3/14/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

 

 

(3/14/13)

Rocksteady, as a connecting bridge between Ska and Reggae, does the job quite well. A Hopeton Lewis tune like 1967’s “Sounds and Pressure”, heard here, is Rocksteady/Reggae in tempo, but full-on Ska in rhythmic execution, right down to that fat Lloyd Knibb-style groove emanating from the drumkit_ and the stunning mile-wide clarity of the sound engineering puts you right on stage with the band. Wotta way to kick off the RSST this or any week! By comparison, the rest of the “Ooh” sounds like you’re listening to the guy on the radio spinning a bunch of records… which, by the way, you are! But hey, that’s why you tuned in, right? And these platters, by artists ranging from steel drummer Selwyn Baptiste to Justin Hinds & the Dominoes to the Cavaliers Orchestra, should have you bouncing around the room wearing holes in your soles in no time. Well, in an hour:15, anyway. Then it’s time to float on through the airlock into Sherwood’s orbital flying party palace, where Cedar Walton segues into Lyly “Spud” Murphy, then into a Cook 45 of Johnny Gomez & his Orchestra launching into “Gloria” …but not THAT “Gloria” …different tune entirely! Gotta love those… In the Home Stretch, GotchaSKAvered’s Lollipop-of-the-Week is the one Millie Small took worldwide. Back in January, we played her mixed German/English version, but this is the one a hundred different record labels around the globe put out on 45 and made a certifiable smash out of… including Smash! The 5@5:05 shuffled the Ska_ e-ven-LY-e-ven-LY-e-ven-LY, even if sometimes the groove would stray into straight-8th territory, and that’s as much music theory as I’m going to spill here. After all, as the guys in Fishbone like to remind us (as we groove to their irresistable “Unyielding Conditioning”), Give A Monkey A Brain And He’ll Swear He’s The Center Of The Universe. Tune in, and stay tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Hopeton Lewis - Sounds & Pressure (3:03)
Album: 45; Label: K&K
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics - More Love (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Selwyn Baptiste - Mo' Bay (3:06)
Album: 45; Label: Black Swan
The Wailers - Mr. Talkative (2:01)
Album: Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers; Label: Studio 1
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Jamaica Ska (2:27)
Album: 45; Label: Kentone
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Soul Bros. - Searching for Weapons (4:01)
Album: Carib Soul; Label: Studio 1
Count Suckle & the Rudies - Please Don't Go (2:56)
Album: 45; Label: Crystal
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes - Rub Up Push Up (2:45)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Lord Creator a.k.a. Kentrick Patrick - King and Queen (2:56)
Album: 45; Label: Randy's
Ken Boothe - Don't Cry Little Girl (2:57)
Album: Mr. Rock Steady; Label: Studio 1
The Clarendonians - The Jerk (2:41)
Album: 45; Label: Ska Beat
Prince Buster - How Can I Tell Them (2:55)
Album: Ska Lip Soul; Label: Blue Beat
The Sensations - War Boats (2:17)
Album: 45; Label: Techniques
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore - South China Sea (3:10)
Album: v.a. Ska 45s box set; Label: Top Deck
Roland Alphonso - Bali Hai (2:52)
Album: 45; Label: Dutchess
Slim Smith - The New Boss (2:33)
Album: Born to Love; Label: Studio 1
Cavaliers Orchestra - I Man (2:42)
Album: 45; Label: Randy's
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (most of) One for Freetime (2:36)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Ken Boothe - Give Me Back my Heart (2:37)
Album: Mr. Rock Steady; Label: Studio 1
Al Barry & the Cimarrons - Morning Sun (2:54)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
Jennifer Lara - Impossible (2:47)
Album: Studio One presents...; Label: Studio 1
