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by Alex Rud
September 6, 2001

File Under: Ska, Reggae
rating: A
tracks

1) Insteps-Walk Away

2) Skinnerbox-You Knock the Wind Out of Me

3) Stubborn All-Stars -Dave Helm

4) Slackers-No More Crying

5) Mephiskapheles-Attack of the Geniuses

6) Inspecter 7-Sleeping With the Enemy

7) Stubborn All-Stars - Citadel

8) Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7-Thursday Night Stomp

9) B-3's- Last Call

10) The Insteps- Mr. Mobutu

11) Stable Boys- I Got To Know

12) Slackers- Watch This

13) Ruder Than You-Uncle Albert (Live)   

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  • Triple Crown records, has put together an awesome ska comp of bands from the NY area. The album features all your favorite ska bands, and then some.

    The album begins with the Insteps, doing "Walk Away." The song is a very upbeat track, and it is sure to make you shake your ass around the room.

    Next comes the legendary Skinnerbox, doing their song "You Knock the Wind Out Of Me." The song is very upbeat. Django's vocals are top notch on this number. Stubborn All-Stars do "Dave Helm." This song is found on the "Back With a New Batch" album, but in this one, Django talks less, and let's the music do everything.

    Slackers come next with their song "No More Crying." The song is played a bit differently than on the "Question" LP version. This song is like a bonus to all the Slackers' fans out there.

    The great Mephiskapheles come next. The Meph does "Attack of the Geniuses." The song is one of my fave Mephi songs, and it looks (or rather, sounds good) on this compilation. Inspecter 7 follows with "Sleeping With the Enemy." The song is also a different version from the LP version. It's almost the same, but the keyboards are a little different. The sound is even spookier than the original version.

    The second Stubborn All-Stars' song on this comp is "Citadel." The song has a Spanish flavor to it. I don't think this song is available anywhere (at least not that I know of), making this song a treat for all the fans.

    Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7 lend their song "Thursday Night Stomp." This is one of the more upbeat, R7, songs, so it really fits in on this CD. B-3's come next. This is the first song I've ever heard by them, and it's still one of my favorites. It's a very upbeat number, and it is sure to keep you dancing around your room for hours (given that you have it on repeat).

    The second Insteps' song is "Mr. Mobutu." The song is an instrumental, and a great one at that. The band proves that they can be tight without lyrics. Stable Boys do their song "I Got to Know." I never heard this guys before at all, so I need to do my homework on them. Django covered this song when I saw him at Wetlands a few months ago.

    Slackers do "Watch this" as their second song. This number is one of my favorite Slackers' song, and I think that many will agree. I just wish that they would put an unreleased song on here, instead of this one. It's all-good though.

    Last track on the album is by Ruder Than You, and they do a live version of their song "Uncle Albert." This is the only song on the album that I can't stomach. It's just too weird. I feel like I'm listening to this song at some fret boy party, with a bunch of stupid-drunk kids dancing like idiots. Oh well, it sucks that the album has to end with this sucky track

    Alex Rud is a Staff Writer. Contact him at misftskull@aol.com.

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