Ska Madness!

Various Artists

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Ska Madness! Review

by Steve Leggett

British bands like the Specials took Jamaican ska and rocksteady and then speeded the whole thing up and tossed in just a dash of punk to create the British pop ska explosion of the late '70s. This 20-track set collects some of the Jamaican originals that inspired the whole thing, and sides like Justin Hinds’ “Carry Go Bring Come,” the Maytals’ “Monkey Man,” Desmond Dekker’s “007 (Shanty Town),” and the Ethiopians’ “Train to Skaville” would be classic recordings in a discussion about any era or genre. It’s possible to look at this release as an introduction to the so-called Two Tone Revolution in Britain, but it’s also possible to just view it as a nice set of classic Jamaican singles. Either way, it’s fun.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dandy Livingstone 02:34 Amazon
2 The Pioneers 02:48 Amazon
3 Dandy Livingstone 02:49 Amazon
4 The Pioneers 03:07 Amazon
5 Justin Hinds & the Dominoes / Justin Hinds 02:54 Amazon
6 Symarip 03:00 Amazon
7 Millie 02:01 Amazon
8 Lloydie & the Lowbites 02:49 Amazon
9 The Maytals 03:48 Amazon
10 Harry J All-Stars 03:10 Amazon
11 Jackie Edwards 02:56 Amazon
12 The Pioneers 02:42 Amazon
13 The Aces / Desmond Dekker 02:34 Amazon
14 Jackie Edwards 02:26 Amazon
15 The Pioneers 02:32 Amazon
16 The Ethiopians 02:55 Amazon
17 Clancy Eccles 02:43 Amazon
18 Danny Ray 02:17 Amazon
19 Boris Gardiner & The Love People 02:37 Amazon
20 Guy Lombardo 03:18 Amazon
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