Album review

Various Artists - Top Deck SKA 45s Box

It sounds as exquisite as it looks—16 tracks from the vaults of Jamaica's short-lived (1963-66) but hugely influential Top Deck label, spread over eight separate coloured vinyl jukebox-cut (big hole) seven-inches and housed in a replica reel-to-reel tape box. Visually, and musically—The Skatalites, Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso—this is any self-respecting rude boy's wet dream.

Rating: 5 / 10


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