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story of FEDERAL RECORDS / Tribute to KENNITH L.KHOURI

Federal Records is a cornerstone in the history of the Jamaican music industry.

It was the island's first domestic recording studio and where the pioneers of reggae, such as Sir Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, Duke Reid and Prince Buster, recorded the earliest examples of popular Jamaican music.

The name of the studio's founder, Ken Khouri, is not well known
outside of Jamaica, but his contribution to Jamaican music is immeasurable and he is a well-respected figure in his homeland. He left behind many important recordings that should be passed down from generation to generation.

This re-issue series will bring discerning listeners remarkable music recorded by Ken Khouri at Federal Records. We would like to dedicate this series to Ken Khouri's lasting contribution to Jamaican music.

Ernest Ranglin - Guitar in Ernest

Ernest Ranglin - Guitar in Ernest CD : On Sale!
    Product Number: DSR CD 501
    Barcode: 4571179 532013
LP : On Sale!
    Product Number: DSR LP 501
    Barcode: 4571179 534017




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1. Soul De Ern
2. Cherokee
3. Ernest's Tune
4. Green Dolphin St.
5. Jordu
6. Ernest's Delight
7. One For Robby
8. Angelima
9. Chow Mein
Productions

Produced by K. Khouri
Recorded At: Federal Recording Studio


Musicians

GUITAR: Ernest Ranglin
BASS: Stephen Lauz
DRUMS: Carl Mcleod
PIANO: Leslie Butler
Count Owen & His Calypsonians - Calypsos Down Jamaica Way

Count Owen & His Calypsonians - Calypsos Down Jamaica Way CD : On Sale!
    Product Number: DSR CD 502
    Barcode: 4751179 534020
LP : Sold Out
    Product Number: DSR LP 502
    Barcode: 4751179 532026




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1. Goodbye to Rome
2. Go Fife Go
3. Yours
4. Island In The Sun
5. Aye Aye Aye
6. Lawd Some Man Could A Smart
7. Careless Hands
8. The Weed
9. Melody D'Amour
10. Kingston Town
11. Out The Fire
12. The Last Watch
Productions

Produced by K. Khouri
Recorded At: Federal Studio
Various Artists - Jamaican Skarama

Various Artists - Jamaican Skarama CD : On Sale!
    Product Number: DSR CD 503
    Barcode: 457117953203
LP : On Sale!
    Product Number: DSR LP 503
    Barcode: 4571179534031

Missing masterpieces of the original Jamaican Ska.


Recorded at the Federal Studio and released on Ken Khouri's Kentone in 1965.



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1. My Daily Food - The Maytals
2. I Love You - The Techniques
3. Cry Another Cry - Dobby Dobson
4. My Darling - Eddie Perkins
5. Him Say You Say - Sneer-Towners
6. Word Is Wind - Stranger & Patsy
7. Big Brother - X-Rays
8. Take These Chains Form My Heart - Eddie & Patsy
9. Tell Daddy - Dobby Dobson
10. My Dream - Group Singers
11. One Look - The Maytals
12. There's A Place - Eric Morris
Productions

Produced by K. Khouri
Recorded at: Federal Studio
Gladstone Anderson, Lynn Taitt, Jets - Glad Sounds

Gladstone Anderson, Lynn Taitt, Jets - Glad Sounds CD : On Sale!
    Product Number: DSR CD 504
    Barcode:4571179 534048
    Price: JPY2,500
LP : Sold Out

Jamaican piano maestro Gladstone 'Gladdy' Anderson steps forward with guitar pioneer Lynn Taitt at the legendary Federal Studio in 1968.

On this instrumental rocksteady gem the top-flight combo plays it blight, tight and out-a-sight!



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1. Intensified '68
2. Words
3. A.B.C. Rocksteady
4. If I Only Had Time
5. Chances
6. Starlight
7. Ride Me Donkey
8. Rainbow Valley
9. Love Me Forever
10. Once Upon A Tim
Hopeton Lewis - Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat

Hopeton Lewis - Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat CD : On Sale!LP : On Sale!

A fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way Rocksteady was going to journey.

In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while Ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, Rocksteady, with rather slower and tighter rhythm approach. This album should be considered as one of the ten most important albums in Reggae history.

The descent from Ska, which had its derivation from Jazz or Rhythm and Blues, to Rocksteady, with its various potential elements which would be passed to the next decade of Reggae, has been allegedly created in this album with Trinidadian guitarist Lynn Taitt and his band The Jets as the backing band. Entitled “Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat!”, most of the tunes featured in this album were written for praising dancehall as if he’d have known this genre was going to rule the dance floors. Among the tunes in this album, “This Music Got Soul” was the coolest of all and called out the dawn of the Rocksteady era. This tune had a huge influence on the future developments of Reggae music.



