on 31 August 2011
1962 was a key year in Jamaica-independence from the British Empire,the beginnings of Ska and the first single by future superstar Bob Marley.
Before that the music played on the island's Sound Systems came from America and was called Shuffle while their own folk music was Mento and Calypso
While the last named made inroads into America's music in the 50s (Harry Belafonte,the Tarriers and Mitchell Torok and various artists influenced by the music such as Richard Berry whose hit song Louie Louie was set in Jamaica)the new Ska music was part of the British Invasion via Mille Small with a single produced in the U K by an ex Jamaican otherwise was more of a novelty picked up occasionally eg Annette with Carribean Ska and Tracey Dey (Ska Diddle)
Ska was therefore bigger in the U K throughout the 60s when it became reggae by the 70s with U S hits by Desmond Decker,the Maytals
By the 80s the sounds of Ska were behind the Two Tone movement which is the 3rd CD in this box.
Reggae hit in the States via the Police and the Fine Young Cannibals who were both chart toppers
Listen to enough music by Fats Domino and you see where the idea for Ska came from
on 31 August 2014
Forget the generic 'Beginners Guide' title, this compilation is a corker! This excellently compiled triple cd takes you on a well thought out journey through much more than just ska, visiting bluebeat, rocksteady, boss reggae and then brit ska along the way. Tons of stand out tunes on here and not drowned out by the usual stock anthems you might expect. The interesting notes that accompany every track are a nice touch too. Way better than any other such compilation I have bought, and I've bought plenty and much pricier one's. Prompting my first ever review on Amazon! Honestly, as a ska nut I can't recommend this comprehensive, broad and affordable selection enough. Respect to whoever compiled it.
on 16 July 2014
Well, now that the geezer above (or below!) has given you all a history lesson about Ska, Reggae, etc, I will just say about this compilation that it's got a good mixture, well recommended if you like this genre and not just your same old reggae compilation tunes in a different order!