A Record Collector's Guide

Laurel Aitken


The Bluebeat Years

Moon Ska MR061 CD, released 1995 (U.S.)

The Story So Far...

Grover GRO-LP 008/GRO-CD 008, released 1995/2016 (Germany)

I adored Laurel Aitken. He was a wonderful man and a great performer. He meant so much to the history of ska, and never quite got full credit because he was not born in Jamaica. I only got to meet him once, and I consider myself a better person for it. The Bluebeat Years (and the German version, The Story So Far..., which is exactly the same album with different artwork) is a great set of more recent recordings of some of his classics. If you are not that familiar with his extensive body of work, this disc is an excellent starting point. The U.S. version was never released on vinyl, but the German vinyl was.

In 2016, Grover re-pressed the vinyl - they did 250 copies on blue vinyl, and it came with a copy of the CD. Easy to find for the moment, despite its scarcity.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Moon Ska MR061 CD 5-8 5 Stable
Grover GRO-CD 008 4-6 1 Stable
Grover GRO-LP 008 Black 8-12 4 Stable
Grover GRO-LP 008 Blue + CD 15-20 7 Stable

This page was last updated on March 29, 2020.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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