Return Of Judge Roughneck is the brand new album from the legendary Specials & Fun Boy Three founding member, Neville Staple. The album features brilliant new re-workings of classic Jamaican cuts, some brand new material, and a few gems from Neville’s past.
Neville Staple recreates his famous Judge Roughneck character, first seen as part of the “Stupid Marriage” song from the Specials debut album on 2Tone Records. Be prepared for a super ride through classic Jamaican early reggae tunes, ska stomping rhythms and new tracks that fit perfectly with echoes of 2Tone and Bluebeat mixed with Trojan music styles. Part 2 of the album, a full set of bonus Dub remixes, takes you on a dub journey with atmospheric vibes, toasting fun and twisted song versions.
A special video release of the lead track “Return of Judge Roughneck” will premiere on Vive Le Rock’s website to coincide with the official album release date of February 17, 2017 release. Shot by Lee Cogswell and Daniel Thompson (production storyline & casting by Christine Sugary Staple, also featured), at various locations in the 2Tone City of Coventry in the UK’s West Midlands, including the heritage building of the historic ‘Coventry County Court’ (now a restaurant called the Establishment), where Neville was sentenced to borstal during his youth. Further locations include Coventry University’s Moot Room, the local Council Chambers, St Mary’s Guildhall and the Belgrade Theatre. Expect a fun ska dance video filled with Judge Roughneck’s take on the World of politicians, bankers and bullies, along with dancing barristers and cocky jailbirds.
Check out a preview of the video here:
The album features the Neville Staple Band musicians, guest musicians including former Geraldine Fibbers and The Jayhawks violinist Jessy Greene, and Neville’s wife Christine Sugary Staple, who co-produced the album with Neville and Tom Lowry (Planet Studios), with additional mastering work by Mike Bennett. Return Of Judge Roughneck will be available on both CD and in a special limited edition 2LP vinyl package!
1. Return Of Judge Roughneck
3. Down My Street
5. Crime Don’t Pay
6. Gang Fever
7. Politician Man
8. Maga Dog
10. Be Happy
11. Sweet Sensation
12. Enjoy Yourself (Ragtime Lounge Mix feat. Jessy Greene)
13. Maga Dub
14. Crime Dub
15. Roadblock (Slam Door Dub Mix by Ed Rome)
16. Dub Fever
17. Jah Baddis Dubplate
18. Dub Street
19. Bang Bang
20. Dub Crazy feat. Jessy Greene
21. Legal Dub