OUT NOW Boss a Tribute to Original Sounds

BOSS is a four disc CD box-set featuring reinterpretations of Jamaican music’s greatest pioneers

BOSS is a four disc CD box-set featuring reinterpretations of all ska’s hit factory Trojan Records.



Here is the first review from Button Down Radio
This is the 7th in series of outstanding compilations from amateur and professional artists. Each album follows a theme (previous episodes include Madness, The Clash, Bob Marley…) This year – celebrating 50 years of Trojan Records – features covers of tunes from the original ska era.

For us the 4 CD set (YES – 4CDs – 70 tracks for £16! That’s about 23p a track!) starts super strongly (new word coming to a dictionary soon) with King Hammond – long term Specialized contributor, one man ska factory and ex Bad Manners member’s cover of Niney and The Observer’s Blood and Fire in the way that only King Hammond can. The rest of the first CD is so strong with stand out contributions from: Captain Accident and the Disasters; Oreskabands upbeat version of Jimmy Cliff’s Wonderful World, Beautiful People; The Hempolics chilled out version of Fu Manchu; The Funaddicts and the first disc concludes with Heavensbee’s bass driven version of Dark End of the Street.

CD 2 kicks off with a great boogie woogie piano driven version of the Liquidator (I get visions of Snoopy skanking along to this one – seriously, listen to it and you’ll get what I mean). Amongst the gems on this disc are: The Stiff Joints horn driven Arte Bella; Arthur Kay & The Clerks (always a treat); Ireland’s own The Hacklers providing a Hammond organ heavy Dracula; The Skapones re-working of Laurel Aitken’s Sahara; The Tonic Allstars 2-Tone reimagining of Police and Thieves with the disc closing with our favourite ska originator Stranger Cole in an interesting collaboration with jazz-fusion outfit Akash.

​Disc 3 picks up the pace again with Juantxo Skalari & La Rude Band’s Hooligan – truly infectious. The tracks wend through upbeat skankers and mellow rocksteady versions of some of your favourite Trojan tunes. Every one is a killer but then we come across a cluster of smilers – Decatonics, followed by The Splitters, then Dubious Roots and then Erin Bardwell Collective’s reggaefied version of John Jones. It’s enough to make you dizzy! The disc culminates with The Bertha’s sublime Soul Rebel and an acoustic version of Tonight with the soulful voice of Billy Brown.

​Surely Disc 4 can’t be any better can it? Okay let’s see – The Trojans, Jamaikarta, Big Fat Panda, Peter Azzopardi, Freedom Ska Band. Erm… that’s not exactly bad is it! This is probably the most varied disc in the set with a big guitar sound from The Full Pledge Munkees, Bulky Matron’s fuzzy I Love The Reggae, Long John Silver’s electronic re-working of Elizabethan Reggae reminds me of Blob From Outer Space. The eclectic disc.
Let’s try and sum this all up. Almost FOUR AND A HALF hours of outstanding ska on 4 discs with superb artwork and liner notes. Artists worldwide contributing for an amazing cause. Artists you know and love already and other artists you soon will. FOR SIXTEEN QUID!


The following songs appear on the album (the following is not the order that songs will appear on the CD’s)

Bim Skala Bim – Bring It Back Home To Me
Heanensbee – Honey boy – Dark End of the Street
The Hempolics- Desmond Dekker – Fu Man Chu
The Pressure Tenants – Laurel Aitken – Its Too Late
Dubious Roots – The Pioneers – Let your Yeah be Yeah
6foot7 – Desmond Dekker – Rude Boy Train
Woka Trawolta – Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
Junior Bill – Junior Byles – The Long Way
Millie Manders – Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
Decatonics – Bob and Marcia – Pied Piper
The Big Head – Winston Samuels – You are the One (I Love)
Caz Gardiner – Delroy Wilson – Once Upon a Time
Tonic All-Stars – Junior Murvin – Police and Thieves
Los Chicklets – Val Bennett & His Selected Group – Atlas
The Red Stripes – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes – Carry go bring come
The Millmen – Ken Parker – Change Gonna Come
Big Fat Panda – The Bleachers – Come into my Parlor
The Scorchers – Junior Mervin – Cool Out Son Dub
Swagga – Ken Boothe – Crying Over You
Long John Sliver – Boris Gardiner – Elizabethan Reggae
Dojo – Ken Booth – Everything I own
lennymccartney – Derrick Morgan – Fatman
The Valkyrians – Clancy Eccles – Fatty Fatty
The Big Takeover – Sophia George – Girlie Girlie
Urang Matang – Jimmy Cliff – Hard road to travel
Juantxo Skalari & La Rude Band – Count Lasher with Lyne Taitt & The Baba Brooks Band – Hooligans
Bulky Matron – The Gaylads – I love the Reggae
The Hacklers – Desmond Dekker – Dracula
The Skatuesques – The Gaylads – If You Don’t Mind
Crabs Corporation Feat Pablo Molina – The Kingstonians – I’ll need you tomorrow
Ska Vendors – Desmond Dekker – it Mek
The Erin Bardwell Collective – Rudy Mills – John Jones
Duke & the Boogaloo Band – Harry J Allstars – Liquidator
Third Beat Drop – Nicky ThomasvLove of the common People
Haley Klinkhammer – Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers To Cross
Beat Bahnhof – Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
Captain Accident & The Disasters – Dennis Brown – Money in my pocket
The Reggaskas – Phyllis Dillon – Perfidia
Go Monkeys – Toots & the Maytals – Pressure Drop
Old no 7 band – Matumbi – Reggae Stuff
The Racketeers – The Zodiacs – Renegade
Arthur Kay & The Clerks – Huey Pierce Smith – Sea Cruise
PoisonIvies and the Steady – Sir Lancelot – Shame & Scandal
The Bertha – Bob Marley – Soul Rebel
The Full Pledge Munkees – Bobby Ellis – Step Softly
Easy Snappers – Bobby Ellis – Step Softly instrumental version
Spahnis dub dancers – The Spanishtonians – Stop That Train
The Ozskas – Hopeton Lewis – Take it Easy
Indeed – Lord Tanamo – Taller than you are
Peter Azzopardi – Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard (Tinkerman Dub mix)
Special Brew vs Neol Davies – The Skatalittes – The Reburial
The Domingoes – Clancy Eccles – The Revenge
Emigdio & Superpower – The Paragons – The Tide is High
Billy Brown – Keith & Tex – Tonight
Malambo Ska – Barrington Levy – Too Experienced
Jamaikarta – Derek Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
ORESKABAND – Jimmy Cliff – Wonderful World Beautiful People
Keith & Tex feat Akasha – The Spanishtonians – Stop that Train Live version
Stiff Joints – Sranger Cole – Art Bella
easydread – Mighty Vikings – Love me forever
The Lewis Allstars – Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland
Freedom Ska Band – Joya Landis – MoonLight Lover
The Crombies – Stranger Cole – Rough & Tough
The Skapones – Laurel Aitken – Sahara
The Funaddicts – Peter Tosh – Steppin Razor
Satelite Kingston – Dennis Brown – Things in Life
The Spammed – Jimmy Cliff – You Can Get it if you really want
King Hammond – Niney – Blood and Fire


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