Jamaica Selects – Jump Blues Strictly For You

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 18 Jun 2012

'Ultimately, a beautifully compiled collection' 7/10 - Clash

'It'll make a foot tappin' summer soundtrack' Vintage Rock
'Like it's predecessor... still rockingly enjoyable' 4/5 Record Collector
4/5 Soul Bag

CAT No: FVTD140UPC TEXT: 5055311001401

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JAMAICAN SOUND SYSTEM CLASSICS 1944-1960Following 2011’s highly-successful Jumping The Shuffle Blues, Fantastic Voyage takes another dip into the bubbling cauldron of R&B which sewed the seeds for ska on Jamaica’s sound systems in the 1940s and 50s, lashing together 85 sizzling biscuits from that formative, feet-finding era.It’s well established that the US R&B which started bombarding the island through radio after World War II was picked up by sound systems such as Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd and Prince Buster, germinating into ska after mating with the Caribbean’s own calypso and other local musical strains.

The records being produced in America’s Southern states and cities like New Orleans were loosely termed ‘shuffle blues’; contagious, jumping and bulging with animated incitements to party, dance or get down and dirty, many boasting some of the most caterwaulingly volcanic saxophone solos known to man.The tracks presented on Jamaica Selects Jump Blues Strictly For You straddle the shuffle blues panorama over three CDs (many making their debut in this format). The first disc’s The Roots Of Shuffle Blues (1944-1951) takes off like a rocket with names including post-war godfather Louis Jordan, Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers, Roy Milton, Sherman Williams, Dave Bartholomew, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Liggins, Amos Millburn, Roy Brown and T-Bone Walker.

CD2’s The Golden Years Of Shuffle Blues (1951-1954) is emblazoned with the likes of Oscar McLollie, Chuck Higgins, Rosco Gordon, Fats Domino, Ruth Brown, Jack Dupree, Chuck Willis, Guitar Slim, the Charms, Marvin & Johnny, Tommy Ridgley, Earl Curry, Floyd Dixon, the Rocking Brothers and, of course, Louis Jordan. By CD3’s The Big Three Take Over (1955-1960) the rhythm firing on the upbeat over walking bass is blueprinting the ska spring with names such as Nappy Brown, Plas Johnson, the Penguins, Mello-Harps, Big Joe Turner, Shirley & Lee, Vince Monroe, Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price, Ivory Joe Hunter, Professor Longhair, Clyde McPhatter, Johnny Otis, Earl Hooker, Ernie Freeman and Hal Paige & The Wailers.These discs should come with a warning: lethal rocking and leaping skank blueprints running amok, beautifully presented with knowledgeable, fact-packed annotation.



  1. GI Jive (Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five)
  2. The Honeydripper (Parts 1 & 2) (Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers)
  3. Milton’s Boogie (Roy Milton & His Solid Senders)
  4. Baby Don't You Want To Go (Sherman Williams & His Orchestra)
  5. TWA (Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers)
  6. Sherman's Boogie (Sherman Williams & His Orchestra)
  7. Run Joe (Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five)
  8. Worried About You Baby (Felix Gross)
  9. Corn Bread (Hal Singer Sextette)
  10. The Huckle-Buck (Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers)
  11. Country Boy (Dave Bartholomew)
  12. Bald Head (Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers)
  13. Rocking After Midnight (Lowell Fulson feat. Lloyd Glenn)
  14. Saturday Nite Boogie Woogie Man (Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy)
  15. Sax Shack Boogie (Amos Milburn & His Aladdin Chickenshackers)
  16. Don Newcomb Really Throws That Ball (Teddy Brannon Orchestra)
  17. Waiting And Drinking (Calvin Boze & His All Stars)
  18. New Rebecca (Roy Brown)
  19. Jump And Shout (Erline Harris)
  20. Strollin' With Bones (T-Bone Walker & His Band)
  21. Call Of The Gators (Willis Jackson)
  22. Slippin' And Slidin' (Gene Phillips with Jack McVea Orchestra)
  23. Raw Meat (Joe Thomas)
  24. Bad, Bad Whiskey (Amos Milburn & His Aladdin Chickenshackers)
  25. I Got Loaded (Peppermint Harris with Maxwell Davis & His All Stars)
  26. Blue Moon (Lynn Hope)
  27. The Gee Gee Walk (The Gone All Stars feat. Buddy Lucas)


