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Various Artists - Studio One Rocksteady 2: The Soul Of Young
Jamaica - Rocksteady, Soul and Early Reggae at Studio One

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
& The Paragons, Carlton & 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

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