Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Phoenix City All-stars Tackle Dexy's Midnight Runners!

The long-gestating new album from the Phoenix City All-stars is finally seeing the light of day (it was originally scheduled for release last April). For their third album--Searching for the Young Ska Rebels (a nice play on this 1980 debut record)--the Phoenix City All-stars are covering the Stax/Motown-influenced soul music of Dexy's Midnight Runners (Dammers wanted to sign them to 2 Tone back in the day, you know.) You can order the limited-edition LP or CD here. To whet your appetite, take a listen to the Searching for the Young Ska Rebels album sampler video below.

The back story on the Phoenix City All-stars is that they're led by Sean Flowerdew (of Pama Int'l and the organizer of the London International Ska Festival) and Lenny Bignell (of The Sidewalk Doctors). The Phoenix City All-stars' two previous albums are stellar Studio One-type approaches to the 2 Tone catalogue (Two Tone Gone Ska) and select Rolling Stones hits (Skatisfaction). Read The Duff Guide to Ska reviews of these albums here and here.

Here's the Searching for the Young Ska Rebels track list for the LP:

"Burn It Down"
"Seven Days Is Too Long"
"I Couldn't Dub It If I Tried"
"There There My Dear"
"Because of You"
"Jackie Wilson Said"
"Come On Dubleen"

And the following tracks are available on the CD and digital album:
"Because of You" (organ version)
"Seven Days Is Too Long" (instrumental)

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