Kingston Sounds LP 23 by Uniques, Roy Shirley, Sensations, Winston Samuels, Lester Sterling, Glen Adams, Cynthia Richards, Roy Wilson, Caribbeans, Ann Reid

  • Label: Kingston Sounds
  • Title: Rocksteady Hits The Town
  • Reference: Kingston Sounds LP 23
  • Format: LP
  • Country: UK
  • Categories: Dub / ragga
  • Style: Dub roots
  • Weight: 0.30
  • Release date: 03/23/2013
  • Catalog entry: 03/23/2013
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Kingston Sounds LP 23 review

The mighty sound of Rocksteady hit Jamaica around 1966, shone like a star and blasted out from the Dancehalls for two years before Reggae Music took a different path and evolved into another of its chapters. But in this two year period up to around 1968 it ruled and produced some of Jamaica's finest sounds. During this period the jerky Ska rhythms of old, slowed down to a more sedate pace. Some say due to the extreme heat that hit the Island in that year, making the frenzied dance routines all that much harder during the all night Sound System sessions. Whatever the reasons this period would see some of the power wrestled from the big three Producers, Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, Prince Buster and Duke Reid who up until now had ruled the waves. Making room for the up coming new wave of Producers that also had something to say. Such names as Joel Gibson (a.k.a. Joe Gibbs), Sonia Pottinger, Derrick Harriott and the most prolific of them all Mr Bunny Lee, would unleash some fine music in this fascinating if not short period in reggae's history. We have compiled some of the biggest hits from the Rocksteady Era alongside some lesser known cuts that we believe deserve to be reevaluated. A great period that is sometimes overlooked but we hope you agree with us, that it contained some great tunes that also in their own way rocked the dance floors not only in Jamaica but around the world.

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