Ska Bonanza: Studio One Ska Years (Bonus Tracks) CD (2006)

Artist: Various

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Label Heartbeat / Pgd
SKU 202506337
UPC 011661780521
UPC 14 00011661780521
Format CD
Release Date 5/16/2006
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Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID HBCD 7805
Lable Name Heartbeat
Released 05/16/2006
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00011661780521
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,Man in the Street
2 Spred Satin,Simmer Down
3 Arte Bella,Shining Light
4 Streets of Gold,Push Wood
5 de Pon Dem, A,Wonder No More
6 Black Sunday,Bongo Tango
7 Don't Want Your Loving,Sucu Sucu
8 Old Fowl Ska,20.75
9 Enna Bella,Stop Making Love
10 Jezebel,How Many Times (Do You Remember)
11 Always on a Sunday,Heaven and Hell
12 Sugar Bag,Sit Down Servant
13 Settle Down,Go Jimmy Go
14 Turn Me On,Stew Peas and Cornflakes
15 When the Well Runs Dry,Answer Me My Darling
16 Wheel and Turn,River Jordan
17 Oceans 11,Salt Lane Shuffle
18 Over the River,Jeannie Girl
19 My Heaven,Lonely Moments
20 Set Back (Just Cool),Beeston Street Riff
21 Du du Wap,Under the Old Oak Tree
22 Don Cosmic,We'll Meet
Disc 2
1 Nimble Foot Ska,Man in the Street
2 Spred Satin,Simmer Down
3 Arte Bella,Shining Light
4 Streets of Gold,Push Wood
5 de Pon Dem, A,Wonder No More
6 Black Sunday,Bongo Tango
7 Don't Want Your Loving,Sucu Sucu
8 Old Fowl Ska,20.75
9 Enna Bella,Stop Making Love
10 Jezebel,How Many Times (Do You Remember)
11 Always on a Sunday,Heaven and Hell
12 Sugar Bag,Sit Down Servant
13 Settle Down,Go Jimmy Go
14 Turn Me On,Stew Peas and Cornflakes
15 When the Well Runs Dry,Answer Me My Darling
16 Wheel and Turn,River Jordan
17 Oceans 11,Salt Lane Shuffle
18 Over the River,Jeannie Girl
19 My Heaven,Lonely Moments
20 Set Back (Just Cool),Beeston Street Riff
21 Du du Wap,Under the Old Oak Tree
22 Don Cosmic,We'll Meet
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