Ska Island

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Island Records celebrated its 40th anniversary in style with a number of label compilations, but this CD was of special interest, as it features all new recordings from veteran Jamaican heroes and Third Wave movers and shakers. The most surprising entry comes from the biggest star of them all, Prince Buster, who offers up not of his own multitude of hits, but one of Jimmy Cliff's: "King of Kings." The song was written about the battles between Coxsonne Dodd and Duke Reid, but there's no doubt who the real king is. The prince is accompanied by the Skatalites, who also back the wonderful Doreen Shaffer and offer up one of their own instrumentals. The Skatalites were a major...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Island Records celebrated its 40th anniversary in style with a number of label compilations, but this CD was of special interest, as it features all new recordings from veteran Jamaican heroes and Third Wave movers and shakers. The most surprising entry comes from the biggest star of them all, Prince Buster, who offers up not of his own multitude of hits, but one of Jimmy Cliff's: "King of Kings." The song was written about the battles between Coxsonne Dodd and Duke Reid, but there's no doubt who the real king is. The prince is accompanied by the Skatalites, who also back the wonderful Doreen Shaffer and offer up one of their own instrumentals. The Skatalites were a major influence on the U.S. scene, particularly among such hybrid groups as Fishbone and Jump With Joey. Both are showcased here, with the latter joined by Jamaica's guitar legend Ernest Ranglin. In the U.K., the arrival of Rico Rodriguez helped kickstart the British ska scene back in the early '60s and he has remained an integral player ever since. Here he's joined by Freetown, a British Third Wave band. The group also backs the great Laurel Aitken, another early emigrant to England and a vocalist second to none. Of course ska's influence didn't end at Britain's shores, but spread around the world, and the album features fine cuts from both modern German and Japanese bands. A pair of American trad bands who were heavily influenced by rocksteady also take a walk on ska's wild side with much success. Intriguingly, the Trojans see the set out with a cover of the Spenser Davis Group's "Keep on Running." Ironically enough, it was that single's success that heralded Island's shift out of Jamaican music and into homegrown rock. It was splendid while it lasted, though.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452439222
  • Catalog Number: 524392

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 King of Kings - Prince Buster All-Stars (4:39)
  2. 2 Magic Star - The Skatalites (5:01)
  3. 3 Can't You See - Doreen Shaffer (3:10)
  4. 4 The Stage - The Toasters (2:55)
  5. 5 Crazy Baldhead - Fishbone (4:44)
  6. 6 Honky Tonk Parts 1&2 - Ernest Ranglin (5:28)
  7. 7 Barefootin' - Joey (3:12)
  8. 8 Penny Reel - Hepcat (4:07)
  9. 9 Stop That Train - Ocean Eleven (2:49)
  10. 10 Take Five - Rico & Freetown (4:03)
  11. 11 Rudy Girl - Laurel Aitken (3:09)
  12. 12 Shame & Scandal in the Family - Dr. Ring-Ding & the Senior Allstars (3:14)
  13. 13 Housewife's Choice - The Determinations (5:07)
  14. 14 Kiss Bam Bam - Ska Flames (3:34)
  15. 15 Keep on Running - The Trojans (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Skatalites Track Performer
Fishbone Track Performer
Ray Thomas Guitar
The Toasters Track Performer
Chunk Trombone, Background Vocals
Roland Alphonso Tenor Saxophone
Doreen Shaffer Trumpet, Track Performer
Laurel Aitken Vocals, Track Performer
Hepcat Track Performer
Jim Akimoto Tenor Saxophone
Joey Altruda Background Vocals, Double Bass
Deston Berry Piano, Vocals
Mike Boito Piano
Nathan Breedlove Trumpet
Lloyd Brevett Double Bass
Jah Bunny Drums
Prince Buster Vocals, Animal Sounds
Elliot Caine Trumpet
Dani Vocals
Alex Desert Vocals
DJ Fuze Background Vocals
Steve Harris Rhythm Guitar
Devon James Guitar
Spider Johnson Keyboards
Lloyd Knibbs Drums
Matt Malles Bass
Willie McNeil Drums
Angelo Moore Baritone Saxophone, Theremin, Vocals
Greg Narvas Drums
David Ralicke Trombone, Baritone Saxophone
Ernest Ranglin Guitar, Track Performer
Lester Sterling Alto Saxophone
The Trojans Track Performer
Norwood Fisher Bass
David Waldo Hammond Organ
Rudy Jones Tenor Saxophone
John McCain Vocals
Rob "Bucket" Hingley Guitar, Background Vocals
Walter Adam Kibby II Trumpet, Vocals
Dr. Ring-Ding & the Senior Allstars Track Performer
Ocean Eleven Track Performer
Jump with Joey Track Performer
Rico Rodriguez Trombone
Efren Santana Tenor Saxophone
Kincaid Smith Trumpet
Freddie Flint Rhythm Guitar
Gaz Mayall Percussion, Background Vocals
Raul Talavera Alto Saxophone
Byron West Guitar
Lino Trujillo Guitar
Anthony Brewster Hammond Organ
Joshua Levy Piano
Gregory Lee Vocals
Jack Ruby Jr. Rap
Dave Fuentes Bass
Brian Sledge Trumpet, Background Vocals
Prince Buster All-Stars Track Performer
The Determinations Track Performer
Ska Flames Track Performer
Sista Acko Vocals
Shinichi Adachi Trombone
Thomas Hoppe Drums
Oliver Wierand Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
Takoko Yossy Piano
Mark Hamilton Drums, Background Vocals
David Derusha Tenor Saxophone
Oliver Charles Drums
Markus Dassmann Guitar, Background Vocals
Yuji Fukunaga Tenor Saxophone
Richie Senior Trombone, Vocals
Daisuke Ichihara Trumpet
Hitoshi Matsui Guitar
Daisuke Ohno Drums
Baby Kanako Vocals
Welford Clark Trombone
Chris Compton Guitar, Background Vocals
Derrick Conyers Trumpet
Curley Red Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Phil D. Fish Drums
Ise Hirokazu Percussion, Vocals
Colin Humphries Tenor Saxophone
Rico Humphries Trombone
Michihisa Ishikawa Alto Saxophone
J'Mac Drums
Naoyoshi Kozu Percussion, Vocals
Persephone Laird Vocals
Jordan E. Leven Guitar
Shigeru Matsui Bass
Ben Mayall Bass
Kei Miyanaga Bass
Kenji Miyazaki Rhythm Guitar
Yuichi Mizuno Harmonica
Massa Nagai Piano
Akihito Nakasu Percussion, Conga
Anton O'Doherty Percussion, Background Vocals
Takeshie Okawa Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Rita Marley Composer
Solomon Burke Composer
Paul Desmond Composer
Damian Korner Engineer
Trevor Wyatt Executive Producer
Gaz Mayall Producer
Vincent Ford Composer
Matthew Stringer Executive Producer
Holly Ferguson Executive Producer
Tatjana Krizmanic Illustrations
R. Parker Composer
J. Edwards Composer
B. Aitken Composer
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