The English Beat - Jeanette (4:09)
Album: 12"; Label: IRS/Go Feet
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Cedar Walton - N.P.S. (5:08)
Album: Soundscapes; Label: Columbia
Lyle "Spud" Murphy - Caleta (2:51)
Album: New Orbits in Sound; Label: GNP/Crescendo
Johnny Gomez & his Orchestra - Gloria (2:49)
Album: 45; Label: Cook
Billy Strange - Mooncussers (1:47)
Album: 45; Label: Vista
Copter 4016882 - Polly's Flying Hat (3:32)
Album: Contemode v.a.; Label: Contemode
Gil Fuller & the Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra ft. Dizzy Gillespie - Angel City (817)
Album: s-t; Label: Pacific Jazz
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Capsule - Tokyo Invader House (3:25)
Album: Retro Memory; Label: Yamaha
Capsule ft. Copter4016882 - Udagawa Friday
Album: Cutie Cinema Replay; Label: Pony Canyon
(Bebu) Silvetti - Fortune Teller (5:26)
Album: spring rain; Label: Salsoul
Dave Pike - Vikki (5:26)
Album: Manhattan Latin; Label: Decca
Joey Lewis, his Organ & Orchestra - Tobago Lollipop (ntbcw) (2:56)
Album: 45; Label: JoeVan
Arthur Lyman - Legend of the Rain (4:03)
Album: Bahia; Label: Hifirecord
Soil & "Pimp" Sessions ft. Shiina Ringo - My Foolish Heart (Crazy in Shibuya) (4:36)
Album: online single; Label: iTunes Japan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Springy, Baby! (2:02)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Zeuxis & the Painted Grapes - Blissed Out (4:13)
Album: v.a. mutant pop hybrids; Label: Pi
The Stylers - Flows ( ...or something like, "Water's Always Flowing") (3:18)
Album: ???; Label: ???
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Millie Small - My Boy Lollipop (1:57)
Album: 45; Label: Smash
The Skatalites - New York Minute (3:24)
Album: On the Right Track; Label: AIM Roots Explorer Series
Mungo's Hi-Fi - Bad Bad Boy (ft. Soom) T (4:12)
Album: Forward Ever; Label: Scotch Bonnet
Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters - Show Me the Way (4:27)
Album: Boogaloo; Label: V2/Universal
Pitbull - Don't Stop the Party (3:25)
Album: Global Warming; Label: RCA
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Open Your Eyes (5:41)
Album: Answer; Label: cutting edge
Gerhana Ska Cinta - There'll Always Be Sunshine (4:06)
Album: The New Authentic; Label: Clockwork
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Bad Manners - Exodus (2:43)
Album: Forging Ahead; Label: Magnet/Epic
The Specials - Pearl's Cafe (3:07)
Album: More Specials; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Giuliano Palme & the Bluebeaters - Tutta Mia la Citta (3:38)
Album: Boogaloo; Label: V2/Universal
Tracey Dey - Ska Doo-De-Ya (2:40)
Album: 45; Label: Amy
Cedric Im Brooks & the Divine Light - Schooling the Duke (2:28)
Album: From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music; Label: 17 North Parade
The Selecter - Street Feeling (3:15)
Album: Too Much Pressure; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Buster's All Stars - Driving West (3:00)
Album: 45; Label: Wildbells
Derrick Morgan - Leave Earth (2:31)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Fishbone - Unyielding Conditioning (4:43)
Album: Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe; Label: Columbia
Open Season - Elephant Walk (6:08)
Album: Hot and Fire; Label: Megalith
Kid Creole & the Coconuts - Gina Gina (3:53)
Album: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places; Label: Sire
Tin Pan Alley - Yellow Magic Carnival (3:30)
Album: Caramel Mama; Label: Crown Japan
Lou & the Hollywood Bananas - Kingston Kingston (3:02)
Album: v.a. Bonjour la France vol. 2; Label: BR Music
Runa Miyoshida - Cold Flower (4:04)
Album: Ska Flavor #1; Label: @Lounge
The LIttle Elephant - Spider (4:15)
Album: Second Fruits; Label: RD
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
March 14, 2013

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