Ball Of Fire

by Alex Rud
October 20, 2000

File Under: Ska
rating: 5.0 out of 5

1. James Bond Theme

2. Latin Goes Ska

3. Confucious

4. Occupation

5. Rock Fort Rock

6. Eastern Standard Time

7. Ball of Fire

8. Swing Easy

9. Ringo

10. Freedom Sound

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  • The Skatalites
  • In today's "Closed minded" world, where music is judged on by how fast the drums are, or how loud the guitar is, even in the (sad to say) ska movement. Where the "Ska-Core" bands dominate the radio play and pose as real "Rude Boys" but know nothing of Ska music's rich past.

    There is one band however that was there from the beginning of it all and is still touring the world. Yes, it is the "Fathers of Ska" the Skatalites. After a 40 year period and the deaths of some of the founding members, the Skatalites are still around and know not of what the phrase "Call it quits" means. They won't stop until the whole world is dancing to that "Kingston beat" in perfect unity.

    The era of the Skatalites continues with this 1997 release, "Ball of Fire". The name is very appropriate for the album, because the album contains 10 scorching instrumental tracks, so bring a glass of water with you, if you can't stand the heat.

    The band has taught yet another generation about what Ska music really is. We are grateful for that. So bow your heads with respect for this amazing group, because without them Ska, Raggae, Rocksteady, and even your Ska-core bands would not exist. Peace!

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