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Roots, Branch and Stem

Stubborn SKA0000 CD, released 1996 (U.S.)

Contains the Slackers track "Run Away"

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" (both different from the album versions), not to mention a beautiful Dunia Best and Django duet ("Come to My Rescue") and what is probably the best Jumpstarts song ever ("Take Me With You"). 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 Better Late than Never. 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 ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Stubborn SKA0000 CD 6-10 4 Stable

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