Soul Jazz Records' new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd's Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s Rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of Reggae and Roots music at the start of the 1970s. Sleevenotes to this album are by Steve Barrow, author of 'Rough Guide to Reggae' as well as Soul Jazz Records' own 'Reggae Soundsystem Cover Art' books. While Ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American Rhythm and Blues as its main influence, Rocksteady focused on the emergence of American Soul music - with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt and The Paragons, Carlton and The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US Soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylan's I Shall Be Released. The influence of Soul music on Jamaican Rocksteady and Reggae is almost palpable, so much so that one wonders how much more successful singers like Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith and John Holt would have been had they been born in Chicago, Detroit or Memphis. Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era - a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased when the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s - and the music evolved further from Rocksteady into Roots Reggae. 2LP - Heavyweight double vinyl in a Gatefold sleeve (plus download code).



Hortense Ellis - 

Sitting In The Park

The Termites - 

Rub Up Push Up

Carlton & The Shoes -

Never Let Go

Alton Ellis - 

I'm Still In Love With You

Owen Gray - 

Give Me A Little Sign

The Bassies - 

Big Mistake

Alton & Hortense Ellis - 

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Slim Smith - 

Born To Love

Cannon & The Soul Vendors - 

Bad Treatment

John Holt - 

Strange Things

The Actions - 

Giddy Up

Larry Marshall - 

It Makes Me Feel

The Paragons - 

Change Your Style

Jerry Jones - 

Trying Times

The Heptones - 

I Shall Be Released

The Gaylads - 

The Soul Beat

Delroy Wilson - 

Run Run

The Soul Two -

Puppy Love

Delroy Wilson - 

Riding For A Fall


Label: Soul Jazz

Catalogue Number: SJRLP367