6. Jolly Boys, Great Expectation (Geejam Recordings/E1)
With their covers of Iggy Pop’s “Passenger,” Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” and, most famously, Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” Jamaican septugenarians the Jolly Boys (See our LargeUp TV episode with them here) brought mento into the 21st century with Great Expectation, introducing a whole new generation of listeners to the sound of pre-ska/reggae Jamaica. Originally released in Europe in the the fall of 2010, the LP only hit U.S. shores in March.
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