Various Artists

Latin Goes Ska

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This collection really should just be credited to the Skatalites, but since tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook was something of the official leader of the band, the credit isn't all that far fetched. Clarity issues aside, this generous offering of some of the group's prime sides, both instrumental and vocal, makes for high-end listening. Produced by Duke Reid from roughly 1962-1966, the 24 cuts include such classic ska moments as "Yard Broom," "Musical Storeroom," and "Night Food," as well as vocal highlights from Stranger & Patsy ("When I Call Your Name"), Justin Hinds ("Carry Go Bring Home"), and Eric "Monty" Morris ("Strongman Samson"). A fine way to get comfy with these legends of Jamaican music.

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