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01
The Sensations Lonely Lover
02 :32
02
The Uniques My Conversation
04 :09
03 02 :28
04
Owen Gray Take Me Back
02 :40
05 03 :49
06
Ken Parker How Could I
02 :25
07
Slim Smith Let Me Go Girl
02 :46
08
Winston Samuels Don't Believe Him
02 :38
09
Errol Dunkley King and Queen
03 :03
10 03 :17
11
Alton Ellis Loving Mood
02 :28
12
The Sensations Right on Time
03 :01
13
Glen Adams I Can't Help It
03 :39
14
Alva Lewis In the Park
01 :54
15 02 :43
16
Cynthia Richards Forever
03 :09
17
Ken Parker Somebody to Love
02 :25
18
Dawn Penn To Sir With Love
02 :50
19
Errol Dunkley I'm Going Home
02 :39
20 02 :48
21 03 :04
22
Owen Gray Come Back to Me
01 :55
23
The Sensations Born to Love You
03 :12
24
The Webber Sisters What I'm Gonna Do
03 :17
25
Lester Sterling With King Cannon Man At Work
02 :23
ARTIST
TITLE
The Bunny Lee Rock Steady Years
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
MOLL 013CD MOLL 013CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/7/2005

For fans of reggae and soul alike, this compilation is devoted to the concentrated phase of rocksteady, circa 1967-1969 -- the Caribbean's most productive era of all time. The rocksteady beat took its lead from the melodic bassline, in an ongoing invitation to dance, linking up with the drums to leave ample space for immensely talented singers and vocal trios who frequented the studios at the time. As Studio One proprietor Clement "Coxsone" Dodd described, "Rocksteady was more like a melodic rhythm. The bass would be playing a steady sort of melody in the background. We tried to make it rock steady with a real catchy beat and steady for dancing. Rocksteady was when we realized how important a steady catchy bass line was -- just as important as the vocals." Never before had such sweet melodies, inspiring rhythms and beautiful love lyrics come together. Numerous soul hits by the likes of Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, and The Supremes all received the bass-driven, Jamaican-style treatment. The Bunny Lee Rocksteady Years collects some of the most essential and rare songs of that era -- in a better sound quality than ever before! It showcases a wealth of soulful singers, ranging from top acts like Slim Smith (also lead-singer in The Techniques and The Uniques) and Alton Ellis to the rather unknown Cynthia Richards and the Webber Sisters. All songs were produced by Bunny Lee, one of the greatest Jamaican producers of all-time, who had one rocksteady hit after another, finally earning him the nickname "Striker."