A Skatalites charger and a jolt of vintage Ethiopian ska rumpus, courtesy of Dub Store in Tokyo.
Super-tough, dubwise clavinet-version of Spear’s Swell Headed.
Ace socialist roots from Scully and Mr Soul on the flip, too.
A masterful, sublime cover of the Young Holt by the newly-formed combo; backed with Roy Richards’ classic harmonica version of Summertime.
Previously-unreleased takes of this ball of fire hurtling East with no survivors (from the second Ska Authentic) — a pitiless, wondrous companion-piece to Last Call, from the same session.
Stupendous, previously unissued rocksteady version of the monumental Skatalites scorcher from a few years earlier.
God’s own ska. Cornerstone of the Far East in reggae. (No Augustus Pablo without it.) We put a dubplate mix on Studio One Scorcher; first ever time out for the second take here.
Sublimely versioning the almighty Curtis anthem; with another rocksteady clarion-call on the flip, brassy and more stern, by The Hamlins.
Great ska, rocksteady and reggae — with backing from The Skatalites, the Soul Brothers, Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, and The Wailers, and Garnett Mimms, Fats Domino, Manfred Mann, the Wicked Pickett in the mix.