Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Producer Series: Duke Reid's Treasure Chest

The golden age of Rocksteady! The gungslingin' ex cop Duke Reid operated the The No 1 Jamaican Soundsystem in the 50's and 60's playing a heady mix of US soul, blues, jazz and r&b. When he finally released music in the late 60s this infectious cocktail of sounds was all present as his house bands The Techniques and the Supersonics defined his soulful, yet often moody Rocksteady sound. He went on to produce some quintessential rocksteady nuggets with Alton Ellis, Phyllis Dillion, Hopeton Lewis, The Paragons. Apart from recording deejay versions of his hits with U-Roy, Lizzy and Dennis Alcapone, his reign after the 60s somewhat faded and due to poor health (cancer) and ended up selling Treasure Isle to Sonia Pottinger, owner of the classic High Note label and sadly died in 1975. A Treasure Chest of nuggets!

Treasure Isle All Stars - Alley Cat Ska
Tommy McCook - My True Confession
Phyllis Dillon - Long Time No Nice Time
Danny Simpson, Tommy Mccook & The Supersonics - Mary Poppins
Alton Ellis & Phyllis Dillon - Remember That Sunday
Hopeton Lewis - Boom Shaka Laka
Hopeton Lewis - Boom Shaka Laka (Version 2)
Alton Ellis & The Flames - Duke Of Earl
The Techniques - Day 0 (The Banana Boat Song)
Nora Dean - Ay Ay Ay
Phyllis Dillon - Woman Of The Ghetto
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Real Cool
The Paragons - Riding High On A Windy Day
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - The Shadow Of Your Smile
The Techniques - Queen Majesty
The Techniques - Love Is Not A Gamble
Alton Ellis - Girl I've Got A Date
Techniques - I'm In The Mood For Love
The Techniques - My Girl
The Paragons - The Tide Is High
Phyllis Dillon - Perfidia
Ken Parker - True True True
The Techniques - Queen Majesty
Alton Ellis & The Flames - Rock Steady
Freddie Mckay - Love Is A Treasure
Lizzy - Love Is A Treasure
U Roy - Rule The Nation
Phyllis Dillon and Hopeton Lewis - Right Track
Alton Ellis - Can't Stand It
The Paragons - Wear You To The Ball
Alton Ellis & The Flames -  Girl Ive Got A Date
U Roy - Wake The Town
Phyllis Dillon - Dont Stay Away
The Paragons - Only A Smile
The Silvertones - Midnight Hour
The Three Tops - It's Raining
The Jamaicans - Baba Boom
Alton Ellis - La La Means I Love You
Dawn Penn - Why Did You Lie
Phyllis Dillon - Its Rocking Time
The Melodians - Youll Never Get Away
The Paragons - The Same Song
The Jamaicans - The Things You Say You Love
The Gladiators - Sweet Soul Music
Treasure Isle All Stars - Rocking Soul
Dennis Alcapone - Wake Up Jamaica
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Depth Charge
Treasure Isle All Stars - Billy Joe
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Heatwave
Dobby Dobson - Loving Pauper
Tommy McCook And The Supersonics - Down On Bond Street
Ernest And Tommy - Ranglin On Bond St
The Techniques - Traveling Man

1 comment:

  1. can't imagine a world where I'd never heard these songs. it would've sucked. horrible. but thanks to you, that world don't exist.