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Best Of 2014 polls – Results in All Categories

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to the year-end polls at Reggae Steady Ska – by making music, organizing events, publishing stuff, by voting, sharing, liking etc.

To us, these polls are the best way to keep track of what happened in the year. All the records and events involved will be featured in the Ska Music Yearbook that will be here soon.

And now to the results.

Album Of The Year 2014

1. Various – Specialized III – Mad Not Cancer (Specialized Records)
2. The Mighty Fishers – Soul Garden (Mad Butcher Records, Casual Records, Redstar 73 Records)
3. Los Elefantes – Grandes Éxitos de Otro (Leonidas Fante)
4. The Dualers – Back To Paradise (Sunbeat Records)
5. Many Loves Ska Jazz – Dreamlike (Cinedelic)
6. Kingston Rudieska – Everyday People (Mirrorball Music, Jump Up Records)
7. Transilvanians – Echo, Vibes & Fire (Liquidator Music)
8. Skamanians – Ride Again (self)
9. The Talks – Commoners, Peers, Drunks & Thieves (All Our Own Records)
10. Clinton Fearon – Goodness (self)

Debut Album Of The Year

1.  The Mighty Fishers – Soul Garden (Mad Butcher Records, Casual Records, Redstar 73 Records)
2. Gang Holiday – Ocean Dub Hookers (self)
3. Many Loves Ska Jazz – Dreamlike (Cinedelic)
4. The Talks – Commoners, Peers, Drunks & Thieves (All Our Own Records)
5. Los Aggrotones – 10 Reggae Shots (Interrogator Records, Insurgence Records)
6. Rude Boy George – Confessions (Trilby Records)
7. The Delirians – Get Up! (Angel City Records)
8. Policulture – The Bridge (self)
9. Alaska Q – Berteman Kata (self)
10. Broken 3 Ways – Return To The Shack (self)

Best Live Band

1. Santiago Downbeat Ska Jazz
2. Bim Skala Bim
3. The Skatalites
4. The Slackers
5. The Selecter
6. Ore Skaband
7. The Aggrolites
8. The English Beat (feat. Dave Wakeling)
9. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
10. Mad Caddies

Best Festival

1.Specialized The Big One 3 (2014) – England, Parkdean
2. Skamouth Weekender 2014 – England, Great Yarmouth
3. Freedom Sounds Festival 2014 – Germany, Cologne
4. London International Ska Festival 2014 – England, London
5. Folkestone Ska Festival 2014 – England, Folkestone
6. This Is Ska Festival 2014 – Germany, Rosslau
7. Boomtown Fair Festival 2014 – England, Winchester, Hampshire
8. Ska Club at Rototom Sunsplash 2014 – Spain, Benicassim
9. New Generation Of Ska Festival 2014 – South Korea, Seoul
10. Victoria BC Skafestival 2014 – Canada, Victoria, British Columbia

7″ Vinyl Of The Year

1. Various: Bim Skala Bim, King Hammond Night Boat To Cairo, Bed & Breakfast Man (taken from Specialized 3 – Mad Not Cancer) (Jump Up Records)
2. Specialized 3 – ep with The Hotknives, Crabs Corporation, Rude Boy George, The Values feat. Neil Innes & Bedders (Jump Up Records)
3. The Bluebeaters – Toxic / Catch That Teardrop Record Kicks)
4. Stahl feat. Keith & Tex – Solid As A Rock, Pripyat (Angel City Records)
5. Kingston Rudieska, The Eskargot Miles – Far East Asia (Wood Luck Records)
6. David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven – Little Man Blues, Sisyphus (Brainlab Groove)
7. Roy Ellis with Thee Hurricanes – Can You Feel It, Get Up (Angel City Records)
8. Masons Arms, Babayaga – Fuß nach Vorn, Redheaded Woman (Rocking Records)
9. Los Hamptons – Stop! In The Name Of Love, Born To Lose (Jewels Recordings)
10. Smooth Beans – Turn The Coin (Jewels Recordings)

Video Of The Year

1.The Stiff Joints – Circus On Repeat
2. Elefantes, Los – Yo Soy Un Gigoló
3. The Stiff Joints – Folsom Prison Blues
4. Many Loves Ska Jazz – Fuzzy Waves
5. Cartoon Violence – House Of Fun
6. Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra – Million Times
7. Alpheus – Rudie No MOre
8. Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra – Rum Sweet Rum
9. Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra – Bangarang
10. Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Get Smart

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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. Thank you for everyone who voted for Specialized . We feel very humbled. Thanks To Joachim n Reggae Steady Ska.com for including us.

  2. Thanks Reggae Steady Ska! We are really happy and thankfull for your work and the chance you gave us to be in the polls for 2014! We hope to come back to Europe and share our music with the public, because without our fans, all this would be impossible!
    Big Up my friends!!!
    Santiago Downbeat

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