Funky Kingston by Toots & The Maytals is a brilliant reggae album and is suitable for both beginners and experienced listeners. The album was released twice and with so much success that it entered the US Billboard 200 and was finally included in the list of the 500 greatest albums of all time by the music magazine Rolling Stone. It's a great, groovy album with sparkling reggae, soulful moments and the unmistakable reggae rhythm & blues.
The Jamaican band Toots & the Maytals can be considered one of the most famous and important ska and rocksteady groups of all time. Reggae comes in many forms and the music of the Maytals is a seamless blend of reggae and soul. Their second international album "In The Dark" is a ska / reggae classic that captures the Maytals in their heyday. The classic status of "In the Dark" is confirmed by their signature song "54-46 Was My Number".
If one band could be cited for the emergance of ska, it would be the Skatalites. Formed around June 1965 and built around the many musicians that had honed their craft at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica, the early line up consisted of Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Tommy Mccook, Johnny Dizzy Moore, Lester Sterling, Jerome Jah Jerry Hines, Jackie Mitoo, Lloyd Brevett and Lloyd Knibbs. The time span of the Skatalites career, considering their output of literally 100s of sides of music, was a relativly short one of just over two years. Here, Kingston Sounds have delved into the vaults of wirl records and have selected some tunes that show the dexterity of the band and what great sounds this group of musicians were capable of producing.
The TRANSILVANIANS from Vigo in Galicia have been successfully mixing Jamaican R&B, Ska, Rocksteady and Early Reggae with motifs often borrowed from the horror or sci-fi genre for over ten years and have been highly respected in their musical field for over ten years. “Soulful Space” appears as usual with the artwork by illustrator ROBERTO ARGÜELLES and contains eight new original compositions and three cover versions by artists as diverse as LAUREL AITKEN, COCK SPARRER and the Cuban bolero singer BENNY MORÉ! "Soulful Space" is a wonderfully varied vintage offbeat work with a strong individual touch.
19 Track round up of all of US Punk band Rancid's 'Ska' tracks. If it's got an off-beat, skank or chop then "All The Moonstompers" has it! Kicks off with "Time Bomb" (US No 8) and other tracks from their album "... And Out Come The Wolves" which went GOLD within 5 months. That was in 1995 and the band are currently celebrating 20 years of that seminal album. Includes rarities such as B-Sides and non album tracks from Punk compilations. This compilation conceived and curated by Daryl Smith from UK punk legends Cock Sparrer who did a series of shows with Rancid in 2012 as a joint 20 year (Rancid) / 40 year (Cock Sparrer) anniversary.
When he recorded Better Must Come in 1971, Delroy Wilson was at the height of his fame in his native Jamaica. The following year, Trojan Records issued the album in the UK, and his reputation as one of reggae's most soulful singers was secured. Listening back to this timely reissue, it's clear that the set was one of the late artist's finest collection of cuts. It was the first of his albums to be produced by Bunny Lee (he'd previously worked with Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd at Studio One) and delivered a particularly warming, soul-fired take on rocksteady that sounds every bit as impressive now as it did it 50 years ago.
Songs of Our Forefathers is a compilation of original Jamaican and UK single releases by The Ethiopians originally recorded between 1967 and 1973. The Ska, rocksteady and reggae group included Leonard Dillon, Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris and worked with the legendary Coxsone Dodd in the sixties before later moving on. This collection includes their biggest hit, "Everything Crash", which criticised the political situation in Jamaica at the time, which included power cuts and rationing and plenty of clashes with the authorities. It is one of many highlights in this fine overview.
Repress by Pirates Press on Red vinyl. The 2007 album by the skinhead reggae shooting stars from California, recorded right after an 8-month tour - in three days. The funky instrumentals come out of the speakers accordingly rough and unadorned, and there are more vocal tracks than ever before: Apart from various DJ interludes, the whole thing sounds like a cross between 1969s Upsetters and Hepcat from the "right on time" era. What more can you say, they are simply the band of the hour.
After 9 years a new album by the British Ska-Crazy, who started his career in 1979 inspired by the specials and the beat of his ska-punk band The Secret Meeting and after refining his ska sound in 1989 under the name of Mark Foggo's Skaster's released album "Ska Pig" picked up his genre classic. His songs are also characterized by a dark, observant comic style, Foggo describes his sound as "modern, bizarre, non-influenced, up tempo ska". * Jump Up Records.
Forty years have passed since Oi - The Album was released. To celebrate his Ruby Anniversary, Garry Bushell has teamed up with Pirates Press to create Oi! 40 Years Untamed to publish! This collection contains exclusive, unheard songs from the Oi pioneers and original tracks from younger, emerging bands from around the world. There are brand new and never heard songs from Cock Sparrer, Bishops Green, Noi! Se and The Business, among others.
Federal Records was the first domestic Jamaican studio. It opened its doors in 1961 owned by Ken Khouri, who first licensed American records to Jamaica before cutting his own songs, which were some of the earliest Jamaican RnB and Ska singles. In 1981 Ken Khouri sold the complex to Bob Marley, who renamed the premises Tuff Gong Studios and whose legacy continues to this day. Here are some of the best ska tracks to emerge from the Federal Vaults, featuring some of the best artists, musicians of the time. The great Lord Tanomo, Don Drummond, Rico Rodriguez, Roland Alphonso and some lesser known artists.
With “Blue” the New York ska heroes The Slackers are back with a 2-song single, which was released via Pirates Press Records. “Blue” is sort of the ska soundtrack for the US elections. The song is like an invitation to put the cross in the right place in the US elections, which in the meantime may have worked "partly" because of this song.
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