Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
RE-RELEASE OF THE FAMOUS ROIR 1986 DOUBLE LENGTH CASSETTE-ONLY, NOW REMASTERED DIGITALLY FOR DOUBLE CD WITH 5 NEVER BEFORE RELEASED BONUS TRACKS! In 1983 Herbie Miller, manager of Peter Tosh brought the original Skatalite... more »
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RE-RELEASE OF THE FAMOUS ROIR 1986 DOUBLE LENGTH CASSETTE-ONLY, NOW REMASTERED DIGITALLY FOR DOUBLE CD WITH 5 NEVER BEFORE RELEASED BONUS TRACKS! In 1983 Herbie Miller, manager of Peter Tosh brought the original Skatalites (minus the late Don Drummond) back to Jamaica from all over the world to perform at the 1983 Jamaica Sunsplash. The Skatalites had broken up 18 years earlier, after their short career of two years (1963-1965). Personal disagreements, conflicts and animosities had driven these inventors of Ska and master musicians to seek their own future as individual artists. Miller, who became their manager, owned a nightclub in Kingston, Jamaica called The Blue Monk Jazz Gallery. Here, after 18 years of separation they reconciled their differences, (for a time), and rehearsed for Sunsplash '83 and performed live at the club before a crowd of local fans, friends, and fellow musicians. There were no restrictions on the length of sets, no barriers on solos or improvisational experiments, and no recording studio limits on how long each song should last. They stretched out, played out, and had a joyous 18th anniversary celebration and reunion. Fortunately, Miller recorded the rehearsals and nightclub performances and captured for history (and dance - mad Ska mavens) all the spontaneity, fire, electricity, and good fellowship of that unique moment. Ska at its best by the greatest Ska musicians in the world!
The Skatalites put the "JAM" in Jamaica!
trevor kaplan | Washington, DC | 10/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a devoted roots fanatic, I am truly ashamed to say I only recently discovered these awesome pioneers of reggae music. I sometimes find ska too repetitive to enjoy, but the skatalites are a MAJOR exception. Their horn jams are truly unparalled in this, and perhaps any field of music. The tracks here begin and end with a bit too much repetition, but are saved by consistently incredible solos in the middle. EVERYONE I play it for agrees. Unfortunately, "Stretching out" has very poor sound quality (originally recorded on tape) so it can't get 5 stars. But, rest assured, it is second only to "Ball of Fire" in jamming and deserves a coveted spot in any music collection."
One of the most important skatalites recordings...
B. Thomas | NorCal, USA | 02/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For any fan of the Skatalites or ska in general, this is one of the most important recordings to own. I believe some of it was originally recorded on a single tape deck. I own the tape version of it, and the lack of recording quality is far overshadowed by the quality of the music. This album is a must have for any fan of the genre. Be warned though...after listening to this album, you will feel the need to buy more of the Skatalites' work."