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In the mail today, I received the first copy of my new paperback book The Duff Guide to 2 Tone --and am thrilled to announce that it is now It was one of the Steve Race - Ring Ding (Vinyl) jobs I Steve Race - Ring Ding (Vinyl) had.

Seriously, I miss it badly. I also did a somewhat more recent interview with Read Junk. If you have a ska or reggae release that you'd like me to consider reviewing, please send an e-mail to Steve at duffguidetoska gmail. You should know that we I am old school and prefer music in tangible formats plus I might use your music when I DJ ska events. I'd also appreciate any news or tips you may have about bands.

Please contact me for permission to reproduce anything on this blog. At the time, the ska market for vinyl in the US was very small even the series of numbered, limited edition 7" singles that Moon Records released in the mid-to-late 90s sold surprisingly slowlyso it made financial sense to import a few copies of the LPs from Europe where fans still craved Steve Race - Ring Ding (Vinyl) to sell in the Moon store and through the label's healthy mailorder service.

While talking shop, Chuck is very surprised to learn that Hard Band For Dead was never released on LP the other notable exception is Dub 56probably one of the most beloved Toasters albums ever. Long story short, Buck and Chuck broker a deal--and now Jump Up has just issued 2 Tone Army on black and green vinyl the next pressing will be in whitewhich includes a card that allows you to download six more alternate tracks from the album recording sessions.

Hex died in Berlin in under questionable circumstances he was found with a severe head wound and was assumed to have been the victim of a mugging. For your reference, here is the original track listing for Hard Band for Dead : 1. Talk Is Cheap Hingley 3. Secret Agent Man Barri Sloan 5. Chuck Berry Hingley 6. Mouse Reiter 7. Hard Man Fe Dead C. Campbell 8. Maxwell Smart Irving Szathmary From what I can tell my copy hasn't arrived in the mail yettwo additional tracks have been added to the LP reissue proper: You should Steve Race - Ring Ding (Vinyl) that we I am old school and prefer music in tangible formats plus I might use your music when I DJ ska events.

I'd also appreciate any news or tips you may have about bands. Please contact me for permission to reproduce anything on this blog. While used copies of this original LP are fairly easy to find, this will be the first time this record will be back in print since The This Are Two Tone compilation was released in by Chrysalis in an attempt to recoup at least some of the money that was hemorrhaging in The Special AKA's never-ending recording sessions. Upon its release, In the Studio generated great reviews, but wasn't the hit Chrysalis or the band needed it to be it only climbed to 51 on Steve Race - Ring Ding (Vinyl) UK charts --though "Nelson Mandela" made it up to 9 on the UK singles chart and became a worldwide anti-apartheid anthem.

Even though it wasn't a ska album by then I was used to my former 2 Tone heroes moving far beyond ska; Madness and The Beat had already led the way and "Nelson Mandela" wasn't representative of anything else on the record, I completely loved it. In the Studio was a compelling, sophisticated, and meticulously crafted mix of no wave jazz, reggae, and soul that grew on you and didn't sound like anything else that was unleashed on the UK pop charts in i.

The album was claustrophobic see "Night on the Tiles" and the jab at "Housebound" agoraphobic Terry Hallfull of righteous outrage see "War Crimes," which was about Israel's invasion of Lebanonbrutally uncompromising in its principles see "Racist Friend," which urged you to completely disassociate yourself from anyone, friend or family, who held racist viewsand yielded what may be the catchiest protest song ever written and recorded, the euphoric hit "Nelson Mandela" pleading for the release of the ANC leader who had been jailed by the apartheid South African government for decades --the one moment of pure joy on record that often found the world to be a terribly and disappointingly ugly, petty, predatory, and unjust place see "Alcohol," "What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend," "Bright Lights," "Lonely Crowd," and "Break Down the Door".

In the Studio wasn't the hit pop album that the Chrysalis execs pined for while facing down all of that red ink on their spreadsheets or the ska album that Specials fans were expecting following the brilliant Ghost Town EP though their hopes would have long been dashed by the string of decidedly non-ska singles from this album that preceded In the Studio's release. The Special AKA--defiantly led by Jerry Dammers--stubbornly refused to give the people what they wanted, but delivered what they thought they needed to help them navigate increasingly desperate times.

Thirty years on, In the Studio sounds as strikingly unique and innovative as it did in every song is stellar--and its lyrics Steve Race - Ring Ding (Vinyl) contain their sting and relevance. The music and its messages endure. I suspect that there was much more musical brilliance to come. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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