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Explosive Rock Steady - Joe Gibbs' Amalgamated Label: 1967-1973
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Explosive Rock Steady - Joe Gibbs' Amalgamated Label: 1967-1973
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
 
A collection of hits from one of the labels that challenged the dominance of Studio One and Treasure Isle, with classics like Roy Shirley's "Hold Them" and "Be Good," and gems from Errol Dunkley, the Pioneers, and the Vers...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Explosive Rock Steady - Joe Gibbs' Amalgamated Label: 1967-1973
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Heartbeat
Release Date: 11/8/2008
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Ska, Reggae, By Decade, 1960s
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661757226, 011661757240, 011661757226

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A collection of hits from one of the labels that challenged the dominance of Studio One and Treasure Isle, with classics like Roy Shirley's "Hold Them" and "Be Good," and gems from Errol Dunkley, the Pioneers, and the Versatiles (featuring Junior Byles). Essential chronicle of the early career of one of reggae's leading producers.

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CD Reviews

A must have for collectors
Akira Watanabe | Oakland, CA United States | 01/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another Heartbeat label classic compilation. Maybe the best out of their entire catalog(and I have quite a few of their cds!)It's hard to overstate how good this cd is. Here's a list of what makes this a classic compilation.

1)Upbeat dance music-All the tracks are from 1967-1973 the "golden period" of Jamaican music. The music is late rocksteady; during the time when the tempo of the music was getting faster and closer to an early reggae beat, getting away from the "one drop" style of drumming and into a faster shuffle style rhythm. So most of the tracks are upbeat dance numbers. No depressing 70s rasta ganja dub here! (I love that stuff too though.lol)

2)Great sound quality-all the tracks sound extra crisp because they've been digitally transferred from the original master tapes!

3)Rare tracks-normally an original 7 inch vinyl of any one of these tracks would cost you hundreds of dollars maybe more in an auction, IF you're even able to find any of these for sale.

4)Every song is good-No filler tracks here. Every song is solid and some tracks are outstanding! Errol Dunkley's "Love Brother" and the Overtakers' "Take Back Your Duck" were standouts for me. Not to mention the Pioneers' classic, "Long Shot."

This is not entry level reggae. It's authentic rocksteady and dare I say it, "hardcore" Jamaican music. Real Jamaican music!

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A Real Surprise Among Compilations
Akira Watanabe | 08/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I found this used and took a chance. Though I am not a reggae junkie, I am quite familiar with the earlier history of Jamaican popular music and was hip to people like the Skatalites and Augustus Pablo ten years before most people. After having had numerous Jamaican compiliations, I would say this is one of the freshest sets I've encountered. The music is crisp and I like the sharp, light touch of the production on most of the tunes. Highly recommended disc."