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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
The Nighthawk label redresses a great injustice, shining the spotlight on the Tennors, one of Jamaica's finest vocal groups, with this crucial compilation. Formed in 1967 by veteran vocalist George "Clive" Murphy, the trio mashed up the island with their debut single, "Pressure and Slide." Boasting innuendo-laced lyrics and a phenomenal Studio One rhythm that would go down in the annals of history, "Pressure and Slide" was the biggest-selling record of the year. The following year, Murphy launched his own label, Tennors, and inaugurated it with the self-produced "Ride Yu Donkey," another smash single. During this period the Tennors underwent a couple of lineup changes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
The Nighthawk label redresses a great injustice, shining the spotlight on the Tennors, one of Jamaica's finest vocal groups, with this crucial compilation. Formed in 1967 by veteran vocalist George "Clive" Murphy, the trio mashed up the island with their debut single, "Pressure and Slide." Boasting innuendo-laced lyrics and a phenomenal Studio One rhythm that would go down in the annals of history, "Pressure and Slide" was the biggest-selling record of the year. The following year, Murphy launched his own label, Tennors, and inaugurated it with the self-produced "Ride Yu Donkey," another smash single. During this period the Tennors underwent a couple of lineup changes that led to Ronnie Davis, later of Itals fame, taking over lead vocals. Across the rocksteady period the trio unleashed a stream of sublime songs, and as the reggae age dawned they continued successfully on their way. Lineup changes occurred sporadically, but the group's popularity never diminished. On a couple of occasions the Tennors also cut a handful of singles for Duke Reid and Sonia Pottinger to equal success. Their final single, "Weather Report," overseen by the former, dates from 1973 -- by then Murphy had relocated to the States and the group folded. Contrary to its title, Rock Steady Classics encompasses the group's entire career, bundling up some of their biggest hits as well as B-sides and lesser-known numbers, with the sleeve notes providing an excellent overview of the band. The trio was a rarity for their day, a self-produced and self-releasing unit, but sadly this meant that they rarely turn up on compilations, which tend to be exclusively drawn from Studio One or Treasure Isle's archives. Thus, their profile has remained unfairly low abroad, but hopefully this compilation will change all that with these 18 classic cuts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • Label: Nighthawk Records
  • UPC: 043024031841
  • Catalog Number: 318

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ride Yu Donkey (1:56)
  2. 2 Weather Report (2:23)
  3. 3 Another Scorcher (2:38)
  4. 4 Baby Come Home (3:02)
  5. 5 Want Everything (2:50)
  6. 6 Good News (3:08)
  7. 7 World Is a Stage (2:21)
  8. 8 Give Me Bread (2:16)
  9. 9 We Got Soul (2:25)
  10. 10 Pressure and Slide (3:40)
  11. 11 Grandpa (2:02)
  12. 12 Massi Massa (2:13)
  13. 13 Sufferer (2:47)
  14. 14 Run Come (2:32)
  15. 15 Hopeful Village (2:23)
  16. 16 Cleopatra (2:00)
  17. 17 Gee Whiz (2:05)
  18. 18 Traitor (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tennors Primary Artist
Leroy Sibbles Bass Guitar
Roland Alphonso Horn
Ansel Collins Keyboards
Gladdy Anderson Keyboards
Aston Barrett Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Theophilus Beckford Keyboards
Ronnie Davis Vocals
George Dekker Vocals
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Hugh Malcolm Drums
Tommy McCook Horn
Jackie Mittoo Keyboards
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace Drums
Winston Wright Keyboards
Touter Harvey Keyboards
Mike B. Drums
Chinna Smith Rhythm Guitar
Nehemiah Reid Vocals
Jackie Jackson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Errol Brown Engineer
Lynford Anderson Engineer
Daniel Jacoubovitch Liner Notes
The Tennors Composer
Michelle Zignago Art Direction
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