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First Class Rock Steady


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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of Rocksteady, 17 North Parade presents First Class Rocksteady; a comprehensive 40-track collection of the pivotal selections from that genre that preceded reggae in Jamaica. The sound was a mid-step between ska, which was the leading island sound, and reggae; a sound that slows the tempo but keeps the guitar accent on the upbeat. The collection captures the early work from some of the genre's defining artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, The Techniques (featuring Slim Smith), Desmond Dekker, Johnny Nash and many others.

Tracklist

Disc: 1
1 Take It Easy - Hopeton Lewis
2 Hold Them - Roy Shirley
3 I Am Lonely - Heptones
4 Dance All Night - The Tartans
5 Rock Steady - Alton Ellis
6 Ba Ba Boom - The Jamaicans
7 Pata Pata Rocksteady - Patsy & The Count Ossie Band
8 Last Train To Expo 67 - The Melodians
9 I'm A Loving Pauper - Dobby Dobson
10 Please Stop Your Lying - Errol Dunkley
11 Return Home - Alva Lewis
12 Just Like A River - Stranger Cole & Gladdy
13 El Casino Royale - Lynn Tait & The Jets
14 Dreader Than Dread - Honey Boy Martin
15 The Return Of Ezekial - The Jupiters
16 Live And Love - Carlton Manning
17 Last Train To Ecstasy - The Melodians
18 You're Gona Need Me - Errol Dunkley
19 Born To Love You - The Sensations
20 Sounds And Pressure - Hopeton Lewis
Disc: 2
1 You Don't Care - The Techniques
2 Little Boy Blue - Pat Kelly
3 Left With A Broken Heart - The Paragons
4 ABC Rocksteady - The Gaylads
5 The Beatitude - The Uniques
6 Revelation - Alva Lewis
7 A Change is Gonna Come - Ken Parker
8 The Russians Are Coming - Val Bennett
9 The Great Musical Battle - Derrick Morgan
10 The Big Take Over - The Overtakers
11 I Am The Upsetter - Lee Perry
12 Musically - Keith Blake
13 Lonely Heartaches - The Claendonians
14 Napoleon Solo - Lynn Tait & The Jets
15 Intensified - Desmond Dekker
16 Got To Get Away - The Paragons
17 Hold Me Tight - Johnny Nash
18 Long Time Me No See You Girl - The Sensations
19 Seeing Is Knowing - Stranger Cole & Gladdy
20 Darling Jeboza Macoo - Stranger Cole