Mash It!

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 14 Oct 2013

"We like to spice things up at Vontage Rock and this compilation does just that.  Those who fancy a little portion of something different should indulge" Vintage Rock

CAT No: FVDD178UPC TEXT: 5055311001784

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More Jamaican R&B and the Birth of Ska

 The sequel to Youths Boogie, and again compiled by genre specialist Mike Atherton (Echoes, Record Collector), Mash It! portrays the popular music of Jamaica in the period 1959 to 1962, before it became formerly known as ska, but by which time most of the characteristics of ska were present and correct. The music owes some debt to Jamaica’s earlier indigenous pop music, mento, but the strongest, most obvious ingredient of ska was American rhythm and blues.

 By the close of the 1950s the advent of record pressing facilities on the island had enabled records to be manufactured, without sending tapes to Britain and waiting for records to be shipped back. A number of enterprising Jamaicans began to supervise recording session and released the results on their own labels. Disc One showcases the productions of Eddie Seaga, whose love of Jamaican music eventually led to the founding of West Indies Records Ltd (WIRL), and businessman Leslie Kong, whose Beverley’s operation was based in Orange Street. Disc One also features four fine, rare instrumentals by Rico Rodriguez. Disc Two looks at the productions of other individuals like Delroy Dunkley, Chris Blackwell, Dada Tewari, Roy Robinson, and George and Vincent Edwards.

 Mash It! features the work of male solo artists like Laurel Aitken, Owen Gray, Derrick Morgan and Jimmy Cliff, groups such as the Moonlighters and the Blues Busters, and duos like Higgs and Wilson, and Derrick and Patsy. As many as 21 titles could be making their debut on CD, including tracks originally released on the WIRL, Planetone and Wasp labels. As well as Mike’s notes, the 20pp booklet features a wealth of Jamaican and British label shots.



  1. Love Me Baby (Laurel Aitken)
  2. Manny, Oh (Higgs and Wilson)
  3. The Hop (Derrick Morgan)
  4. Sitting Square (Chuck and Dobby)
  5. Don’t You Know (The Moonlighters)
  6. Omara Special (Rico)
  7. Dearest Beverley (Jimmy Cliff)
  8. Pretty Baby (Higgs and Wilson)
  9. Love You The Most (Lloyd Clarke)
  10. Please Don’t Talk About Me (Derrick Morgan)
  11. Patricia (Darling Patricia) (Owen Gray)
  12. Rico Special (Rico)
  13. Miss Jamaica (Jimmy Cliff)
  14. Change Of Mind (Higgs and Wilson)
  15. Cherry Home (Derrick Morgan)
  16. It Is A Day (Higgs and Wilson)
  17. Julie (The Moonlighters)
  18. Continental Shuffle (Rico)
  19. Sha Ba Da (Higgs and Wilson)
  20. I’m Free (Jimmy Cliff)
  21. You Said You Loved Me (Lloyd Robinson)
  22. Sweeter Than Honey (Chuck and Dobby)
  23. Girls Rush (Lloyd Clarke)
  24. Gypsy Woman (Derrick and Patsy)
  25. Gees Boogie (Rico’s Combo)


  1. Mash It (Parts 1 and 2) (Owen Gray)
  2. Walking Down King Street (Walking Down the Street) (Theo Beckford)
  3. Boogie Rock (Laurel Aitken)
  4. Give Me Back (My Dough) (Derrick and Patsy)
  5. Behold! (Blues Busters)
  6. Bridge View (aka Bridgeview Shuffle) (Roland Alphonso)
  7. Jacqueline (Al T Joe)
  8. It’s No Infatuation (Jimmy Sinclair)
  9. Give Me All Your Love (The Continentals)
  10. Gee Baby (Jimmy James)
  11. Dear Hearts (The Edwards Group)
  12. Marylee (Laurel Aitken)
  13. Snappin’ Is Back (Theo Beckford)
  14. I’m In Love With You (The Hi-Tones)
  15. Darling You’re So Fine (Danny and The Echos)
  16. Little Vilma (Blues Busters)
  17. Naked Earth (King Pioneer All Stars)
  18. I’ll Always Call Your Name (Belltones)
  19. Searchin’ (For You) (Top Grant)
  20. I Want to Know (Beresford Ricketts)
  21. No Money Down (Lloyd Williams)
  22. Going Crazy (The Continentals)
  23. I Wish Your Picture Was You (Lloyd Adams)
  24. But Officer (Karl Walker)
  25. The Clock (Sir Dee’s Group)