On the Right Track

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Skatalites lineup on this new recording, cut in Australia in 2006 during their first tour there, consists of just two original members of the ridiculously influential Jamaican group, drummer Lloyd Knibb and alto saxophonist Lester Sterling. But even with such legendary founders as Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso long gone, the sound produced by the Skatalites more than four decades after their inception is instantly recognizable as the one that defined the genre and set the standards that would be copied by generations of neo-ska bands. On the Right Track, the Skatalites' first album of new music since 2000, is comprised almost entirely of original material penned by...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Skatalites lineup on this new recording, cut in Australia in 2006 during their first tour there, consists of just two original members of the ridiculously influential Jamaican group, drummer Lloyd Knibb and alto saxophonist Lester Sterling. But even with such legendary founders as Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso long gone, the sound produced by the Skatalites more than four decades after their inception is instantly recognizable as the one that defined the genre and set the standards that would be copied by generations of neo-ska bands. On the Right Track, the Skatalites' first album of new music since 2000, is comprised almost entirely of original material penned by the current members. Reportedly, the musicians created the songs in the studio and cut most of the songs in one take. But to its credit there's little to distinguish On the Right Track from the classic Skatalites music of old, save, perhaps, for the superior recording quality and the more open-ended, jazz-informed approach to the instrumental solos. And one big distinction: there's a female vocalist, Doreen Shaffer, whose own soulful "Bye Bye" is one of the album's highlights on the primarily instrumental album. Beyond that, it's the Skatalites doing what they've been doing so brilliantly all these years: the trademark tandem horn charts burst forth like the best of the American Stax records of the '60s, Knibb and bassist Val Douglas remain steady on the beat, the guitars and keyboards provide ceaselessly inventive melody, and the tunes are all remarkably, immediately familiar even though you've never heard them before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Aim Records
  • UPC: 752211109224
  • Catalog Number: 1092
  • Sales rank: 165,881

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New York Minute (3:26)
  2. 2 Outback Ska (3:23)
  3. 3 Shock Trail (3:18)
  4. 4 Right Track (2:47)
  5. 5 Doreen Special (3:27)
  6. 6 Divine Conception (4:19)
  7. 7 Bye Bye (3:24)
  8. 8 Little Irene (3:33)
  9. 9 June Rose (3:41)
  10. 10 One Armed Bandit (3:44)
  11. 11 Marguerita's Lament (4:10)
  12. 12 Uluru Rock (4:36)
  13. 13 Outback Dub (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Skatalites Primary Artist
Doreen Shaffer Vocals, Group Member
Kevin Batchelor Trumpet, Group Member
Cedric Brooks Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Val Douglas Bass, Group Member
Devon James Bass, Guitar, Group Member
Lloyd Knibbs Drums, Group Member
Lester Sterling Alto Saxophone
Ken Stewart Keyboards, Group Member
Karl "Cannonball" Bryan Tenor Saxophone
Vin "Don Drummond Jr" Gordon Trombone
A. Metsch Guitar
Technical Credits
Doreen Shaffer Composer
Andy Bassford Author
Kevin Batchelor Composer
Jim Bessman Author
Phil Chen Author
Phyllis Dillon Composer
Val Douglas Composer, Engineer
Devon James Composer
Fred Shuster Author
Peter Noble Executive Producer
Hopeton Lewis Composer
Oscar Gaona Mastering
Dermott Hussey Author
Patty McKay Author
Ken Stewart Composer, Author
Peter Panic Engineer
Paul Pilsneniks Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Carter Van Pelt Author
Philip G. Freeman Author
The Skatallites Audio Production
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