Phoenix City Records To Release Tributes to Prince Buster & 2 Tone

Sean Flowerdew’s Cherry Red Records imprint Phoenix City Records which specializes in Ska and Rocksteady of course have announced they will release two tribute albums to very specific masters in the own right. Both albums will be launched at this year’s London International Ska Fest taking place in May.

First up is an album from one of UK’s most loved ska bands The Dualers titled ‘Prince Buster Tribute’ paying tribute to the King of Ska Prince Buster as the title suggests in their own highly stylized mix of Ska and Reggae. The album will include versions of “Chinaman Ska”, “King of Kings”, “Orange Street” and “Enjoy Yourself” amongst other Buster hits.

The Dualers previously entered the UK charts on three occasions with “Truly Madly Deeply”, “Don’t Go” and “Kiss On My Lips”, shifted over 35,000 albums and sold out London’s O2 Indigo four times.

The second album will be from a super group of all-stars from the Phoenix City stable and will be called appropriately called The Phoenix City All-Stars. The album is titled ‘2 Tone: Ska & Rocksteady Special’ which as you might imagine will be a tribute to all things 2 Tone.

The band will feature the vocals talents of stars old and new including Dave ‘Double Barrel’ Barker and Michie One who has performed with the likes of Pama International and will be present a unique twist on some of 2 Tone’s greatest hits giving them a more reported “blazing 60’s Skatalites style and sweetest sounding rocksteady” vibe rather than the more 80’s London Ska style that blanketed the UK in checkers.

Songs included in the re-working include The Specials’ “Too Much Too Young”, which was in fact originally based around an early reggae hit Lloydie & The Lowbites’ “Birth Control”, “Stereotype” and the iconic “Ghost Town”. Also slanted to be re-worked are the second song ever from 2 Tone, “The Selecter”, which was released as the B-side to The Specials debut “Gangsters” as they had nothing else for the flip and a version of Elvis Costello’s “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down”, which was an actual 2-Tone release but instantly became a rarity as it was given away free at gigs instead of actually being an official release after publishing issues with Costello’s record label came up. This version will feature the outstanding Mr Barker on vocal duties so it’s sure to be a workout.

Both albums will be launched at The London Intl Ska Festival. CD versions can be pre-ordered now with tickets from www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets and picked up at the festival, or if you can’t make the event, they will be available on CD and download formats from itunes, Amazon and other usual outlets after the event.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.