Roots, Branch and Stem, Vol. 2: Ska's Not Dead

Roots, Branch and Stem, Vol. 2: Ska's Not Dead

     
 

Though the West Coast boasts its share of fine traditional ska acts, it's pretty much universally acknowledged that the best old-school bands are based in New York, where the epicenter of the ska scene is either (depending on your loyalties and musical preferences) the prolific and highly professional Moon Ska label (whose flagship band, theSee more details below

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Though the West Coast boasts its share of fine traditional ska acts, it's pretty much universally acknowledged that the best old-school bands are based in New York, where the epicenter of the ska scene is either (depending on your loyalties and musical preferences) the prolific and highly professional Moon Ska label (whose flagship band, the Toasters, deserves enormous credit for keeping ska in the popular consciousness) or the scrappier and more tradition-oriented Stubborn label (whose flagship band, the Stubborn All-Stars, are renowned for an almost rabbinic devotion to the music's roots). This is the second compilation focusing on tracks from bands associated with Stubborn, and fans of the old-school will find much to love here. Though the album opens on a weak note, with what sounds like a throwaway track from Dr. Ring-Ding (here apparently on loan from the Moon posse), it improves quickly, with particularly nice contributions from the Radiation Kings (the wonderfully archaic "Them Try"), St. Edward ("Good Thing"), and Don Khumalo (whose Latin ska contribution is especially fine). Where Moon acts often draw on R&B influences, Stubborn bands usually tend more toward reggae and rocksteady, and those who record at the almost-legendary Version City studio benefit from that room's wonderfully swampy, old-fashioned sound; that's the case for many of the bands represented on this collection. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
Label:
BEST IN BOSTON / BIB
UPC:
0758216000726
catalogNumber:
2044

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Tracks

  1. Wrong Number
  2. Them Try
  3. Justin Dillavou
  4. Patience
  5. Good Thing
  6. Running for the F Train
  7. Nutz Die Chancen
  8. 9 Dragons
  9. Dreaming and Hoping
  10. Mind Your Own  -  See Spot
  11. Western Blood
  12. Mama Bird  -  Go Jimmy Go
  13. What's Coming to You  -  Coldspot 8
  14. Petalos Y Espinas
  15. Women
  16. Long Time
  17. Hey Officer
  18. Table Top
  19. Tomorrow
  20. Heartbreak
  21. Frantick

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