“School Days” by Scotty - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1971Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Already 4 years in the business, the debut LP from the 20-year-old showman arrived mid-way through 1971, produced by Derrick Harriott, with whom he had been working closely lately, both as a live performer and in the studio. Scotty's success was built on his unique style; his voice, personality and fashion all being instantly recognisable to every music fan in Jamaica. The album's title references the singer's penchant for jumping around stage, schoolboy-style, with a cap, smart shirt, braces, short trousers, tall socks and a satchel!

On the opener “Draw Your Brakes”, Scotty toasts over “Stop That Train”, Keith & Tex's big rocksteady hit single from '67. In his opening gambit he seems rather pissed off with the guy who has brazenly stolen his girl, connecting with the vulgarity of urban youth with the shout “Forward and payaaka, manacle and den go saaka” (trans: “You came and took my girl, cuffed her and ransacked her”. Not so much a naughty schoolboy as a nasty cry-baby cuckold. “Children Children” raids the same source, riding “Tonight” also by Keith & Tex in '67. “Penny For Your Song” is sung entirely by Scotty using the same backing track as “Penny For Your Song” by Derrick Harriott (1969). The LP gives Scott the sole writing credit; it was originally done by The Federals (of which he was a member) in 1968. “Jam Rock Style” - a bit hit for him early in '71 - has a feel-good riddim that seems influenced by Lee Perry's “Kimble”. Closing side one, “I Worry” rides “Do I Worry” by Derrick Harriott (1968), rooted in the Ink Spots song of the same name from 1940.

Opening side two is “Musical Chariot” which was first out on the b-side of “Riddle I This” in 1970. “Sing Along” is riding “Long Story” by Rudy Mills (1967). There's little doubt that “Rosemarie” is influenced by King Floyd's “Groove Me” from last year, whilst “Sesame Street” (#3 hit) rides “The Loser” by Derrick Harriott (1967). Closing the album is a cover of “Lonely Man” (Freddie Scott, 1964) and “Riddle I This”, the Jamaican Christmas #1 in 1970, which was riding “Soloman” by Derrick Harriott (1967).

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:12] 9.8.png Scotty - Draw Your Brakes (Derrick Harriott, David Scott) Ska / Rocksteady
A2 [02:47] 5.7.png Scotty - Children Children (Derrick Harriott) Ska / Rocksteady
A3 [02:56] 6.9.png Scotty - Penny For Your Song (David Scott) Reggae
A4 [02:26] 8.0.png Scotty - Jam Rock Style (Derrick Harriott) Reggae
A5 [02:39] 6.9.png Scotty - I Worry (Joseph Wirtshafter, Stanley Cowan, Derrick Harriott, David Scott) Reggae
B1 [02:34] 5.4.png Scotty and The Crystalites - Musical Chariot (Derrick Harriott) Reggae
B2 [03:06] 8.7.png Scotty - Sing Along (Derrick Harriott, Rudy Mills) Ska / Rocksteady
B3 [02:37] 6.2.png Scotty - Rosemarie (David Scott) Reggae
B4 [03:04] 5.5.png Scotty - Sesame Street (Derrick Harriott) Ska / Rocksteady
B5 [02:21] 7.0.png Scotty - Lonely Man (D. Donnell) Reggae
B6 [02:56] 6.6.png Scotty - Riddle I This (Derrick Harriott) Ska / Rocksteady
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