"The Ska, Jamaica's first homegrown musical style, has spread from its roots in the shantytowns of the Caribbean to all corners of the globe. The United States, Germany, Spain, Holland, France, Italy and the UK (all represented on this album, all have expanding ska scenes - and even Japan boasts its crop of ska bands and rude boys. After the initial interest from Mods and then skinheads in Britain during the mid and late sixties, ska went underground until, in 1979, the Two-Tone label was set up and re-launched ska on an unsuspecting world. The style had changed, incorporating elements of punk, soul and rock but it still had the drivin' riddim and dance appeal of the original Jamaican creation. Another ten years on, and Ska is enjoying a worldwide boom. Two-tone has gone, and its been followed by a music becoming more diverse yet still owing its sound to Jamaica. Following the ska trail to seven countries, this album presents the most ambitious look yet at the ways today's bands interpret the classic Jamaican style. Listen, Enjoy and do the Ska!"