Rough Guide to Ska

Rough Guide to Ska

     
 

In keeping with the Rough Guide standard, this single-disc compilation of tracks from producer Vincent "Randy" Chin's personal stash is nothing less than stellar. While there are many well-known acts here -- the Skatalites (three selections) and the pre-reggae Maytals (two) See more details below

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In keeping with the Rough Guide standard, this single-disc compilation of tracks from producer Vincent "Randy" Chin's personal stash is nothing less than stellar. While there are many well-known acts here -- the Skatalites (three selections) and the pre-reggae Maytals (two) -- there are plenty of obscurities here. In fact, 12 of the album's 21 tracks have not been reissued since they were first recorded and released as singles. Some of the rarities include Rico Rodriguez's "Rico Special" from 1961 and the jump blues-derived "A Little Mashin'" by Bunny & Skitter from that same year. The early-'60s material is special because it shows how wide-open the ska scene was to embracing anything and everything it could adapt -- check out "Blockade" from 1961, a boogie-woogie number twisted and turned through a horn section headed by Rodriguez into a slow ska burner. And then there's Basil Gabbidon's unique use of the electric guitar in "Iveree" from 1962. Smooth-voiced Alton Ellis is featured here in one of his earliest sessions with Eddie Parkins in a doo wop performance set to a ska rhythm -- killer stuff. Cornel Campbell's sweet vocal on "Make Hay" from 1963 offers a hint of what was to come, with him bringing the spirits of Frankie Lymon and Dion into his singing style. In all, this is thoroughly enjoyable, with great liner notes and sequencing. Audiophiles may have a tough time with some of this, as Jamaican recording studios were hardly state of the art, but the sound is more than adequate and the performances far outweigh any shortcomings in the masters. Rock-solid.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633108323
catalogNumber:
331083

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Drummond   Trombone
Roland Alphonso   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Ace   Piano
Gladstone Anderson   Piano
Baba Brooks   Trumpet
Raymond Harper   Trumpet
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Mittoo   Piano
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Trumpet
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Lester Sterling   Alto Saxophone
Rico Rodriguez   Trombone
Harold McKenzie   Guitar
Arkland "Drumbago" Parks   Drums
Stanley Ribbs   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Bryan   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Gaynair   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Organaire   Organ,Harmonica

Technical Credits

Lawrence Cedar   Mastering
Steve Barrow   Sleeve Notes
Clive Chin   Licensing
Graeme Goodall   Engineer
Vincent "Randy" Chin   Producer
Wildcat   Artwork

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