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4.5 out of 5 stars
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on 13 November 2004
This compilation of Top Deck recordings from 1964-65 features the best of Don Drummond and the Skatalites.
Fully rehearsed and well recorded by producer Justin Yap each track is a true ska classic. Absolute favourites are the often sampled Confucius, the terrific Smiling and the driving Chinatown. This cd is quite short (less than 40') but for once I cannot dock a star because this is Top Ska.
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on 21 April 2006
my favourite tracks are confucious and chinatown - the names are very apt for the skatalites' sound as a whole - with echoes of an oriental minor key.

i've been listening to most of these tracks at "gaz's rockin blues" for 20 years without knowing their titles - and today i found them out, thanks to the "lucky kitty radio show" (both of which can be found online)...and i'm now placing an order for this fantastic album.
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on 22 March 2004
The Skatalites are by no doubt the godfathers of ska. Their off-beat guitar rhythms combined with hard-driving bass riffs and unforgettable horn parts shaped and defined early ska. Although there are very few lyrics (a total of five words) this is a "ska-tastic" album. It contains songs recorded with various producers, which gives a nice insight to the industry of the time, as well as a variety of different sounding music.
I would recommend this CD to anyone wishing to discover more about the origins of modern day ska.
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on 26 December 2009
This is original Ska at it's best, played by the best Ska band ever, The Skatalites
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on 15 September 2014
As compilations go this one's pretty damn good
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