9/27/2012 Rocket Ship Ska Trip



Check out this week's "Ooh" ...it contains more ska, rocksteady and skinhead reggae oldies making their RSST debut than any Ska Trip in a lo-o-o-ong time, including a Lloyd Charmers weirdie that manages to evoke images of Bond... James Bond... galloping through the Old West on a horse! The famous Bond guitar riff, doubled by the bass, alternates with Hammond organ fragments of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, the Magnificent Seven... and somehow even Guns of Navarone works its way into the mix! The real, and very Greek, island of Navarone, in the Aegean Sea, was the (German-occupied) home of two gigantic Nazi guns trained on British forces stranded on nearby Kheros during World War II.  The story was told by a 1957 novel and the 1961 movie whose opening title theme was redone for the soundtrack album by Mitch Miller (listen to that for "Niiiii-troglycerin, niiiii-troglycerin!") in a version that does NOT appear in the movie! Of course, we know that the theme also became a huge hit for The Skatalites, who have recreated it in numerous live recordings since, including the one from the Teatro Armenio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that became part of the Grover live cd In Orbit vol. 1, and is part of this week's GotchaSKAvered selection (the other part being "Guns" as done up by The Specials) that kicks off the Home Stretch. Other features of this week's Stretch include a 5@5 made up entirely of '60s-vintage ska from outside Jamaica... check that set out for the rollicking, raucous Hammond wailing on Lester Lanin's "West Indies Ska" ...who was that guy?  In the middle, Sherwood made up for last week's dearth of Shiina Ringo recordings, as well as spinning his usual lively blend of old cha-chas, sambas, space jazz, big-band jungle jams and something with a vibraphone on it... just 'cuz it ain't really Sherwood's Planet without the occasional vibraphone popping up here and there!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
The Blues Blasters - Marjie (3:10)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
The Blues Busters - I Don't Know (1:54)
Album: Behold! The Anthology; Label: Trojan
Prince Buster - How Can I Tell Them (2:55)
Album: Ska Lip Soul; Label: Blue Beat
Delroy & Paulette - When I First Heard (The Ska) (2:35)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
(Lord) Tanamo - (idnt. as "Tanamo" on label) - I Am Holding On (2:13)
Album: 45; Label: Island
Clive & Naomi w./Baba Brooks Band - You Are Mine (1:59)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Eric ("Monty") Morris & Frank Cosmo - Pack Up Your Troubles (2:14)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - The Great UFO Crash of '47 (3:20)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Jamaicans - Cool Night (2:52)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
Delroy Wilson - Ananias (2:31)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Sir Harry - Hee Cup (2:11)
Album: 45; Label: Crab
Vincent Gordon & the Dynamics - The Burner (2:06)
Album: v.a. Skinhead Reggae 3cd box set; Label: Trojan
Lloyd Charmers - Dollars and Bonds (2:40)
Album: 45; Label: Bullet
Stranger & Patsy - Come Back (2:56)
Album: 45; Label: Kentone
Tyrone & Bruce - (I Am A) True Believer (2:45)
Album: v.a. Reggae Duets 3cd box set; Label: Trojan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 5 Fingers of Ska (4:01)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Prince Buster's All Stars - A Trip to Mars (3:12)
Album: 45; Label: Prince Buster/Voice of the People
Ken Boothe - Danger Zone (2:41)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Roland Alphonso - Bali Hai (2:52)
Album: 45; Label: Dutchess
Roland Alphonso - Sai Pan (3:32)
Album: 45; Label: Merritone
Laurel Aitken - Go Gal Go (2:26)
Album: 45; Label: Black Swan
Carlos Malcolm & his Afro-Jamaican Rhythms - Run for Cover (2:47)
Album: The Royal Ska; Label: Jamaican Gold
Don Drummond & his Evergreens - Jet Stream (2:55)
Album: 45; Label: Rolando & Powie
The Skatalites - Ball of Fire (3:06)
Album: v.a. Strictly for You; Label: Studio 1
