Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ska Week.

Doing a lot of driving = lots of classic-era ska. It's all got a steady beat that you can cruise to, but not in a lame techno way. This week on Society's Fault (the proto-punk, punk, and post-punk program) we're doing proto-ska, ska, and post-ska. Which isn't really very accurate, but it's easier than saying 'classic Jamaican ska, two-tone, and third-wave ska and/or ska punk.' So. Because of all that, here are some very good classic ska things.

First up, 'The Original Rude Boy,' a best-of collection by Desmond Dekker. This dude doesn't have a bad song, really, but there are a lot of really good ones here. Definitely my favorite of this stuff.

Tracklist:

1. King of Ska
2. Honour Your Father and Mother
3. Get Up Edina
4. Rude Boy Train
5. 007 (Shanty Town)
6. Israelites
7. Mother's Young Girl
8. Music Like Dirt
9. It Mek
10. Pickney Gal
11. You Can Get it if You Really Want
12. Hippopotamus
13. Big Headed (Dub Mix)
14. Young Generation
15. Carry Go Bring Come
16. King of Ska '93


Next up, the compilation 'Studio One Ska,' released in 2004. This is a bunch of stuff from one of the first studios to produce ska recordings in the early '60's. About h
alf-and-half kickin' instrumentals and vocal cuts. All good.

Tracklist:

1. Jackie Mittoo - El Bang Bang
2. Ken Boothe and Stranger Cole - Artie Bella
3. The Wailers - (I'm Gonna) Put it On
4. The Skatalites - Addis Ababa
5. Roland Alphonso - President Kennedy
6. Joe Higgs - (I'm the) Song My Enemies Sing
7. The Skatalites - Beardsman Ska
8. Delroy Wilson - I Want Justice
9. Tommy McCook's Orchestra - Sampson
10. The Ethiopians - I'm Gonna Take Over Now
11. Tommy McCook - Freedom Sounds
12. The Maytals - Marching On
13. The Skatalites - Exodus
14. Roland Alphonso - Look Away Ska
15. Don Drummond - Don Cosmic
16. Roland Alphonso - Scambalena
17. Andy and Joey - You're Wondering Now


Lastly, here's an odd, semi-exploito release. I guess(?) this is long out-of-print, but apparently Epic records sent Curtis Mayfield to Jamaica in order to compile a CD of, as the title says, 'Real Jamaican Ska.' This was to capitalize on the minor Caribbean music craze in the states during 1964 apparently. It's got some early Bob Marley tunes and some awesome Jimmy Cliff songs.
Tracklist:

1. Lord Creator - Don't Stay Out Late
2. Lord Creator - Little Miss Princess
3. Jimmy Cliff - Ska All Over the World
4. Jimmy Cliff - Trust No Man
5. Winston Samuels - You are the One
6. The Techniques - No One
7. Lord Creator - Golden Love
8. Lord Creator - Man to Man
9. Lord Creator - Angela
10. The Charmers - Time After Time
11. The Techniques - Remember I Told You
12. The Charmers - Misery
13. Bob Marley - Simmer Down
14. Bob Marley - I Am Going Home

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