Drawing on the 1960s, from the Alley Cats through The Skatalites to the Soul Vendors, this top-notch retrospective came soon after the great man’s death in 1998, and it’s a worthy tribute, full of love.
Killer deep ska, superbly led by Roland A. Backed with the Black Brothers’ rude boy anthem, Born To Rule.
Crucial version of the Horace; with a nice minor-key flip.
Ska beast from the lake of fire with its garments dipped in blood. Plus From Russia With Love on the flip, for crying out loud. Japanese imports, with gorgeous silk-screened labels. Total destruction.
Tremendous, previously-unreleased takes of ska instrumentals by the Soul Brothers.
Rolando Al luxuriating in jazz; a Tommy McCook cha cha cha.
A Skatalites charger and a jolt of vintage Ethiopian ska rumpus, courtesy of Dub Store in Tokyo.
Tasty, clipping, East-Of-The-River-Nile action; backed with a lovely Desmond Dekker.