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (ft. Shiina Ringo) - My Foolish Heart (Crazy in Shibuya) (4:37)
Album: download; Label: iTunes Japan
Shiina Ringo & Saito Neko - La Salle de Bain (4:07)
Album: Heisei Fuzoku; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Machito - Vaya Nina (2:49)
Album: Ritmo Caliente 4cd box set; Label: Proper
Jimmie Haskell - Moonlight Cha Cha (1:56)
Album: Count Down; Label: Imperial
Fred Callender & his Calypsonians - Pepe To Mi Corazon (3:39)
Album: Grand Bahama Holiday; Label: Carib
Preston Epps - Bongos in Pastel (2:06)
Album: Bongo Bongo Bongo; Label: Original Sound
Edmundo Ros - I Came, I Saw, I Conga'd (2:14)
Album: Dance Again; Label: London/Phase 4
Bill Doggett - Gumbo (2:25)
Album: Hot Doggett; Label: King
Sammy Kaye - Talk to the Animals (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Decca
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Lymedison (4:30)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Joe Loco Quintet - By the Light of the Silvery Moon (2:14)
Album: Cha Cha Cha; Label: Fantasy
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - I'll Always Have a Smile for You (2:45)
Album: ...meets King Penett; Label: RCA
Jr. Walker - Brainwasher Pt. 1 (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: Soul
Jimmy Flint & the Stones - Piasano (2:13)
Album: 45; Label: WB
Victor Feldman - Suite Sixteen (8:45)
Album: Suite Sixteen; Label: OJC/Contemporary
Cal Tjader - Ginza Samba (4:52)
Album: Greatest Hits; Label: Fantasy
Cabernet Deneuve - Moscow (3:10)
Album: Best; Label: BRP
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Pro-Pleasure Gas (Don Cacheine's Disco Kicks) (3:46)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
George Russell - Waltz from Outer Space (6:59)
Album: Jazz in the Space Age; Label: Decca/Chessmates
Tokyo Jihen - Uten Kekkou (2:45)
Album: Sports; Label: Toshiba/EMI
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Skatalites (live!) - Guns of Navarone (6:25)
Album: In Orbit vol. 1; Label: Grover
The Specials (live!) - Guns of Navarone (2:13)
Album: v.a. The Compact 2Tone Story; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
The Nutty Boys - People (2:57)
Album: Crunch!; Label: Mapps Cafe
Gerhana Ska Cinta - A Bit of Calypso (2:56)
Album: Boss Sounds; Label: Clockwork
Dionne Bromfield - Foolish Little Girl (2:23)
Album: Introducing...; Label: Island/Lioness
SKAndalous All Stars - Higher Ground (5:40)
Album: Hit Me; Label: Shanachie
ARTS ("Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska") - Day Tripper (2:53)
Album: Discover the Ska!; Label: Geneon
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Fleetwoods - Ska Light Ska Bright (2:25)
Album: 45; Label: Dolton
Jerry Jackson - Always (2:37)
Album: 45; Label: Columbia
Lester Lanin - West Indies Ska (2:20)
Album: Dancing at the Discotheque; Label: Philips
Tracey Dey - Ska Doo-De-Yah (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Amy
Jeff Bowen - Suzie Ska (2:36)
Album: 45; Label: Mercury
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Penguin On Vacation (2:11)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters - Tutta Mia la Citta (3:38)
Album: Boogaloo; Label: V2/Universal
Donald Fagen - Walk Between Raindrops (2:38)
Album: The Nightfly; Label: WB
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Itsuka Dokoka De (3:25)
Album: Pioneers; Label: Sony
The Dynamics - Rockit (3:07)
Album: Version Excursions; Label: grooveattack
Prince Fatty & the Mutant Hifi - The Good, The Vlad & The Ugly (2:55)
Album: Return of Gringo; Label: Mr. Bongo
Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics - Cosmic Bust (2:48)
Album: Interstellar Reggae Drive; Label: Trojan
SKAndalous All Stars - Lithium (3:51)
Album: Hit Me; Label: Shanachie
Jump With Joey - Calafia (5:20)
Album: Swingin' Ska goes South of the Border; Label: Will
Kid Koala - Skanky Panky (3:13)
Album: Some of my Best Friends are DJs; Label: Ninja Tune
The Planets - Follow the Leader (3:34)
Album: Spot; Label: Rialto
SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:01)
Album: ; Label:
Air Date: 
September 27, 2012

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