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Better Late Than Never

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Work Song
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Run Away
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Pedophillia
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Sooner Or Later
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Two Face
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Cuban Cigar (Flip Record)
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You Don't Know I
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Tonight
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Sarah
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Treat Me Good
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Prophet
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Our Day Will Come
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Contemplation
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 54:07

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still great!

argylesocks

I love this album more each time I listen to it. Bought it when it was first released & still go back to it on a regular basis 13 years later.

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old ska sound from a new ska band

Stick-Up-Artist

This is possibly the best ska album of the 1990's. Fellow ska fans may remember other great albums by Less Than Jake, Skankin' Pickle, etc. which were great but I've found them to age rather poorly. This one sounds just as good as it was seeing them open for Hepcat all those years ago.

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Re: Suznave

tombo352001

Don't worry they are still together and playing shows. Also, this was their first official release.

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They Say All Music Guide

Given the fractious relations between the Slackers and the Moon Ska label, it might rankle the band to be told that Better Late Than Never was their best album. But as of early 2000, that’s still the case. Opening with a ska arrangement of Nat Adderley’s hard-bop composition “Work Song” and ending with a cameo from the ageless ska queen Doreen Schaeffer (actually, there’s one more instrumental after her gently powerful rendition of “Our Day Will Come,” but she should have been the closing act), this album proves once and for all that New York City ska is the best. Keyboardist Vic Ruggiero and sax man Dave Hillyard both write great songs, with the slight edge going to Ruggiero, whose “Sarah, I’m always thinking of you/ I’m so sorry I can’t make you my wife, this life” trumps Hillyard’s “I see the bucket full/ I want my food!” The rest of the band is responsible for the best old-school ska and rock-steady grooves this side of the Stubborn All-Stars. “Sooner or Later” is one of the most compellingly singable ska songs written in the last 20 years, and “You Don’t Know I” rolls and bounces like a barrel of skanking monkeys. Victor Rice’s production is just bass-heavy enough without sacrificing clarity or definition. Essential. – Rick Anderson

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