I also wonder to what extent the originals were aware of his big ska tunes (One Step Beyond, Al Capone, etc), seeing as those predated the skinhead era by some 4-5 years?
A compilation named 'Fabulous Greatest Hits' came out in 1968. Was that a popular album with the class of 1969, or was it 'older brother music' by then?
My mob were totally aware of Prince Buster and his music. We looked up to older brothers and cousins and they influenced us. I remember as a young boy being with my mum and dad on Canvey Island one bank holiday when a small gang from East London were roaming around singing Al Capone. Me and my brother were well impressed and that day I decided I wanted to be in a gang.
One of our mates family moved from near Brixton to East London and he brought all his records with him. We knew about reggae, bluebeat, ska, rocksteady and even a bit of calypso. We also listened to pirate Radio Caroline and Radio London and were into English music and Local dancehalls played Atlantic, Stax and a lot of Tamla.