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Various Artists (2004)

Soul Jazz SJR CD85

El Bang Bang (Jackie Mittoo); Arte Bella (Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole); Put It On (Wailers); Addis Ababa (Skatalites); President Kennedy (Roland Alphonso); Song My Enemies Sing (Joe Higgs); Beardsman Ska (Skatalites); I Want Justice (Delroy Wilson); Sampson (Tommy McCook's Orchestra); I'm Gonna Take Over Now (Ethiopians); Freedom Sounds (Tommy McCook); Marching On (Maytals); Exodus (Skatalites); Look Away Ska (Roland Alphonso); Don Cosmic (Don Drummond); Scambalena (Roland Alphonso); You're Wondering Now (Andy & Joey)

Latest in the Soul Jazz/Studio One series. And, almost inevitably (following Soul, Roots, Scorcher Instrumentals, DJs and Rockers), it is time for Ska to get the full Soul Jazz treatment, complete with cardboard slip case and informative 20-page booklet.

The tracks are a mixture between the familiar and the obscure. Unfortunately, for the serious collector, there is probably too much of the familiar to make this as much of an exciting prospect as the previous Roots and Scorcher compilations.

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