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Stretching Out

January 14, 1998 | Format: MP3

$17.98
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4:53
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4:00
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Disc 2
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8:39
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5:25
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 14, 1998
  • Release Date: January 14, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ROIR
  • Copyright: 1998 Reachout International Records, Inc
  • Total Length: 2:03:35
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000YMBHAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,084 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trevor kaplan on October 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a devoted roots fanatic, I am truly ashamed to say I only recently discovered these awesome pioneers of reggae music. I sometimes find ska too repetitive to enjoy, but the skatalites are a MAJOR exception. Their horn jams are truly unparalled in this, and perhaps any field of music. The tracks here begin and end with a bit too much repetition, but are saved by consistently incredible solos in the middle. EVERYONE I play it for agrees. Unfortunately, "Stretching out" has very poor sound quality (originally recorded on tape) so it can't get 5 stars. But, rest assured, it is second only to "Ball of Fire" in jamming and deserves a coveted spot in any music collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Thomas on February 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For any fan of the Skatalites or ska in general, this is one of the most important recordings to own. I believe some of it was originally recorded on a single tape deck. I own the tape version of it, and the lack of recording quality is far overshadowed by the quality of the music. This album is a must have for any fan of the genre. Be warned though...after listening to this album, you will feel the need to buy more of the Skatalites' work.
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STRETCHING OUT a fine two disk set that catches the legenday Jamacian ska band the Skatalites live in front of a night club audience some 18 years after they broke up. Cashing in on the first ska revival that swept England, and to a lesser extant he US, this could easily have descended into a cheap cash in of dubious proportions. Instead this finds the majority of the original band, troubled trombonist Don Drummond died in prison after being convicted of murder, strecthing out and sounding great in front of a Jamaican nightclub audience.

The sound is less than steller, and there essentially is only one tempo throughout, but these guys smoke up the room combining the goodtime feel of ska with truely fine chops and a the ability to improvise and take the songs into a new level. This may not be an essential recording, but any ska, reggae or jazz fan would be well advised to check this one out.
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Format: Audio CD
(disclosure - this was my 1st Skatalites CD, back in 1990 or so)

Recently I've pulled several Skatalite CDs from the local libraries, and while others maybe more original... circa 1963 or whatever, this live recording from 1983 or so, of the original mates, gets them sounding their best, at least far as far as I've heard.

You will NOT be dissapointed in Stretching Out. Perhaps the best Ska CD ever. And why not, the best guys, the best songs, with 20 years of practice, doing it spontaneously.

Oh, and I saw them 2x in the early 1990s, and this IS what they sounded like.

They even recreate the smokey live sound of the original recordings.

You can't lose.
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