Monday, September 27, 2010

Steady Rocking w/ Undercover

So I've been listening to a heap of rocksteady of late, always do, it is the ultimate lax music for me - a touch of jazz, a lick of ska and a dose of soul all ooze through the music and it just does it for me. Check this little set, I found you some early r&b hipshakers that Sir Coxsone jammed in the pre-ska days, how the sound progressed though Jazz and Island style Mento that eventually led into bluebeat and ska. Round 66/67' the beat mellowed (ha, stoners) into the slower rocksteady with Duke Reid in his absolute prime and hot on his heels Sir Coxsone Dodd. Rocksteady had a heavy r&b/soul influence first heard in the late 50's soundsystem days and with 7''s returning from US weekly. Other highlights for me include some early Bunny Lee material as he shows his sultry side and of course freshly produced rocksteady re-licks from Peckings, UK. Jah.

Willis 'Gator Tail' Jackson - Later for the 'Gator aka Coxsone's Hop

Calvin Boze - Waiting & Drinking

George Moxey & His Calypso Quintet - Dry Weather House

Wynonie Harris - Don't Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me

Ray Johnson - If You Don't Want Me Baby

Harold McNair - The Hipster

Dave Brubeck - Take Five

Sir Coxsone & The Blues Blasters - Chariot Rock

Rico Rodriguez - Rainbow Into The Rio Mino

The Skatalites - Ska La Parisienne

The Mohawks - Ride Your Pony

Ken Parker - I Can't Hide

Lyn Taitt and the Comets - Storm Warning

Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Real Cool

The Skatalites - Nimrod

Slim Smith - Build My World Around You

Jackie Mittoo - Our Thing

Roland Alphonso & Leslie Milliner - Theme From The Party

Prince Buster - Soul Of Africa

Courtney John - Lucky Man

Tommy McCook & The Sound Dimension - Tunnel One

Lady Lex & The Supersonics - At Last

Alton Ellis & The Flames - Rock Steady

The Uniques - My Conversation

Kelly Makeda - Shake it Off

The Techniques - You Dont Care (aka You'll Want Me Back)

Alton Ellis - I can't stand it

The Three Tops - Its Raining

The Jamaicans - The Things You Say You Love

Dawn Penn - Long Day Short Night

Alva Lewis - In the Park

Yvonne Harrison - Near To You

Errol Dunkley - King and Queen

The Cables - Be A Man

Lennie Hibbert - Montego Rock

Horace Andy - See a Man's Face



  2. thanks for this!