DISCOGRAPHY | POSTED ON: Friday 14th February 2020

Boss – a tribute to Original Sounds of Ska

BOSS a Tribute to Original Sounds’ celebrates an international love affair with Jamaican music. Since the early 60’s the sound of Jamaica’s distinct syncopated lilt has filled dancefloors and sold records across the globe. Boss pays tribute to the great music of the 60’s and 70’s that inspired 1000’s to follow.
Musicians from across the globe have contributed their time and skills to the creation of these 70 tracks for a 4 disc CD boxset. It includes tracks originally recorded by the pioneers of ska, reggae and rocksteady, including Laurel Aitken, The Skatalittes, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals and many more.

In a weird, postmodern move, you have still-active originators Stranger Cole and Keith and Tex essentially paying tribute to themselves (as well as their peers). The Kingston All-Stars (a supergroup comprised of Sly Dunbar, Ansel Collins, Mikey Chung, Linford Brown, Jackie Jackson, Robbie Lyn, Everton and Everald Gayle–who, in various incarnations, have worked with Bob Marley’s Wailers Band, Studio One’s Sound Dimension and Soul Vendors, Lee Perry’s Upsetters, Peter Tosh’s Word Sound and Power Band, and Toots and the Maytals) back Stranger Cole on a great, moody original ska cut “Step Up” (“…in the light”). Chicago’s Akasha support Keith and Tex on a faithful rendition of their indestructible and enduring 1967 take on The Spanishtonians’ “Stop That Train.” The Crombies (also from Chicago–Jump Up is located in the Windy City and the band’s label, after all!) turn in a raucous and threatening version of Stranger Cole’s 1963 rude boy anthem “Rough and Tough.” First generation mod/musician Arthur Kay and his Clerks cover “Sea Cruise” (a rhythm and blues/proto-ska track written by Huey “Piano” Smith, but a hit for Frankie Ford in 1959; Jackie Edwards covered it in 1964; and, of course, Rico Rodriguez was backed by The Specials for his 1980 2 Tone single featuring this song) and their rendition is lively and completely winning. While nothing here is a radical, rule-breaking interpretation of a beloved ska or rocksteady classic, the performances are rock-solid and enjoyable.

1

Blood & Fire King

Hammond

2

Wonderfull World Beautiful People

Oreskaband

3

Everything I Own

Dojo

4

Stop That Train

Spahni's Dub Dancers

5

It Mek

The Ska Vendors

6

Money In My Pocket

Captain Accident and the Disasters

7

The Harder They Come

Wotka Trawolta

8

Perfidia

The Reggaskas

9

The Reburial

Special Brew v's Neol Davies

10

My Boy Lollipop

Millie Manders & the Shut Up

11

Bring It On Home To Me

Bim Skala Bim

12

You Are the One (I Love)

