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Ska & Rocksteady - Released October 18, 2014 | Gorgon Records

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Ska & Rocksteady - Released February 1, 2019 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

In the midst of a punk explosion in the late ‘70s, the UK experienced a ska revival led by Madness and, most notably, The Specials. Originally from Coventry, the multicultural gang originally led by Jerry Dammers is now reviving the syncopated rhythms of Jamaican rocksteady and its derivative, ska. In the heart of a grey Thatcherian England, it seemed that their strict dress code (pork pie hats, black suits and chequered patterns) was mandatory to fully appreciate their singles A Message To You Rudy (a cover of Dandy Livingstone), Too Much Too Young or Gangsters, as well as their two albums, Specials in 1979 and More Specials in 1980. Going by the name of The Special AKA, they published the equally essential album In The Studio With in 1984, which topped the charts thanks to their hit song (Free) Nelson Mandela... In the middle of Winter 2019, the Specials broke their (very) long silence with Encore. However, Jerry Dammers – the author of their greatest songs - and Neville Staple are no longer in the group! Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter are certainly present but for purists, wouldn’t The Specials without Jerry Dammers be like... The Rolling Stones without Keith Richards? With the help of guitarist Steve Cradock (from Ocean Colour Scene), drummer Kenrick Rowe and pianist Nikolaj Torp Larsen, these 2019 Specials look great. Their ska style crosses soul with vintage disco (with a beautiful cover of Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys by The Equals) and they certainly don’t forget to comment on the socio-political climate just as they did at the start. As a bonus, we find eleven live tracks (with all the hits from the golden era!), recorded in Paris at the Bataclan on November 30, 2014, and in London at the Troxy on November 16, 2016. A rather successful comeback. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Ska & Rocksteady - Released January 27, 1997 | RCA Records Label

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released October 9, 2000 | RCA Records Label

"...A hodge-podge of old and new world Latin elements built upon a punky foundation....combining its antiestablishment heritage with humor..."
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Ska & Rocksteady - Released May 19, 2015 | Shanachie

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released October 30, 2003 | RCA Records Label

Spanish ska-punk band Ska-P took their show on the road for a tour of Europe in 2003; several dates were recorded, and Incontrolable gives fans a chance to hear what they missed. Wildly energetic and unconcerned with authority, Ska-P are in their element in front of a rowdy crowd, and these recordings capture the band at the top of its game. Selections include "Planeta Eskoria," "Mis Colegas," "Solamente Per Pensare," "A la Mierda," "Paramilita," and 11 more. ~ Mark Deming
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Ska & Rocksteady - Released May 27, 2002 | RCA Records Label

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released October 6, 2008 | RCA Records Label

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released June 20, 2013 | 8°6 Crew

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released June 20, 2005 | Shanachie

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released January 25, 2019 | DMF RECORDS

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released December 15, 2017 | Omnivore Recordings

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released November 22, 2011 | Murple & Cie

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released January 22, 2013 | Shanachie

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released December 21, 2018 | Rock Ridge Music

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released May 25, 2018 | Sanctuary Records

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released July 17, 1998 | RCA Records Label

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released September 25, 2015 | Columbia

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released July 7, 2018 | iM Ta Soeur

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released June 20, 2013 | Une vie pour rien vinyles ?