Greetings from Skamania

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
So you like vintage ska, with its galloping, proto-reggae backbeats, its massive horn sections, and its whanging, hip-shaking drum sound? You like the jazzy solos, the catch phrases shouted out at the end of each chorus, the ever-so-slightly out-of-tune guitar? Then you'll like the Skatalites, the Jamaican studio collective that perfected the big-band ska sound while backing some of the finest ska and rocksteady artists of the '60s. Every ten years or so a new, young generation catches on to the primordial hepness of ska, and the Skatalites get another 15 minutes or so of renewed cachet. When that happens, smart labels like Shanachie get them into the studio before they ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
So you like vintage ska, with its galloping, proto-reggae backbeats, its massive horn sections, and its whanging, hip-shaking drum sound? You like the jazzy solos, the catch phrases shouted out at the end of each chorus, the ever-so-slightly out-of-tune guitar? Then you'll like the Skatalites, the Jamaican studio collective that perfected the big-band ska sound while backing some of the finest ska and rocksteady artists of the '60s. Every ten years or so a new, young generation catches on to the primordial hepness of ska, and the Skatalites get another 15 minutes or so of renewed cachet. When that happens, smart labels like Shanachie get them into the studio before they can start fighting amongst themselves and break up again. There aren't actually that many original members left -- trombonist Don Drummond is sorely missed, for example -- but legendary saxophonists Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso are still going strong, as is drummer Lloyd Knibbs. This time out, they've brought along a few youngsters who, to their credit, have clearly done their homework and play solidly in the old-school tradition while bringing a fresh, energetic sound to the mix. Most of the tracks on this album are instrumentals, but some feature the fine though not earth-shattering vocals of Doreen Shaffer. Overall, this album is highly recommended -- next time you have friends over, put it on and watch them party like it's 1969.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351452429
  • Catalog Number: 45024
  • Sales rank: 109,122

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Skalloween (4:39)
  2. 2 Skamania (6:28)
  3. 3 El Pussycat (8:24)
  4. 4 Right Now (5:49)
  5. 5 Have a Good Time (2:56)
  6. 6 Phoenix City (6:38)
  7. 7 Trip to Mars (4:49)
  8. 8 Triangle (5:07)
  9. 9 Wood and Water (5:35)
  10. 10 I Wish You Love (4:01)
  11. 11 S'kool (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Skatalites Primary Artist
Bobby Watson Alto Saxophone
Roland Alphonso Tenor Saxophone
Doreen Shaffer Vocals
Nathan Breedlove Trumpet
Lloyd Brevett Bass
Devon James Guitar
Lloyd Knibbs Drums
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Larry McDonald Percussion
Lester Sterling Alto Saxophone
Steve Turre Trombone
William D. "Smitty" Smith Keyboards
Will Clark Trombone
Bill Smith Keyboards
Technical Credits
Doug Munro Producer
Roland Alphonso Composer
Lloyd Brevett Composer
Joe Ferry Producer
Tommy McCook Arranger, Producer
Marshall Toppo Bass Technician
Randall Grass Executive Producer
Bill Smith Composer
Roy Beckerman Engineer
Roy Matthews Engineer
Roy Beckerman Engineer
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