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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The rocksteady era was a magical time in the history of reggae music. The jazzy, galloping ska backbeat was ceding place to a slower, more elastic groove, and singing styles were mellowing out as well; the vinegary trio harmonies of groups like the Wailers and the Ethiopians gradually gave way to the smoother, more soul-influenced sounds of the Techniques and the Melodians. The music of this period was, paradoxically, both more spiritual and more sensual than the music that came before, without the ganja-infused mysticism that would come to dominate the music later on. This collection, yet another in a long and fruitful string of collaborations between the American ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The rocksteady era was a magical time in the history of reggae music. The jazzy, galloping ska backbeat was ceding place to a slower, more elastic groove, and singing styles were mellowing out as well; the vinegary trio harmonies of groups like the Wailers and the Ethiopians gradually gave way to the smoother, more soul-influenced sounds of the Techniques and the Melodians. The music of this period was, paradoxically, both more spiritual and more sensual than the music that came before, without the ganja-infused mysticism that would come to dominate the music later on. This collection, yet another in a long and fruitful string of collaborations between the American Heartbeat label and Duke Reid's Treasure Isle, brings together 18 gems from the period, including classic tracks by John Holt ("I See Your Face"), Justin Hinds ("Time Pass By"), and Phyllis Dillon ("Take My Heart"), as well as a couple of less noteworthy efforts (such as the Sensations' mediocre "Baby Love"). Overall, this is an excellent overview of a sometimes-neglected chapter in reggae history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661772922
  • Catalog Number: 617729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There Comes a Time - The Techniques (2:31)
  2. 2 I See Your Face - John Holt (2:49)
  3. 3 Baby Love - The Sensations (2:52)
  4. 4 Dj's Choice (2:49)
  5. 5 Woman Go Home (2:31)
  6. 6 Cool Down - Winston Wright (2:29)
  7. 7 True True - Ken Parker (2:15)
  8. 8 What More Can I Say - The United Brothers (1:50)
  9. 9 What More Can I Say (2:00)
  10. 10 Peace and Love - U Roy & The Jamaicans (2:36)
  11. 11 Time Pass By - Justin Hinds (2:24)
  12. 12 Conditions Bad a Yard - The Ethiopians (2:51)
  13. 13 Real Cool - Tommy McCook & the Supersonics (3:18)
  14. 14 Love Up Kiss Up - The Termites (2:20)
  15. 15 Take My Heart (2:20)
  16. 16 My Cousin - Relations (2:58)
  17. 17 You Can't Stop Me - The Victors (2:43)
  18. 18 Boss Boss (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Justin Hinds Track Performer
John Holt Track Performer
The Melodians Track Performer
Dennis Alcapone Track Performer
Boris Gardiner Bass
The Termites Track Performer
Aubrey Adams Piano
Gladstone Anderson Piano
Baba Brooks Trumpet
Hux Brown Guitar
Lennox Brown Saxophone
Karl Bryan Saxophone
Phyllis Dillon Track Performer
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Vin Gordon Trombone
Winston Grennan Drums
Neville Hinds Organ
The Jamaicans Track Performer
Esmond Jarrett Drums
Hugh Malcolm Drums
Herman Marquis Saxophone
Tommy McCook Saxophone
Kenny Parker Track Performer
Lyn Taitt Guitar
The Techniques Track Performer
Winston Wright Organ
Relations Track Performer
Arkland "Drumbago" Parks Drums
Ranny "Bop" Williams Guitar
Danny Simpson Saxophone
Dynamic Maniacs Track Performer
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics Track Performer
Johnny Moore Band Trumpet
The Sensations Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Holt Composer
Harry Belafonte Composer
Miriam Makeba Composer
Dennis Alcapone Composer
Duke Reid Composer, Producer
Tommy McCook Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Riley Composer
Byron Smith Engineer
Wade Curtiss Composer
Tony Brevette Composer
Chris Wilson Liner Notes
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