Friday, November 9, 2007

Sleeper's Record Shack 7: Rocksteady (MP3 Review)


WWW, October 2007 - When Ska slowed down in tempo, it became known as Rocksteady. After half a year or so, the final name for Jamaican Music was found: Reggae.

Mick Sleeper knows his Reggae Music and History. All his podcasts have a specific theme, and apart form a jingle here and there and some introduction talk, he lets the music speak for itself.

In this episode, he takes us to the year before Reggae Music was born. Jamaican Music had already been undergoing a lot of changes in name, style and tempo as the music developed from covering American music in the 1940's, 1950's into a particular Jamaican rhythm.

There was Mento, there was Ska, and now in the 1966 Ska slowed down a little bit. The drum and bass became more prominent, the guitar would start to play along with the bassline. More and more artists could be recognized as being a member of the Movement of Rastafari, and it became clear that everything was heading toward Reggae Music.

However, there was a style between Ska and Reggae. It only took Jamaica about one and a half year to make the transformation. The transformation itself was called Rocksteady.

Enjoy some music from the fall of 1966 to the summer of 1968.


01. BOOM SHACKA LACKA - Hopeton Lewis
02. RUN FOR COVER - Lee Perry
03. MUSICALLY - Keith Blake (AKA Prince Alla)
04. CRY TOUGH - Alton Ellis
05. YOU CAN'T WIN - The Slickers
06. GREAT MUSICAL BATTLE - Derrick Morgan
07. KEEP ON PUSHING - Bobby Aitken
08. BOOK OF BOOKS - Charlie Ace
09. GET TOGETHER - Carl Dawkins
10. ALL MY LOVING - Prince Buster
11. ROLLING STONE - The Wailers
12. THE MORE THEY GET - The Consumates
13. MOJO ROCKSTEADY - Prince Francis
14. RIGHT TRACK - Phyllis Dillon & Hopeton Lewis
15. SEA OF LOVE - The Heptones



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