During the long, hot summer of 1966, Jamaica's national sound underwent a dramatic transformation. The Ska rhythm that had dominated the island's music scene since its independence in 1962 slowed significantly, so providing dancers with the opportunity to enjoy themselves without suffering heat exhaustion.
Early in 1967, this new, more measured style acquired a name of its own, Rock Steady, and for the next two years, the style remained the prevailing sound in Jamaica, with many of the most popular recordings in the genre released in the UK on Chris Blackwell's famed Island Records imprint.
By the close of 1968, Rock Steady had been supplanted by Reggae and Blackwell was involved with a new Jamaican music company, Trojan Records, but before these momentous events, Island was at the forefront of the sound in the UK, as reflected in the music on this essential 40 track two disc collection.
As with other titles in the series, 'Island Presents Rock Steady' the very best in Jamaican sounds without duplicating material featured on other titles in the range, so ensuring fans are not only guaranteed top quality music, but also great value for money.
Officially available from 25 February, copies can be pre-ordered simply by clicking here!
1. On A Saturday Night - Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
2. Rock Steady - Hopeton Lewis
3. Dance All Night - The Tartans
4. Judge Sympathy - The Treasure Isle Boys
5. People Get Ready - The Uniques
6. A Thing Of The Past - Phyllis Dillon
7. I Don't Want To See You Cry - Lynn Taitt & The Jets
8. Gypsy Woman - The Uniques
9. Tonight - Keith & Tex
10. Solomon - Derrick Harriott
11. Conquering Ruler - Derrick Morgan
12. Red Bum Ball - Lloyd & Devon
13. Lip And Tongue - The Viceroys
14. Hold Down Miss Winey - Glen Adams
15. Leaving On That Train - Keith & Tex
16. Gimme Back - Derrick Morgan
17. Do It Now - The Consomates
18. Somebody's Baby - Pat Kelly
19. The Beatitude: Blessed Are The Meek - The Uniques
20. Once Upon A Time - Delroy Wilson & Stranger Cole
1. Will You Ever Be Mine (aka I Want To Love You) - Delroy Wilson
2. Over And Over Again - Stranger & Gladdy
3. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Alfred Brown
4. You Hurt My Soul - Joe Higgs
5. Cleopatra - The Tennors
6. Ilya Kuryakin - Ike & The Crystalites
7. Do I Worry - Derrick Harriott
8. Hypnotizing Eyes - Keith & Tex
9. Memories By The Score - The Paragons
10. Napoleon Solo - Lynn Taitt & The Jets
11. I Like Your World - The Gaylettes
12. Someone To Love - The Versatiles
13. Live It Up - The Natives
14. Combination - Keelyn Beckford
15. Girl Of My Dreams - The Uniques
16. Born To Love You - Derrick Harriott
17. A Man's Temptation - Noel Brown
18. Once More - Errol Dunkley
19. Shocking Love - The Federals20. Grampa - The Tennors
20. Grampa - The Tennors
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