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Best of Ska [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Disky Records
  • ASIN: B00005RW2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Step Beyond - Madness
2. A Message To Rudy - The Specials Featuring Rico
3. Three Minute Hero - The Selecter
4. Double Barrel - Dave And Ansel Collins
5. Liquidator - Harry Johnson And The All Stars
6. Sea Cruise - Rico
7. I Can See Clearly Now - Pauline Black
8. The Israelites - Desmond Dekker
9. Guns Of Navarone - The Skatalites
10. Free Nelson Mandela - Special AKA
11. Im In The Mood For SKA - Lord Tanamo
12. Monkey Man - The Maytals
13. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah - The Pioneers
14. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
15. Lets Do The Rock Steady - Bodysnatchers
16. Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians
17. Bonanza Ska - Carlos Malcolm
18. On My Radio - The Selector
19. The Prince - Madness
20. Jamaican SKA - Byron Lee And The Dragonaires
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Retrospective of Both Jamaican and UK Ska August 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The "Best of Ska" issued by the British import label Disky Records is a unique collection of Jamaican influenced ska. There are few collections of ska that include a good cross section of the earliest ska classics from Jamaica in the Sixties in the same collection as music of the Great Ska Revival in the United Kingdom in the Eighties.

The "Best of Ska" may disappoint the ska purists but the consistent quality of this massive 3 disc cd is the best argument for musical pluralism I've ever heard. Hard core music collectors often develop tunnel vision and dismiss innovation, simply on the basis of its "inauthenic" origins and end up missing a lot of great music in the process. As such, the music of younger generation of UK ska players should be judged on it's own merits, and not a set of "a priori" standards established by musical snobs.

It's a shame there isn't more collections like this one because both traditional Jamaican ska and UK revival ska are complimentary versions of the same thing. Just as the music of blues revivalists like Paul Butterfield, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Winter complimented the blues of the old timers like Muddy Waters, Albert King and Howlin' Wolf, similarly the younger generation of UK ska revival groups is great music on it's own terms.

For those music fans that became acquainted with ska when the music of ska's golden age became an element the punk rock movement in the late Seventies, the "Best of Ska" is bumper crop of cherry picked delights. Early 2-Tone Records stalwarts like the Specials, Madness, Selector and the Body Snatchers are the menu.

For those fans of the glory years of Duke Reid's Trojan label there is plenty of the old classic ska.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Ska November 27, 2008
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Great box set, some great classic tracks on here and to be honest not one lousy song... And I'm into Rock'A'Billy! so if you're a Ska fan you'll love this, so get out your moon boots and lets go stomping!!!
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