This Is Crucial Reggae: Rock Steady

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although the rocksteady period in Jamaica only lasted a couple of years roughly 1966 to 1968 before giving way to the one-drop beat of true reggae, an astounding amount of material was recorded and released, much of it beloved and enduring. Essentially rocksteady evolved out of ska, slowing things down, bringing the horns under control, and elevating the bass to the forefront. The less-manic tempo also meant room for more developed vocal harmonies, and many of the island's most famous vocal trios were formed during the rocksteady period. This brief sampler can only skim the surface of this golden era in Jamaican music, but as a basic introduction to rocksteady, it gets ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although the rocksteady period in Jamaica only lasted a couple of years roughly 1966 to 1968 before giving way to the one-drop beat of true reggae, an astounding amount of material was recorded and released, much of it beloved and enduring. Essentially rocksteady evolved out of ska, slowing things down, bringing the horns under control, and elevating the bass to the forefront. The less-manic tempo also meant room for more developed vocal harmonies, and many of the island's most famous vocal trios were formed during the rocksteady period. This brief sampler can only skim the surface of this golden era in Jamaican music, but as a basic introduction to rocksteady, it gets the point across. Included here are such classic recordings as Alton Ellis' silky and soulful "Cry Tough," the Uniques' poignant "My Conversation" featuring a lead vocal by the late great Slim Smith, Ken Boothe's melodic and poppy "Say You" written by guitarist Lyn Taitt, and Desmond Dekker's odd, manic "Intensified '68 Music Like Dirt," which shows some of the lingering effects of ska. Most serious fans of rocksteady will already have most or all of these tracks, so this is a disc for the newly curious, but as a key that unlocks the door to the wonders of rocksteady, it is definitely worth its budget price.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768051126
  • Catalog Number: 80511

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ba Ba Boom (3:19)
  2. 2 Cry Tough (2:15)
  3. 3 Travelling Man - The Techniques (2:33)
  4. 4 What Will Your Mama Say - Clancy Eccles (3:18)
  5. 5 My Conversation - The Uniques (3:27)
  6. 6 Don't Stay Away (2:32)
  7. 7 Wear You to the Ball - The Paragons (2:36)
  8. 8 Intensified '68 (Music Like Dirt) - Desmond Dekker (2:43)
  9. 9 I Will Get Along Without You (3:00)
  10. 10 Do I Worry (2:49)
  11. 11 It's Hard to Confess (2:26)
  12. 12 Say You - Ken Boothe (2:44)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Alton Ellis Composer
John Holt Composer
B.B. Seaton Composer
Clancy Eccles Composer
Duke Reid Producer
Phyllis Dillon Composer
Winston Jarrett Composer
Bunny Lee Composer, Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Sonia Pottinger Producer
Jimmy Riley Composer
Lyn Taitt Composer
Winston Riley Composer
Derrick Harriott Producer
Elena Oumano Liner Notes
Bas Hartong Executive Producer
Desmond Dacres Composer
Tony Brevette Composer
Stanley Cowan Composer
Bobby Worth Composer
T. Cowan Composer
Mike Jason Executive Producer
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