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Straight from Yard


  • 1. Wild Honey
    2. Dakkar
    3. Bad Attitude
    4. Fortune Teller
    5. Intruder
    6. Spontaneous
    7. Push Wood
    8. Oh Mother
    9. Yard Jam
    10. Arrival
    11. Dorangella
    12. Dance Crasher
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1006

  • Credits
    ProducerYardbeat; Christopher Daley
    EngineerChristopher Daley

    Yardbeat: Carl Ayton (vocals, drums); Dwight Pinkney (guitar); Everton Gayle (alto & tenor saxophones); Bobby Ellis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Barry Bailey (trombone, background vocals); James Peart (keyboards); Keith Francis (bass).
    Additional personnel: Joy Fairclough (keyboards).
    Recorded at AytonBridge Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica.
    Recording information: Aytonbridge Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica.
    Here's what probably happened: these guys, several of whom are members of Jamaica's reggae aristocracy, watched for awhile as young white American bands like the Stubborn All-Stars and the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble earned a living by drawing deeply on the old-school ska sound of the 1960s, and then they decided to show those kids how it's done. The result is an album of pitch-perfect traditional ska played by the masters, with the benefit of 30 years' experience and modern studio technology. Guitarist Dwight Pinkney and drummer Carl Ayton are both members of the Roots Radics, one of the most important studio and backing bands in reggae history, and trumpeter Bobby Ellis has worked with both the Aggrovators and Bob Marley. Straight From Yard features great covers, including a fine version of the Alton Ellis classic "Dance Crasher" and the calypso-flavored "Push Wood," but some of the best tracks are the old-fashioned originals, like Pinkney's bopping "Wild Honey" and Bobby Ellis's "Yard Jam." Essential for fans of traditional ska. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Melody Maker (4/17/99, p.38) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Fairly proficient, modern-day ska..."
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