Welcome to another edition of Miss Upsetter’s Retro Vinyl Review! Miss Upsetter is originally from Arizona where she was very involved with the ska scene and used to run the now-defunct ska site Get Up Edina! Being the vinyl junkie that she is, she posted many quick-hit reviews of some classic ska and reggae albums on that site. We have unearthed these reviews and will share as many as we can for a somewhat daily review segment.
Today’s review is of the album Fly Flying Ska by Prince Buster:
I’m not a huge huge fan of this album, I think if I had to pin a phrase on this album, it’d be “clap ska”. You know what I’m talking about? Where the rhythm features some clapping? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. I don’t think a lot of the tracks on this album are classic or necessary for any collection, however, it is considered “classic”, so I guess it depends on how you feel about having an “extensive” collection. Personally, I think the Prince Buster tunes are really lacking, as well as a lot of the other tracks. However, I will say, a few tracks on this album are great examples of early ska, such as Millie & Roy’s “I Go”, Gaynor & Errol’s “My Queen, and Don Drummond’s “The Burial”. This album is really half good, half bad in my book. The cover art is great, I must say though!