By the early months of 1966, the ska sound that had dominated Jamaica’s musical landscape since the onset of the decade was on the wane.
In this uncertain environment, leading Kingston-based producer, Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid decided to issue an album showcasing another of the island’s indigenous musical styles, first popularised on disc in the 1950s: mento.
Disappointingly, the LP failed to sell in any significant numbers and remained unissued outside of Jamaica, but in recent years, renewed interest globally in mento has led to the collection becoming widely sought-after by collectors.
1. JUMP INDEPENDENTLY – Count Lasher
2. THE WEED – Count Lasher
3. OLD MAN’S DRIVE – Count Alert
4. HOOLIGANS – Count Lasher
5. DOG WAR JUMP UP – Lynn Taitt & The Baba Brooks Band
6. BAM BAM – Count Lasher & Williams
7. MUFRIDITE – Count Lasher & Williams
8. IN THE PARK – Count Alert
9. HARD TIMES – Count Alert
10. SEVEN GUNS ALIVE – Lynn Taitt & The Baba Brooks Band