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Merritone Rock Steady 2: This Music Got Soul / Var

1LP
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$32.98
The birth of rock steady portrayed in a consummate collection from the vaults of Federal Records. Most of them drawn directly from Ken Khouri's master tapes this miscellany of cool rock steady includes marvelous music from the originator of the genre, the one and only Lynn Taitt, alongside an array of Jamaica's greatest singers and vocal harmony group. In 1966, the Merritone label was founded as a subsidiary of Federal Records when the Ska beat was slowing down it's tempo to take a next musical form called Rocksteady. From the sons of Ken Khouri, Paul and Richard, engineers at the Federal Records to even employees at their pressing plant - everybody involved at the label followed the Merritone productions with passion. They recorded many songs under the Merritone label. However, those only appeared on vinyl records in limited quantities in Jamaica and a small bunch of titles were released on the Island label in UK. Some of the recordings never saw the light, some became hardly known and many of them are now considered being ultra rare records. Thus the label became a mysterious Rocksteady production in the Jamaican musicology. This essential album showcases a stunning selection of well known hits, and not so well known rarities, from the vast Federal catalogue. All tracks have been transferred direct from the master tapes and assembled with the invaluable assistance of Ken Khouri's son, Paul Khouri, who generously gave Dub Store unlimited access to the Federal tape vaults. The extensive liner notes feature extracts from extensive interviews with Paul Khouri. The set presents an insight into the birth and growth of Federal Records and the Jamaican recording industry and is integral in understanding the real roots of reggae music.
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This Music Got Soul - Hopeton Lewis , Let Me Come on Home - Hopeton Lewis , Walk on By - the Zodiacs , We Gonna Make It - the Termites , Fountain Bliss - the Dynamites , Rock a Shacka - Hopeton Lewis , Don't Cry - Hopeton Lewis , House Upon the Hill - the Royals , Real Gone Sweet - the Tartans , Rolling Rolling - the Tartans 1 I Don't Want Trouble - Hopeton Lewis 1, Lester Sterling Special - Lester Sterling 1, If You Did Love Me (Take 1) - the Dynamites 1, Don't Take That Train - the Tartans 1, Batman (Early Take Version) - Lynn Taitt & the Jets 1, Oh Tell Me Darling (Take 1) - Hopeton Lewis 1, I'm Ready - the Tartans 1, Take Me Back - Henry Buckley 1, Sounds of Silence - Roland Alphonso , Batman (Rehearsal Version) - Lynn Taitt & the Jets 2 Merritone False Starts (Pt. 2) - the Federal All Stars

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