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Advices on Rocksteady era

Postby RV3000 » Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:30 am

May be not the best place to speak about rocksteady era...but still important players are around...Please let me know your advices on LP, 7"! Cheers
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Postby tim p » Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:57 am

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Postby django » Wed Jan 12, 2005 1:44 pm

Treasure Isle Hottest Hits 1&2, also collected on CD Duke Reid`s Treasure Chest. Also a later third volume put out by Sonia Pottinger, and another Heartbeat set More Hottest Hits.

All the best

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Postby charlie.reggae » Wed Jan 12, 2005 2:30 pm

For sweet sounds, anything produced by Duke Reid, Leslie Kong or Sonia Pottinger:

Duke Reid:
HEARTBEAT LABEL:
Run come celebrate - Techniques, The (CD, CDHB 121 1993)
Run rhythm run - Supersonics, The (CD, CDHB 104, 1996)
Treasure Isle mood - Various (CD, CDHB 195, 1995)
Treasure Isle time - Various (CD, CDHB 196, 1995)
JET SET LABEL:
Come rock with me in Jamaica - Various (CD, 44 417-2, 1997)
Gay Jamaica independence time - Various (CD, 44 416-2, 1998)
Greatest Jamaican beat - Various (CD, 44 415-2, 1997)
On the beach with The Paragons (CD, 44 431-2, 1998)
Rock Steady beat - Various (CD, 44 418-2, 1998)
Soul music for sale - Various (CD, 44 412-2, 1997)
LAGOON LABEL:
Golden Hits Vol. 2 - Paragons, The (LP, LG1-1028, 1992)
Jamaican beat 1968-73: Rock Steady Reggae DJ - Various (CD, LG2-1038, 1992)
Midnight confession - Various (LP, LG1-1084, 1993)
Top Rock Steady - Various (CD, LG2-1070, 1992)
Version affair Vol. 1 - Various (CD, LG2-1062, 1992)
Version affair Vol. 2 - Various (CD, LG2-1066, 1992)
METRO:
Rock Steady Soul - Various (CD, METRCD 061, 2001)
MUSIC CLUB (EMI):
Kings & Queens of Rock Steady, The - Various (CD, MCCD 407, 1999)
RHINO (CREOLE):
Duke Reid's Midnight hour - Various (CD, RNCD 2090, 1994)
Dynamite - Tommy McCook & The Supersonics (CD, RN 7050, 1998)
Love was all I had - Phyllis Dillon (CD, RN 7082, 1999)
Rock Steady classics - Techniques, The (CD, RNCD 2078, 1994)
Tonight at Treasure Isle - John Holt & The Paragons (CD, RNCD 2081, 1994)
SEQUEL / CASTLE MUSIC:
Baba boom time: Treasure Isle Rock Steady anthems 1966-68 - Various (CD, NEMCD 473, 2000)
TECHNIQUES LABEL (JA):
Classics - Techniques, The (LP, WRLP 18, 1994)
TREASURE ISLE (JA PRESS):
Come rock with me in Jamaica - Various (LP, L/P 101/4, 1989) CD version issued by Jet Set (listed above).
Here comes the Duke - Various (LP, TILP 010, 1990) CD version issued by Trojan (listed below).
Hottest hits Vol. 1 - Various (LP, 1989)
Hottest hits Vol. 2 - Various (LP, TI 001, 1989)
Mr. Soul of Jamaica - Alton Ellis (LP, TILP 013, 1992)
On the beach with The Paragons (LP, L/P 100/1) CD version issued by Jet Set (listed above).
TROJAN:
Ba ba boom - Classic Rock Steady & Reggae 1967-72 - Various (CD, CDTRL 265, 1994 / LP, TRLS 265, 1988)
Down on Bond Street - Tommy McCook & The Supersonics (CD, CDTRL 326, 1993)
Duke Reid Golden hits - Various (LP, TTL 8, 1969)
Gems from Treasure Isle (or Real cool Rock Steady) - Various (LP, TRLS 206, 1982)
It's rockin' time - Duke Reid's Rock Steady 1967-68 - Various (LP, TRLS 279, 1989)
Moonlight groover - Various (LP, TTL 31, 1969)
My best girl wears my crown - The Paragons (LP, TRLS 299, 1992)
Soul of Jamaica / Here comes the Duke - Various (CD, CDTRL 383, 1997)
Wake up Jamaica - Various (CD, CDTRL 331, 1994)

