Ken Boothe / Soulettes

You're No Good / Don't Care What The People Say

Ska Beat : JB 248


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  • Artist: Ken Boothe / Soulettes
  • A Side: You're No Good
  • B Side: Don't Care What The People Say
  • Label: Ska Beat
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: VG+
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

Key: View



No, not the Clint Ballad Jr., classic that so many great black artists have covered, Betty Everett, Dee Dee Warwick etc. But a compelling mid-60's SKA dance session from the pen of the artist Kent Boothe himself.

A narcotic Coxsone Dodd session released on his Supreme label in 1966. Ken was Dodd's major artist in this year alone. releasing at least six strong 45s that Ken was involved in. This one captures Ken at his best, from the very start addictive dance pulses drive Ken Boothe's reflection on his former girlfriend. Ken brilliantly "skat's" part of this composition, before returning back to his realization of a truly soured relationship. A top-drawer dance session, showcasing that standout "Boothe" vocal, moments so exquisitely soulful, as he adds notes of anguish to his already tearful situation.


Flip it over for another jewel, Britain's R&B DISC wisely replace Boothe's Supreme release flipside with the captivating Studio One session from Jamaica's favourite 60's girl-group. The mesmeric trio of sweet voices tumbling in harmony from Rita Marley, Marlene Gifford and Constantine Walker frames the girls as they literally skip through another Clemet Dodd session, brilliantly adorned with a single male bass-vocal chorus and percolating brass backing. Proper feeling-good Rock Steady making this 45 an imperative double helping of superior 1966 Jamaica.

One of the finest Jamaican 45 couplings released in the UK during the mid-60s.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact. Vinyl reveals good gloss, multiple soft surface hairlines not affecting play, music comes through loud and clean.

A Side

  • Title: You're No Good

    B Side

  • Title: Don't Care What The People Say
  • Year: 1966
  • City: 282 Stamford Hill, London N16, United Kingdom