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|Byron Lee, Dragonaires|
Rock Steady Intensified
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Latin Music
Jamaican music pioneer-bass man Byron Lee's career trajectory has to be the oddest on the island. This collection features Lee's big band flexing out over rock steady, a horn-filled, gently lilting '60s form that eventuall... more »
Jamaican music pioneer-bass man Byron Lee's career trajectory has to be the oddest on the island. This collection features Lee's big band flexing out over rock steady, a horn-filled, gently lilting '60s form that eventually became reggae. While everyone else went along as rock steady mutated into the more raucous ska and then reggae, Lee decided to play to a different drumbeat. Instead of moving forward, Lee traveled back to steel pan-based calypso, a form created in Trinidad and Tobago and once popular in Jamaica. Today Lee is best known for single-handedly reviving his home island's calypso-soca scene, mainly through founding Jamaica's own Carnival festival, which grew quickly into a huge, week-long event, packed with enough Dionysian fury to attract hordes of Trinidadians. But this Lee set is not his usual riotous bacchanal. Featuring rock steady's finest anthems, written by a galaxy of its star singers--including Derrick Harriott, Stranger Cole, and a very young Bob Marley--and covered by the Dragonaires' five vocalists, it presents Lee's outfit in a surprisingly decorous--and more appealing--mood. --Elena Oumano
Just the best!
rampant reader | Newton, KS USA | 07/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From start to finish, Rock Steady Intensified is simply the best of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. The exuberance of the opening track hits you where you live. There are some great relationship/love tracks, a tribute to Marley (Nice Time), and a tribute to culture (Ride Your Donkey). Do not play this while driving, as rocking to the beat that you will have to do can be distracting. Play this CD when you are down and you won't be down for long. Play it when you feel up and you will maintain the feeling. If you are not yet a rock steady fan, this is a great "starter" CD."