Explosive Rock Steady, 2CD Expanded Original Album
First released by Trojan Records in 1968, “Explosive Rock Steady” was the first long-player to showcase the work of a budding record producer who in time would become one of the most popular and influential figures on the Jamaican music scene: Joel Augustus Gibson a.k.a. Joe Gibbs.
Unavailable on CD since 1997, the much sought-after album is here augmented by an incredible 46 bonus tracks from the rock steady era, their number including numerous Jamaican hits, alongside many long-lost rarities, including 7 tracks new to CD.
Featured artists on this double disc set include some of the most talented Jamaican performers to make their mark during the tail end of the Sixties, with the superior quality of the recordings demonstrating the high standards of work for which Gibbs would soon become renowned.
Errol Brown & The Supersonics: The Treasure Dub Albums Collection, 2CD
From the 1950s, when his sound system ruled Kingston’s dancehalls, through to his untimely passing early in 1975, Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid remained a giant of the Jamaican music industry, playing, promoting and producing some of the most important and influential recordings ever to see issue on the island.
Such was the quality of his work that long after his old friend, Sonia Pottinger had acquired his Treasure Isle studio and catalogue, demand for his productions persisted, prompting the regular reissue of his hits, be they in original form, as remixes, DJ cuts or dub versions.
Fortunately, in Errol Brown, Pottinger had in her employ one of Jamaica’s foremost sound engineers, whose talents at the mixing desk ensured the high quality of any reinterpretations of Reid’s work, as evidenced by a trio of dub albums he oversaw in the mid-Seventies.
These three seminal long-players provide the focus for this essential 2CD set, with disc one comprising both volumes of “Treasure Dub” and disc two featuring “Pleasure Dub” along with a host of rare and previously unissued bonus dub cuts from the period. The result is arguably the finest collection of classic dub music for decades!
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