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Baba Brooks

b. Oswald Brooks, c.1935, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. When there was a shortage of R&B sounds coming from the USA in the late 50s, the sound system men enrolled the services of musicians who would record their own tunes. Many of these recordings were jazz-orientated and featured a horn section to complement the shuffling beat. Baba Brooks played trumpet and in the early 60s had his own band, whose recordings included the celebratory ‘Independence Ska’, commemorating Jamaica’s freedom from colonialism in 1962. Both ‘Bus Strike’ and ‘Musical Workshop’ were hits in 1964. His band was also noted for its rendition of ‘Distant Drums’, which had the distinction of being the debut release for Philip and Justin Yap’s newly formed Top Deck label. As well as providing backing on a number of early ska hits, including ‘Run Joe’ with Stranger Cole and ‘Penny Reel’ with Eric Morris, the band released the classic ‘Guns Fever’, recorded at Studio One in Brentford Road in 1965. His 1966 instrumental hit ‘King Size’ appeared to be a ska interpretation of ‘Makin’ Whoopee’ and originally surfaced as the b-side to the Saints’ ‘Brown Eyes’. In 1967 he returned to the frantic pace of his 1965 hit with ‘One Eyed Giant’, which featured a ‘chika chika’ vocal sound and on which each player performed a jazzy solo. Other hits included ‘Teenage Ska’, ‘River To The Bank’ and ‘Ball Of Fire’. His recording of ‘Chang Kai Check’ provided the foundation of many reggae hits. His band continued to play on sessions until the early 70s.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Music Is My Occupation

1. Magic

2. Twelve Minutes To Go

3. Green Island

5. Vitamin A

6. Strolling In

10. Eastern Standard Time

11. Yard Broom

12. Music Is My Occupation

13. Apanga

14. Don De Lion

15. Guns Fever

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Track List: Treasure Isle Collection Vol. 1

1. Baba Boom

3. House Wife Choice

5. Angel Of The Morning

6. Love Is A Treasure

7. Moolight Lover

11. Weather Report

13. True True True

15. Where Must I Go

18. Don't Touch MyTomato

20. Musical Communion

23. Ba-Ba R-Ba Skank

24. Behold

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Track List: Total Reggae: Classic Ska

1. Ska Beat

2. I'm Wasting Time

4. Lost Penny

5. A Way From It All

7. Evening News

9. Collie Bud

10. Black Joe

11. Portrait Of My Love

12. Don't Stay Out Late

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Track List: Skatalites & Friends At Randy's

1. Black Joe

3. Machine Shop

4. John & James

5. Baby Elephant Walk

7. Malcolm X

8. Mouth A Massy

9. Portrait Of My Love

11. A Way From It All

12. Ska Beat

13. Hello Mother

14. Lost Penny

15. Collie Bud

18. Blow Roland Blow

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Track List: Intensified! Original Ska 1962-1966

1. El P**sy Cat

2. Solomon Gundie

3. Teenage Ska

4. Carry Go Bring Come

5. Duck Soup

8. Independent Anniversary Ska

9. John & James

10. Rocket Ship

11. We Are Rolling

12. James Bond

13. Housewives Choice

14. University Goes Ska

15. Penny Reel

16. The Higher The Monkey Climbs

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Track List: Various Trojan Mod Reggae Collection

1. Ali Baba

2. Country Town

3. Riverton City

4. Fat Man

5. C N Express

6. Nevada Joe

7. Running Around

9. Rum-Bum-A-Loo

11. Step Softly

12. The Man (AKA Man To Man)

13. Lucky Seven

14. Oh Babe (Sick And Tired)

15. Sweet Soul Music

16. Thunderball

17. Renegade

20. (Music Is My) Occupation

23. Dr. Kitch

24. Just Tell Me

25. Gun Fever

26. I'm In A Jam

27. Delilah

28. Bombshell

29. Good Time Rock

30. Kitch You're So Sweet

35. A Yuh (Hey You)

37. Gun Man Coming To Town

38. Lonely Days

39. Stranger In Town

40. I Am Coming Home

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Looove the trumpet solo. This song always makes me smile :)

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