HAPPY PEOPLE UK vinyl imports: PAMA INTERNATIONAL & PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS

PAMA INTERNATIONAL are  an eight-piece reggae band from the United Kingdom who describe themselves as ‘Dub Fuelled Ska Rocksteady & Reggae’.   Pama Intl’s debut album, featuring members from Steel Pulse, Galliano, PWEI, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Style Council, Big Boss Man, The Loafers, Intensified and Ska Cubano was originally released in 2002 and immediately set out their soul-induced ska, rocksteady and reggae stall. The album is crammed full of eclectic sounds. Old school meets new in this soundclash of 60’s ska, northern soul, lovers rock, rocksteady, and even a Sly & The Family Stone classic. On vinyl for the first time ever limited to 237 copies! Not to be outdone we have two tribute albums from their sister band PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS.  Their  debut album “2_TONE GONE SKA” is  a truly unique celebration of one of Britain’s most iconic labels, taking some of 2 Tone’s greatest songs and replanting in 1960’s Jamaica, the resulting tracks are truly authentic sounding blazing 60’s ska, akin to The Skatalites, rocksteady and early reggae. Wonderfully inspired interpretations, performed by an all-star band plus legendary guest vocalists Dave Barker (the voice of Dave & Ansell Collins) and AJ Franklin (The Federals and The Chosen Few).  The follow up was equally impressive, covering classics of the ROLLING STONES!  With both Jamaican Ska & The Stones drawing heavily from Rhythm & Blues, the marriage is a simple and joyus one. The All-stars influences are unashamed and burst through. Both vinyl pressings are extremely limited and will surly be out of print quickly!