"Dub 56", The Toasters 5th studio album. Some hail it as their best effort to date, but maybe just because it was released during the great rise in popularity ska music was getting in the United States, the year was 1994. The Toasters were touring with the power house line up, at least 3 horn players, keyboards and the return of Coolie Ranx to the microphone. (He had actually joined the band back in '88/'89 but the left after only a couple years). Plus Bucket had helped organize the Skavoovie tour which took the Toasters out on the road with the Special Beat, The Selecter and even the Skatalites on shows across the US. This was an important tour cause it was basically bringing together the 3 major movements of ska, the originators, the English resurgence and the US effort. Also Moon Ska Records was getting wider distribution including releases in Brasil Australia and Japan, so more people were getting their hands on Toasters cds than ever before.
If you bought any of the earlier releases, you may be aware of some of the changes. 1993 saw the release of a limited pressing of some live tracks 'Live In LA' it was dubbed. Then the first Dub 56 release contained the standard 14 studio tracks. After touring for a year then getting back into the studio for the Hard Band For Dead sessions, Coolie left the band and Dub 56 was quickly repackaged adding the 'Live In LA' tracks, but removing the Coolie Ranx penned cuts. This is the version that stayed in print the longest and what most people own. Some European versions were released containing all studio and some live tracks, then a Japanese version was released that boasted the studio tracks plus some live tracks plus two remix tracks, one of which came from a 7inch put out on Stubborn Records.
Surprisingly, "Dub 56" has never made it to vinyl outside the 7inch single. Staying with the theme of the "2Tone Army" release on vinyl, we bring you a slick black and white layout in a 'poster' style sleeve in a poly bag slip case. With clear and white vinyl variations, this release is a great addition to your Toasters vinyl collection! Be sure to grab your digital download card to get the 4 re-mix tracks!