What does it sound like?:
It’s bank holiday weekend, the sun is shining, the barbecue is sizzling, friends are arriving, and drink is flowing. What better musical accompaniment to proceedings than this 3 cd, 3 hour collection of vintage and contemporary ska sounds.
As always, this set is presumably dependent on licensing availability, but it runs the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous – from the likes of Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster, The Specials, The Beat, Madness and The Selecter right through to Bad Manners. Among the well known classics, there is also quite a bit of filler, but that’s to be expected on this kind of set, and to be fair the familiar far outweighs the forgettable.
Sometimes it does rather stretch the definition of ska – Tom Harks anyone – and it runs out of steam a bit on the third disc. Nevertheless, it’s great to hear again so many of these familiar tunes one after the other. Any album that starts off with Gangsters, One Step Beyond, Mirror In The Bathroom and Three Minute Hero has surely got to be worth checking out.
What does it all *mean*?
Great entertainment for sunny weather!
Goes well with…
Lots of drink, long summer nights and good friends.
Might suit people who like…
Ska, reggae, great pop music.