Friday, 4 February 2011

Ska Collection

Here's a selection of some classic ska tunes. As well as a lot of the early ska from labels like Trojan Records there's also a few tracks taken from the two tone label. Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s, and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. It combines elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues and is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the upbeat. Some of the tracks aren't perfect quality seeing as they were taken from pretty scratchy vinyl but considering they're around 40 years old what can you expect :) Most of the tracks are 320kbps mp3's except for 4, 17, 22 & 26 which are 192kbps.


Here's the tracklisting...
01) Jamaican Ska [Byron Lee & The Dragonaires]
02) Gangsters [The Special A.K.A.]
03) Train To Skaville [The Ethiopians]
04) Freak Out [Jackie Mittoo]
05) CN Express [Clancy Eccles All Stars]
06) 007 (Shanty Town) [Desmond Dekker]
07) Land Of Hope And Glory [Madness]
08) Don D Lion [Don Drummond]
09) Liquidator [Harry J & The All Stars]
10) Really Now [The Dreamletts]
11) Guns Of Navarone [The Skatalites]
12) Rudi Got Married [Laurel Aitken]
13) Monkey Man [Toots & The Maytals]
14) Long Shot Kick De Bucket [The Pioneers]
15) Whine & Grine [Prince Buster]
16) On My Radio [The Selecter]
17) King Hammond Shuffle [King Hammond]
18) Next Door Neighbour [Owen & Leon Silveras]
19) Happy Go Lucky Girl [The Paragons]
20) My Baby Is Gone [Delroy Wilson]
21) Hands Off... She's Mine [The Beat]
22) Mesopotamia [Don Drummond & The Skatalites]
23) Baddest Ruffest [Backyard Dog]
24) So Bad [The Upsetters]
25) Ghetto Organ [Jackie Mittoo]
26) Love I Can Feel [John Holt]
27) First Session [Baba Brooks Orchestra]
28) Wrong Embryo [The Rulers]


Note: If the above links don't work try the following from mediafire...


  1. Nice selection :) You can never have too many ska comps!

    Have you heard Amy Winehouse's ska EP? She may be a manky skank but you've got to give the girl her due when it comes to her voice.

  2. Amy Winehouse doing ska??? Really?? Fair play to her.

    Like you say though she may have (many?) faults but her voice isn't one of them so I'll have to track it down and give it a listen.