News Album Of The Year 2014

Published on January 8th, 2015 | by Joachim

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The Album Of The Year 2014 is …

That was it, the public voting for The Album Of The Year 2014 poll is over. Thanks to everyone who participated, read, listened, voted, liked, or shared.

Specialized III “Mad Not Cancer” did it.

Huge congratulations to Paul Williams and his team for making it all happen and to each of the bands who contributed to this huge project. The 4-album package is available at the Specialized website.

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Also thanks to everyone who created new music in 2014. If you have a look at the “All Albums Released in 2014” list you know it was a good year for ska, rocksteady and early reggae.

Next to the public voting, there has also been a jury voting for “Album Of The Year 2014”. We will publish the results in the next couple of days.

You can still show your support for bands and other activists in the remaining five categories of the Reggae Steady Ska year-end polls.

1. Debut Album Of The Year
2. Best Live Band
3. Best Festival
4. 7″ Vinyl OF The Year
5. Video Of The Year

These polls run until Sunday 11 Jan, 2015.

All the releases will also be listed among other things in the Ska Music Yearbook 2014, due out soon.

Peace.

My three favourite Reggae Steady Ska albums from 2014 are ...

  • Various - Mad Not Cancer (Specialized 3) (20%, 243 Votes)
  • Mighty Fishers, The - Soul Garden (16%, 189 Votes)
  • Los Elefantes - Grandes Éxitos de Otros (9%, 104 Votes)
  • Dualers, The - Back To Paradise (8%, 98 Votes)
  • Many Loves Ska Jazz - Dreamlike (7%, 88 Votes)
  • Kingston Rudieska - Everyday People (6%, 74 Votes)
  • Transilvanians - Echo, Vibes & Fire (6%, 73 Votes)
  • Skamanians - Ride Again (5%, 64 Votes)
  • The Talks - Commoners, Peers, Drunks & Thieves (4%, 51 Votes)
  • Clinton Fearon - Goodness (4%, 50 Votes)
  • Rhoda Dakar - Sings The Bodysnatchers (3%, 36 Votes)
  • Atsushi & The Moisties - same (3%, 32 Votes)
  • Ed Rome - Snapshot (3%, 32 Votes)
  • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Ska Me Forever (3%, 32 Votes)
  • The Busters - Supersonic Eskalator (2%, 29 Votes)
  • Rude Boy George - Confessions (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Alpheus - Good Prevails (2%, 24 Votes)
  • Gang Holiday - Ocean Dub Hookers (2%, 24 Votes)
  • Los Aggrotones - 10 Reggae Shots (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Rifffs, The - Can't Stop The People (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Neville Staple - Ska Crazy! (2%, 21 Votes)
  • The Upsessions - Shake It! (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Goldmaster Allstars - Narcolepsy (2%, 20 Votes)
  • The Brooklyn Attractors - Good Evil Alchemy (2%, 19 Votes)
  • Buster Shuffle - Naked (2%, 19 Votes)
  • Urang Matang Little Munki (2%, 19 Votes)
  • Alaska Q - Berteman Kata (2%, 18 Votes)
  • MAD CADDIES - DIRTY RICE (2%, 18 Votes)
  • Dr. Ring Ding & Sharp Axe Band - Gwaan/March Forth (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Roy & Yvonne - Moving On (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Deal's Gone Bad - Heartbreaks & Shadows (1%, 15 Votes)
  • The Delirians - Get Up! (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Interrupters, The - same (1%, 15 Votes)
  • New Groove Formation - Summer In A Glass (1%, 15 Votes)
  • The Snails - Songs From The Hydrogen Jukebox Vol. 1 & 2 (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Strikkly Vikkly - Volume 1 (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Le Grand Miercoles - Ghost Cowboys (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Beat Brigade - Kings (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Vic Ruggiero - This (1%, 14 Votes)
  • AmabAdamA - Heyrðu Mig Nú (1%, 13 Votes)
  • The Amphetameanies, The - Last Chance Bordello (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Broken 3 Ways - Return To The Shack (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Crazy Baldhead - Boots Embraces (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Georgetown Orbits - Third Rock Steady (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Hollie Cook - Twice (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Jah On Slide - Never Knocked Out (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Roger Rivas & The Brothers Of Reggae - Last Goodbye (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Erin Bardwell Collective - Our Time (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Senior Allstars, The - Verbalized And Dubbed (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Prince Fatty Vs. Mungo's Hi-Fi - same (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Planet Smashers, The - Mixed Messages (1%, 10 Votes)
  • The Two Tone Boners - Troubles Come & Go (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Sir J & The Kinkylab Allstars - Sounds From The Volcano (1%, 9 Votes)
  • The Tempranos - same (1%, 9 Votes)
  • El Bosso & Die Ping Pongs - Hier Und Jetzt Oder Nie (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Last Slice, The - Underground (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Skaos - More Fire (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Strange Tenants, The - Coventry via Kingston (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Die Tornados - Young Guns Against Old Rockers (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Jeramiah Ferrrari - same (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Kemuri - Kemurified (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Offenders, The - Generation Nowhere (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Vendetta - 13 Balas (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Yellow Cap - Pleasure (1%, 6 Votes)
  • DiscoBalls - Dance Like Nobody´s Watching (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad - Steady (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Miserable Man - One Love, One Take (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Mustard Plug - Can't Contain It (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Ska Vendors, The - Feelin' Fine (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Bandits - Algo Especial (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Bruce Lee Band - Everything Will Be Alright, My Friend (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Copasetics - Gladiators & Lions (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Hoffmaestro - same (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Jesse Wagner - Happy Wags (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Manifesto Skajazz -same (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Rebelution - Count Me In (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Zaa - What About (0%, 4 Votes)
  • The Autocratics - Change And Innovation (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Drops, The - The Drops A-Go-Go (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Juantxo Skalari & La Rude Band - Rude Station (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Stray Bullets - Ghost Town Rockers (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Various - Island Skank (0%, 3 Votes)
  • The Apes - Release The Apes (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Call Me Malcolm - We Did This To Ourselves (debut) (0%, 2 Votes)
  • eSKAlation - Zukunftsmusik (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Fast Food Orchestra - Zen (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Lou Dog - Always Lost Or Found (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Policulture - The Bridge (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Rebelation - Arise (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Rude Bones - Good Times, 7300 Days (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Tree House Fire - Actions & Reactions (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Tropican's - Con Nichi wa (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Various - Footie Anthems Underground (0%, 2 Votes)
  • William White - Open Country (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Barefoot Basement - Storyteller (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Big Takeover - Children of The Rhythm (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Bishops - Time To Move (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Dan Martin & Noma Rocksteady Band - same (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Esco Chris - Reggae Imposter 2 (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Freetown - Swimming the Atlantic (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Kemuri - Rampant (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Kšandy Industry - Nos Kšandy (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Las Melinas Ska 'La Powagi (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Liam & The Ladies - Tour EP (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Man, The - same (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Show-Ska - Shonen Diamond Party (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Skunkadelics - Almost As Good As Bad Pizza (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Circle City Deacons - Welcome Home (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Left Alone - Harbor Area (0%, 0 Votes)
  • LEK SEN - JAAMDONG (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rags Rudi - same (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Riddimates - Joy (0%, 0 Votes)
  • (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Unification From Channel One To King Tubby’s (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,188

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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



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