The Bighead

13

Fatty Fatty

The Valkyrians

14

Steppin' Razor

The Funaddicts

15

Easy Snapping

Easy Snappers

16

Cool Out Son Dub

The Scorchers

17

Dark End Of The Street

Heavensbee

1

Blood & Fire King
Hammond

2

Wonderfull World Beautiful People
Oreskaband

3

Everything I Own
Dojo

4

Stop That Train
Spahni's Dub Dancers

5

It Mek
The Ska Vendors

6

Money In My Pocket
Captain Accident and the Disasters

7

The Harder They Come
Wotka Trawolta

8

Perfidia
The Reggaskas

9

The Reburial
Special Brew v's Neol Davies

10

My Boy Lollipop
Millie Manders & the Shut Up

11

Bring It On Home To Me
Bim Skala Bim

12

You Are the One (I Love)
The Bighead

13

Fatty Fatty
The Valkyrians

14

Steppin' Razor
The Funaddicts

15

Easy Snapping
Easy Snappers

16

Cool Out Son Dub
The Scorchers

17

Dark End Of The Street
Heavensbee

1

Liquidator

Duke & the Boogaloo Band

2

Take It Easy

The Ozskas

3

Girle Girlie

The Big Takeover

4

Sea Cruise

Arthur Kay and the Clerks

5

Miss Jamaica

Beat Bahnhof

6

Arta Bella

The Stiff Joints

7

I'll Need You Tomorrow

Crabs Corporation Feat Pablo Molina

8

Once Upon A Time

Caz Gardiner

9

Dracula

The Hacklers

10

Sahara

The Skapones

11

Rough & Tough

The Crombies

12

You Can Get It If You Really Want

The Spammed

13

Police & Thieves

The Tonic Allstars

14

A Change Is Gonna Come

The Millmen

15

Hard Road To Travel

Urang Matang

16

Many Rivers To Cross

Haley Klinkhammer

17

Step Up

Kingston All Stars feat. Stranger Cole -

1

Liquidator
Duke & the Boogaloo Band

2

Take It Easy
The Ozskas

3

Girle Girlie
The Big Takeover

4

Sea Cruise
Arthur Kay and the Clerks

5

Miss Jamaica
Beat Bahnhof

6

Arta Bella
The Stiff Joints

7

I'll Need You Tomorrow
Crabs Corporation Feat Pablo Molina

8

Once Upon A Time
Caz Gardiner

9

Dracula
The Hacklers

10

Sahara
The Skapones

11

Rough & Tough
The Crombies

12

You Can Get It If You Really Want
The Spammed

13

Police & Thieves
The Tonic Allstars

14

A Change Is Gonna Come
The Millmen

15

Hard Road To Travel
Urang Matang

16

Many Rivers To Cross
Haley Klinkhammer

17

Step Up
Kingston All Stars feat. Stranger Cole -

1

Hooligan

Juantxo Skalari & La Rude Band

2

Atlas

Los Chickléts

3

Stop That Train

Keith & Tex feat Akasha (Live)

4

Carry Go Bring Come

The Red Stripes

5

If You Don't Mind

The Skatuesques

6

The Revenge

The Domingoes

7

Pressure Drop

Go Monkeys

8

Dreamland

The Lewis Allstars

9

Too Experienced

Malambo Ska

10

Pied Piper

The Decatonics

11

Johnny Too Bad

Splitters

12

Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

Dubious Roots

13

John Jones

Erin Bardwell Collective

14

Love Me Forever

Easydread

15

Love of the Common People

Third Beat Drop

16

Soul Rebel

The Bertha

17

Tonight

Billy Brown

18

Taller Than You Are

Indeed

1

Hooligan
Juantxo Skalari & La Rude Band

2

Atlas
Los Chickléts

3

Stop That Train
Keith & Tex feat Akasha (Live)

4

Carry Go Bring Come
The Red Stripes

5

If You Don't Mind
The Skatuesques

6

The Revenge
The Domingoes

7

Pressure Drop
Go Monkeys

8

Dreamland
The Lewis Allstars

9

Too Experienced
Malambo Ska

10

Pied Piper
The Decatonics

11

Johnny Too Bad
Splitters

12

Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
Dubious Roots

13

John Jones
Erin Bardwell Collective

14

Love Me Forever
Easydread

15

Love of the Common People
Third Beat Drop

16

Soul Rebel
The Bertha

17

Tonight
Billy Brown

18

Taller Than You Are
Indeed

1

The Tide Is High

Emigdio & Superpower

2

Trainers On The Floor

The Trojans feat. Zoe Devlin

3

It's Too Late

The Pressure Tenants

4

It's Too Late

Satélite Kingston

5

Tougher Than Tough

Jamaikarta

6

Shame and Scandal

PoisonIvies and the Steady

7

Step Softly

The Full Pledge Munkees

8

Come Into My Parlour

Big Fat Panda

9

Reggae Stuff

The Old Number 7 Band

10

Rude Boy Train

6foot7

11

Crying Over You

Swagga

12

Renegade

The Racketeers

13

Midnight Lover

Freedom Ska Band

14

Tennament Yard

Peter Azzopardi Feat The Tinkerman

15

I Love the Reggae

Bulky Matron

16

Tennament Yard

Peter Azzopardi

17

Fat Man Parts I II III

lennymccartney

18

Elizabethan Reggae

Long John Sliver

1

The Tide Is High
Emigdio & Superpower

2

Trainers On The Floor
The Trojans feat. Zoe Devlin

3

It's Too Late
The Pressure Tenants

4

It's Too Late
Satélite Kingston

5

Tougher Than Tough
Jamaikarta

6

Shame and Scandal
PoisonIvies and the Steady

7

Step Softly
The Full Pledge Munkees

8

Come Into My Parlour
Big Fat Panda

9

Reggae Stuff
The Old Number 7 Band

10

Rude Boy Train
6foot7

11

Crying Over You
Swagga

12

Renegade
The Racketeers

13

Midnight Lover
Freedom Ska Band

14

Tennament Yard
Peter Azzopardi Feat The Tinkerman

15

I Love the Reggae
Bulky Matron

16

Tennament Yard
Peter Azzopardi

17

Fat Man Parts I II III
lennymccartney

18

Elizabethan Reggae
Long John Sliver

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