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Hopeton Lewis - Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat (CD)
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Hopeton Lewis
Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat
Dub Store Records JPN
¥2500 (US$23.02)
Approx. year : 1966
Genre : Ska / Rocksteady > Rock Steady
Produced by : Richard Khouri
Date added : Mar 27, 2015
Country : Japan
Catalog number : DSR-CD-505

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A fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way Rocksteady was going to journey. In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while Ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, Rocksteady, with rather slower and tighter rhythm approach. This album should be considered as one of the ten most important albums in Reggae history. The descent from Ska, which had its derivation from Jazz or Rhythm and Blues, to Rocksteady, with its various potential elements which would be passed to the next decade of Reggae, has been allegedly created in this album with Trinidadian guitarist Lynn Taitt and his band The Jets as the backing band. Entitled “Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat!”, most of the tunes featured in this album were written for praising dancehall as if he’d have known this genre was going to rule the dance floors. Among the tunes in this album, “This Music Got Soul” was the coolest of all and called out the dawn of the Rocksteady era. This tune had a huge influence on the future developments of Reggae music.

10 TRACKS:
1)    Take It Easy
2)    Sounds And Pressure
3)    A De Pon Dem
4)    Why Must I Cry
5)    Let The Little Girl Dance
6)    Rock Steady
7)    Cool Collie
8)    Music Got Soul
9)    Hard Ships Of Life
10)    This Poor Boy
Produced By: Richard Khouri Recorded At: Federal Studio Engineered By: Louis Davidson
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