‘Scully’ Advises: Take It Cool

$521 on Ebay confirms my suspicion that the swaggering rocksteady tunefulness of 1967’s “Take It Cool” was a breakout moment, artistically speaking, for master percussionist and sometime-vocalist, NoelScullySimms:

 “Take It Cool”     Mr. Foundation (i.e., Noel ‘Zoot’ Simms)    1967

Would you believe someone paid the staggering sum of $700 at auction two years agoNinety dollars is a relative bargain, given that others have paid $108 and $345 dollars in the past for a copy of this 45.

Zoot Simms 45

Amazon Japan (and Amazon Germany) both offer this song for sale in MP3 format – fascinatingly enough – as part of a compilation entitled Skinheads on the Dancefloor:  Obscure Rocksteady, vol. 7.

Even more intriguing is the eyebrow-raising claim by Discogs.com that Noel ‘Scully’ Simms is “arguably the first Jamaican artist to release a record single” — without then identifying the title (!) of this historic recording.  What gives?

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