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Beginners Guide to Ska [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1: SKA- THE SOUND OF YOUNG JAMAICA:
    1. Guns of Navarone - The Skatalites
    2. Ska Beat - Alton Ellis
    3. Shank I Sheck - Baba Brooks & The Skatalites
    4. Penny Reel - Eric "Monty" Morris
    5. Dan de Lion [aka Don de Lion] - Don Drummond
    6. Four Seasons - Sir Lord Comic/The Skatalites
    7. Mother Banner - Justin Hinds
    8. Skaramont - Lester Sterling
    9. So Bad
    10. Contact - Roy Richards
    11. Rukumbine - Shenley Duffus
    12. Treasure Island - Don Drummond/Drumbago
    13. Mouth a Massy - Alton Ellis
    14. Vitamin A - Baba Brooks
    15. Rub Up, Push Up - Justin Hinds
    16. Malcolm X - The Skatalites
    17. Renegade - The Zodiacs
    18. Alley Pon [aka Alley Pang] - Don Drummond
    19. John & James - The Maytals
    20. Tribute to Nehru - The Skatalites
    0. DISC 2: ONE STEP BEYOND- SKA, ROCKSTEADY & BOSS REGGAE:
    1. African Queen - Ronald Wilson/The Skatalites
    2. Dance Crasher - Alton Ellis
    3. Royal Charlie - Charlie Organaire
    4. Next Door Neighbour - Owen & Leon Silvera
    5. Storm Warning
    6. Higher the Monkey Climbs, The - Justin Hinds
    7. Ba Ba Boom - The Jamaicans
    8. Only a Smile
    9. Don't Stay Away - Phyllis Dillon
    10. Why Birds Follow Spring - Alton Ellis
    11. Tide Is High, The
    12. You Don't Care - The Techniques
    13. Such Is Life - Lord Creator
    14. Moonlight Lover - Joya Landis
    15. Wha' She Do Now - The Gaylads
    16. I've Got to Get Away
    17. Warfare
    18. Weather Report - The Tennors
    19. Sweet Soul Music
    20. Ali Baba
    0. DISC 3: SKA'D FOR LIFE- TWO-TONE REVIVAL & BEYOND:
    1. Mirror in the Bathroom
    2. Too Much Pressure - The Selecter
    3. Ruder Than You - Bodysnatchers
    4. Hands Off She's Mine
    5. Ghost Town - The Specials
    6. Tear Up (Apartheid) - Potato 5
    7. Mixed Feelings - Jennie Bellestar
    8. Stack-A-Lee
    9. Bluebeat & Ska - Natural Rhythm
    10. Chango - Ska Cubano (Remix, remix)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9713672

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Rico Rodriguez (trombone).
    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

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