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1. Take It Easy
2. Sounds & Pressure
3. A De Pon Dem
4. Why Must I Cry
5. Let's The Little Girl Dance
6. Rock Steady
7. Cool Collie
8. Music Got Soul
9. Hard Ships Of Life
10. This Poor Boy
Eric Grant Orchestra - Cool At The Casa Montego

Eric Grant Orchestra - Cool At The Casa Montego CD : On Sale!
    Product Number: DSR CD 507
    Barcode:4571179 532075
LP : On Sale!

A masterpiece of Jamaican Jazz recorded in 1960 by the Eric Grant Orchestra, resident band of the Casa Montego Hotel in Montego Bay. Rhythm & Blues, Jazz standards, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue and Calypso all combine in this wonderful amalgamation of sounds. Produced by the first Jamaican studio, Federal Records, and its founder Ken Khouri, it is now re-issued for the first time ever.



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1. Uncle Joe
2. Mr. Wonderful
3. Razor Merengue
4. Misty
5. Mother And Wife
6. Let's Fall In Love
7. Cha Cha International
8. Anema De Core
9. T'is Wonderful
10. Take Her To Jamaica
11. Mind Your Own Business
12. I Want To Be Happy
Winston Turner Quintet - At the Jamaica Hilton: in the Jippi Jappa Lounge

 Winston Turner Quintet - At the Jamaica Hilton: in the Jippi Jappa Lounge CD : On Sale!LP : Sold Out

In the heyday of the Rocksteady era of Jamaican music in 1968, the Winston Turner Quintet was blending in the cool new sound with Calypso, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Pop and Ballads down at the Hilton Hotel in Kingston. The Quintet's lost classic of down tempo and mood music, originally released on Federal, is now re-issued for the first time. This is the lounge vibe that beautifully crowned those sultry Jamaican nights. (Photograph taken at the Jippi Jappa Lounge with Madam Wasp.)



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1. Obeah Wedding
2. Monday Monday
3. What A Difference A Day Makes
4. It Was A Very Good Year
5. El Cid
6. Take It Easy
7. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
8. Love In The Cemetery
9. You'll Never Get To Heaven
10. Don't Make Me Over
Cecil Lloyd - A Night In Jamaica With Cecil Lloyd

Cecil Lloyd - A Night In Jamaica With Cecil Lloyd CD : On Sale!LP : On Sale!

First ever re-issue of 1965 Jamaican Latin-Calypso-Jazz album by the piano genius Cecil Lloyd, who led a 20-piece hotel band from the age of seventeen. In 1959, the maestro was asked to record an album for 20th Century Fox and he later released three albums on Studio One. Featuring a solid rhythm section with conga and percussion, A Night in Jamaica was produced by Ken Khouri for Federal's Kentone label. This enduring masterpiece still echoes across the beautiful Caribbean Sea.



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1. Profile Cha Cha
2. Come Closer To Me
3. Mood For The Tropics
4. Be Mine Tonight
5. Ma Cha Cha
6. S'Wonderful
7. St. Thomas
8. Adios
9. Autumn Leaves
10. Ja Pachamsa
11. Frenesi
12. Rhumbina
Leslie Butler - We've Only Just Begun

Leslie Butler - We've Only Just Begun CD : On Sale!LP :

The Jamaican piano wizard, Leslie Butler presents a miraculous Jazz Funk album.

Because of his superior talent and intense personality, one of the most ingenious pianists Leslie Butler had a lack of releases, however he was given an exceptional chance by the Federal Records to record this one of the most peculiar albums in the history of Jamaican music.

This beautifully finished Jamaican Jazz Funk/Rare Groove album is mostly constructed with the traditional covers that all Jamaicans will know although with the wonderful arrangement, and very Jamaican, ensemble stripping aesthetics give the album a whole new character that can’t be heard elsewhere.This masterpiece should make it to the shelves of not only reggae fans but soul and jazz fans as well.

Leslie always committed on making a serious piece of music - never liked to make either of Jamaican popular music or business-like commercial music. He had a strong belief of not letting others to control his talent. Therefore there were often conflicts between him and producers or he was not even given a chance to record anything at all. It’s a really sad story, but this unfortunate musician’s lifestyle can be heard on the recordings such as “Guitar In Ernest – Ernest Ranglin (DSR-LP / CD-501)” and “Reggae Rhapsody – Leslie Butler (DSR-FEDS12-001).” Perhaps with this album in addition, it might be all enough.



