VariousRoll On Charles Street

Label:Rock A Shacka – RSPBLP-001
2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1Buster All Stars*Pink Night
A2Buster All Stars*Hey Train
A3Roland AlphonsoRoll On Charles Street
A4Raymond HarperRaining Outside
A5Roland AlphonsoAlmost Like Being In Love
B1Buster All Stars*Charles Street Cowboy
B2Buster All Stars*Prince Of Peace
B3Prince BusterRude Rude Rudie (Don't Throw Stones)
B4Don DrummondSudden Attack
B5Don DrummondVietnam
C1Prince BusterHigh Blood Pressure
C2Derrick And PatsyRaindrops Falling
C3Prince Buster, Derrick Morgan, Eric Morris* & Patsy*Stir The Pot
C4Spanish Town SkaBeatsStop That Train
C5Prince BusterIslam
D1Prince BusterI Won't Let You Cry
D2Dakota Jim (Slim Smith)*Only Soul Can Tell
D3Prince BusterI'm Sorry
D4Buster All Stars*Summer Time
D5Prince BusterSunshine With My Girl

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Prince Buster - Roll On Charles Street
20 Buster's Fabulous Ska

Licensed from Prince Buster Music, Inc.
℗ 2020 Rocka Shacka LLC
© Prince Buster Music, Inc.

Selection by Masaya Hayashi (Rocka Shacka) & Ashok Mohan
A&R Management by Masato Teraguchi (Rocka Shacka)
International Coordination by Hugh Francis (Prince Buster Music, Inc.)
Mastered by HAV at SF Recordings Studio
Art Work Design by Naoya Arakawa
Executive Producer: Mola Ali & Ishaq Ali (Prince Buster Music, Inc.)
Special Thanks: Takahiro Kawamura

Tracks A1-4, B1, B5, C2, D3, D4 previously unreleased.
Tracks A5, B2, are unreleased alternate takes.

Pressing plant and manufacturer uncredited, identified by the matrix numbers.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 4589408000509
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): WWW.AGRM.CO.UK 198429E1/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): 198429E2/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, stamped): WWW.AGRM.CO.UK 198429E3/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, stamped): 198429E4/B

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Roll On Charles Street (CD, Compilation)Rock A ShackaRSPBCD-001Japan2019


  • rock-a-shacka's avatar
    Following the release of Prince Buster’s “Let’s Go To The Dance” [RSPBLP-001], here comes another chapter in Rock-A-Shacka’s reissue Program featuring the King of Ska. Prince Buster. This set is sure to excite considerable interest among lovers of Jamaican music, featuring as it does many unreleased and alternate versions of Buster’s classic productions. The music here comes from the period 1961-1966, when Buster - as an independent producer and sound system owner - was rivalling the big guns in that field , namely Sir Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid and King Edwards.
    Buster celebrated his rivalry in tracks like “They Got To Go”, “I See Them In My Sights” and “The King, The Duke, And The Sir”. Never one to miss the opportunity to assert himself against other producers, he conducted a musical feud against Derrick Morgan, a former associate who had decamped to the rival Sino-Jamaican ska producer Leslie Kong. Buster and Kong between them were the true originators of ska proper, ushering in the new music which would form the soundtrack to Jamaican independence in 1962 and beyond.
    The music on this latest offering from Rocka-A Shacka features prime-quality ska, produced by a founding father of the genre, featuring great Jamaican musicians like trumpeter Baba Brooks, saxophonist Roland Alphonso, trumpeter Raymond Harper and various permutations of the premiere group of musicians collectively known as the Skatalites. It includes in-demand [and high-priced] collector’s items like the Spanish Town Skabeats “Stop That Train”, and vocals from the Prince himself, in his laid-back and engaging style.
    All tracks are taken directly from tape; this release is truly a feast for lovers of ska and Jamaican R&B in general.

    Steve Barrow



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