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Amsterdam, Netherlands (1983 – present)

The ska-band ‘Mr.Review’ was formed in Amsterdam in 1983. Drummer Roel Ording and guitar player Arne Visser allready played together in a band when they met ‘Dr. Rude’. The three of them shared an interest in ska and reggae music. For this reason they decided to join forces and start a new band. Pretty soon a keyboard player was found and Hans Hoffman on saxophone became the first brass player of the band. After a start when the band played some reggae too, they choose definately for ska. The few covers were soon replaced by own songs, written by the guitar player Arne Visser who still writes the songs for the band.

After starting up in the pubs in the area, ‘Mr.Review’ signed a contract by the British ‘Unicorn Records’ in London. Later to be known as one of the worst ‘rip-off’ labels at the time existing. Anyway, the album ‘Walking down Brentford road’ was released and distributed world wide. Songs of this album appeared on several compilation albums and CDs.

At Brentford Road in Kingston, Jamaica the famous ‘Studio One’ was situated. This studio has been famous in the early days of ska music. All the great names have been recording there and for this reason ‘Mr.Review’ consider it as their musically roots.
Because of the debut album and the international compilations the band was asked for festivals in Holland, England, Germany, France and Belgium. With impressive shows the band build itself a reputation as one of the top bands in the new international ska-scene.


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