Ska Bonanza: The Studio One Ska Years

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1991
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661758629
  • Catalog Number: 617586

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nimble Foot Ska - The Skatalites (3:07)
  2. 2 Spred Satin - The Skatalites (2:55)
  3. 3 Arte Bella - Stranger Cole (2:34)
  4. 4 Streets of Gold - Soul Vendors (2:52)
  5. 5 A De Pon Dem - The Wailers (2:45)
  6. 6 Black Sunday - The Skatalites (2:55)
  7. 7 Don't Want Your Loving - Cornell Campbell (2:44)
  8. 8 Old Fowl Ska - Roland Alphonso (2:10)
  9. 9 Enna Bella - Eric "Monty" Morris (1:55)
  10. 10 Jezebel - Clue J & His Blues Blasters (2:34)
  11. 11 Always on a Sunday - Tommy McCook (2:27)
  12. 12 Sugar Bag - Lee "Scratch" Perry (2:30)
  13. 13 Settle Down - Lester Sterling (2:48)
  14. 14 Turn Me On - The Checkmates (3:04)
  15. 15 When the Well Runs Dry - Bunny & Skitter (2:28)
  16. 16 Wheel and Turn - Tommy McCook (2:42)
  17. 17 Oceans 11 - Cecil Lloyd (3:40)
  18. 18 Over the River - The Jiving Juniors (2:05)
  19. 19 My Heaven - Eddie Parkins (2:32)
  20. 20 Set Back (aka Just Cool) - Carrol McLaughlin (2:19)
  21. 21 Du Du Wap - Chuck & Dobby (2:14)
  22. 22 Don Cosmic - Don Drummond (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Man in the Street - Don Drummond (3:12)
  2. 2 Simmer Down - The Wailers (2:48)
  3. 3 Shining Light - Toots & the Maytals (2:24)
  4. 4 Push Wood - Jackie Opel (2:27)
  5. 5 Wonder No More - Andy and Joey (2:18)
  6. 6 Bongo Tango - Roland Alphonso (3:23)
  7. 7 Sucu Sucu - Roland Alphonso (2:13)
  8. 8 20.75 - Roland Alphonso (2:34)
  9. 9 Stop Making Love - The Gaylads (2:18)
  10. 10 How Many Times - The Wailers (2:49)
  11. 11 Roll on Sweet Don - Roland Alphonso (3:28)
  12. 12 Sit Down Servant - Jackie Opel (2:09)
  13. 13 Go Jimmy Go - The Wailers (2:27)
  14. 14 Stew Peas and Cornflakes - Aubrey Adams (2:29)
  15. 15 Answer Me My Darling - Derrick Harriott (2:20)
  16. 16 River Jordan - Hersang & The City Slickers (2:52)
  17. 17 Salt Lane Shuffle - Clue J & His Blues Blasters (3:14)
  18. 18 Jeannie Girl - The Charmers (2:32)
  19. 19 Lonely Moments - Clue J & His Blues Blasters (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ska Bonanza Primary Artist
Ken Boothe Track Performer
Alton Ellis Track Performer
Toots & the Maytals Track Performer
Bob Marley Track Performer
Rita Marley Track Performer
The Skatalites Track Performer
Cornell Campbell Track Performer
Checkmates Ltd. Track Performer
Don Drummond Track Performer
Roland Alphonso Track Performer
Clancy Eccles Track Performer
Dobby Dobson Track Performer
Aubrey Adams Track Performer
Frank Anderson Track Performer
Rita Anderson Marley and the Wai Track Performer
Andy and Joey Track Performer
Bunny & Skitter Track Performer
The Checkmates Track Performer
Stranger Cole Track Performer
The Gaylads Track Performer
The Jiving Juniors Track Performer
Chuck Josephs Track Performer
Cecil Lloyd Track Performer
Tommy McCook Track Performer
Carrol McLaughlin Track Performer
Eric "Monty" Morris Track Performer
Jackie Opel Track Performer
Lascelles Perkins Track Performer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Track Performer
Lester Sterling Track Performer
The Wailers Track Performer
Derrick Harriott Track Performer
Rico Rodriguez Track Performer
Owen Grey Track Performer
Soul Vendors Track Performer
Hersang & The City Slickers Track Performer
Eddie Parkins Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ken Boothe Contributor
Alton Ellis Contributor
Toots & the Maytals Contributor
Bob Marley Contributor
The Skatalites Contributor
Don Drummond Composer, Contributor
Roland Alphonso Composer, Contributor
Clancy Eccles Contributor
Moore Composer
Aubrey Adams Contributor
Frank Anderson Contributor
Rita Anderson Marley and the Wai Contributor
Andy and Joey Contributor
Bunny & Skitter Contributor
The Charmers Contributor
The Checkmates Contributor
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Composer, Producer, Engineer
The Gaylads Contributor
Owen Gray Contributor
The Jiving Juniors Contributor
Chuck Josephs Contributor
Cecil Lloyd Contributor
Tommy McCook Composer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Eric "Monty" Morris Composer, Contributor
Jackie Opel Contributor
Lascelles Perkins Contributor
Lester Sterling Composer, Contributor
Graeme Goodall Engineer
Mittoo Brivett Composer
Chris Wilson Liner Notes
Clue J & His Blues Blasters Contributor
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