The popularity of the limited edition 7" over the past few years has led to an increase in calls from vinyl enthusiasts from around the world for the reintroduction of more formats. Now, at last, that demand is being met with the resurrection of the much-missed 10" single series. To kick off the new range is a quartet of previously unissued killer Ska tracks from the vaults of Duke's Reid's legendary Treasure Isle catalogue.
First off on this limited edition EP are the Zodiacs with their superb mid-sixties version of 'Wake Me, Shake Me', a hugely entertaining number first cut some five years before by popular R&B group, the Coasters.
Next up comes another cover, this time courtesy of Trinidadian-born guitarist, Lyn Taitt, accompanied by Baba Brooks' band. Previously a hit in 1958 for US guitarist, Duane Eddy, the instrumental 'Forty Miles Of Bad Road' is given the Ska treatment to great effect by Taitt and the boys, whose romping interpretation could and should have been a major hit back in '65.
The flip presents another choice item accredited to the Zodiacs, although the identity of the group has yet to be confirmed. As the only original number on the EP, 'I Can't Do The Ska' is a whimsical tribute to the musical style that at the time of recording was currently sweeping the nation and well beyond.
The final tasty morsel in this quartet of delicious, previously unavailable tracks features one of the greats of Jamaican music, Alton Ellis, performing a song he would revisit early the following decade. 'A - You're Adorable' began life in the late forties when it provided a major hit for popular American crooner, Perry Como, but the ditty clearly struck a chord with the Kingston-born legend who, backed by the Flames, somehow managed to transform it into a delicious Ska nugget.
With only 500 copies manufactured, this historic item is pressed on top quality vinyl and comes presented in an individually numbered house-bag, ensuring this initial title in the new series both sounds and looks great. And priced at just £9.99, this surely is an offer you simply can't afford to miss!
To order your copy the first in what promises to be a popular and enduring series, just click here!
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