The Skatalites

Ska Authentic, Vol. 1

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The Skatalites cut the bulk of their sides for top Jamaican producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd in and around 1964. This Studio One album rounds up 16 fine examples of the ska riches the band and Dodd came up with, including such now-classic ska cuts as "Four Corners" and "Exodus." This might not be the ideal collection (the mostly Dodd-produced two-disc Foundation Ska gets top prize), but Ska Authentic still delivers with 16 solid tracks and plenty of excellent solos by band stars Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, and Johnny "Dizzy" Moore. This collection is best suited for seasoned fans, but newcomers certainly won't be disappointed after giving it a spin.

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