Title Of Album: That's Ska
Year Of Release: 1980
Label: Atlantic ATL 50709
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 24Bit/96kHz
Total Size: 55 MB | 586 MB
Total Time: 28:09
01. Byron Lee & the Ska Kings • Jamaica Ska 02:30
02. Byron Lee & the Ska Kings • Watermelon Man Ska 02:32
03. The Charmers • Try Me One More Time 01:50
04. The Blues Busters • Behold 02:39
05. Byron Lee & the Ska Kings • Last Night Ska 02:08
06. Stranger Cole & Ken Boothe • Susie 02:37
07. Byron Lee & the Ska Kings • Oil In My Lamp 02:32
08. The Maytals • If You Act This Way 02:25
09. The Blues Busters • Soon You Will Be Gone 02:46
10. Stranger Cole & Ken Boothe & Patsy Todd • What A Day 02:03
11. The Maytals • You Make Me Feel The Way I Do 02:21
12. The Blues Busters • Donna 01:50
This record was first issued as "Jamaica Ska" in 1964. Atlantic were not satisfied with the quality of the original tapes from Jamaica and decided to re-record them with their own equipment and technicians, but in the original studios in Jamaica and in stereo. So these recordings may well be the first ever stereo takes from the original Ska bands. This re-release from 1980 was in good shape and this rip may well have the best sound quality you've ever heard. In the flac files the trumpet has a frequency range of up to 30,000 Hz.
From the back cover:
News about Jamaica Ska music soon reached music circles in New York, and Atlantic Records decided to bring the authentic music of Jamaica to record buyers in the United States. To do this, Atlantic, with the cooperation of the Jamaican government, aranged to make recordings of the music in Jamaica using the top Jamaica Ska singers and instrumentalists. Jamaica Ska music took over as the most popular dance Jamaica has ever known. At the rate its popularity is spreading, it may take over the whole world.
All the numbers in this album were recorded in Kingston, Jamaica. Atlantic Records gratefully acknowledges the cooperaiton of the Government of Jamaica in making this LP possible.
Review from RateYourMusic:
This is the "Mother of All Ska Compilations" and has been incorporated into the collective consciousness of the ska-superego since the beginning of the Eighties. Not a must-have but a must-know-all-songs-like-the-back-of-your-hand.