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« on: October 11, 2018, 05:06:53 PM »
Another approach to Soho's early 60s modernist scene, these new series of compilations from specialist label Jasmine seem good value for money. The plan is to revisit the different musical genres that began to give shape to what could be loosely termed "mod music": jazz, blues, ska and early soul.

The first 2 volumes -due to appear tomorrow in Amazon- are devoted to jazz and ska. Judging by the tracklist, the latter looks much more interesting on paper, with seldom compiled numbers (Prince Buster!), some Jimmy James and Jackie Edwards' rarities and a couple of US numbers that were hugely influential in the West Indies (Rosco Gordon and Willis Jackson). Apparently the Jasmine guys even checked out the Roaring 20s playlists to make up this one!

The jazz one looks more patchy but still intriguing, with lots of numbers I've not yet listened too.

The main problem here, as it's happening with every budget reissue label, is that copyrights force them to use only pre-1963 music, so the picture remains somewhat incomplete. But for less tan 10 pounds, this is nitpicking. I'm curious about upcoming instalments.