Various Artists - Beginner's Guide To Ska (Music CD)

Release Date: 22 June 2009
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This three-disc, 50-track box presents a nice concise history of ska, starting with classic sides like the Skatalites' "Guns of Navarone" and the Maytals' gospel-energized "John & James" from the 1960s Jamaican ska explosion on the first disc. The second disc covers the rapid evolution of ska into rocksteady and early roots reggae on the island with classics like Justin Hinds' folk-wise "The Higher the Monkey Climbs" and the Paragons' "The Tide Is High" (Blondie amped up but otherwise kept the same arrangement of "The Tide Is High" for their hit version a few years later). The third disc closes out the circle, documenting the British ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s and featuring the Specials' "Ghost Town" and Prince Buster's fascinating take on "Stack-A-Lee," among others. A lot is left out, of course, but the end result sketches out a nice history of where ska started and where it subsequently went. ~ Steve Leggett
Release Date: 22 June 2009

1. Guns Of Navarone - Skatalites
2. Ska Beat - Ellis, Alton
3. Shank I Sheck - Brooks, Baba & The Skatalites
4. Penny Reel - Morris, Eric
5. Don D Lion - Drummond, Don
6. Four Seasons - Sir Lord Comic & The Skatalites
7. Mother Banner - Hinds, Justin & The Dominoes
8. Skaramont - Sterling, Lester
9. So Bad - Upsetters
10. Contact - Richards, Roy
11. Rukumbine - Duffus, Shenley
12. Treasure Island - Drummond, Don & Drumbago
13. Mouth A Massy - Ellis, Alton
14. Vitamin A - Brooks, Baba
15. Rub Up Push Up - Hinds, Justin & The Dominoes
16. Malcom X - Skatalites
17. Renegade - Zodiacs
18. Alley Pang - Drummond, Don
19. John & James - Maytals
20. Tribute To Nehru - Skatalites
21. African Queen - Wilson, Ronald & The Skatalites
22. Dance Crasher - Ellis, Alton
23. Royal Charlie - Organaire, Charlie
24. Next Door Neighbour - Silveras, Owen & Leon
25. Storm Warning - Taitt, Lynn & The Boys
26. Higher The Monkey Climb, The - Hinds, Justin & The Dominoes
27. Ba Ba Boom - Jamaicans
28. Only A Smile - Paragons
29. Don't Stay Away - Dillon, Phyllis
30. Why Birds Follow Spring - Ellis, Alton
31. Tide Is High, The - Paragons
32. You Don't Care - Techniques
33. Such Is Life - Lord Creator
34. Moonlght Lover - Landis, Joya
35. Wha' She Do Now - Gaylads
36. I've Got To Get Away - Paragons
37. Warfare - Count Matchuki
38. Weather Report - Tennors
39. Sweet Soul Music - Gladiators
40. Ali Baba - Holt, John
41. In The Bathroom - Beat Mirror
42. Too Much Pressure - Selector
43. Ruder Than You - Bodysnatchers
44. Hands Off She's Mine - Beat
45. Ghost Town - Specials
46. Apartheid - Lloyd, Floyd & Potato Five
47. Mixed Feelings - Bellstar, Jennie
48. Stack-A-Lee - Prince Buster & The Trojans
49. Bluebeat & Ska - Natural Rhythm
50. Chango (dancehall mix) - Ska Cubano


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