Up Your Ears Volume 3

Up Your Ears Volume 3

Various Artists

Grover

Here’s a look at what’s going on in the international ska scene, in a great, budget-priced compilation from Germany’s top ska and reggae label, Grover. Even at what you’d have to pay for an import copy of this disc, Up Your Ears Volume 3 provides enough material not available in the states to make its purchase worthwhile — only tracks from the late, lamented Edna’s Goldfish and Skoidats, the apparently reviving (hooray!) Adjusters, and one of the tracks from the seminal Dr. Ring-Ding & the Senior Allstars have been released in the US, to my knowledge. New treats come from the likes of England’s the Hotknives (with the 2 Tone-y masterpiece “Rules of the Game”), Germany’s Ngobo Ngobo (with the similarly infectious “I’m On TV”), and Spain’s Malarians (with the sultry Latin ska of “Disparallo”). Acts better-known to American ears include the Stubborn All-Stars (with “Nutz Die Chancen,” an auf Deutsch version of last year’s “Take Your Chances”), Jamaican legends Laurel Aitken, Lord Tanamo, Rico, and Derek Morgan, and the aforementioned Dr. Ring-Ding and the Senior Allstars (with three tracks — the previously released “Long Time Music,” a ska version of “Ram Di Dance,” and the Ring-Ding-less Senior Allstars instrumental jam, “Sniff”). All in all, a nice picture of the ska scene around the world, circa: now. Recommended!

Grover Records, PO Box 3072, 48016 M•nster, Germany, Fax (49) 251-4848 940

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee
    Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Ramen Shop
    Ramen Shop

    A young man searches for the secrets of his family and great Ramen.

  • Southern Avenue
    Southern Avenue

    Keep On (Concord Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Don Felder
    Don Felder

    Don Felder took music fans down Eagles’ memory lane at Disney Epcot’s® Garden Rocks Concert Series, and Michelle Wilson loved every nostalgic moment of it.

  • Alfred Sergel IV
    Alfred Sergel IV

    Alfred Sergel IVtet (The Tam Tam Group). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Tanika Charles
    Tanika Charles

    The Gumption (Record Kicks). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives