Various Artist - Let's Do Rock Steady (The Soul of Jamaica)

Various Artist - Let's Do Rock Steady (The Soul of Jamaica)

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Release Date 10/05/2024
Format 2LP Black
Label Trojan
Catalogue Number 4099964009347

The immediate successor to ska, the soulful, melodic sound of rock steady first developed during the long hot Jamaican summer of 1966 and reigned supreme thereafter for two glorious years before finally being superseded by the more energetic style of reggae.

Despite its relatively brief period as the island’s national sound, the rhythms of many of its biggest hits have continued to influence and inspire music-makers to the present day, resulting in renewed interest in the sub-genre among record buyers in recent years.

This superb 2xLP vinyl collection features 24 of the most popular recordings of the rock steady era, including the UK hits, ‘007’, ‘Train To Skaville’ and ‘It Miek’ and The Maytals’ anthemic dance-filler, ’54 46 That’s My Number’. Pressed on high quality 140gm vinyl and presented in a stylishly designed sleeve, the album not only provides the ideal introduction to this hugely popular and influential sound, but is also a must for established fans of the Jamaican sub-genre, with many of the tracks appearing on vinyl for the first time in decades.


1 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
2 I Am the Upsetter - Lee 'Scratch' Perry
3 Somebody's Baby - Pat Kelly
4 Once Upon a Time - Delroy Wilson
5 Wrong Embryo - The Rulers
6 Right On Time - The Sensations
7 I'm in a Rocking Mood - Austin Faithful
8 54-46 That's My Number - The Maytals
9 Memories By the Score - The Paragons
10 Copasetic - The Rulers
11 Conquering Ruler - Derrick Morgan
12 Seeing Is Knowing (With Lyn Taitt & the Jets) - Stranger & Gladdy
13 Baby Baby (Aka 5-10-15 Hours) - Val Bennett
14 People Get Ready Do Rock Steady - The Uniques

1 The Russians Are Coming (Aka Take 5) - Val Bennett
2 A It Mek - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
3 Hold Them - Roy Shirley
4 Winey Winey - The Kingstonians
5 Lip and Tongue - The Viceroys
6 Girl You Ruff - Overtakers
7 Do It to Me Baby - Lloyd & The Groovers
8 Return of Django (Feat. Val Bennett) - The Upsetters
9 Train to Skaville - The Ethiopians
10 Intensified '68 (Music Like Dirt) - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
11 My Conversation - The Uniques
12 Over Again - Stranger & Gladdy
13 Ride Your Donkey - The Tennors
14 Judge Dread in Court - Derrick Morgan