  1. The Honey Jump (Oscar McLollie & His Band)
  2. Please Baby Please (James Waynes)
  3. Motor Head Baby (Chuck Higgins & His Mellotones)
  4. All That Oil In Texas (Oscar McLollie & His Honeyjumpers)
  5. What's Your Phone Number (Jimmy McCracklin's Blues Blasters)
  6. New Orleans Wimmen (Rosco Gordon & His Orchestra)
  7. Goin’ Home (Fats Domino)
  8. Booted (Rosco Gordon & His Orchestra)
  9. Cuba Doll (Lloyd Glenn's Combo)
  10. 5-10-15 Hours (Ruth Brown)
  11. Ain't No Meat On De Bone (Jack Dupree)
  12. Bongo Chant (Kenny Graham's Afro Cubists)
  13. You're Still My Baby (Chuck Willis)
  14. I -Yi (The Hawks)
  15. Going To The River (Fats Domino)
  16. Well, I Done Got Over It (Guitar Slim)
  17. Brand New Rockin' Chair (George Green with Jimmy Binkley Jazz Quintet)
  18. Bye Bye Baby (The Charms)
  19. Way Down Boogie (Harold Burrage with Jimmy Binkley & His Orchestra)
  20. Got Good News For Ya, Baby (Johnny Perry’s Orchestra)
  21. Tick Tock (Marvin & Johnny)
  22. Jam Up (Tommy Ridgley)
  23. Messy Bessy (Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five)
  24. I Want Your Lovin' (Earl Curry & His Orchestra)
  25. Let's Have Some Fun Honey (Slim Saunders)
  26. Play Boy Hop (The Rocking Brothers)
  27. Moonshine (Floyd Dixon)
  28. You Got To Give (Mike Gordon & The El Tempos)
  29. Meet Me At Grandma's Joint (Georgie Stevenson)


  1. Don't Be Angry (Nappy Brown)
  2. Country Woman (Boo Breeding)
  3. Blue Jean Shuffle (Plas Johnson & His Orchestra)
  4. The Cat Hop (The Dodgers)
  5. Baby Let's Make Some Love (The Penguins)
  6. Ain't Got The Money (The Mello-Harps)
  7. When You Dance (The Turbans)
  8. Flip, Flop And Fly (Big Joe Turner)
  9. Walking The Blues (Jack Dupree & Mr Bear)
  10. Let The Good Times Roll (Shirley & Lee)
  11. Give It Up (Or Tell Where It's At) (Vince Monroe with Ernie Holland & His Orchestra)
  12. She's Got Me Hook, Line And Sinker (Smiley Lewis)
  13. Forgive Me, Clawdy (Lloyd Price & His Band)
  14. Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter)
  15. Been So Long (The Pastels)
  16. The Monkey (Dave Bartholomew)
  17. Slow Walk (Sil Austin)
  18. Misery (Professor Longhair)
  19. Rock And Cry (Clyde McPhatter)
  20. Mr Lee (The Bobbettes)
  21. Hey Boy Hey Girl (Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker)
  22. Walk On (Preston Brown)
  23. You Just Kissed Me Goodbye (Johnny Otis Show)
  24. Don't Want Your Love (Earl (Connelly) King)
  25. Riding West (Billy Hope & The Bad Men)
  26. Do The Chickin' (Earl Hooker & His Road Masters)
  27. Live It Up (Ernie Freeman)
  28. Going Back To My Home Town (Hal Paige & The Whalers)
  29. Surely I Love You (Rosco Gordon)