Published on December 28th, 2012 | by Joachim


Vote The Album Of The Year 2012

Yes, we Ska people can call ourselves lucky to have such a great tradition. A pool of old music that we can listen to again and again. That’s the foundation. From the first releases of The Skatalites to the legendary 2Tone recordings.  

But what’s even better: It doesn’t stop there. The pool becomes bigger every year with bands from all over the world adding their take on Ska, Rocksteady and Early Reggae. Today’s originators need not come from Jamaica or England, they can also live in Denmark, Russia or India. They may be 18 or 58. That’s what is keeping our music alive. While The Skatalites (with new members) are still doing their thing. Wow!

At the end of every year it is time to take a look at how the pool of music has become bigger with the “Album of The Year 2012” poll. It runs only for a few days, from 28th December 2012 to January 6th 2013, 23:59 Central European Time. Throughout 2012 we have regularly updated a list with the new albums in a list post, now it’s your turn to vote for your favourite record of the year. This poll was taken over from the blog, where the winners were Alaska (from Switzerland) in 2009, Red Soul Community (Spain) (2010) and Desorden Publico (Venezuela) in 2011.

We have made some changes this year. Since it is hard for us as fans to decide on the one record that stood out, we now allow every voter three (3!) votes. And to let people know about the poll via youtube, we produced a video, in which I play parts of some songs from Obi Fernandez, Dr. Ring Ding and Babylove & The Van Dangos. It’s fun to watch. Go further down to watch it.

This is the first year for REGGAE STEADY SKA. We started the website in the summer of 2012. And we are very pleased about how it is going so far. We loved the great feedback we received for the Madness Album Series, the start of REGGAE STEADY SKA TV, The Ultimate Christmas Wishlit For Ska People, and more.

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And if you like to get involved with REGGAE STEADY SKA, just write an email to Thanks, and now have your vote. Use the comment section for shoutouts to your favourite bands.
The poll is closed: The results will be published on January 7th 2013, at 12:00 (Central European Time).

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About the Author

With his Ska band The Braces (1984-1991, 2000-2006) Joachim Uerschels released three albums for Unicorn, Pork Pie and Mad Butcher Records. He lives in Cologne, Germany as a writer and musician. He's currently writing songs for the first album of his Acoustic Ska project Joe Scholes

38 Responses to Vote The Album Of The Year 2012

  1. simon rogers says:

    Trailer for the Prince Buster Showdown CD please Vote for in the Ska Album of the year

  2. simon rogers says:

    Trailer for The Prince Buster tribute album Prince Buster Shakedown please vote for it in the best Ska vote

  3. Maggie says:

    Mejor Album 2012: Daniel Flores & The Rumba Box – Todo Hombre Es Una Isla (E) (Liquidator) – Reggae (2%, 24 Votes)

  4. Matt Kucharski says:

    The Agents

  5. Sebastian Schicktanz says:


  6. Ian Jones says:

    SPECIALIZED – great music made by great people for a truly great cause! Get on it people!

  7. Franco says:

    The best album: Daniel Flores & The Rumba Box

  8. vince says:

    The Smooth Beans album will be out in 2013… not in 2012

  9. Khris says:

    mmm, some albums suddenly get tons of votes… Curious, very curious

  10. Ming Nagel says:

    I’m trying to vote for Specialized, but not having much luck casting my ballot…:-( Any advice?

  11. Gary SKAMAN Ashworth says:

    SPECIALIZED album and event of the year

  12. BRUCE DRAKE says:


  13. Glyn Tucker says:

    My vote goes to Specialized.

  14. Cancer sufferer says:

    I have voted for Specialized, suffering from cancer myself my heart goes out to children who have to go through the same and worse, my heart goes out for their strength and courage of the children and their loved ones. The album is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and is completely non profit. I know one of the bands and they have worked so hard for this charity with not only this album but more, and deserve to be recognised for their contribution not only to raise important money for charity, but also because they completely rock!! Good luck and if you have not voted yet, please vote for Specialized. xx

  15. PASO says:

    Thank you for the tremendous support guys! So many votes – we appreciate it a lot!
    It’s great to see that this many fabolous albums has been released in 2012 and it’s heart warming to see that some of them had such noble causes as the Specialized project. All our respect goes out for them!
    A big thanks for Reggae Steady Ska for giving the opportunity to get to know bands and releases we have not known before.
    If you don’t know Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra give some of these tunes a listen: – live Symphonic version – video for one of the songs form the latest album – live at Sziget Festival

  16. Josie says:

    The Dualers!!!

  17. Rich says:

    Lots of great albums to choose from but Prince Fatty is the one I played the most so it gets my vote.

  18. Pat says:

    Specialized, Great album for a great cause, The Talks were honored to be apart of it x

  19. Akka86 says:

    GO PASO GO ^^ <3

  20. malana says:

    The Dualers are the best xxx

  21. malana says:

    I vote
    The Dualers – Prince Buster Tribute

  22. malana says:

    The Dualers – Prince Buster Tribute

  23. donna says:

    I love the Dualers

  24. Tina goode says:

    I have voted the dualers they are great and entertaining by far

  25. miggy says:

    vote 4 specialized the cancer gig that the dualers couldnt be bothered 2 turn up at

  26. Jenny says:

    It just HAS to be The Dualers !!

  27. Dins says:

    It has to be the Specialized album! So much effort went into this project by so many bands throughout 2012 for such a great cause.

  28. petikepetike says:

    PASO the best!!! 🙂

  29. Sarah says:

    I love the dualers 🙂 🙂

  30. leila says:

    Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra!!!!!!! 🙂

  31. I like the Dualers, however as I was involved with ‘The Big One’ I have to go with Specialized

  32. lucía says:

    my vote goes to Vieja Skina – Ayahuaska

  33. Andrew says:

    is the poll still open? it’s more than 2 hours past midnight but it seems that the system still accepts votes. Or has the voting period been extended?

  34. brendaa says:

    Voto por Vieja Skina – Ayahuaska 🙂

  35. Charo says:

    Vieja Skina, el mejor grupo de SKA del mundo..!!!!!

  36. Chris George says:

    I agree with Glyn Tucker!
    Specialized it is!

  37. Anna Rudy says:


    Up to me all albums are good, have their own styles, and the most I love David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 “Friends & Enemies”, the only thing is that the album came out in December, so we doesn’t have enough time to show it to share this lovely music with all people!!!!!!!!!

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