Deep Ska: 80 Original Ska Classics

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
This compilation should have been subtitled "Duke Reid: The Early Years," as the four-CD box set is drawn exclusively from the great producer's archives. Half the set, interestingly enough, comprises instrumentals, the great majority courtesy of the Skatalites, although Baba Brooks and Drumbago are also well represented. Even a few U.K. groups get to strut their stuff; the Pyramids, Rico Rodiguez' All Stars, and Blue Rivers & the Maroons all put in an appearance. And so boogies, big band swing, and R&B surge out from the grooves, as hit after instrumental classic stream by, interspersed by the vocal tracks. Of the singers, the fabulous Justin Hinds & the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
This compilation should have been subtitled "Duke Reid: The Early Years," as the four-CD box set is drawn exclusively from the great producer's archives. Half the set, interestingly enough, comprises instrumentals, the great majority courtesy of the Skatalites, although Baba Brooks and Drumbago are also well represented. Even a few U.K. groups get to strut their stuff; the Pyramids, Rico Rodiguez' All Stars, and Blue Rivers & the Maroons all put in an appearance. And so boogies, big band swing, and R&B surge out from the grooves, as hit after instrumental classic stream by, interspersed by the vocal tracks. Of the singers, the fabulous Justin Hinds & the Dominoes grab the lion's share of attention, while the smooth Stranger Cole is also highlighted, either on his own or partnered with Patsy Todd. A myriad of other vocal duos are also showcased. The box is nicely split between legendary hits and equally worthy, but lesser-known numbers, a boon for general fans and collectors alike. A 23-page booklet is also included, giving a detailed history of ska, with particular emphasis on the Skatalites' integral contribution to the genre, and also providing a wealth of information on the other artists and the songs themselves. The excellent booklet was written by Joop Visser, who obviously knows his ska, which means he runs into problems with the fourth disc, where a few rocksteady and reggae numbers creep in. But that's not his fault, and these handful of gaffes aside, Deep Ska lives up to its title, almost four hours of exuberant classic ska.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 604988990423
  • Catalog Number: 4

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rough and Tough - Stranger Cole (3:00)
  2. 2 Latin Goes Ska - The Skatalites (3:03)
  3. 3 Penny Reel - Eric "Monty" Morris (2:30)
  4. 4 Strolling In - Tommy McCook (2:25)
  5. 5 Carry Go Bring Come - Justin Hinds (2:45)
  6. 6 Yard Broom - Roland Alphonso (3:13)
  7. 7 Really Now @@Dreamlets (2:24)
  8. 8 Corner Store - Don Drummond (2:31)
  9. 9 Rukumbine - Shenley Duffus (2:43)
  10. 10 Rude Boy - Duke Reid's Group (2:45)
  11. 11 Open the Door - Clive & Naomi (2:09)
  12. 12 Musical Communion - Baba Brooks (3:02)
  13. 13 Corner Stone - Justin Hinds (2:26)
  14. 14 Duck Soup - Drumbago All Stars (2:38)
  15. 15 Next Door Neighbour - Leon Silvera (2:29)
  16. 16 Lucky Seven - The Skatalites (2:52)
  17. 17 When I Call Your Name - Stranger & Patsy (3:16)
  18. 18 Inez - Lester Sterling (3:15)
  19. 19 Night Food - Drumbago (2:48)
  20. 20 Eastern Standard Time - Don Drummond (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Twelve Minutes to Go - The Skatalites (3:04)
  2. 2 Housewife's Choice - Patsy Duffus (2:40)
  3. 3 Silver Dollar - Tommy McCook (2:55)
  4. 4 Here I Stand - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (2:28)
  5. 5 Burning Torch - Don Drummond (2:58)
  6. 6 Samson - Eric "Monty" Morris (2:35)
  7. 7 Feeling Fine - Roland Alphonso (2:55)
  8. 8 Dearest - Don Drummond (2:30)
  9. 9 River Bank, Pt. 1 - Baba Brooks (2:11)
