2 Tone Records debt to 1960's Jamaican music is vast. Without the likes of Toots & The Maytals, Prince Buster and The Pioneers, 2 Tone's stars The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers would not only be void of a huge part of their sets, but the genre that checkered the national would be an all-together different affair.
With this in mind Phoenix City All-Stars recorded their debut album, a truly unique celebration of one of Britain's most iconic labels. Taking some of 2 Tone's greatest songs and replanting in 1960's Jamaica, the resulting tracks are truly authentic sounding Blazing 60's ska, akin to The Skatalites, rocksteady and early reggae. Wonderfully inspired interpretations, performed by an all-star band plus legendary guest vocalists Dave Barker (the voice of Dave & Ansell Collins) and AJ Franklin (The Federals and The Chosen Few).
supported by 62 fans who also own “2 Tone Gone Ska”
excellent and inventive versioning in an authentic style with a nod to the present - along with a few others, manasseh keeps the flag waving - i'm not familiar with the source album, but with respect to pama intl, i don't need to be - a valid piece of work! tech23
supported by 54 fans who also own “2 Tone Gone Ska”
What a fantastic new direction for Pama International. This is wonderfully soulful and mellow reggae, full of verve and soul diva vocals, and quality from beginning to end. I love every song on this album. Eclectic