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Stretching Out

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RE-RELEASE OF THE FAMOUS ROIR 1986 DOUBLE LENGTH CASSETTE-ONLY, NOW REMASTERED DIGITALLY FOR DOUBLE CD WITH 5 NEVER BEFORE RELEASED BONUS TRACKS!

In 1983 Herbie Miller, manager of Peter Tosh brought the original Skatalites (minus the late Don Drummond) back to Jamaica from all over the world to perform at the 1983 Jamaica Sunsplash.

The Skatalites had broken up 18 years earlier, after their short career of two years (1963-1965). Personal disagreements, conflicts and animosities had driven these inventors of Ska and master musicians to seek their own future as individual artists.

Miller, who became their manager, owned a nightclub in Kingston, Jamaica called The Blue Monk Jazz Gallery. Here, after 18 years of separation they reconciled their differences, (for a time), and rehearsed for Sunsplash '83 and performed live at the club before a crowd of local fans, friends, and fellow musicians.

There were no restrictions on the length of sets, no barriers on solos or improvisational experiments, and no recording studio limits on how long each song should last. They stretched out, played out, and had a joyous 18th anniversary celebration and reunion.

Fortunately, Miller recorded the rehearsals and nightclub performances and captured for history (and dance - mad Ska mavens) all the spontaneity, fire, electricity, and good fellowship of that unique moment. Ska at its best by the greatest Ska musicians in the world!

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"A collectors item. Some sweet sounds from a band of the most influential musicians in the history of reggae. Crucial!" -- CMJ New Music Report

"Crackles with extra excitement and electricity from start to finish". -- Amy Wachtel - Reggae Route

"Marathon Ska blow-out. Fans of The Specials, The Beat and the Ska/Blue Beat revival find this a treat." -- NME U.K.

Stretching Out is drawn from concerts and rehearsals of that reunion and was originally released on tape back when [label] ROIR was a cassette-only label. This new double-CD adds five bonus tracks for almost half an hour of extra music and though few people are likely to listen to the entire thing at one go, it still doesn't sound padded out.... [Jazz] has always been a part of their music just as it was in the American R&B that sparked ska. Here the band stays with what it knows but catches a pattering groove and shows some sharp solos. -- Option

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Product details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2016)
  • Original Release Date: April 1, 2016
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ROIR
  • ASIN: B000001Q47
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,903 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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