  10. 10 We're Rolling (Under the Tree of Life) - Stranger Cole (2:26)
  11. 11 River Bank, Pt. 2 - Baba Brooks (2:55)
  12. 12 You Are Mine - Clive & Naomi (2:04)
  13. 13 Duke's Cookies - Duke Reid's Group (2:26)
  14. 14 Botheration - Justin Hinds (2:11)
  15. 15 Magic - Tommy McCook (2:36)
  16. 16 Hog in Cocoa @@Stranger (2:18)
  17. 17 Sandy Gully - Roland Alphonso (2:48)
  18. 18 Foul Play @@Dottie (2:45)
  19. 19 Dan de Lion - Don Drummond (2:07)
  20. 20 Woman Come - Margarita "La Diosa de la Cumbia" (3:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Higher the Monkey Climbs - Justin Hinds (3:00)
  2. 2 Street Corner - The Skatalites (3:03)
  3. 3 Run Joe - The Techniques (2:28)
  4. 4 James Bond - Roland Alphonso (3:05)
  5. 5 The Sun Rises @@Dottie (2:30)
  6. 6 Apanga - Don Drummond (2:54)
  7. 7 What a Man Doeth - Duke Reid's Group (2:34)
  8. 8 The Clock - Baba Brooks (2:41)
  9. 9 Bangarang - Lester Sterling (2:43)
  10. 10 Musical Store Room - Tommy McCook (2:23)
  11. 11 Hey, Hey Baby @@Stranger (3:04)
  12. 12 Dr. Decker - Baba Brooks (2:51)
  13. 13 Over the River - Justin Hinds (2:21)
  14. 14 What Makes Honey - Duke Reid's Group (3:10)
  15. 15 Prisoner from Alcatraz - The Pyramids (2:59)
  16. 16 You Can Depend on Me - Roland Alphonso (2:43)
  17. 17 John James - Toots & the Maytals (2:04)
  18. 18 Luke Lane Shuffle - Rico Rodriguez All Stars (4:15)
  19. 19 Oh Carolina - Dragonaires (2:17)
  20. 20 Independent Anniversary Ska - The Skatalites (4:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Blackberry Brandy - Roland Alphonso (2:47)
  2. 2 Guns of Navarone - The Maroons (3:18)
  3. 3 Occupation - Don Drummond (2:57)
  4. 4 Jordan River - Drumbago (2:49)
  5. 5 Green Island - The Skatalites (4:01)
  6. 6 Monkey Man - Toots & the Maytals (3:44)
  7. 7 Cotton Tree - Tommy McCook (3:04)
  8. 8 Everything Crash - The Ethiopians (2:38)
  9. 9 Twilight Zone - Baba Brooks (2:52)
  10. 10 Oh Mama - Nora Dean (2:16)
  11. 11 Joker - Duke Reid's Group (3:08)
  12. 12 Jesse James Rides Again - The Pyramids (2:31)
  13. 13 The Tide Is High - John Holt (2:44)
  14. 14 The Ska Is the Limit - Laurel Aitken (2:40)
  15. 15 54-46 Was My Number - Toots & the Maytals (3:10)
  16. 16 Rico Rodriguez All Stars @@Bridge View Shuffle (3:59)
  17. 17 Somebody's Baby - Pat Kelly (3:04)
  18. 18 Shotgun - The Pyramids (2:28)
  19. 19 Thoroughfare - Don Drummond (3:00)
  20. 20 007 (Shanty Town) - The Aces (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Desmond Dekker Track Performer
Toots & the Maytals Track Performer
Justin Hinds Track Performer
John Holt Track Performer
The Skatalites Track Performer
Don Drummond Track Performer
The Pyramids Track Performer
Roland Alphonso Track Performer
Laurel Aitken Track Performer
Duke Reid Track Performer
Baba Brooks Track Performer
Stranger Cole Track Performer
Nora Dean Track Performer
The Ethiopians Track Performer
Tommy McCook Track Performer
Eric "Monty" Morris Track Performer
Shenley Duffus Track Performer
Lester Sterling Track Performer
The Techniques Track Performer
Pat Kelly Track Performer
Drumbago All Stars Track Performer
The Maroons Track Performer
Rico Rodriguez All Stars Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Desmond Dekker Composer
John Holt Composer
The Skatalites Composer
Don Drummond Composer
Roland Alphonso Composer
Dick Silveras Composer
Derrick Morgan Composer
Duke Reid Composer
Stranger Cole Composer
Jamal Haynes Composer
Toots Hibbert Composer
Lloyd Knibbs Composer
Tommy McCook Composer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Shenley Duffus Composer
Lester Sterling Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
J. Moore Composer
Rico Rodriguez Composer
Moore McCook Composer
Mittoo Brivett Composer
John Folkes Composer
E. Lee Composer
Joop Visser Liner Notes
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