Jumping The Shuffle Blues: Jamaican Sound System Classics 1946-1960 2LP

Various Artists
Release date: 17 Feb 2014

"A glorious heap of American R&B studded with Jazz and Doo-Wop...Rockin'!" - 4/5  UNCUT
"A vivid insight into what was played on the first Jamaican sound systems" - 4/5   MOJO
"Thoroughly researched and nicely presented triple disc set...and informative 24-page booklet completes the package." - MUSIC WEEK



CAT No: FVDV087 UPC TEXT: 5055311070872

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Following the considerable success of the 3CD Jumping The Shuffle Blues and ahead of a new set mining the same rich seam (scheduled for March 2014), Fantastic Voyage is pleased to announce the release of a vinyl edition. Limited to 500 copies, the 2LP vinyl edition of Jumping The Shuffle Blues selects 28 highlights from the original 85-track selection. This is the music that provided the inspiration for ska and all that followed, and is sure to appeal to both Jamaican music fans and followers of hard-hitting Fifties R&B alike.

Before the development of its own recording industry, Jamaican music fans predominantly found musical fulfillment 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.

Jumping The Shuffle Blues is compiled and annotated by leading reggae collector & authority Phil Etgart, and draws together some of the most popular of these influential sound system favourites, many of which were later covered by some of Jamaica’s biggest names, from early pioneers such as Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan and the Skatalites to internationally successful acts that include Ken Boothe, John Holt and U Roy.


Side 1

  1. Salt Pork, West Virginia (Louis Jordan)
  2. Two Timin’ Baby (Jack McVea)
  3. Jug Head Ramble (Gene Ammons)
  4. Page Boy Shuffle (Todd Rhodes)
  5. What’s Your Style, Baby (Felix Gross)
  6. Mixon With Dixon (Teddy Brannon)
  7. San Diego Bounce (Harold Land)

Side 2

  1. My Baby’s Gone (The Ray-O-Vacs)
  2. I’m Free (Charlie Gonzalez)
  3. Why Don’t You Eat Where You Slept Last Night (Zuzu Bollin)
  4. Later For The ’Gator (Willis Jackson)
  5. No More Doggin’ (Rosco Gordon)
  6. Brand New Baby (Lester Williams)
  7. Big Jay Shuffle (Big Jay McNeely)

Side 3

  1. No More Crying On My Pillow (Melvin Daniels)
  2. Drive It Home (Hal Paige)
  3. Why Don’t You Do Right (Mike Gordon)
  4. South Parkway Mambo (The Bop-A-Loos)
  5. Heavy Sugar (Lloyd Lambert)
  6. Hey Bartender (Floyd Dixon)
  7. Quaker City (Bill Doggett)

Side 4

  1. Feel So Good (Shirley & Lee)
  2. My Boy Lollypop (Barbie Gaye)
  3. T-Bone Shuffle (T-Bone Walker)
  4. The Shufflin’ Fox (Dave Bartholomew)
  5. You’re So Delightful (Doc Bagby)
  6. Trottin’ In (Lloyd Trotman)
  7. Will You Ever Be Mine (Donnie Elbert)