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5.0 out of 5 stars same old same old - for new fans only, 3 Mar 2012
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freewheeling frankie (north London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Trojan Presents: Rock Steady [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
For anyone who is new to rocksteady and doesn't have most of these tracks already, this is a fine compilation - nearly all the tracks here are top notch. If you want to dig deeper you'll have to go elsewhere but this is an excellent start. For the completely uninitiated, rocksteady is where ska evolved into reggae, only it took a couple of years for them to come up with the name that stuck. It's a style whose combination of sweetness and toughness has informed nearly all subsequent reggae, despite being around for less than two years between late 1966 and mid-1968, widely regarded as a golden age in Jamaican music. The only major areas of rocksteady unrepresented on this compilation are Studio One and Prince Buster, both of which are essential to a true understanding of this wonderful music.

This compilation is emphatically not aimed at collectors of this stuff, who will have all these tracks already. Even by Trojan's recent standards since their takeover by Universal, this compilation plays it very safe indeed. But I'm not going to give it a curmudgeonly 1 or 2 star rating because it's all fantastic music and some lucky people haven't heard it before.

Oh, and some wires seem to have got crossed somewhere - the download version of this claims to be "Explicit" when there isn't a single "rude" (as opposed to rude boy) song on here.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamaican splendour, 21 Jun 2012
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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I am old enough to remember sometimes hearing calypso, blue beat, ska & rock steady on the radio as a boy, though I probably couldn`t have given much of it a name then. By the time I was 21, reggae had taken over and the more modest sounds of sixties Jamaica took a back seat. Listening to these two exemplary discs from the irrepressible Trojan label, that now seems a mixed blessing.
Here are forty utterly wonderful tracks from the all-too-brief 1966-68 Rock Steady era. I guarantee you`ll be won over within the first few minutes of the first disc of this glorious compilation. We start, predictably yet appropriately enough, with Bob Marley & The Wailers on Bend Down Low, then into the great Desmond Dekker`s big UK hit 007, followed by supposedly the first true Rock Steady track, Take It Easy by Hopeton Lewis. It`s a terrific number, and there`s no let up over the rest of the songs on this well-packaged, lovingly assembled collection.
One or two highlights are Desmond Dekker`s immortal It Mek and his even tastier Mother`s Young Gal, an irresistible song you won`t want to end. Then there`s the sole track here by The Paragons, Talking Love - but what a track! The moment I heard it, it immediately became (aptly) an instant `desert island disc`. When the languid brass comes in between the verses, you`ll melt...
There`s so much else here that is treasurable. The Maytals (with Toots, naturally) are represented by 54-46 That`s My Number, there`s an astonishing track by Jamaican near-legends Lyn Taitt & The Jets, Julie On My Mind, as well as a version of - oh joy! - a Fats Domino song, Oh Babe (Sick And Tired) by Ewan & Jerry. Apparently, the great Fats was quite an inspiration for a generation of Jamiacan musicians, a fact which warms the heart.
Put either of these discs on at any party - preferably an outdoor bash - and the place will soon be heaving with happy people dancing their socks off.
Crucial, resplendent, glorious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally love this, 3 Jun 2012
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Just bought this along with the classic reggae and lovers rock, cant stop singing along smiling. a real step back in time to those great memories. buy all three and you wont regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy, 14 Nov 2013
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For anyone who loves Rock Steady, this is a must buy and incredible value. Some great lesser known tracks as well as some favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock it...., 13 Sep 2013
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I grew up listening to the originals and those old 45 and 12 ins are well scratched. Thanks Trojan for these classic originals. Doing my ironing is now pure pleasure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the dayz!, 5 Sep 2013
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Tunes that I've grown up on, nice 2 hear them again in their original style...brings back good family memories, that I've cherished!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this, 18 April 2013
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Ms. K. D. Brooks (uk) - See all my reviews
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wow I love this, bought it for my husband
& we vlove to put it on loud & dance to it
brings back memories, and some tracks i have not heard before
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piece of musical history, 1 Mar 2013
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T. Walmsley (Dewsbury UK) - See all my reviews
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Great loved it copied it to computer then put into car played everyday for weeks even the kids (16,13 11) like some of the tracks and even sing along. If you want to hear a how reggae developed that a punt on this album and at the price it is its not going to break the bank...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock steady, 3 Dec 2012
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Mr. K. Simpson "Smiley" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Trojan Presents: Rock Steady [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
What can you say about Trojan music, but Absolutely brilliant, as you Brock the night away, with all these memorably tunes. 100% quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Steady is the Best, 31 May 2012
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Man am chiilin' so why do I keep filling in these review requests? Cos Trojan made some of the best sounds ever and I was fortunate to grow up listening to them in the 60's and 70's. This albums full of Rock Steady greats
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