Thursday, April 22, 2010

Music Radar A-Z of Ska

Hey dude boys, it's Kingston time.
Music Radar organized an alphabetic voyage in skaville. It's a A to Z feature, with pictures, video-links, trivia, stories and much more. You can read it here. And while reading it, as usual, take a listen to this playlist. Since Music Radar developed its trip in a double-way (each letter two songs/artists/ideas), I did the same, with 26 songs in side A and 26 more in side B. Most of time, I found the tracks selected by Music Radar. Sometimes I had to work with a bit of fantasy (which song to choose for Dr.Martens or Kingston town or skanking dance?). Anyway, the beardful and skaless last band, is not a choice of mine. They wanted it: "ZZ Top! Okay, this is a bit tenuous but finding another ska related ‘Z’ was a tough call. So, here goes… Billy Gibbons of the ‘Top is a big fan of 2 Tone band The Selecter. Fact".
Madness, Specials, Wailers, Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Judge Dread. Almost everybody is here. Enjoy the party! 

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The Playlist
(52 tracks, 2.8 hours)

Side A
A: Judge Dread – Al Capone
B: Laurel Aiken – Boogie Rock
C: Horace Andy – Skylarking
D: Max Romeo – I Chase The Devil
E: Millie – My Boy Lollipop
F: The Selecter – On My Radio
G: Special AKA – Gangsters
H: Jackie Mittoo – Big Bad Organ
I: Desmond Dekker – Israelites
J: Special AKA – Nelson Mandela
K: King Tubby – Original Dub
L: Harry J Allstars – Liquidator
M: Madness – Forever Young
N: The Selecter – Three Minute Hero
O: Operation Ivy – Sound System
P: The Pioneers – Long Shot Kick De Bucket
Q: The Who – The Real Me
R: The Specials – Doesn't Make It Alright
S: Madness – Swan Lake (live)
T: Tommy McCook & The Skatalites – Silver Dollar
U: The Upsetters – Return Of Django
V: Alton Ellis – Breaking Up
W: Bob Marley & The Wailers – Simmer Down
X: Judge Dread – Big Six
Y: Bob & Marcia – To Be Young, Gifted & Black

Z:Mr. Symarip – The Skinheads Dem A Come

Side B
A: The Aggrolites – Reggae Hit L.A.
B: The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
C: Folks Bros – Oh Carolina
D: Bad Manners - Mambo/Ska n.8
E: The Specials – A Message To You Rudy

F: Madness – Night Boat To Cairo
G: The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
H: Rancid – Hooligans
I: Lord Tanamo with Dr. Ring-Ding & The Senior Allstars – In the Mood For Ska
J: Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rude Boys Back In Town
K: UB40 – Kingston Town
L: The Upsetters – Soul Rebel (Version 4)
M: Toots & The Maytals – Monkey Man - Original
N: The Specials & Rico – Nite Klub
O: The Bedrocks – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
P: The Silencers – Policeman
Q: Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
R: Jeremy Oates & The Music Makers – Sunshine Reggae
S: Ernest Ranglin – Easy Skanking
T: Transplants – Diamonds And Guns
U: The Untouchables – Free Yourself
V: Val Bennet – Val Is Back

W: Max Romeo – Wet Dream
X: Damon Brown – Christmas Ska
Y: Toots & The Maytals – You Make Me Feel The Way I Do
Z: ZZ Top – Viva Las Vegas

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