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Gaz 'Rockin Blues' Mayall presents a tasty selection of vintage Studio One ska on this Japan-only release. The opening track sounds like a radio-show mix, complete with fade-in (and fade-out), DJ intro and outro, and a variety of sound effects; Call To Me by Marcia Griffiths is wrongly attributed to Rita Marley (as Come To Me); and The Sweetest Rocker In Town is more usually known as Rock With Me Baby. Stand-out tracks include Charlie Organaire's Rude Boy Charlie, the aforementioned Call To Me, The Soul Brothers' Soho, and Don Drummond's perennial Last Call. The annotated booklet contains some hitherto unseen photographs (check out Mr Dodd in front of the VW campervan on the sleeve), but the extensive sleeve notes remain unfortunately obscure (to me, at least) in Japanese.

You will probably have to pay a premium to import this from Japan (or from Ernie B in the USA), but well worth the extra expense in my opinion. An excellent compilation by any standards.

See also ROCKA SHACKA VOL.7 and ROCKA SHACKA VOL.11.

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ROCK A SHACKA VOL.6 :
TOP NOTCH TUNES
Various Artists (2003)

Island UPCH-1262

Artibella (Machine Gun Cut) (Stranger & Ken); The First Time I Heard The Ska (Delroy Wilson); Third Man Ska Theme (Roland Alphonso); Chain Gang (Jamaicans); Rude Boy Charlie (Charlie Organaire); Call To Me (Marcia Griffiths); The Sweetest Rocker In Town (Wailers); Feel Like Jumping (Lee Perry); Sammy Dead (Delroy Wilson); Brand New Ska (Skatalites); Ska Shuffle (Soul Brothers); I Really Love You (Tiny Brown); Soho (Soul Brothers); Last Call (Don Drummond); Amen (Wailers)

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