Artist: Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
Label: PYE Records
Catalog# PYA 20221
James grew up and began performing in Kingston, Jamaica, where he recorded as a solo artist with producers Coxsone Dodd, Clancy Eccles, and Lyndon Pottinger.
The Vagabonds were originally formed in 1960. James teamed up with them under Canadian band manager Roger Smith and in April 1964, they relocated to the UK. “Ska-Time” (Decca Records) was recorded as Jamaica’s Own Vagabonds within two weeks of their arrival, and is one of the first examples of Jamaican ska music to be recorded in the UK. After meeting manager Peter Meaden in 1965, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds supported The Who and Rod Stewart who was with his group The Steampacket at the Marquee Club in London.
They signed a recording contract with Pye Records and released their best known studio album, The New Religion in 1966. The Vagabonds disbanded in 1970, but James, who owned the name, reformed the band with a new, all white line-up in 1974. In 1976 they released the album Now, and had hits in the UK Singles Chart with ” I’ll Go Where Your Music Takes Me” and “Now Is The Time”.
1. I’ll Go Where Your Music Takes Me (5:17)
2. Whatever Happened To The Love We Knew (2:55)
3. Now Is The Time (6:08)
4. I Want You So Much (3:01)
1. Disco Fever (4:10)
2. Never Had This Dream Before (3:22)
3. Stay With Me (5:30)
4. Your Love Keeps Haunting Me (3:42)