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Ska All Mighty: Top Ska Classics From the Treasure Isle Label

  • 1. Don de Lion - Don Drummond
    2. Running Around - Owen & Leon Silvera
    3. Mama Let Her Out - The Upsetters
    4. Spanish Eyes - Tommy McCook/Lyn Taitt
    5. Time Marches On - Derrick Morgan/Naomi
    6. Foul Play - Dottie/Bunny
    7. Melody Jamboree - Don Drummond/Baba Brooks
    8. Sailing Along - The Skatalites
    9. Man May Go, Man May Come - Duke Reid's Group
    10. What Have I Done - The Miracles
    11. Feeling Fine - Roland Alphonso
    12. Man Is Going to Eat Man - The Slickers
    13. Why Should I Worry - Justin Hinds & Dominoes
    14. Strolling In - The Skatalites
    15. Skill and Craft - Owen & Leon Silvera
    16. Koo Koo Do - Stranger Cole/Owen/Leon Silvera
    17. Corner Stone - Justin Hinds/The Dominoes
    18. Independence Ska - Lyn Taitt/Baba Brooks
    19. Red Gal Ring - Hayward Brice/Baba Brooks
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 617617

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Wilson (Compilation)
    EngineerGraham Goodall; Byron Smith

    Recorded at Federal Recording Studio and Treasure Isle Studios, Kingston, Jamaica. Includes liner notes by Chris Wilson.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    The Heartbeat label dips yet again into that seemingly bottomless vault of classic Treasure Isle recordings and comes up with yet another top-notch collection of vintage ska. As always, the great names and innovators are well represented: the legendary Skatalites check in instrumentally with "Sailing Along" and the blues-based "Strolling In," and they back up the great singing duo Owen & Leon Silvera on "Skill and Craft." The late trombone genius Don Drummond plays his own "Don de Lion" ("Don de lion," get it?) and leads the Baba Brooks Band on "Melody Jamboree." And Stranger Cole makes his inevitable appearance, teaming up with the Silveras on the charming "Koo Koo Do." But some of the best tracks are contributed by more obscure artists, including the Slickers, whose "Man Is Going to Eat Man" is a bizarre piece of musical eschatology, and the Miracles, who lead the Skatalites through the generic but nicely rocking "What Have I Done." Just about any Treasure Isle collection is a good place to start when exploring old-school ska and rocksteady; unlike many, this one is both fully licensed and generously packed. ~ Rick Anderson

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