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Studio One Rocksteady: Rocksteady, Soul and Early Reggae at Studio One [VINYL] Double LP


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Product details

  • Vinyl (3 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Soul Jazz Records
  • ASIN: B00HHJH62W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stars - The Eternals
2. Fancy Make Up - John Holt
3. Whisper to Me - Cecile Campbell
4. Party Time - The Heptones
5. Joy in the Morning - Gaylands
6. My Ambition - Marcia Griffiths
7. Love Won't Come Easy - The Heptones
8. Hurting Me - Alton Ellis
9. Row Fisherman Row - Wailing Souls
10. Home Home Home - Ken Boothe
11. Our Thing - Jackie Mittoo
12. Throw Mi Corn - Larry Marshall
13. Lick It Back - Duke Morgan
14. Me and You - Carlton And The Shoes
15. Easy, Take It Easy - Dennis Brown
16. Pack Up - Wailing Souls
17. Moving Away - Ken Boothe

Product Description

Studio One Rocksteady is the fantastic new installment in Soul Jazz Records' journey through the mighty vaults of Studio One, reggae's number one record company and its legendary pioneering producer Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd.

With excellent sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book Bass Culture - When Reggae Was King (Penguin)) this album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae.

Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more.

Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Rocksteady is released in CD- jewel case, 16-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes and free download code) and also as a digital download.

"Soul Jazz's excellent collection… even without the history, the importance, and the ins and outs, this music isn't as much of an intellectual pursuit as it is a pleasure in every note… tremendously tight vocal arrangements… just chock full of creativity, developing a unique sound in every single." Pitchfork

"This stunning compile… perfectly articulates rocksteady's correlation with sweet, sweet soul music… Heart-warming, life-affirming stuff." Stack Magazine, Australia

"Songs of love and lust had never channelled such a rich slice of cultural and social life as here" Wire Magazine

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It has been a long time coming but the excellent Soul Jazz record label have finally released a peak period Studio One rocksteady compilation and whilst not quite flawless it is still mighty fine. There are classics galore on this set from legendary Jamaican artists like Alton Ellis ("Hurting Me"), The Heptones ("Party Time" & "Love Won't Come Easy"), Ken Boothe ("Moving Away"), Larry Marshall ("Throw Mi Corn"), Carlton & His Shoes ("Me And You") and John Holt (the bracingly non-PC "Fancy Make Up"). The aforementioned are all classic rocksteady tracks. There are also gems from Cecile Campbell ("Whisper To Me"), The Classics ("Pack Up" which is actually by The Wailing Souls as Winston 'Pipe' Matthews distinctive vocals cut through the mix), The Gaylads who harmonise beautifully on the soulful "Joy In The Morning" and Marcie Griffiths (the punchy "My Ambition").

The Wailing Souls appear a second time with the superb "Row Fisherman Row" but it has to be said that this tune isn't really rocksteady being more early reggae (coming out in 1970; two years after the end of rocksteady). Dennis Brown is present and correct with the rare "Easy Take It Easy" (also from 1970) in slightly rough sound quality but this is made up by this being a brilliant track with the rhythm providing the basis for the (much) later classic "Babylon Too Rough" by Gregory Isaacs. Jackie Mittoo is represented by "Our Thing" which is a version of The Sound Dimension's "Heavy Rock" but unfortunately with rather weak interjections from an unnamed DJ.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Howard Ma Palmer on 16 Feb 2014
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Wow, amazing collection of tracks. But as rightly stated above 11 of them are pure reggae that I was buying from Bamboo Records in 1969/70 and later. Fancy Make Up still the best tune and the Wailing Souls tracks amazing, particularly Pack Up. Seems most of the best Rocksteady actually out on Rock a Shaka's release. Great that they extended the Dennis Brown track by adding the Version to the vocal, play very loud.
Noticed a couple of Rocksteady numbers on the Ska Fever CD as well.
Amazing that they really do not know the difference.
About time they put out a pure 1969/70 Reggae album as Bamboo (C S Dodd's UK outlet run by Junior Lincoln) was awash with as many great Club Reggae tunes as Fab or Pama but more gritty and ethnic.
Waiting.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Robertson on 11 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD
11 of the 17 tracks here are reggae rather than rock steady.

Soul Jazz do a great job in getting the music out to casual fans but please don't insult those of us who have been collecting and listening to Jamaican music for 30 years or more.....
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