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Trojan Rocksteady Boxset [VINYL] [Box set]

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  • Vinyl (3 Dec 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Trojan
  • ASIN: B00005RSC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precursor of what was to come 3 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Although it is often said that the Rocksteady era was short and the form was replaced by reggae around 1968 that is too simple an explanation of what happened. What happened was that the rocksteady rhythm was absorbed by reggae becoming both a basis for development and in its basic 1966-68 form one of the many reggae rhythms in use from that point on. In fact the basic rhythm structure is still in use today and many Treasure Isle and other label rhythm tracks from that era are still being 'versioned' by modern day artists.

These tracks are however all from the genuine 'Rocksteady era' when ska was beginning to fade out of the picture as bass players stopped walking (4 even beats per bar) and started to play more complex rhythmic patterns and the rhythm guitar players moved from playing on the upstroke of all 4 beats in the bar and started to play on the second and fourth beats. This gave the resulting rhythm a much slower and steadier feel even where the overall tempo was much the same. At the same time horns were used more sparingly and more as background or punctuation, the main role being given to drums, bass guitar and sometimes keyboards. Vocals began to predominate too and instrumentals became much rarer (they were a staple of ska). One or two still cropped up though.

The tracks on this compilation are almost all excellent, melodic well sung and relaxing to listen to. Casual listeners may be familiar with 'The Tide is High' from the Blondie cover, and possibly with one or two other tracks such as 'Solomon' and those songs which are cover versions of other hits. However, after a couple of listens all the tracks will probably start to feel like old friends. Perfect relaxation music for a summer evening, or for imagining a summer evening in the depths of winter!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class reminder of the forgoton era of reggea. 22 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
Before I listened to this album, I wasn't too aware of the "missing link" style of reggea that attached SKA to ROOTS; Rocksteady. After having listened to the album It became apparent that this style is as vibrant and exciting as its close cousins. A great introduction to a forgotten, if short lived era of reggea.
Prince Buster described Rocksteady as "the summer season of ska" and this is born from the fact it is more slowed down and soulful than its cousin. This is illustrated best by the hilariously named GAYLADS and their track SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOWS END. Other tracks which live up to the mark of quality of Trojan are DERRICK HARRIOT'S LOSER and JUSTIN HINDS AND THE DONINOES' HERE I STAND. Having said this there isn't a track for which I wouldn't steal if I didn't already have it.
In conclusion if you aint got it - get it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet 2 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Rocksteady era was short, but in that time some gems where made. Conquering Ruler - Morgan, Derrick, Riding On A High & Windy Day - Paragons, Dreader Than Dread - Honey Boy Martin, Upsetter - Lee Perry. This defiantly is an album to get your lover in the mood, slower than Ska, more filled in then Dub, should put a smile on anyone's face after they have bought it and played it for the first time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Sublime 10 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If I was to appear on desert island discs and had to chose then this box set would be it along with the Trojan Rocksteady Rarities box set. This is an outstanding collection of the classic sweet and sublime. I would happily sit on my tropical beach, close to the mountains, mountain streams and herbs listening to the tracks contained here, ha! To be honest I think I prefer rocksteady to the later reggae that followed, having listened to this and various other excellent trojan box sets, it's much more honest and well crafted. Yep this set contains the link between the harsher ska (prior) and reggae (later) following the hot Jamaican summer of 1967. The later reggae derived not only the slower beat of rocksteady, the prominant bass lines, the guitar rythem and vocal harmonies but it's name as rock-steady became r-eggae! If you buy this (and you should) don't be fooled by the first listen, give it a few chances and you will be singing and skankin along before you know it. Enjoy xx
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if not disgruntled, far from gruntled. 4 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
brilliant songs, great sequencing, can't beat the price. BUT BEWARE. when i ordered this new "remaster", i received the original 1998 release instead. the sound is flat and muddy, the mixes uneven. these priceless tracks cry out for remastering.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great. 20 April 2002
By Big Wheel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a fan of Rocksteady but this collection did not live up to expectations. I am a proud and pleased owner of some other very fine Trojan Box Sets, namely "Club Reggae" and "Tighten Up" both of which I would recommend over the "Rocksteady" set. Don't get me wrong, there are some great artists on the roster, but the song selections seem plodding and tired. (some people like their Reggae along those lines.) Besides, the "Rocksteady" set is one of the few Trojan Box packages that you can actually listen to snippets of here on Amazon so you're more able to decide for yourself. This is certainly not a bad collection, but if you're planning on acquiring more of the Trojan Box Sets leave "Rocksteady" for later.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Budget set - great music, cheapo presentation 9 Nov 2006
By PH-50-NC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You really can't argue too much with the price on this set, especially if you pick it up used. Buyers should be aware that in this case, "box set" just means a box is involved. There is no extensively-researched and lovingly written booklet, or even the inclusion of discographical details. You just get the dics in cardboard sleeves with artist, song title, and publishing info--nothing more. And the 50 songs on the Rocksteady set would fit onto two discs no problem, but are for reasons of "box set-ness" spread out over three discs. Not much of a reason to hang onto the thing, once the tracks are loaded on one's iPod.

Now, none of this has anything to do with the quality of the grooves, which is high. Enjoy
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful overview of the rocksteady era 11 April 2000
By Jessica Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This 3 cd box set is a wonderful overview of the few years where rocksteady was popular.. All original tracks make you want to jump on a plane and head over to Jamaica... if you are just starting to listen to, or just want a decent collection of rocksteady tunes, this is the one that you want
1.0 out of 5 stars I got charged 40 bucks! 22 May 2014
By big boosie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This comp is off the damn hook. The problem is they supposedly had some special reissue of it from 2002 that had a bunch of extra crap that cost 40 bucks. The jokerbirds gave me the 1999 pressing...that one should be valued at like 20 bucks tops. Violated!
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