“Prior to the advent of Rock Steady and Reggae, the irresistible sound of Ska dominated Jamaica’s music landscape. At the forefront of the island’s vibrant music scene throughout this time was the legendary producer and proprietor of the famed Treasure Isle liquor store, recording studio and label: Duke Reid. Collected within this box are faithful reproductions of eight of the Duke’s most precious musical gems from the original Ska era of the mid-sixties. And with each of these 7” singles making their first official release outside Jamaica, this limited edition collection is one for musical connoisseurs to treasure.”
Only in sunny Jamaican could a man go from working as a Police officer to liquor store owner, running an outdoor sound system to eventually owning some of the most influential Ska/Rocksteady labels during the 60`s and early 70`s – Duke Reid will always remain an international producing legend and his contribution is considered vital in bringing early reggae to a wider global audience. This stunning set of limited edition 7″ Vinyl won`t leave you a lot of change from £50 but given the 16 rare tracks, the quality and the collectable nature of this release, personally I think it`s worth every Jamaican dollar.
“Picking up from where volume 1 left off, Ska Madness 2 takes you further into late 70`s and early 80`s Two Tone Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae explosion. It features tracks which influenced the original bands and dominated dancefloors at the time. Time to get ready to do rocksteady, again”.
Comprehensive collection of foot tapping Ska compiled by Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers & The Special AKA). Tracks that influenced a massive UK revival in the form of Two-Tone, a style of music to calm racial indifference and reinforce inner city bonds. It`s easy to pick the old favorites that crop up on most Ska compilations but the`re titillatingly out weighed by the depth and flow of the numerous underground dancehall classics.
Down to business, we have three copies of this January release to mail out. I don`t care what corner of the planet you reside in, if you have a post/zip code, there`s a chance you could be skankin` it with the best. Simple question – Who directed the British film `This Is England`, a moving story focusing on a group of skinheads in 1983 which included the fabulous `54-46 Was My Number` by Toots & the Maytals. Send me a quick email or post a comment in the box below, either will do – I`ll pick three out and contact you for postal details. Last entries 5th Feb.