OK, OK there have been many ska/2 tone compilations over the years, so what makes this one any better than the rest? What this particular offering does well is juxtapose the 2 tone era with the "original" ska artists amongst whom I find a few I wasn't familiar such as Justin Hands. What this album has done is to show me that there is a lot more to ska than the well known tracks most of us are familiar with and I am certainly looking forward to educating myself to see what I have been missing.
Of course if you are just after a good time, with tunes that demand at the least a toe tap or two if not embarrassing Dad dancing, then this is the stuff. You may well already have the vast majority of these tracks in your collection already but if you don't then this is a must buy.
This is a very well packaged and presented recording!
Three CDs that give a give a very clear expose of mostly well-known ska recordings, both from its Jamaican origins and its 2-Tone (etc.) revival from the very late '70s.
This is an excellent recording for those new to the genre, and those wanting to know more about it. I was particularly impressed with the seemingly random mixture of tracks from the first and second 'waves' of ska.
Well done and thankyou Rhino for a truly great release!
Great Ska collection cannot complain... Well I can a little but it's minor things. It would have been nice to have a booklet inside about Ska history. Plus song great Ska songs I would have added instead of a couple of weaker ones in this compilation but truly cannot mark down for that, it is a fantastic group of songs 9.99999999999/10