Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Prince Buster - Fabulous Greatest Hits [Diamond Range]
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
Despite popular perceptions, Jamaica's first international superstar was not Bob Marley but an idiosyncratic music arranger named Prince Buster. Buster's pre- and post-ska musical stylings were so left of center (somet... more »
Despite popular perceptions, Jamaica's first international superstar was not Bob Marley but an idiosyncratic music arranger named Prince Buster. Buster's pre- and post-ska musical stylings were so left of center (sometimes his rhythmic structures focus on the after-beat rather than the downbeat) that he's largely thought to have created his own reggae subgenre called blue beat (named after his label of the same name). Fabulous mixes some of Buster's well-known cuts with some not-so-famous ones that fly all over the musical map as far as soundscapes go. On the more obscure numbers like "Texas Hold-Up," the wicked horn section wails away over a shuffled syncopated beat, while on the bass-heavy "Freezing up Orange Street," the organ and saxophone are mixed to spar off against one another. Down-tempo ballads like "Julie" keep this collection balanced, while Buster's more ubiquitous up-tempo rhythm tracks like "Al Capone" and "Judge Dread" expose listeners to his more uncensored political positions regarding race and sex. While his hit "Ten Commandments" is included on this collection, the sexist manifesto it espouses would generate an even more heated set of responses from women than it garnered back then (the third commandment asks for the woman "to kiss and caress me, and honor and obey me, seven days a week and twice on Sundays"). In the end, those who think that Shaggy was the creative genius behind "Oh Carolina" (Buster actually produced the original version for the Folkes Brothers) need to purchase this collection and get schooled on this ska legend. --Dalton Higgins
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Not milk and water copies
Chris Fitz | Australia | 09/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was having an early drink last week and there was a dj spinning some unusual stuff (for Australia) and suddenly I heard
"Al Capones guns don't argue" I was off my stool and swinging my hips and clicking my tongue chu chucca chu chucca, just as I did when I was 14 playing my Mums old copy of Al Capone b/w One step beyond (just as she had when she first bought it in 1964)
I remember the specials/Madness/Selector etc well and went to a couple of ska/2 tone concerts in 1980, but non of those bands come anywhere near the originals. These songs are timeless and have more rhythm than there milk and water copies from the late 70's early 80's. If you like ska, buy it.
It's a once off buy."
Calling all you MODS and SKINHEADS!
Modbeat1964 | USA | 07/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Without a doubt, PRINCE BUSTER is the almighty father of the SKA-BLUE BEAT style (NOTE: of course, LAUREL AITKEN is the godfather of SKA). These tunes are the original soundtrack for any REAL MOD or SKINHEAD and that fact cannot be denied. I have a copy of a PRINCE BUSTER live show in London from 1967 and it is absolutely awesome. If you can find this recording, please grab it. It will be worth every cent you spend on it. I also recommend the SEQUEL to this CD. The only thing that sucks about these CDs is the fact that they don't have Prince Buster's original recording of ONE STEP BEYOND. However, there is another listing for a CD that does include this recording. Check out all the PRINCE BUSTER listing on this website. Also, TROJAN RECORDS is releasing a double CD of SKA classics (original and neo-ska classics). Happy listening...............PRINCE BUSTER rules!"
Sir Ward Comic | Hanging around the Black Ark, circa 1973, Kingston | 07/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally tracked this down after many hours of searching and boy was it worth it! The first track Earthquake sets you off , yer feet start to shuffle, yer arms start swinging and by the time Texas Hold Up hits you you'll be reachin' for that can of Red Stripe! Also I defy you to stand still whilst listening to Ten Commandments or Al Capone. Even the slow rocksteady numbers such as Julie & Too Hot stir you up the right way. This album is the perfect soundtrack to those summer evenings and parties with a wider musical scope .....I still play it most weeks at the club where I play Hip Hop!"