of Reggae Music
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Much of this "history" is included in the notes for "This is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975" - a four CD set that provides a great musical overview of the genre - the selections and sound quality are excellent through out - a vital Ras John Reggae12.com Pick!
Part Two: SKA ROCKSTEADY REGGAE
Ska's large brass ensembles gave way to smaller groups and the debt to American Soul music became greater as Ska morphed into Rocksteady. Vocals came to the fore, and the tempo slowed; perhaps, as local folklore says, because the especially hot summer of 1966 led dancers to call for slower songs. Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield's Impressions were almost godlike in their influence. Many younger artists, like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots Hibbert, made their first recordings during the Ska era, but only came into their own with Rocksteady.
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was over almost before it began, but its artistic flowering produced many great
records in a compressed time span. By 1968, Rocksteady was giving way to
Reggae, but pinpointing the first Reggae record is no easier than pinpointing
the first Ska or Rocksteady record. Unlike its predecessors, Reggae owed
little to Fats Domino, the Impressions, or any American music. It was the
heartbeat of an island just seventeen degrees from the equator, and it was the
sound of country come to town. "Ivan Martin," played by Jimmy Cliff in
the film The Harder They Come, was. the quintessential country boy adrift in
like Soul music, had the commercial discipline of white pop music, but Reggae
rejected that discipline, and its retrieval of the Africanness in Afro-Caribbean
music went hand-inhand with the rise of Rastafari. The Burrus, who'd lived
music played out against a disintegrating social backdrop.
Records collection "Dawning of a New Era" chronicles a time
during the late 60's when Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae were all blending
and evolving, drawing in new fans worldwide. The 2-disc set pulls together
prime records from 1968-69, a period when Skinheads were still largely an underground youth movement and not a violent newspaper headline.
The great thing about this set of tracks is you don't get stuck with more copies of Desmond Dekker's hits but rather, you get rare and in demand records. Many of the tracks on this set have never been issued since their original small pressings nearly thirty-five years ago. And with artists of the caliber of Rico Rodriquez, Lloyd Charmers, The Tennors, Lester Sterling, the Ethiopians and Tommy McCook featured, this collection is a great addition to your collection if you like Ska and the Skinhead sound.
The Skinheads were a youth movement that sprang up from the working class youth in Britain. They were seasoned with some angst that came from tough neighborhoods and they choose the Ska beat and Reggae sounds coming out of the West Indies and Black neighborhoods as their own. The beat suited their aggressive and sometimes angry attitude and here are the roots of bands like The Clash and punk rock. The Skinhead interest in Reggae in particular pushed the music into the awareness of the public at large and helped many Reggae artists break into the Pop charts in England. The Skinhead Movement only lasted about four years but it was an important key to mainstream success for Reggae Music.
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is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975"
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Box Set Charts Reggae History
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All Things Considered, January 5, 2005 · Tom Terrell has a review of a new boxed set of reggae music that spans 1960-1975. The four CDs include music from top artists such as The Wailers and Jimmy Cliff, and lesser-known singers from reggae's early beginnings.