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.
With Lynn Taitt And The Jets at Federal in 1968. From Dubstore, Tokyo; now on vinyl.
Featuring the flute of arranger Clive Hunt (and Mickey Jarrett’s Black Atlantic anti-Klan toast on the flip), for many aficionados this is the premier version of the foundation Studio One rhythm, without exception.
Woozy, extended Clive Hunt instrumental. Piano-as-steel-drum. Pretty killer.
Super-tough, dubwise clavinet-version of Spear’s Swell Headed.
Ace socialist roots from Scully and Mr Soul on the flip, too.
Deep roots originally issued on an obscure Jah Lion UK twelve, credited to Desmond Craig. On the flip, the melodica-led instrumental Jack The Ripper should have had Augustus Pablo checking his pockets.