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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This 50-song, three-CD set is about as good as it gets as a compilation. The box delights, teases, and fascinates from its opening number, "Rock Steady" by Alton Ellis -- practically the first record ever to use that term. Ellis and well-known acts like Desmond Dekker, the Maytals, the Paragons, Justin Hinds & the Dominoes, and the Melodians share space with lesser-known acts such as the Versatiles, the Federals, Derrick Harriott, and the Uniques. The majority of the acts emphasize vocals, and a great degree of soulful lyricism, whereas the Maytals display a sound and a quality of musicianship closer in content and spirit to the best folk-rock acts of the period. Not all...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This 50-song, three-CD set is about as good as it gets as a compilation. The box delights, teases, and fascinates from its opening number, "Rock Steady" by Alton Ellis -- practically the first record ever to use that term. Ellis and well-known acts like Desmond Dekker, the Maytals, the Paragons, Justin Hinds & the Dominoes, and the Melodians share space with lesser-known acts such as the Versatiles, the Federals, Derrick Harriott, and the Uniques. The majority of the acts emphasize vocals, and a great degree of soulful lyricism, whereas the Maytals display a sound and a quality of musicianship closer in content and spirit to the best folk-rock acts of the period. Not all of it is exactly groundbreaking; the pedestrian "You You" by the Natives becomes generic background music very quickly. The expected names, such as the Gaylads "It's Hard to Confess" and Lyn Taitt & the Jets a rare instrumental version of "To Sir With Love", do tend to dominate the proceedings. Derrick Morgan's big rocksteady hit "Greedy Gal" isn't here, but in its place is "Conquering Ruler," another worthy showcase of his talents as a singer and songwriter. Also present is the Michael Jackson of the rocksteady boom, Errol Dunkley "You're Gonna Need Me", who cut a string of hits in his mid-teens. Juxtaposed with heavier numbers like "Dreader Than Dread" by Honey Boy Martin, this mix of songs is a good cross-section of this short-lived but dazzlingly creative period in Jamaican and British music. The sound quality is generally excellent, although a few of the tracks sound like they're not from first-generation sources. The only glaring flaw is the virtual absence of serious liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768028920
  • Catalog Number: 80289

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock Steady (2:40)
  2. 2 Beautiful & Dangerous (2:49)
  3. 3 On the Beach (2:34)
  4. 4 Little Nut Tree (2:26)
  5. 5 Teardrops Falling (2:39)
  6. 6 The Loser (3:36)
  7. 7 Shocking Love - The Federals (2:58)
  8. 8 Just Tell Me (2:42)
  9. 9 Here I Stand - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (2:29)
  10. 10 Come on Now (3:05)
  11. 11 Somebody's Baby (3:04)
  12. 12 Illya Kuryakin - Ike Bennett (3:22)
  13. 13 You You - Natives in Black (2:23)
  14. 14 It's Hard to Confess (2:26)
  15. 15 Do I Worry? (2:49)
  16. 16 Conquering Ruler (2:52)
  17. 17 My Conversation (3:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Island in the Sun (3:11)
  2. 2 To Sir With Love (2:44)
  3. 3 You're Gonna Need Me (2:12)
  4. 4 Don't Touch Me Tomato (3:02)
  5. 5 Dreader Than Dread (2:36)
  6. 6 Mother's Young Gal (3:01)
  7. 7 Swing and Dine (3:07)
  8. 8 Walk the Streets (3:21)
  9. 9 Riding High On A Windy Day (2:51)
  10. 10 ABC Rocksteady (2:08)
  11. 11 All My Tears - Alton Ellis (2:42)
  12. 12 Super Special (2:46)
  13. 13 Young Wings Can Fly (2:53)
  14. 14 Trust The Book (2:17)
  15. 15 Can't You See (2:54)
  16. 16 Borne To Love You (2:26)
  17. 17 Wear You To The Ball (2:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Rudies All Around - Joe White (1:58)
  2. 2 People Rocksteady (2:37)
  3. 3 Once upon a Time (3:04)
  4. 4 Ba Ba Boom (3:20)
  5. 5 Live It Up - Natives in Black (2:37)
  6. 6 The Upsetter (3:06)
  7. 7 Solomon (2:46)
  8. 8 Engine 54 (2:38)
  9. 9 I Want to Go Home (2:21)
  10. 10 I'll Get Along Without You (3:01)
  11. 11 Save a Bread - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (2:45)
  12. 12 Silent River (Runs Deep) (2:52)
  13. 13 The Time Has Come (2:04)
  14. 14 Bongo Gal (2:30)
  15. 15 The Shadow of Your Smile (3:24)
  16. 16 Over The Rainbow's End (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Boothe Track Performer
Desmond Dekker Track Performer
Alton Ellis Track Performer
The Melodians Track Performer
Errol Dunkley Track Performer
Derrick Morgan Track Performer
The Maytals Track Performer
Phyllis Dillon Track Performer
The Ethiopians Track Performer
The Gaylads Track Performer
The Jamaicans Track Performer
Honey Boy Martin Track Performer
Tommy McCook Track Performer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Track Performer
Lester Sterling Track Performer
Lyn Taitt Track Performer
The Versatiles Track Performer
Delroy Wilson Track Performer
Desmond Dekker & the Aces Track Performer
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes Track Performer
The Paragons Track Performer
Derrick Harriott Track Performer
Pat Kelly Track Performer
The Uniques Track Performer
Johnny & the Attractions Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lloyd Daley Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Nathaniel "Jerry" McCarthy Composer
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