Leslie Kong:
TROJAN:
Music like dirt - Desmond Dekker (CD, CDTRL 301, 1992)
This is Desmond Dekkar - Desmond Dekker (LP, TTL 4, 1969)
LAGOON:
Action! - Leslie Kong (CD, LG2-1105, 1994)
DR. BIRD
Best of Derrick Morgan (LP, DLM (B) 5014, 1969)

Sonia Pottinger:
ATTACK (TROJAN):
Put on your best dress - Sonia Pottinger's Rock Steady 1967-68 - Various (LP, ATLP 109, 1990)
HEARTBEAT:
Swing & dine - Melodians, The (CD, CDHB 129, 1992)
Musical feast - Mrs. Pottinger's High Note & Gayfeet label - Various (LP, HB 84 / CD, CDHB 84, 1991)
HIGH NOTE:
Old hits of the past - Various (LP, matrix no. DSK 3514, 1994)

For a more raw, dryer sound the Coxsone Dodd, Sir JJ (Johnson) or Chales Ross are suggested:

Coxsone Dodd:
COXSONE RECORDS:
Alton Ellis sings Rock & Soul - Alton Ellis (LP, CSL 8008 / CD CSLCD 8008, 1991)
Blue beat special - Various (LP, CSP 1, 1968)
HEARTBEAT:
Do the Rock Steady - Termites, The (CD, CD 3506, 1991)
Born to love - Slim Smith (CD, CD 3501, 1991)
Soul beat - Gaylads, The (CD, SOCD 001, 1995)
STUDIO ONE:
Evening time - Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Vendors (CD, SOCD 8014, 1994)
Mr. Rock Steady - Ken Boothe (CD, SOCD 1112, 1993 / LP SO 3101, 1990)
On top - Heptones, The (CD, SOCD 0016, 1995)
Fattie fattie - Heptones, The (CD, SOCD 9002, 1995)
Jackie Mittoo in London - Jackie Mittoo (LP, CSL 8009)
Soul Vendors on tour, The - Soul Vendors & Friends, The (LP, CSL 8010, 1991)
Get ready, Rock Steady - Various Artists (LP, CSL 8007, 1990)
Ride me donkey - Solid gold from Jamaica - Various (LP, PSOL 7777, 1992)
Rock Steady Coxsone style - Various (LP, CSL 8013, 1990)
Studio One showcase Vol. 1 - Various (LP, SOL 128, 1996)
TROJAN:
Musical fever 1967-68 [Incorporating Rock Steady Coxsone Style] - Various (2CD, CDTRD 408, 1989)

VARIOUS PRODUCERS - VARIOUS ARTISTS SETS:
TROJAN:
Jamaican memories (CD, TJACD 014, 2002)
Trojan Rock Steady box set (3CD, TRBCD 003 Z, 1998)
ACTION REPLAY:
Best of & the rest of Rock Steady (CD. CDAR 1037, 1994)
BIG SHOT:
Once more with .... (LP, BBTL 4001, 1968) - Obscurity
ISLAND:
Catch this beat - The Rock Steady Years (LP, IRSP 7, 1980)
Put it on .... it's Rock Steady (LP, ILP 978, 1968)
JA GOLD:
Ba ba boom - The Jamaicans (CD, JMC 200.231, 1996)
PRESSURE SOUNDS:
Watch this sound - Slim Smith / Uniques (CD, PSCD 21, 1998)
RECEIVER (TROJAN):
Feel like jumping (LP, RRLP 111, 1989) - Re-issue of the scarce 'Club Rock Steady '68' with tracks re-ordered.
RHINO (US):
Roots of Reggae Vol. 2 - Rock Steady (CD, R2 72439, 1996)

And so on ..........

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Postby NannyMaroon » Wed Jan 12, 2005 2:55 pm

Not much to add to that list but I will say that for I that (rocksteady) was the best era in jamaican music. Probably the best muscially, skillwize, crucial singers, harmonies, some of the most timeless riddims, ever.

