Thursday, December 22, 2016
The Duff Guide to Ska: Year in Ska Reviews - 2016 Edition
Here we are at that time of the year again when we all take stock of the twelve months that have just passed. I tend to look at my failings, instead of the accomplishments (I could have reviewed many more releases, seen more shows, etc.). Having said that, I am proud of and stand by everything I've written here and hope that these words have helped steer you/turn you on to some amazing ska bands and music.
Below, please find links to all of The Duff Guide to Ska reviews of 2016, in case you missed anything, want to reassess a particular release, or re-read a review or two.
I'd also be remiss not to mention all of the ska musicians that we lost in 2016, including Prince Buster, Lord Tanamo, Jimmy Riley, John Bradbury, Clyde Grimes, Jr. of The Untouchables, Al Fletcher of The Selecter/Skaville UK, Roy Radics of The Rudie Crew, Dan "Brukky" Klein of The Frightnrs, and we just learned of Rudy "Valentino" Jones--the tenor saxophonist for The Trojans--who passed away this week (12/21/16). All of you will be sorely missed by many.
1592: Family of Choice
The Amphetameanies: Last Chance Bordello
The Beat Featuring Ranking Roger: Bounce
The Bionic Rats: T.B.R.
Sammy Buzz: The Buzzman Cometh
Susan Cadogan: Take Me Back
The Crombies: Dance Crazee
The Downsetters: The Asylum Hotel
The Frightnrs: Nothing More to Say (review TK)
The Frits: The Greatest Frits
Vivien Goldman: Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982)
Arthur Kay and The Originals: Rare 'n' Tasty reissue
Madness: Can't Touch Us Now
Massive Attack v. Mad Professor: No Protection reissue
N.S.T. and The Soul Sauce: Heaven is Here/Song for Rico EP
J. Navarro and The Traitors: Criminals and Lions
Phoenix City All-stars: Searching for the Young Ska Rebels
Pyrotechnist: Dub Rocketry
Rhoda Dakar: The Lotek Four, Volume I (review TK)
Rico: Man from Wareika/Wareika Dub expanded reissue
Max Romeo: Horror Zone
Joe Scholes: Songbook, Volume II
Sonic Boom Six: The F-Bomb
The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra: Bite the Bullet
The Toasters: Skaboom reissue
The Untouchables: The Duff Guide to The Untouchables
The Uptown Ska Collective: The Uptown EP
Various Artists: Money Maker
Various Artists: Skinhead Reggae 1969
Various Artists: Trembling Earth - A Scottish Ska Compilation
7" and 12" Singles
The Abruptors: "Buffalo Ska"
Laurel Aitken and The Ruts: "The Peel Sessions"
The Bishops: "The Ol' 49R" b/w "The Black and Tan"
Dennis Bovell: "Heaven" 12" reissue
Dennis Bovell: "Row, Row, Row" b/w "River Dub"
Empire of Two: "Let Us Live"
Lynval Golding and Contra Coup: "Know Your Rights" 12"
Natalie Wouldn't: "Natalie Wouldn't"
The Ruts: "Psychic Attack" b/w "Vox Teardrop (Instrumental)"
Secret Affair: "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" b/w "Crumble Gunn"
The Selecter/The Beat: "Breakdown" b/w "Side To Side" split single
The Ska Flames: "Hoppin' Steppin'" b/w "Someday" and "El Camino" b/w "Hometown Waltz"
Yellowcap: "Around the World"
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Other Reviews and Pieces of Note
Review of The Selecter at The Gramercy Theatre on 10/6/16
The Duff Guide to Ska Remembers David Bowie
The Duff Guide to Ska Remembers Prince
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See what The Duff Guide to Ska reviewed during 2015 here!
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