I have done so many versions of Zombie Jamboree over the last eight years that I'm having a hard time thinking of anything new or interesting that I haven't already revealed about the song... so let's keep it short and sweet.
"Zombie Jamboree" AKA "Back to Back" has become a yearly staple here in the Spooktacular and the version you're about to hear in the 2012 mix is probably one of the best! The fifth track in our yearly spooky compilation is simply entitled "Jamboree" and comes from Laurel Aitken's 1966 7" on the Ska Beat label.
Cuban born Laurel Aitken came to Jamaica in 1938. He got his start singing mento tunes for tourists who arrived at Kingston Harbor and night-lighting as a nightclub singer as well. The rest is history, so they say, because after a lifetime in the music business, cutting records for countless producers and labels, as well as producing and jumping back and forth between England and Jamaica, he definitely earned his moniker The Godfather of Ska.