Ok two recomendation, not sure if its listed above, would be

Trojans-Rocksteady box
Trojans-Rudeboy Box
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Postby mghifi » Wed Jan 12, 2005 4:45 pm

If you just want two titles to start with, I suggest "Duke Reid's Treasure Chest" a double cd of Treasure Isle on Heartbeat and "Mojo Rock Steady", a single disc of Studio One rock steady also on Heartbeat.
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Postby Anonymous » Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:23 pm

It's interesting isn't it.
I started with Roots and wasn't listening to much else, gradually I started listening to stuff from all over the place and now a few years down that line, nothing does it like Mento Ska and Rocksteady to me now.
Some of the Lps/Cds that helped me along the way in particular are virtually anything on Treasure Isle of that era. The Jamaican Memories lp or cd,. Stuff on Jamaica Gold, Ken Parker's - Best Of Groovin' In Style, The (1967 - 1973), The Paragons On The Beach Lp is a doozie too.

My advice is to attach yourself to someone who knows this era like the back of their hand and get trading... or helping them out somehow... (you know who you are..! :-)

and p.s. This is very much the place to ask about Rocksteady era stuff, there are some very knowledgable enthusiasts for this era here at Baffing headquarters.
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Postby Fargo » Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:39 pm

I'd hazard a guess that rocksteady is THE favoured genre on the board. Best collection is still Duke Reid's Teasure Chest. Single artist, make a space for Slim Smith's recent collection on Trojan.
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Postby Zapatoo_the_Tiger » Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:45 pm

"Rocksteady Soul" (Duke Reid productions on Metro METRCD061) is an excellent budget-priced 21-tracker CD :wink:

This is in charlie.reggae's (long :) ) list
If it don't turn you on, you oughtta leave it alone!!

See me at: http://www.trojanrecords.co.uk/forum/index.php
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Postby Kas » Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:48 pm

By the way, the Hottest Hits Vol1 Lp was also (originally?) released on Virgin's Front Line.
This album was the one that introduced me to rocksteady.
Great sound too, even though the songs are all included in other compilations.
Maybe there are still copies available in second hand shops.
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Postby NannyMaroon » Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:17 am

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Postby DrSuperlove » Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:27 am

some tunes you want to look out for

1. Alton Ellis - I'm Still in Love With You (3:26)
2. Delroy Wilson - Dancing Mood (2:50)
3. Keith & Tex - Tonight (2:39)
4. Hopeton Lewis - Take It Easy (2:49)
5. The Paragons - Happy Go Lucky Girl (3:06)
6. Slim Smith - Rougher Yet (3:04)
7. Phyllis Dillon - Perfidia (2:46)
8. The Gaylads - Africa (3:26)
9. Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping (3:35)
10. Sound Dimension - Psychedelic Rock (Rockfort Rock) (2:40)
11. Roy Shirley - Hold Them (2:49)
12. The Techniques - Queen Majesty (3:32)
13. Bob Andy - I've Got to Go Back Home (3:05)
14. Pat Kelly - Somebody's Baby (3:04)
15. Lee Perry - The Upsetter (3:06)
16. The Cables - Baby Why (2:51)
17. Derrick Harriott - Do I Worry (2:49)
18. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Mellow Mood (alternate) (2:35)
19. Dawn Penn - No, No, No (4:31)
20. Honeyboy Martin & The Voices - Dreader Than Dread (2:36)
21. The New Establishment - The People Skanking (2:41)
22. The Jamaicans - Ba Ba Boom (3:20)
23. Carlton & The Shoes - Love Me Forever (3:52)
24. Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces - 007 (Shanty Town) (2:34)
25. The Heptones - Learn (2:40)
26. The Rulers - Wrong Embryo (3:22)
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Postby giab » Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:29 am

i think i may need to start listening to rocksteady
they only thing that has stopped me so far is the lack of syn drums
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Postby DrSuperlove » Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:54 am

it does sound a bit flat and unimaginative without the syndrums, but you get used to it, slowly, slowly
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Postby Professor Mushtaq » Thu Jan 13, 2005 3:57 am

Trojan's "Let's Do Rocksteady" is a good starting place, but those Duke Reid comps on Rounder look pretty sweet too. My radio show's been dominated by Rocksteady of late, so much that the roots fans are bawling out. I can't understand people sticking to one style of JA music to the total exclusion of the rest, there'sis so much good stuff across all eras.
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