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Dub 56 (2CD)

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Reseña de álbum

It had been a roller coaster ride for The Toasters, slogging up the ladder of success only to have their label go down, prompting three of their members to quit, and leaving the band floundering. Picking themselves up, the remaining group brought in new recruits, found a new label, Pork Pie, and new determination with bandleader Bucket setting out to turn Moon Ska into America's premier ska label. The pay-off finally came in 1993. By then, the ska scene was on the verge of breaking into the mainstream, and excitement electrified the air. No album captured the sheer exuberance of this time like Dub 56. The entire set is a rambunctious celebration of ska and, from the opening note to the closing refrain 14 tracks later, the listener is drawn into a party that just doesn't want to end. Although recorded in the studio, the band play like they're standing in front of an ecstatic hometown crowd, and eager to deliver up a set worthy of that adoration. "Direction" jubilantly sets the stage with anthemic abandon, "Mona" kicks it up a few more notches, its irrepressible melody and swing styling pulling even the wall flowers onto the dancefloor. And then up steps Skatalite Lester Sterling to send everyone into a slow-grinding "Dancin'" frenzy. He returns later for "Marlboro Man," a tight, flamboyant instrumental, that gives the veteran plenty of space to showcase his flashy skills. The title track, though, showcases the band at their most energetic, across a high octane skanker that defies its title. For those actually searching for dub, they'll find it on "Legal Shot," albeit in a splendid dancehall setting, a number that also boasts Coolie Ranx at his singjaying best. "Tunisia" throws a spotlight on the group's jazzier styling, "Midnight Hour" shows just how much fun you can have with a soul classic, and "Goody, Goody" just how entertaining the Toasters' own songs are. For those still on an adrenaline rush from the Skavoovie tour, this album went some way towards satiating a now unendurable longing for more ska'citement. Still, the Toasters take the set out on such a high that the relief is at best temporary, only raising anticipation for more. What higher accolade is there than that? [Megalith's 2007 edition included a bonus 17-track CD.]

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Ultimate Dub 56!

Dub 56, the Toasters 5th studio album. Some hail it as their best effort to date, but maybe just because it was released during the great rise in popularity ska music was getting in the United States, the year was 1994. The Toasters were touring with the power house line up, at least 3 horn players, keyboards and the return of Coolie Ranx to the microphone. (He had actually joined the band back in '88/'89 but the left after only a couple years). Plus Bucket had helped organize the Skavoovie tour which took the Toasters out on the road with the Special Beat, The Selecter and even the Skatalites on shows across the US. This was an important tour cause it was basically bringing together the 3 major movements of ska, the originators, the English resurgence and the US effort. Also Moon Ska Records was getting wider distribution including releases in Brasil Australia and Japan, so more people were getting their hands on Toasters cds than ever before. If bought any of the earlier releases, you may be aware of some of the changes. 1993 saw the release of a limited pressing of some live tracks 'Live In LA' it was dubbed. Then the first Dub 56 release contained the standard 14 studio tracks. After touring for a year then getting back into the studio for the Hard Band For Dead sessions, Coolie left the band and Dub 56 was quickly repackaged adding the 'Live In LA' tracks, but removing the Coolie Ranx penned cuts. This is the version that stayed in print the longest and what most people own. Some European versions were released containing all studio and some live tracks, then a Japanese version was released that boasted the studio tracks plus some live tracks plus two remix tracks, one of which came from a 7inch put out on Stubborn Records. When Megalith Records was formed, it was a goal of ours to eventually repress all the Toasters cds since they were physically going out of print for us. Skaboom went out, Thrill Me Up went out and This Gun For Hire will be out very soon. We kept finding old boxes of the first pressing of Dub 56, many people had paid way too much for that release from eBay pirates and such, so we threw them up on the site for $5 more as a way to get the disc into the hardcore collectors at a very fair price. Also we wanted to get this new version out, but wanted to clear house of all the old ones first. Last year we released this double cd set in Europe, but the pressing plant screwed up the discs, so we didn't import any of those to sell through the website and now we have moved to a different distributor over there, so things will be better! Now comes time for the US version to hit, the cover art I updated slightly, adding the Danceteria marquee and spicing up the logo a bit. Also a tray liner art was created and new art for the two cd faces. So, what do you get with this new and final version of Dub 56? I think there are enough goody goodies here to entice every Toasters fan to buy this release, even if you have 5 other versions of it already!! First you get the entire original studio tracks, plus the 7inch remix, the Japanese only remix and two previously NEVER heard by anyone other than the guy who remixed it, Bucket and probably Matt Malles and maybe one or two other band members, plus me, remixes. That's just on the first disc...the second disc host 9 tracks from the 'Live In LA' including the unreleased live Coolie tracks, plus an entire live set from San Diego recorded on the same run of Skavoovie shows, again never heard by anyone in the general public! I think this is quite a nice package for all Toasters fan and ska fans alike. This 2 disc set idea was conceived by Jeremy Patton and Bucket. We hope you enjoy all the unreleased bonus cuts, we sure as hell do! All music was captured straight from the original master DAT tapes and sequenced by Jeremy Patton.

what a deal!!!

haha! first to write a review for these awesome cds! i must say, that they are quite good. true, "Legal Shot" is on there about half a dozen times, but hry, what are ya gonna do? anyway, this is an awesome price for 2 very awesome cds. keep on skankin'.

Toasters Essential

This is the Toasters at their best. I recommend this album to any ska lover. It is a ska essential.

Biografía

Se formó en: 1982

Género: Rock

Años de actividad: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most important American ska bands, the Toasters did much to popularize the genre on the underground scene in the mid- to late '80s, laying the groundwork for later third wave bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and ska's subsequent explosion in popularity in the mid- to late '90s. British expatriate Rob "Bucket" Hingley formed the Toasters in New York City in 1982 after discovering that the 2 Tone ska he loved had made virtually no inroads into the American music scene. He gathered...
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