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The Folkes Brothers

The three brothers Folkes, Michael, John and Eric together with Count Ossie and his drummers, Owen Gray (piano) and extra vocalist Skitter went to Prince Buster’s studio and recorded a classic of Jamaican music. To be labelled a one-hit-wonder is generally something of an insult, but to be a one-record-wonder is an accolade. The Jamaican artists who have made one perfect recording and then vanished, leaving a reputation forever untarnished by later lapses, could be counted on the fingers of one hand. The Folkes Brothers are among that number: in 1961 or early 1962 they recorded ‘Oh Carolina’, a unique and perfect single, and never appeared again. The record has Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers thundering out complex African cross-rhythms, Gray’s contrastingly American-styled on piano, and the Brothers, with a soulful lead singer Skitter and two lighter-voiced male accompanists, delivering the song. In 1993 an updated version of ‘Oh Carolina’ reached number 1 in the UK charts for ragga singer Shaggy.
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Track List: Young, Gifted And Black

Disc 1

1. Oh Carolina

2. Madness

3. My Boy Lollipop

4. Guns Of Navarone

5. I'm In The Mood For Ska

7. 007 (Shanty Town)

8. Rudy, A Message To You

10. Train To Skaville

11. Hold Me Tight

12. Angel Of The Morning

13. Wet Dream

14. Israelites

15. Return Of Django

16. Red Red Wine

17. Wonderful World, Beautiful People

18. Long Shot Kick De Bucket

19. Liquidator

20. Monkey Man

21. Elizabethan Reggae

22. Many Rivers To Cross

23. Rivers Of Babylon

24. Kingston Town

25. Young, Gifted & Black

Disc 2

1. You Can Get It If You Really Want

2. Love Of The Common People

3. Black Pearl

4. Montego Bay

5. Sun Is Shining

6. Johnny Too Bad

7. Double Barrel

8. Rain

9. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

10. Black & White

11. Cherry Oh Baby

12. Monkey Spanner

13. Suzanne Beware Of The Devil

14. Big Seven

15. Everything I Own

16. Help Me Make It Through The Night

17. Ire Feelings (Skanga)

18. Hurt So Good

19. Midnight Rider

21. Dat

22. Side Show

23. Uptown Top Ranking

24. Money In My Pocket

25. Police & Thieves

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