Put3ska

Put3ska

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The fast shuffle and distinctive afterbeat of ska first hit Philippine shores in 1995 with the release of Put3ska's self-titled debut album, Put3ska. A better album couldn't be found to start things out, as Put3ska is a sparkling, wondrous affair. The band contains keyboards, drums, guitar, bass, and a horn section comprised of saxophone and trumpet. Handling lead vocals is female vocalist Myra Ruaro, who possesses a versatile, expressive voice and a contagious spirit. The album is well-paced and cohesive. Every track has something to offer, starting with the opening instrumental, "Bang Tumba Ka!" (Was Hit and Fell!), which begins with a seductive keyboard line played solo for several measures until joined by a triumphant horn section, highlighted by intelligent and exciting trumpet and saxophone solos. The ska isn't readily apparent here, but it sure is on the up-tempo "Manila Girl," a vivacious, contagious outing. The catchy melody is given a spunky reading by Myra Ruaro, augmented by a brash, spirited horn section. "Manila Girl" is an instant classic, one of the best Philippine songs ever made, and deserves international recognition. Every song has something to offer, including the tender "Love." "Birthday Holiday" is given two renditions, an upbeat ska version and a slow, ballad-type reading. Both versions are excellent. The importance of guitarist Arnold Morales goes beyond his guitar, as he composed most of the album's songs, including the aforementioned "Manila Girl." Put3ska is an unending delight, could be the best Philippine album ever made.