By 1967, Jamaica was swinging to the sounds of a new musical style that since the previous summer had gradually superseded the uptempo sound of Ska: Rock Steady. At the forefront of this musical transformation was Arthur 'Duke' Reid, an entrepreneur and record producer, widely regarded as the genre's most dominant and influential force throughout its heyday.
From his famed Treasure Isle studio on Bond Street, Kingston, Reid oversaw the production of some of the finest and most popular Rock Steady recordings ever to see issue, aided and abetted by the seemingly ubiquitous Tommy McCook & the Supersonics, who supplied the bedrock for his output throughout this time.
So proliferate was Reid throughout the Ska and Rock Steady years that many Treasure Isle productions remained unissued, regardless of the quality of the work, with the abundance of wonderful music allowing the record label owner the luxury of selecting what to release almost on a whim.
Such is the case with the two recordings that comprise this momentous 25th single in the popular limited edition 7" range, with the top-side featuring a typically soulful cut of the Beatles' 1965 classic, 'Michelle' by the aforementioned Supersonics, led by their hugely talented front-man and musical arranger.
The flip is another long-lost gem from the golden age of Rock Steady, this time featuring an as yet unidentified DJ, who as the Teacher Man delivers 'The Lesson' over a killer rhythm; a formula Reid repeated on Radcliffe Butler's 'My Last Word', cut for Treasure Isle soon after.
Pressed on the highest quality, heavyweight vinyl, presented on the original, all orange Trojan label and housed in individually numbered house bags, 'Michelle' c/w 'The Lesson' is a yet another must-have 45 for all self-respecting fans of the ever popular Rock Steady beat, so get yours while stocks last!
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