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Rocksteady Hits the Town
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CD

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KSCD 023CD KSCD 023CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/24/2014

2010 release. 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 upcoming new wave of producers who also had something to say. Such names were Joel Gibson (aka 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. Here are compiled some of the biggest hits from the rocksteady era alongside some lesser-known cuts that deserve to be re-evaluated. A great period that is sometimes overlooked but contained some great tunes that also in their own way rocked the dancefloors not only in Jamaica but around the world.