Welcome To My Blog

Thanks for checking the blog out... Hope it offers something a bit different every now & again. Though I come from a pseudo - Mod background (Soul & Ska in particular), I have a diverse taste in music & hope my varied posts will reflect this.

Cheers Skamanc .... I'm not after your undying gratitude, but please leave your thoughts, comments & opinions on the posts & content. I regularly up- & download material, plus buy and trade items. As such, if I have inadvertently "trodden on anyone's toes" in posting anything then please let me know & accept my apologies. Also please support the artists involved & remember that the blog is merely a pointer toward these various downloads, which are stored elsewhere. Legally, any downloads should not be retained for more than a week. So now I've told you the legal bit !

Feel free to give me a shout : waltjabsco@hotmail.com

Manchester M22, September 2016

For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the ex Mrs!

Special thanks to Steve White (software), Gordon Waring (music), Shaun Robinson (artwork), Paul Buddery (DVD's / software) & Sonchey Barrett (essential technical advice!).

"Thank you" also to regular contributors Herr Pauli (Malente, Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia).

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS : Sock It To 'em JJ ! (The Soul Years)

An excellent collection that I've been playing a lot recently. Jimmy James was a UK based Jamaican in the sixties. Unlike many of his countrymen Ska musicians, he favoured the R&B / Soul side, and was a prolific recording artist (the Picadilly & Pye labels, followed by Trojan in the 70s). He was also a massive draw on the soul club scene, like contemporaries Geno Washington, Zoot Money, Georgie Fame & so on. I bet Kevin Rowland heard Jimmy's records before starting Dexy's...

This post consists of 49 live & studio tracks & is well worth downloading & burning onto a couple of CD's... Comments, as always, most welcome.




  1. I saw him in 1966 at a small club called "twenty club" in Mouscron (Belgium) and It was great.

  2. Takes me back to my youth. Thanks Any chance of some Geno please

  3. 'kin spooky Jim.. I don't believe in coincidences but keep your eye out for Friday's post...

  4. I've Downloaded that stuff several weeks ago (many thxs) and finally buy their first LP : the split LP with a fantastic second side of The Alan Brown Set : London Swings.
    Incredible !!!

    The Lp take place between Geno Washington and the live of graham bond and Zoot money.