Roots, Branch and Stem might be my favorite compilation from the third wave ska era. It's a toss-up between this and Ska Island. There are some fabulous songs on this CD: excellent versions of the Stubborn All Stars' "Tin Spam" and Skinnerbox's "Baby," not to mention a beautiful Dunia Best and Django duet ("Come to My Rescue") and what is probably the best Jumpstarts song ever. I highly recommend it. The version of the Slackers' "Run Away" that appears on here is a different version from the one that was on their Better Late than Never album. I swear there is another compilation out there with yet another version of that song, but my memory is failing me on that one...I never owned it, but I recall that a friend of mine did.
|Version||Approximate value ($)|
|Stubborn SKA0000 CD||10-12|