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A New Beginning


Download links and information about A New Beginning by The Gangsters. This album was released in 1999 and it belongs to Rock, Reggae, Ska, Alternative genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 01:01:07 minutes.

Artist: The Gangsters
Release date: 1999
Genre: Rock, Reggae, Ska, Alternative
Tracks: 14
Duration: 01:01:07
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No. Title Length
1. Cardboard City 3:40
2. Girl On the Run 4:10
3. Al Capone 4:14
4. Rude Boyz 4:15
5. Mistaken Identity 3:27
6. Easy Life 2:50
7. Gangster Ska 4:57
8. Jackie 3:32
9. The Family 3:22
10. The Hitman 3:48
11. Fat Bully 4:02
12. Lead Your Own Life 4:12
13. It's So Easy 3:40
14. Jamaican Shuffle 10:58



As the Commitments were to American soul music, so the Gangsters want to be to second-wave British ska. With a name taken straight from the Specials' song catalog, this Irish nine-piece band brings back the glory days of early-'80s Birmingham, when the Specials, Madness, and the Selecter ruled the scene. Singer Patrick Colton sounds more than a little like Terry Hall and saxophonist Ronan O'Donnell sounds more than a little like the English Beat's Saxa, but originality has never been as important in ska as mastery of idiom and the ability to turn fairly new melodic tricks using old formulas. Do the Gangsters succeed at that level on their debut album? The results are mixed. "Al Capone" is tired and hackneyed both in terms of subject matter and in its two-note melody, but "Rude Boyz" does a nice job of updating a classic theme, and the two instrumentals ("Gangster Ska" and "Jamaican Shuffle") manage to be both musically interesting and faithful to tradition. Overall, a worthy effort. [N.B., "Jamaican Shuffle," the album's last tune, includes a dub version as a hidden track several minutes after song's end.]