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Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae
     

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

 

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Some might snort, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of gathering a bunch of early reggae veterans and pioneers and asking them to revisit some of their (and others') hits from the late '60s, backed up by a band consisting of respectful young fans (led in this case by legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin and recorded at

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Some might snort, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of gathering a bunch of early reggae veterans and pioneers and asking them to revisit some of their (and others') hits from the late '60s, backed up by a band consisting of respectful young fans (led in this case by legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin and recorded at the Tuff Gong studio). And if the results are mixed, well, what else did you expect? What's surprising is how powerfully some of these old-timers can still perform: Ken Boothe offers a mini-class in soulful singing on an excellent rendition of "Freedom Street"; Derrick Morgan brings the perfect combination of charming humor and effortless groove to the "rude boys in court" classic "Tougher Than Tough"; Marcia Griffiths not only crushes Blondie like a grape with her powerhouse rendition of "Tide Is High," but frankly outdoes the Paragons' original version as well. You have to feel kind of sorry for Dawn Penn, who was asked to make what must be her 150th recording of "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" and still manages, bless her heart, to sound like she's having fun. Hopeton Lewis, on the other hand, sounds like he's phoning it in on a lackluster version of "Rivers of Babylon," and it's sad to say it, but the great Stranger Cole is sounding a bit weary on "Love Me Today." But overall, all of the singers acquit themselves somewhere between quite well and beautifully, and the instrumental arrangements and playing are excellent. A must for nostalgic rocksteady fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
Label:
Mollselekta
UPC:
0881390561629
catalogNumber:
16

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Performance Credits

Tamlins   Background Vocals
Leroy Sibbles   Bass
Gladstone Anderson   Piano
Hux Brown   Guitar
Glen DaCosta   Saxophone
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Bongo Herman   Percussion
Derrick Lara   Background Vocals
Robert Lyn   Organ,Piano
David Madden   Trumpet
Lloyd Parks   Bass
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar,Leader
Noel "Scully" Simms   Percussion
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Yeshemabeth McGregor   Background Vocals
Carlton Smith   Background Vocals
Jon Williams   Violin
Noel "Bunny" Brown   Background Vocals
Calvin Cameron   Trombone
Yeshema McGregor   Background Vocals
Sylvanus Moore   Background Vocals
Latoya Hall-Downer   Background Vocals
Jacqueline Brooks   Background Vocals
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Saxophone
Jackie Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Cobbs   Composer
Desmond Dekker   Composer
John Holt   Composer
Chuck Foster   Liner Notes
Brenton Dowe   Composer
Leroy Sibbles   Composer
Derrick Morgan   Composer
Howard Barrett   Composer
Errol Brown   Engineer
Frank Farian   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Keith Rowe   Composer
Lyn Taitt   Arranger,Composer
Derrick Harriott   Composer
Hopeton Lewis   Composer
Tyrone Evans   Composer
Willburn "Squidley" Cole   Composer
George Reyam   Composer
Henry Buckley   Composer
Stascha Bader   Liner Notes
Kenneth F. Boothe   Composer
Moss Raxlen   Producer
Harris Lloyd Seaton   Composer
James McNaughton   Composer
Texas Dixon   Composer

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