Ska Bonanza-Studio One Ska Yea CD (1991)

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Specifications

Label Uni/heart Beat
SKU 60186293
UPC 011661758629
UPC 14 00011661758629
Format CD
Release Date 2/14/1991
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 617 586
Lable Name Heartbeat
Released 01/02/1992
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00011661758629
Album Notes and Credits
Contains 41 rare tracks, some previously unissued, circa 1961.
41-song, double-CD compilation of '60s ska, produced by Clement S. Dodd, largely (if not totally; the documentation is vague) at Studio One. Most of the big names of ska's vintage era are represented: Bob Marley & the Wailers, the Skatalites, Lee Perry, Don Drummond, Toots & the Maytals, Alton Ellis. Considering that ska's sometimes thought of as a homogenous style, the range of actual sounds and variants is impressive. There's New Orleans R&B-derivations, doo-wop-influenced ska, Motownish uptempo struts, soulful slower tunes, and instrumentals. The cuts by the unknowns include pleasurable surprises that match or exceed the ones by the stars; Frank Anderson's tropical instrumental "Wheel and Turn," for instance, or the goofy modern doo-wop jive of Chuck Josephs' "Du Du Wap." It isn't necessarily the best ska compilation that could have been concocted; Scandal Ska, to name just one, is on the whole a more exciting anthology. It is, however, one of the best of the relatively few available, and thus for the time being merits the highest rating. It's since been divided into two separate compilations, Streets of Ska and Go Ska Go. But get the original two-disc version if you can, as it's more convenient to have all the tracks and liner notes in one place. ~ Richie Unterberger
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (4/16/92, p.81) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...the Skatalites virtually invented the ska sound, which developed into rock steady, then reggae....the set includes some riveting vocal turns as well..."
Disc 1
1 Nimble Foot Ska - The Skatalites,Man In The Street - Don Drummond
2 Spred Satin - The Skatalites,Simmer Down - Bob Marley & The Wailers
3 Arte Bella - Ken Boothe/Stranger Cole,Shining Light - Toots & The Maytals
4 Streets Of Gold - Roland Alphonso/Soul Vendors,Push Wood - Jackie Opel
5 A De Pon Dem - Rita Marley Anderson/The Wailers,Wonder No More - Andy & Joey
6 Black Sunday - The Skatalites,Bongo Tango - Roland Alphonso
7 Don't Want Your Loving - Cornell Campbell,Sucu Sucu - Roland Alphonso
8 Old Fowl Ska - Roland Alphonso,20.75 - Roland Alphonso
9 Enna Bella - Eric "Monty" Morris,Stop Making Love - The Gaylads
10 Jezebel - Owen Grey/Clue J & His Blues Blasters,How Many Times (Do You Remember) - Bob Marley & The Wailers
11 Always On A Sunday - Frank Anderson/Tommy McCook,Heaven And Hell - Don Drummond/Roland Alphonso
12 Sugar Bag - Lee Perry,Sit Down Servant - Jackie Opel
13 Settle Down - Lester Sterling/Johnnie Moore/Tommy McCook,Go Jimmy Go - Bob Marley & The Wailers
14 Turn Me On - The Checkmates,Stew Peas And Cornflakes - Aubrey Adams/Rico Rodriquez
15 When The Well Runs Dry - Bunny & Skitter,Answer Me My Darling - Derrick Harriott
16 Wheel And Turn - Frank Anderson/Tommy McCook,River Jordan - Clancy Eccles/Hersang & The City Slickers
17 Oceans 11 - Cecil Lloyd/Roland Alphonso,Salt Lane Shuffle - Clue J & His Blues Blasters
18 Over The River - The Jiving Juniors,Jeannie Girl - The Charmers
19 My Heaven - Alton Ellis/Eddie Perkins/Aubrey Adams/The Dewdroppers,Lonely Moments - Lascelles Perkins/Clue J & His Blues Blasters
20 Set Back (Just Cool) - Roland Alphonso & Carol McLaughlin
21 Du Du Wap - Chuck Josephs/Dobby Dobson/Aubrey Adams
22 Don Cosmic - Don Drummond & His Group
Disc 2
1 Nimble Foot Ska - The Skatalites,Man In The Street - Don Drummond
2 Spred Satin - The Skatalites,Simmer Down - Bob Marley & The Wailers
3 Arte Bella - Ken Boothe/Stranger Cole,Shining Light - Toots & The Maytals
4 Streets Of Gold - Roland Alphonso/Soul Vendors,Push Wood - Jackie Opel
5 A De Pon Dem - Rita Marley Anderson/The Wailers,Wonder No More - Andy & Joey
6 Black Sunday - The Skatalites,Bongo Tango - Roland Alphonso
7 Don't Want Your Loving - Cornell Campbell,Sucu Sucu - Roland Alphonso
8 Old Fowl Ska - Roland Alphonso,20.75 - Roland Alphonso
9 Enna Bella - Eric "Monty" Morris,Stop Making Love - The Gaylads
10 Jezebel - Owen Grey/Clue J & His Blues Blasters,How Many Times (Do You Remember) - Bob Marley & The Wailers
11 Always On A Sunday - Frank Anderson/Tommy McCook,Heaven And Hell - Don Drummond/Roland Alphonso
12 Sugar Bag - Lee Perry,Sit Down Servant - Jackie Opel
13 Settle Down - Lester Sterling/Johnnie Moore/Tommy McCook,Go Jimmy Go - Bob Marley & The Wailers
14 Turn Me On - The Checkmates,Stew Peas And Cornflakes - Aubrey Adams/Rico Rodriquez
15 When The Well Runs Dry - Bunny & Skitter,Answer Me My Darling - Derrick Harriott
16 Wheel And Turn - Frank Anderson/Tommy McCook,River Jordan - Clancy Eccles/Hersang & The City Slickers
17 Oceans 11 - Cecil Lloyd/Roland Alphonso,Salt Lane Shuffle - Clue J & His Blues Blasters
18 Over The River - The Jiving Juniors,Jeannie Girl - The Charmers
19 My Heaven - Alton Ellis/Eddie Perkins/Aubrey Adams/The Dewdroppers,Lonely Moments - Lascelles Perkins/Clue J & His Blues Blasters
20 Set Back (Just Cool) - Roland Alphonso & Carol McLaughlin
21 Du Du Wap - Chuck Josephs/Dobby Dobson/Aubrey Adams
22 Don Cosmic - Don Drummond & His Group
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