Original 1998 liner notes:
This is not a compilation. This IS a collaboration!
Whereas a compilation is simply a bunch of different bands on one CD, this collaboration features a host of New York City's finest, best-known and most productive ska musicians getting busy building tracks together in the studio. The end result is something entirely new and unique, something that could only happen in Version City.
In 1997 the New York City Ska scene exploded with a sound which shook the world. With the success of bands such as Skinnerbox, Stubborn All-Stars, The Slackers, The Toasters, The Scofflaws, Mephiskapheles, and the Insteps, the New York Sound has definitely made an indelible and global impression on ska music.
For the past year Stubborn Records' new Version City Studio has been a hotbed of creativity.
Members of all these bands and more have been colliding at impromptu recording sessions and jamming together at Stubborn's bi-weekly Version City dances.
The Version City concept has fostered a level of interplay and activity which has not been seen in ska since Kingston, Jamaica in the 1960s.
The Version City CD is the first full-length recording created in this new atmosphere of cross-pollenization. Recorded almost entirely at Version City Studio this smoking release features 19 brand-new anarchic collaborations ranging from the rootsiest traditional ska to crucial reggae dubs and touching on everything in between.
released February 1, 1998
King Django: backing vocals, trombone, harmonica, melodica, bamboo flute, percussion
Victor "Lord Sluggo" Ruggiero: backing vocals, organ, guitar, bass, drums, percussion
Victor "Roots Rock" Rice: string bass, guitar, organ
Agent Jay: guitar, toy xylophone
Drums: Headdie Ocampo, James Blanck, Michael McDermott, Christoff Lavergne
Bass: Paul Ackerman, Pierre Romain, Al Mooney, Anna Milat-Meyer, Matt Malles
Guitars: Dave Hahn, Don Louie, Patrick Carayannis
Horns: Buford O'Sullivan (trombone, trumpet), David Hillyard (saxophone), Osho Endo (trumpet), Eric Singer (saxophone)
Keyboards: Brandt Abner, Dave Stone