A strong Jamaican/proto-reggae feel is apparent in these tracks. This compilation of artists reaches back to the subtropical bedrock of ska. This is not a collection of archive reissues, but modern ska artists paying respect to the original styles. Of those paying homage are Skinnerbox, the Slackers, Skavoovie & the Epitones, and Venice Shoreline Chris. This is a very good tribute and one of the best ska gatherings from 1997. Stubborn also released the follow-ups Root, Branch and Stem: Living Tradition in Ska!, Vol. 2 and Version City. These recordings show various artists carrying on the King Django Studio "version" tradition.
AllMusic Review by Tom Schulte