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All Ska Rocksteady Early Reggae Albums Released in 2012

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2012 has been another big year for the global Ska scene.

After taking a look at all these great records already released or announced, we can be more than curious about what the bands and labels have in store for us for the rest of the year.

Is even a new mainstream success possible with massive airplay and major label interest? Why not?  Bands like Desorden Publico, The Mighty Bosstones and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra have already achieved just that.

Let’s have a look at the releases of 2012:

The Expanders – Old Time Some Thing Come Back Again! (USA) (self) Rocksteady, Early Reggae, Release Date: 25.12. 2012, Free Download

The Ska Vangers – self-titled (India) (Stiff Kittens Inc) Ska, Release Date: 22.12. 2012

Urang Matang – Platinum (UK) (Houndsman Records) Ska, Reggae, Release Date: 13.12. 2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)

The Rocksteady 7 – Friends & Enemies (USA) (Whatevski Records) Ska Jazz, Release Date: 04.12. 2012 (See the price)

Dr. Ring Ding Ska-Vaganza – Piping Hot (D) (Pork Pie) Ska, Release Date: 23.11.2012 (See the price)

Masons Arms – Gepackt (D) (Rocking Records) Ska, Rocksteady, Release Date: 23.11. 2012 (See the price)

Soothsayers – Human Nature (UK) (Red Earth Records) Roots Reggae, Release Date: 23.11. 2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)

Sondaschule – Lass Es Uns Tun (D) (Seven Days Music) Ska Punk, Release Date: 16.11. 2012 (See the price)

Madness – Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da (UK) (Warner) Pop, Release Date: 29.10. 2012 (See the price)

Pressure Cooker – Wherever You Go (USA) (CDBaby.com/Indys) Rocksteady, Soul, Release Date: 23. 10. 2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)

Rude Rich & The High Notes – Tribute To The Greats (NL) (Grover) – Traditional Ska, Release Date: 6.10.2012 (See the price)

The Senior Allstars – What Next? (D) (Skycap) – Reggae, Jazz, Release Date: 05.10. 2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)

Dr. Woggle & The Radio – Weinheim City Live (D) (Rocking Records) – Ska, Dancehall, Released: 29.09.2012 (See the price)

Prince Fatty versus The Drunken Gambler (UK) (Mr Bongo) – Reggae Dub, Released: 18. September 2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)

The Beatdown -Walkin’ Proud (CN) (Destiny Records) – Rough Reggae – Release Date: 14.09.2012 (See the price)

Phoenix City All-stars – 2Tone Ska & Rocksteady Special (UK) (Cherry Red) – Rocksteady, Released: 11.09.2012 (Listen to snippets)

The Specials Live – More… Or Less (UK) (EMI) – 2Tone, Released: 02.08.2012 (See the price)

The Fundamentals – Get Alright (USA) (Stomp Records) – Rocksteady, Soul, Released: 24.07. 2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)

Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth (JA) (Universal) – Reggae, Released: 20.07.2012 (See the price)

Jaya The Cat – Here Come The Drums (USA) (Bomber Music) – Ska, Rock, Released: 20.07.2012 (See the price)

Danny Rebel &  The KGB (USA) (Stomp Records) – Rocksteady, Early Reggae, Release Date: 17.07. 2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)

The Agents – Steady Forward (USA) (CDBaby.com/Indys) Ska, Rocksteady, Released: 03.07.2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)

Rubén López & The Diatones – Rubén López & The Diatones (E) (Liquidator) – Reggae, Released: 16.06.2012 (See the price)

Buster Shuffle – Do Nothing (UK) (People Like You Records) – 2 Tone, Pop, Released: 04.06.2012 (Check the price)

Los Granadians del Espacio Exterior – Reggalactico CD/ LP (Liquidator) Rocksteady, Early Reggae,  Released: 03.06.2012

Vieja Skina – Ayahuaska PE (Berraco Records/Ska Town Records) Traditional Ska, Ska Jazz, Released: 01.06. 2012 (Listen to the whole album at soundcloud)

Bluekilla – The Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 – The Early Years (1989-1996) (Yellowbird Records) – Third Wave, 2Tone, Release Date: 31.05.2012, (See the price)

Dualers, The – Prince Buster Tribute (UK) (Cherry Red) – Trad. Ska, Released: 25. Mai 2012 (Check the price)

Leo & The Line Up – Leo & The Line Up (Rocking Records) – Ska, Soul: Released: 25. 05. 2012 (See the price)

Skatalites, The – Walk With Me (JA) (Pid) – Jamaican Ska, Released: 22.05.2012 (See the price)

