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Ska: The Third Wave, Vol. 1
     

Ska: The Third Wave, Vol. 1

 
With ska seeding out of the grassroots and into the mainstream, ever more labels were looking to reap the skanking whirlwind, much to the satisfaction of bands who had previously been left to wither (or flourish) under benign neglect. Ska: The Third Wave was originally released in 1995 by Continuum Records, and the New Jersey label inevitably filled the set

Overview

With ska seeding out of the grassroots and into the mainstream, ever more labels were looking to reap the skanking whirlwind, much to the satisfaction of bands who had previously been left to wither (or flourish) under benign neglect. Ska: The Third Wave was originally released in 1995 by Continuum Records, and the New Jersey label inevitably filled the set with East Coast bands. The Dance Hall Crashers alone representing the Pacific coast, while Grand Rapids' Mustard Plug and St. Louis' MU330 hold down the heartland. Needless to say, style in no way equates with geography, and this compilation splendidly presents the entire spectrum of modern ska, with four of the bands -- Mephiskapheles, the Toasters, the Pietasters, and the Skofflaws -- getting two tracks to show the breadth of their own sounds. Skavoovie & the Epitones and the Pietasters both showcase their silky trad skills, the latter also preening in pop style, a genre the Dance Hall Crashers have long staked out, and which MU330 too made their own. Ruder Than You prefer a punkier sound, the Insteps a purer ska style, and Mustard Plug a more frenzied pace. Mephiskapheles are as trad as a Tory on the limpidly lovely "Saba," but storm the world with their blazing "Doomsday," while the normally 2 Tone-loving Toasters enter the dancehall with their toasting extravaganza "Dub 56." In fact, every song here is a standout, and the bonus quartet of tracks on the reissue are also up to snuff. Those four were a welcome addition to a compilation originally hammered for its brevity (competing sets averaged 18-20 songs); there was no complaint, however, about the quality of the music, which is top-notch throughout.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/1997
Label:
BELOVED RECORDINGS
UPC:
0617672100022
catalogNumber:
21000

Tracks

  1. Doomsday
  2. Too Stoopid
  3. Othello
  4. Shotgun Jimmy
  5. Saba
  6. After the Lights Go Down Low
  7. Factory Concerto
  8. Hi-Ball
  9. Night Before
  10. William Shatner
  11. Dub 56
  12. Stuff
  13. Swallow Blood
  14. Little Hidden Secrets
  15. Don Quixote
  16. Miami Skaline  -  Rhyth-O-Matics
  17. My Girl Became a Dude (The Transexual Song)
  18. I Gotta Do It (Someday)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toasters   Track Performer
Scofflaws   Track Performer
Cherry Poppin' Daddies   Track Performer
Mustard Plug   Track Performer
Pietasters   Track Performer
Dance Hall Crashers   Track Performer
Mephiskapheles   Track Performer
Insteps   Track Performer
MU330   Track Performer
Ruder Than You   Track Performer
Skavoovie & the Epitones   Track Performer
Undercover S.K.A.   Track Performer
Buford O'Sullivan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alan White   Composer
Wagner Bucci   Executive Producer
William J. Mauer   Illustrations
Amanda Grossman   Liner Notes
Linarcs   Composer
Tween   Composer
Pat Smith   Composer

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