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1. Witchita Lineman
2. Ever Constant Sea
3. We've Only Just Begun
4. Theme From "Love Story"
5. Anyone Who Had A Heart
6. Aquarius
7. Evil Ways
8. Shaft
9. Booty Butt
10. Funky Miracle
The Maytals & Don Drummond - Coppa

The Maytals & Don Drummond - Coppa 7inch Vinyl : On Sale!

Freshly dug out uptempo Ska beats by Toots Hibbert and Don Drummond - apparently never been released before!

Recorded in 1965 when Ska was at its peak, those are the typical Maytals uptempo beats with an unmissable Don D’s solo part on both. Taken directly from the great Daddy Ken Khouri’s master-tape which belongs to the Federal Studio. It’s quite a combination to pull both the Maytals and the Skatalites together, although what’s more remarkable is the fact they have been unreleased for the whole time.



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A side)
Artist: The Maytals & Don Drummond
Title: Coppa

B side)
Artist: The Maytals & Don Drummond
Title: Come Along With Me

Clive Wilson & The Skatalites - One Ska, One Ounce of Weed, One Beer

Clive Wilson & The Skatalites - One Ska, One Ounce of Weed, One Beer 7inch Vinyl : On Sale!

Based on the Rhythm and Blues classic, this is a super rare uptempo Ska cover and for all Ska Man and the DJ’s!

Originally sung by Amos Milburn, in the 50’s this had been a sound system classic in Jamaica. There is nowhere else in the world but Jamaica could produce such a cover version and utterly convincing Drummond’s solo works nicely as a spice of this tune. Originally released on a blank label although it’s a super rare one to find - a proud copy to own and must have for all Ska Man. On the flip is a great vocal Ska yet the singer’s detail is completely unknown. *Recommended to pair this title with the instrumental version by Don Drummond on this very same series(DSR-FW7-04)



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A side)
Artist: Clive Wilson & The Skatalites
Title: One Ska, One Ounce of Weed, One Beer

B side)
Artist: Federal Singers
Title: Love Is All I Have

Federal Singers - My Love

Federal Singers - My Love 7inch Vinyl : On Sale!

Previously unreleased mysterious uptempo vocal sung by unknown female (or boy) singer!

Typical but good female vocal style and the harmonica solo makes it even sweeter – not to miss for all Ska fans. Although we could be a little familiar to her voice, it is hard to define her name since there was no mention on the master-tape. Another mysterious vocal on the flip makes this 7” a generous double-sider.



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A side)
Artist: Federal Singers
Title: My Love
B side)
Artist: Federal Singers
Title: What To Do

Don Drummond & The Skatalites - One Beer, One Scotch, One Burbon(Take 1)

Don Drummond & The Skatalites - One Beer, One Scotch, One Burbon(Take 1) 7inch Vinyl : On Sale!

Previously unreleased rare instrumental Ska masterpieces based on Rhythm and Blues classic!

These are the previously unreleased two instrumental cuts of the cheerful cover of Amos Milburn’s Jamaican sound system classic in the 50’s sung by Clive Wilson. Clearly great and with full of vibes, if your are a Ska Man there is no way to avoid these special tunes. *Recommended to pair this with the vocal version by Clive Wilson released on this very same series (DSR-FW7-02)



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A side)
Artist: Don Drummond & The Skatalites
Title: One Beer, One Scotch, One Burbon(Take 1)

B side)
Artist: Don Drummond & The Skatalites
Title: One Beer, One Scotch, One Burbon(Take 2)

Cavaliers - Blue Ska

Cavaliers - Blue Ska 7inch Vinyl : On Sale!



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A side)
Artist: Cavaliers
Title: Blue Ska

B side)
Artist: Cavaliers
Title: I Man

Cavaliers - Tribute To Ska

Cavaliers - Tribute To Ska 7inch Vinyl : On Sale!



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A side)
Artist: Cavaliers
Title: Tribute To Ska

B side)
Artist: Cavaliers
Title: Dip Them

Ernest Ranglin - Mod Mod Ranglin

Ernest Ranglin - Mod Mod Ranglin LP : On Sale!

'Mod Mod Ranglin' is a fusion of Ska and Caribbean instrumentals by Ernest Ranglin recorded in 1966 while Ska was changing towards Rocksteady. Although Ernest Ranglin recorded 8 solo albums at Federal Records, 'Mod Mod Ranglin' was only the album with Ska instrumentals, interestingly. The album consists of classic Ska, Mento and Carribean songs of all times. From the start to the end, Ernie's guitar playing flutters like Caribbean breeze. An instrumental song entitled 'Felicia' is just for the Ska lovers.



