January 16, 2014, at 12:06 am

Buster’s Dubplates

Two new Prince Buster 7″ reissues are out now courtesy of the Japanese Rock-A-Shacka/Drum And Bass Records team.

  • Prince Buster All Stars – Hey Train/Ali Shuffle
  • Prince Buster All Stars – Work Song/Vera Cruz

Four wonderful tunes. Hey Train and Work Song are both taken from old dubplates and were never properly released. The sound quality on these two tunes are not up to Rock-A-Shacka’s usual high standards but the tunes are great and as dubplates were the only available source there is no reason to complain. Ali Shuffle is also known as Rock Steady and is a next piece to the classic Seven Wonders Of The World. Vera Cruz is the take that was originally issued on Jamaican single.

In recognition of the dubplate source the labels on these are copies of old 60’s dubplates, unusual but really nicely presented as you would expect from Rock A Shacka.

2 comments to Buster’s Dubplates

  • muzzerjazz

    “Hey Train” is a version of jazz pianist Bobby Timmons’ “Moanin'”, originally performed by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
    “Worksong” is the Nat Adderley (cornetist) tune of the same name, originally on an album by the man himself as well as a live version on an album with his brother Cannonball (alto).
    Buster’s obviously a bit of a jazz fan.

  • Not sure if Buster’s much of a Jazz fan, but the musicians definitely were, especially the horn players!

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