Released on the 3rd September 2012 via Phoenix City / Cherry Red Rcds (on CD/Ltd.LP/Digital)
2 Tone Records debt to 1960's Jamaican music is vast. Without the likes of Toots & The Maytals, Prince Buster, The Pioneers and Dandy Livingstone, 2 Tone's stars The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers would not only be void of a huge part of their sets, but the genre that checkered the national would be an all together different affair. With this in mind Phoenix City All-stars present a truly unique celebration of one of Britain's most iconic labels. Taking some of 2 Tone's greatest songs and replanting in 1960's Jamaica. The resulting tracks are truly authentic sounding Blazing 60's ska, akin to The Skatalites, the sweetest sounding rocksteady and early reggae that make for wonderfully inspired interpretations. Performed by an all-star band plus legendary guest vocalists Dave Barker (the voice of Dave & Ansell Collins) and AJ Franklin (The Federals and The Chosen Few).
Produced by Lenny Bignell (The Sidewalk Doctors) and Sean Flowerdew (Pama Intl), who has previously toured and recorded with members of The Specials, The Beat, Madness and The Selecter as well as Jamaican greats – Dennis Alcapone, Dave & Ansell Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Dawn Penn and Derrick Morgan, making him ideally placed for this unique reinvention.
"An unbeatable repatriation of 2 Tone to the young sounds of Jamaica"
“2 Tone meets Studio One”
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