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1. La Bostella
2. Walk Away
3. More & More Amore
4. Blowing The Wind
5. Spanish Eyes
6. Archie
7. What Now My Love?
8. Lemon Tree
9. You Won't See Me
11. Born Free
12. Felicia
13. Somewhere My Love

George Moxey, Ernest Ranglin - Plays Music For Dancing

George Moxey, Ernest Ranglin - Plays Music For Dancing LP : On Sale!

George Moxey"King of the Ivories"
the legendary pianist in the Caribbean

The leading pianist of Jamaican dance music since the 1930s, this is the only jazz album he recorded in the 60s.

George Moxey has made an effort in the making of Jamaican dance music since the 1930s, teaching local musicians and has been praised as “Uncle George”.

Born in Nassau, the capital of Bahama, Moxey moved to Jamaica in the 1930s where he formed and led an 8-piece band since 1939. His band took a big part in developing the local ballrooms and radio stations, therefore by the 1950s, he was a vital musician in Kingston music scene. This is a lounge style Caribbean jazz by himself and the Ernest Ranglin trio.

By the young Ranglin at the time, Moxey must have appeared like a giant although the trio’s performances beautifully support Moxey at all times.

It would be hard not to pay attention to the combination of this piano and guitar geniuses, the whole album is mainly constructed with the traditional calypso and jazz standards, though it also contains solo piano and organ ballads as well.

As Moxey used to play organs for churches, it’s interesting how you can hear bits and pieces of those influences in his music, however it may be difficult to separate the Churches and Bibles by the background of Jamaican music.

After leaving Jamaica, he became an ambassador of the Caribbean music and by the 50s he already become a legend there.

This sound is the zest of good ole’ days, daddy Ken Khouri's Federal Records and having it as a real background, Jamaican music develops into Ska, Reggae to modern Ragga.

Everything has its own roots, so as the Jamaican music.



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1. The Breeze And I
2. Medley (a) I Love You Truly (b) Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
3. Medley (a) Mary's Lamb (b) Grandfather's Clock
4. C'est Magnifique
5. Sonata
6. Stardust Melody
7. I Love You Truly
8. Sol Tropical
9. Autumn Leaves
10. Medley (a) As Time Goes By (b) I Didn't Know What Time It Was
11. I Hear A Rhapsody

Ernest Ranglin - Mr.Ernie Ranglin With Soul

Ernest Ranglin - Mr.Ernie Ranglin With Soul LP : On Sale!

A very rare Rocksteady album by the Jamaican guitar virtuoso, Ernest Ranglin

Unlike all the other musicians in those days, Ranglin was not allowed to go between studios to record and release music as he wished because he was an exclusive employee of the Federal records. Thus it’s really hard to find a Rocksteady record with his name on it. Although whenever he finds a spare time, he would go to Duke Reid’s studio and play the guitar and bass as a sideman, often playing sessions with Lynn Taitt. According to Ranglin himself, “I felt really comfortable being at Duke Reid’s studio”, though sadly there have not been a single release of his solo guitar tune which was recorded there.

So here comes the album, it’s the rare Rocksteady instrumentals by the man himself.

Some of the main features would be “Summertime”, “Flamingo” and “Hold Me Tight”, the wickedest selection of the moist Rocksteady that will certainly catch your heart. Other than that, it’s got an exotic intro and uptempo “Sling Shot”, relatively arranged towards pop direction “Don’t Sleep In the Subway” and some ballads to represent the Federal’s widely ranged style that won’t go off after a long time, exactly how this one of the biggest leading labels in Jamaica had thought of.

This may not make Rude Boys in downtown growl, although it will clearly last eternally as Ranglin’s 60s best album to the future generations.



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1. Hold Me Tight
2. Story Book Children
3. Don't Sleep In The Subway
4. She Wears My Ring
5. Am I That Easy To Forget?
6. This Is My Song
7. Summertime (Rock Steady)
8. Julie
9. Flamingo (Rock Steady)
10. Sling Shot

Ernest Ranglin - Jazz Jamaica

Ernest Ranglin - Jazz Jamaica LP : On Sale!


Recorded in 1964 at the Federal studio, this elegant yet unique previously unreleased album is said to be the origin of the Jamaican Mento meets 4 Beat Jazz.

This brilliant album is one of the most important Jamaican Jazz recordings that Ernest Ranglin has ever made. Everything in this album starts with the traditional Caribbean Jazz classics and then develops into 4 Beat Jazz. Produced by Godfather of the Jamaican music, Ken Kouri, this album is nothing but deserves its title.

You may want to add this next to the Guitar In Earnest [DSR-LP/CD-501] in your collection.



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1. Sky Mongoose
2. Gimme Back Me Shilling
3. Solus Market
4. Water Come To Me Eye
5. Hold Him Joe
6. Emmanuel Road
7. Linstead Market
8. Make Him Tan De Burn
9. Iron Bar

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