on 1 February 2010
This is the first Skatalites album I've bought, and I think it's a great way to get into their sound. Now that I know a little more about these amazing musicians, and after hearing most of their classic 60's records, I find this album by far their best since the reformation, in the 80's.
These songs are really true to their ska roots, plus you won't get the poor sound quality of the 60's recordings. It's well recorded, now you can in fact hear the bass lines and the terrific job by Lloyd Knibb on the drums. This senior citizen never got the recognition he deserves for inventing the SKA beat, and therefore the reggae beat too, the reggae drummers just slowed it down. I was lucky enough to see him play twice, with the reformed Skatalites.
The tracks sung by Doreen Shaffer are the icing on the cake.