Better Late Than Never (The Slackers album)

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Better Late Than Never
Studio album by The Slackers
Released 1996 (2002 re-release)
Recorded ????
Genre Ska
Length 54:13
1:05:13 (2002 re-release)
Label MoonSka Records
Producer Victor Rice
The Slackers chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Better Late Than Never is the debut full-length album by the ska/reggae band The Slackers, originally released in 1996 on Moon Ska Records. It was later remastered and re-released with three additional tracks from the original recording sessions on March 19, 2002 through Special Potato Records.

The album was a notable debut for the band, paving the way for their eventual signing to Hellcat Records. It was also a significant departure from the 2 Tone and garage rock influences of the band's early days, instead opting for a sound akin to the traditional ska acts of 1960s Jamaica. The album was produced by noted ska/reggae producer Victor Rice, who later collaborated with members of the band on projects by the Stubborn All-Stars and the Version City Rockers.

Two of the songs on the album, "Work Song" and "Our Day Will Come" were both previously recorded by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass on the 1966 album S.R.O., though neither of the songs were written by Alpert.

The album was again reissued in 2009 by Asbestos Records as a single disc that included a 7". It was available on black vinyl in a limited quantity of 150 or on white in a limited quantity of 350.[2]

CD tracks[edit]

All songs written by Vic Ruggiero, except where noted.

  1. "Work Song" – 5:11
  2. "Runaway" – 3:44
  3. "Pedophilia" – 4:19
  4. "Sooner or Later" – 3:48
  5. "Two Face" – 4:29
  6. "Cuban Cigar" – 3:33
  7. "You Don't Know I" – 5:00
  8. "Tonight" (Dave Hillyard, Ruggiero) – 3:28
  9. "Sarah" – 3:33
  10. "Treat Me Good" (Hillyard, Ruggiero) – 4:23
  11. "Prophet" (Hillyard) – 3:24
  12. "Our Day Will Come" (featuring Doreen Schaefer) – 3:55
  13. "Contemplation" – 5:50
  14. "7 and 7" (2002 re-release only) – 3:15
  15. "Certain Girl" (2002 re-release only) – 3:06
  16. "Cawl Me Crazy" (2002 re-release only) – 4:38


  1. ^ Rick Anderson. "Better Late Than Never". Allmusic. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.