Jump Blues Jamaica Way: Jamaican Sound System Classics 1945-1960 2LP

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 4 Disc
Release date: 17 Mar 2014

"The whole collection left me with a big grin on my face, having listened to over 3 hours of fun, dance, unknowns, classics and, above all, rock n roll." Lead review Now Dig This   

"Hot imported US records...the 3 CD set presents many tunes that would enter the repertoire of the island's bands" 4/5 Record Collector


CAT No: FVDV185UPC TEXT: 5055311071855

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Hot on the heels of the release of 2LP vinyl collector’s editions of both Jumping The Shuffle Blues and Jamaica Selects Jump Blues Strictly For You, comes Fantastic Voyage’s third compilation of US jump/shuffle blues recordings, as played on the early Jamaican sound systems. Jump Blues Jamaica Way is available as both an 84-track 3CD selection and also a 28-track 2LP vinyl collector’s edition, and will be of equal interest to both Jamaican music fans and connoisseurs of classic US rhythm & blues.

 Before the development of its own recording industry, Jamaican music fans predominantly found musical fulfilment in the raw shuffle blues music that emanated from mainland USA. This no-nonsense style of R&B dominated the island’s sound system dances from the dawn of the Fifties, with operators aggressively competing with each other for exclusive discs, many of which were later covered by some of Jamaica’s biggest names.

 In the tradition of the previous releases in this series, compiler and annotator Phil Etgart has selected only recordings that are known to have been played on the early Jamaican sound systems. This is the music that provided the inspiration for Ska and all that followed. So enjoy sound system favourites by Louis Jordan, Joe Liggins, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Fats Domino, Rosco Gordon, Chris Kenner and a host of other names, both famous and obscure.




  1. Caldonia (Louis Jordan)
  2. Twelve Minutes To Go (Illinois Jacquet)
  3. Ten Toes (Joe Liggins)
  4. Hello (Sherman Williams)
  5. Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket (Roy Milton)
  6. Half Awoke (Percy Mayfield)
  7. If It’s So Baby (The Robins)


  1. Boogie Rambler (Clarence Gatemouth Brown)
  2. Bess’s Boogie (Bobby Smith)
  3. All That Wine Is Gone (Jay McNeely)
  4. I Found That Woman (Jimmy McCracklin)
  5. Baby (Shirley & Lee)
  6. Please Don’t Leave Me (Fats Domino)
  7. Big Foot May (Hal Paige)


  1. Let’s Have A Party (Amos Milburn)
  2. Poison Ivy (Willie Mabon)
  3. Talking That Talk (Jimmy Liggins)
  4. Burley Cutie (Johnny Ace)
  5. Hey Senorita (The Penguins)
  6. The Chicken (Dance With You) (Rosco Gordon)
  7. Here I’m Is (Chuck Higgins)


  1. My Baby Likes To Shuffle (Alonzo Scales)
  2. In Paradise (The Cookies)
  3. Queen Of Hearts (Smiley Lewis)
  4. Sick And Tired (Chris Kenner)
  5. Mimi Girl (The Howards)
  6. Pipe Dreams (Jimmy Beck)
  7. Big Daddy (The Merri-Men)