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All items in Music are non returnable. Learn more. Originally the toasters for The Specials, Staple continues his critically acclaimed solo career with this album of new material including bonus tracks! He needs no introduction, but that just wouldn't do, would it? Larger than life and twice as nice: Mr Neville Staple. If you've ever seen him on a stage, you know that this man truly loves music and was born to entertain. For me, ska and reggae has to be spot on to really work. Yes, I am a snob! Life's too short. The proof is that, once you listen to Return Of Judge Roughneckyou will be smiling, nodding and indeed a-grooving round your lounge.
It's fun, but he means it. The title track uses the Gangsters riff, but, why shouldn't he? Judge Roughneck is presiding over your serious crimes against a crisp horn section. I already feel better! Bangarang offers a mid-paced quality skank. No, this isn't an ode to the Lost Boys; this refers to uproar and disorder.
Down My Streetcomplete with trombone solo, is more up tempo and will keep you moving. Perfect ska for a sunny day, or improving a grey, damp day. Crime Don't Pay sees a wiser Neville reflect that lootinbootinrobbin an shootin can't help you, all against a jolly tune, while Gang Fever is the sort of thing I'd have wanted to hear The Specials record now; instantly recognisable yet relevant. He's managed to balance the songs well, good-time tunes with the occasional darker moment combined to simple but effective lyrics.
Politician Man might be an obvious swipe, but you weren't expecting Crass, were you? So, get on down and enjoy it. Be Happy is the cover that doesn't really sit well with the other songs, it doesn't benefit being on here. But, Enjoy Yourself Ragtime Mix is an ideal end to the album. And, if you love your dub remixes, well, there's an extra disc of nine songs, so I don't think you're being sold short. Yes, you know what you're going to get, but that's reassuring,real ska tunes of quality that will improve your day.
Look, the sun's come out. No, thought not. In that case I will swiftly get on with the job in hand and say that Return Of Judge Roughneck sounds exactly how you would expect it to sound. That's not always a good thing for many artists, but in Staple's case, it merely means it is a joyous concoction of ska, reggae and dub, featuring intriguing remixes and fascinating bastardisations of old favourites.
Add to the mix a few choice cover versions, and unexpected ones at that, and what you get is a thoroughly enjoyable album from start to finish. With the present political climate, there has surely never been a more pertinent time to revive Fun Boy Three's classic, The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylumand it gets more than a minor makeover, with the title being shortened to simply Lunaticsand now containing a damning spoken word critique of the present government. The party skank of its re-imagining is one of the highlights here, as is the somewhat surprising inclusion of If You Wana Be Happymost famously known in its Jimmy Soul version, which topped the US Billboard chart way back in All women are beautiful!
As with Lunaticsthe title of this one is shrunk to just Be Happy.
There are probably very few songs that fit the former Special more comfortably, and a delightfully uplifting version is delivered. Amusingly, Bang Bang reminds me of Musical Youth, but that isn't a criticism. Rather, it is meant to reflect the sometimes innocent charm of the album as a whole. Trainspotter types will delight in identifying various references from former glories, such as the electronic melody steal from Gangsters on the album's title track, and enjoy the various new interpretations of tunes like Enjoy Yourselfwhich is present here in a ragtime lounge mix.
If anything, the latter song is representative of pretty much everything Staple has been involved in. And you will. Staple was born in Manchester, Jamaica. Neville left Jamaica to live in the English town of Rugby, Warwickshire at the age of five but later moved to Coventry. He was initially active in the sound system scene, forming his own crew called Jah Baddis. Return of Judge Roughneck.
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Top reviews from other countries. Verified Purchase. Hadn't realised the original rude boy had released a new album. He definitely needs some advertising on this front because it's pure brilliance, long time waiting for this. I have had it on continuous play in my car at the moment. My autistic son absolutely loves bangarang - shame stranger couldn't of featured on it too. Revamped lunatics a favourite. Brilliant work guys - needs air time and advertising. One person found this helpful.
I've not been this into a new album for many years. Evert tune is brilliant, evocative and fresh. The man is a genius who along with his fantastic band continue to create as well as doff their cap to iconic eras in music.
Thank you Neville, Christine and the band for this very special treat of an album. Absolutely superb recording by judge Roughneck. Everything ok fast delivery as expected. I can't give a review of the album as it was for a present to a friend. A great album. Report abuse. See all reviews. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations.
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