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Music  >>  Vinyl  >>  Reggae

Soul Jazz Records presents

Studio One Rocksteady 2

Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Rocksteady 2 2lp Gatefold W Dl
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Soul Jazz Records new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodds Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s Rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of Reggae and Roots music at the start of the 1970s. Sleevenotes to this album are by Steve Barrow, author of Rough Guide to Reggae as well as Soul Jazz Records own Reggae Soundsystem Cover Art books. While Ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American Rhythm and Blues as its main influence, Rocksteady focused on the emergence of American Soul music  with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt & The Paragons, Carlton & The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US Soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylans I Shall Be Released. The influence of Soul music on Jamaican Rocksteady and Reggae is almost palpable, so much so that one wonders how much more successful singers like Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith and John Holt would have been had they been born in Chicago, Detroit or Memphis. Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era  a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased when the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s  and the music evolved further from Rocksteady into Roots Reggae. This album is released on heavyweight gatefold sleeve double vinyl (plus download code), CD with slipcase and digital album (ex-North America).

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