Various Artists – Skannibal Party Vol. 11 (Black Butcher) – various styles, Released: 15.05.2012 (Check the price)

The Void Union- Higher Guns (USA) (Rocking Records) – Traditional Ska, Reggae, Released: 11.05.2012 (See the price)

Various Artists – Specialized: A Modern Take On The Specials Classics (Specials2) – various, Released: 07.05.2012 (Check the price)

Prince Fatty – Presents Hollie Cook in Dub (UK) (Mr Bongo) – Reggae, Dub, Released: 27.04.2012 (Check the price)

Babylove & The Van Dangos – Let It Come, Let It Go (DK) (Pork Pie) – Trad. Ska, Ska Pop, Released: 27.04.2012 (Check the price)

Mofos, The – Kings Of The Boulevard (GER) (regioactive.de) – Ska, Punk, Released: 20.04.2012 (Check the price)

Caroloregians – Fat Is Back (BE) (Cherry Red/Grover) – Early Reggae, Released: 13.04. 2012 (Vinyl) (Check the price)

Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra – Lovemonster/Lost In Space (HU) (Megalith Records) – Ska, Jazz, Release: 27.03. 2012

9 Ton Peanut Smugglers – Drop Some Leg (UK) (Dirty Water) – Ska, Reggae, Surf, Released 20.03.2012 (See the price)

The Skints – Part & Parcel (UK) (Bomber Music) – Reggae, Ska, Released: 16.03. 2012 (Buy or listen to at Amazon)  

Western Standard Time – A Big Band Tribute To The Skatalites (USA) (Western Standard Time) – Traditional Ska, Ska Jazz, Released: 12. 03.2012 (Check the price)

Red Ska – La Rivolta (I) (Black Butcher) – Punk, Reggae, Ska, Released: 10.03.2012 (Check the price)

Mel Tepid & The Soul Ska Farmers – Stead Fast (USA) (MadButcher) – 2Tone, Soul, Released: 10.03.2012 (Check the price)

Blaster Master, The – 2Tone Bastards (FI) (Rocking Records) – 2-Tone, Released: 02.03.2012 (Check the price)

Butlers, The – AKA Bensonmam (GER) (Rocking Records) – Ska Pop. Released: 02.03.2012 (Check the price)

The Pinstripes / I (USA) (Collective Culture) – Ska, Rocksteady, Released: 03.02.2012 (Check The price)

Tommy Tornado – Cool Down (NE) (Pork Pie) Early Reggae, Jamaican Jazz, Released: 17.02.2012 (Check the price)

Mr. Review – XXV (NE) (Pork Pie) – Ska Pop, Released: 03.02.2012 (Check The price)

Shootki – Turn Back Time (RUS) (self) –  Third Wave, Ska Punk, Released 26.01.2012

El Bosso & Die Ping Pongs – Tag Vor Dem Abend (GER) (Pork Pie: CD, Grover: LP) – Ska Pop, Released: 20.01.2012 (Check The price)

Daniel Flores & The Rumba Box – Todo Hombre Es Una Isla (E) (Liquidator) – Reggae, Released: 06.01.2012 (Check the price)

The Uptones – East Bay Orbits (USA) (self) – Ska, already released Released: 06.01.2012

Throughout 2o12 more and more records will be added to the list. So, don’t forget to check again. The list will also be the basis for the Best Ska Rocksteady Early Reggae Album 2012 poll that will be run when time is due.

If you would like to know the results of former Best Ska Rocksteady Early Reggae Album polls,  have a look at joescholes.com.

My plan is to review as many albums as possible in the course of this in order to make the 2012 Best Album polls as attractive as possible. If you like to have an album  added to the list, just use the comments or drop me a line at joe@joescholes.com.



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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. In 2016, he published his solo debut album "Songbook Vol. II" as Joe ScholesJoe Scholes


  1. Bluekilla: The Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 – The Early Years (1989-1996)
    Release Date: 31.05.2012

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Kleines Update für deine “Exact release date unknown”-Sparte die Reggalactico CD/ LP von Los Granadians del Espacio Exterior ist so ca. seit 3. Juni erhältlich.

  3. Not sure when these have been release, but here’s a bunch more

    The Slackers – The Radio
    The Skints – Part and Parcel
    The Pinstripes – I
    The Fundamentals – Get Alright
    Gramophone Allstars – Levitant Deriva
    The Forthrights – S/T EP
    Madie Ruthless – Feat. the Forthrights and guests EP
    Obi Fernandez – Confessions, Waves and the Garden State

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