Bluebeat Boy – The Album

Bluebeat Boy – The Album

Music plays such an important role in Bluebeat Boy, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a lyric, artist or song title is very prominent, other times it’s more of an oblique reference. It very much depends on the situation in which it has been included. Given that, I thought it might be a nice idea to detail what songs and which artists have found their way into Bluebeat Boy.

I think the list below offers an interesting and varied look at Ska (and Rocksteady), ranging from undisputed classics that would undoubtedly appear in any fan’s top ten through to one or two tracks that are slightly more obscure. All of them were included because they complemented the storyline, characters or situation.

Here they are, listed in order of appearance and under the title of the chapter in which they occur. If you head over to Spotify and search for Bluebeat Boy then you’ll be able to listen to the majority of these tracks. Enjoy!

Now That I Can Dance
Desmond Dekker
Get Up Edina
Island Records
1963

To Skank Or Not To Skank
Derrick Morgan
No Raise No Praise
Beverley’s
1963

To Skank Or Not To Skank
Jimmy Cliff
Miss Jamaica
Island Records
1962

To Skank Or Not To Skank
Eric ‘Monty’ Morris
Strongman Sampson
Dutchess
1963

To Skank Or Not To Skank
The Skatalites
Man In The Street
Studio One
1964

There’s A First Time For Everything
Prince Buster
Beg You Little More
Fab
1964
(Album release only)

Carry Go Bring Come
Justin Hinds and The Dominoes
Carry Go Bring Come
Treasure Isle
1964

If I Had The Wings Of A Dove
The Wailers
Wings Of A Dove
Studio One
1964

Trouble With Toots
Alton Ellis
Rock Steady
Treasure Isle
1967

Let’s Jump
Toots And The Maytals
Let’s Jump
Ska Beat
1965

Old Rockin’ Chair
Jackie Opel
Old Rockin’ Chair
Island Records
1965

The Ten Commandments
Princess Buster
Ten Commandments (From Woman To Man)
King
1967

Lord Tanamo
Lord Tanamo
You Belong To My Heart
Striker Lee
1964

Lord Tanamo
Symarip
Skinhead Moonstomp
Treasure Isle
1969

Lord Tanamo
Toots and The Maytals
Pressure Drop
Beverley’s
1970

I Want Justice
Delroy Wilson
I Want Justice
Coxsonne Records
1965

Baby I Love You
Carl Dawkins
Baby I Love You
JJ Records
1967

Baby I Love You
The Skatalites
Freedom Sounds
Studio One
1964

Baby I Love You
Jimmy Cliff
Under The Sun, Moon And Stars
EMI
1973