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Album Review

Ball of Fire finds a reunited Skatalites reworking their greatest hits, playing long, extended passages that allow the band to demonstrate their substantial instrumental abilities. Fans of the punchy early singles may find this approach a little unsettling, but anyone who gets into the groove will find Ball of Fire to be a delight, a thoroughly respectable comeback from one of ska's greatest groups.

Customer Reviews

"The Sounds Of Freedom!"

"Bond; James Bond.." You can just picture the smooth Sean Connery lighting some femme fatale's cigarette; with The Skatalites up on stage; "Swinging Easy!" {My kids bought me this CD for Christmas, and it became a favorite of my morning High School Art Classes!} This music evokes cool breezes, tall drinks, beautiful girls and grand times with good friends! A worthy successor to The Skatalites history of instrumental dance grooves, "Ball Of Fire" is a platter that has brought a smile to everyone I have spun it for! If all you know about Reggae is Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert and Jimmy Cliff; then be prepared to "Get Into The Groove" with The Skatalites! A true "Ball Of Fire" is coming your way! Dig It! Grimmbo.


Formed: 1963

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

More than a band, the Skatalites were and are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didn't merely define the sound of Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the '50s and '60s. Although the group existed in its original incarnation for less than 18 months, members brought their signature styles to hundreds upon hundreds of the island's releases. The Skatalites officially lined up as guitarist Jerome "Jah Jerry" Hinds, bassist Lloyd Brevett, teenaged pianist Donat Roy "Jackie"...
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