Let's Do Rocksteady: The Story of Rocksteady 1966-68

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Positioned between the busy pulse of ska and the slower certainty of reggae, rocksteady combined some of the strengths and attributes of both during its brief Jamaican run between 1966 and 1968. The less kinetic rhythms allowed singers to step to the fore, and the island's fascination with American R&B grew even more pronounced, resulting in a whole host of interesting Jamaican re-imaginings of American soul hits. This two-disc, 54-track set makes for a nice introduction to rocksteady, but it has a down side. Filled with productions by Duke Reid, Derrick Harriott, Sonia Pottinger and Joe Gibbs, it lacks anything from Clement Dodd's Studio One, which is a bit like not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Positioned between the busy pulse of ska and the slower certainty of reggae, rocksteady combined some of the strengths and attributes of both during its brief Jamaican run between 1966 and 1968. The less kinetic rhythms allowed singers to step to the fore, and the island's fascination with American R&B grew even more pronounced, resulting in a whole host of interesting Jamaican re-imaginings of American soul hits. This two-disc, 54-track set makes for a nice introduction to rocksteady, but it has a down side. Filled with productions by Duke Reid, Derrick Harriott, Sonia Pottinger and Joe Gibbs, it lacks anything from Clement Dodd's Studio One, which is a bit like not including anything from Stax Records on a vintage Southern soul collection. Still, the story of rocksteady does get told here, and sides like Alton Ellis' "Cry Tough," Stranger & Patsy's gorgeous "Down By the Trainline," the Ethiopians' "Train to Skaville" (which was all rocksteady and not ska at all), the Uniques' brilliant "My Conversation" and Desmond Dekker's "Israelites" are stone-cold classics no matter what the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • Label: Trojan Records Uk
  • EAN: 5050159902729
  • Catalog Number: 27

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cry Tough - Alton Ellis & The Flames (2:17)
  2. 2 Don't Stay Away - Phyllis Dillon (2:33)
  3. 3 Down by the Trainline - Stranger & Patsy (2:46)
  4. 4 On the Beach - The Paragons (2:35)
  5. 5 Girl I've Got a Date - Alton Ellis & The Flames (2:30)
  6. 6 Wear You to the Ball - The Paragons (2:38)
  7. 7 Hold Them (A.K.A. Get in the Groove) - Roy Shirley (2:49)
  8. 8 Save a Bread - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (2:44)
  9. 9 Take It Easy - Hopeton Lewis (2:54)
  10. 10 Rocksteady - Alton Ellis & The Flames (2:40)
  11. 11 The Tide Is High - The Paragons (2:43)
  12. 12 You Don't Care (A.K.A. You'll Want Me Back) - The Techniques (2:35)
  13. 13 Do It Right - The Three Tops (2:30)
  14. 14 Bab Ba Boom - The Jamaicans (3:20)
  15. 15 Unity - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (2:14)
  16. 16 Queen Majesty (A.K.A. Minstel and Queen) - The Techniques (3:32)
  17. 17 Please Stop Your Lying - Errol Dunkley (2:49)
  18. 18 Only a Smile - The Paragons (2:56)
  19. 19 Winey Winey - The Kingstonians (2:54)
  20. 20 You Have Caught Me - The Melodians (3:14)
  21. 21 The Things You Say You Love - The Jamaicans (2:48)
  22. 22 Tonight - Keith & Tex (2:39)
  23. 23 I Will Get Along Without You - The Melodians (3:02)
  24. 24 Train to Skaville - The Ethiopians (2:52)
  25. 25 Walk the Streets (A.K.A. You Might as Well Forget Him) - Derrick Harriott (3:23)
  26. 26 Gypsy Woman - The Uniques (3:11)
  27. 27 What Will Your Mama Say - Clancy Eccles (3:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Loser - Derrick Harriott (3:38)
  2. 2 My Conversation - The Uniques (3:28)
  3. 3 Stop That Train - Keith & Tex (3:16)
  4. 4 Just Like a River - Stranger & Gladdy (2:38)
  5. 5 Long Story - Rudy Mills (3:13)
  6. 6 It's Hard to Confess - The Gaylads (2:28)
  7. 7 I Am the Upsetter - Lee "Scratch" Perry (3:07)
  8. 8 Engine 54 - The Ethiopians (2:38)
  9. 9 Napoleon Solo - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:29)
  10. 10 54-46 That's My Number - The Maytals (3:22)
  11. 11 Long Shot (Buss Me Bet) - The Pioneers (2:45)
  12. 12 Lady With the Starlight - Ken Boothe (2:45)
  13. 13 Intensified '68 (A.K.A. Music Like Dirt) - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (2:45)
  14. 14 Silent River (Runs Deep) - The Gaylets (2:42)
  15. 15 Little Nut Tree - The Melodians (2:25)
  16. 16 It Mek - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (2:34)
  17. 17 Travelling Man - The Techniques (2:34)
  18. 18 Illya Kuryakin - Ike & The Crystalites (3:22)
  19. 19 Over the Rainbow's End - The Gaylads (2:51)
  20. 20 Ride Your Donkey - The Tennors (2:04)
  21. 21 Memories by the Score - The Paragons (2:38)
  22. 22 It Comes and Goes - The Melodians (2:38)
  23. 23 My Willow Tree - Alton Ellis (2:44)
  24. 24 People Funny Boy - Lee "Scratch" Perry (2:36)
  25. 25 Watch This Sound - The Uniques (2:33)
  26. 26 Return of Django (2:31)
  27. 27 Israelites - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Boothe Background Music
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Desmond Dekker Composer
Alton Ellis Composer
Justin Hinds Composer
John Holt Composer
Joe Gibbs Producer
Sam Mitchell Producer
B.B. Seaton Composer
Clancy Eccles Producer
Leonard Dillon Composer, Producer
Joel Gibson Producer
Toots Hibbert Composer
Leslie Kong Composer, Producer
Peter Tosh Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
Sonia Pottinger Producer
Derrick Harriott Producer
Norris Weir Composer
A. Smith Composer
Tonya Abernathy Composer
Andy Bauer Composer
Dave Hendley Liner Notes
Herb Ryals Composer
T. Cowan Composer
Liz Morris Composer
Jay Wallace Composer
Chad Paulin Composer
Bob Birdsong Composer
Brett Rakestraw Composer
Jerry Willis Composer
Jonathan Lloyd Composer
Perry Composer
Dillon Composer
Rob Kincheloe Composer
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