on side 1. Lorenzo takes credit for 11 of the titles until the final track, where he covers “Leave My Woman Alone” (Ray Charles) with the immortal line “two men can’t eat out, out of one pot”. It’s entertaining, if not revelatory. Kinda sums up the album really…

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A1 [03:00] 7.7.png Laurel Aitken - Street Of Glory (Lorenzo Aitken) Ska / Rocksteady
A2 [02:55] 5.8.png Laurel Aitken - Lonesome Traveller (Lorenzo Aitken) Ska / Rocksteady
A3 [02:55] 7.2.png Laurel Aitken - Madame Sorosie (Lorenzo Aitken) Ska / Rocksteady
A4 [02:29] 5.7.png Laurel Aitken - We Shall Overcome (Lorenzo Aitken) Ska / Rocksteady
A5 [02:15] 7.0.png Laurel Aitken - Call The Doctor (Lorenzo Aitken) Ska / Rocksteady
A6 [02:30] 5.8.png Laurel Aitken - Freedom (Lorenzo Aitken) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B1 [02:23] 5.5.png Laurel Aitken - Hallelujah Train (Lorenzo Aitken) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B2 [02:27] 5.5.png Laurel Aitken - Looking For My Baby (Lorenzo Aitken) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:09] 7.0.png Laurel Aitken - Woman Is Sweeter Than Man (Lorenzo Aitken) Ska / Rocksteady
B4 [02:24] 6.0.png Laurel Aitken - It’s Coming Down (Lorenzo Aitken) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:07] 6.3.png Laurel Aitken - Take Off My Pyjamas (Lorenzo Aitken) Ska / Rocksteady
B6 [02:37] 6.5.png Laurel Aitken - Leave Me Woman Alone (Ray Charles Robinson) Ska / Rocksteady

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