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label name includes 'Merritone/Dub Store Records JPN'
(43 in all)

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Tomorrow's Children - Bang Bang Rock Steady / Rain (Rock Steady)

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Tomorrow's Children were probably favored by uptown youths rather than downtown Rudies because of their funky, hard hitting sounds and lyrics. With those elements, they successfully created own killer style, which can be undoubtedly heard with ‘Bang Bang Rock Steady'. The group also versioned the Beatles' 'Rain' in fine Rocksteady style. The original record was released in 1967.

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Hopeton Lewis - Rock A Shacka / I Don't Want Trouble

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Those rare songs did not appear Hopeton Lewis’s classic Rocksteady album Take It Easy. ‘Rock A Shacka’ is truly a Rocksteady classic of all times. It’s a must item for all Rocksteady fans. With his dearest hope, he calmly sings ‘I don’t want no trouble now, no no no. I just can’t take troubles now, no no no. So let’s together in unity, let’s togther in prosperity’ backed by version accompanying heavy bass.

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Hopeton Lewis - This Music Got Soul / Rocksteady

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.33)

'This Music Got Soul' is one of the earliest works by Mr. Rocksteady aka Hopeton Lewis. Interestingly, some would even say 'This Music Got Soul' is his debut single. When the song was released in 1966, it seems that the musical term "Rocksteady" did not exist but this classic clearly proves a new wave of Rocksteady was coming very near. The artist also sings 'Rock Steady' to highly praise the new genre. Reissued from the original master tape.

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Lynn Taitt, Jets - Bat Man / Joker

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1968

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Lynn Taitt remakes theme songs from the movie "Batman" in killer Rocksteady style. Those cheerful instrumentals, which well represent the distinctive sound of Marritone label, were originally released in 1968.

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Ethiopians - You Got To Be Clean / Miss Nora

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Previously unreleased material from the original master tape. Ethiopians recorded a couple of songs for Merritone label in 1976. During this proto-reggae/roots period, they surprisingly recorded this roots song ‘You Got To Be Clean’ with lyrics referring to “Zion” in 1966. Side B is a love song that expresses sentimental feelings of a boy who fail in love with a girl.

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Henry Buckley - With A Girl Like You / Lynn Taitt, Jets - Last Waltz

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Just like Hopeton Lewis, Henry Buckley also was one of the star singers of the Federal Records and this is his relaxed yet consistent, nice Rocksteady piece from 1967. The other side is a cut taken from the monumental Rocksteady album 「Rocksteady Greatest Hits」

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Hopeton Lewis - Cool Collie / This Poor Boy

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Originally released in 1966, 'Cool Collie' is sometimes considered as one of the first Rocksteady recordings. With hard hit paformance by the back band, Hepetone Lewis sings to free Ganja which is the one of the essential elements of Jamaican music tradition.B-side, Mr. Rocksteady performs a bitter love song in a minor key.

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Hopeton Lewis - Run If You Are Afraid / Sounds And Pressure

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967

¥1380 (US$12.33)

A rare previously unreleased Rocksteady by Federal’s star singer, Hopeton Lewis. This killer Rocksteady represents one of the traditional elements of Jamaica, as well as the Rude Boy themed warning which could be heard in the lyrics. These types of unreleased materials could only be dug out at such a profound label, Federal.

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Paragons, Lynn Taitt, Jets - We Were Meant To Be / We Were Meant To Be (Acappella)

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1968

¥1380 (US$12.33)

One of the earliest works recorded by John Holt. This is a golden Rocksteady piece clearly depicts beautiful atmosphere that Federal Records always has kept in their recording material. The single was originally released in 1966 without this acappella version. Reissued from the original master tape.

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Renegades - Mr. Hops / Oswald Sewell - Oh My Love

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.33)

The Renegades consisted of Winston 'Pipe' Matthews, Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald and George 'Buddy' Haye and later became a group called the Wailing Souls. Definitely, ‘Mr. Hops’ is the most powerful Rocksteady vocal song among the whole Merritone catalogue. Originally released in 1966 and one of the rarest records you could never find. This record also features previously unreleased Ska vocal recording 'Oh My Love' from the original master tape.

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Roland Alphonso - Stranger For Durango / Sounds Of Silence

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

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'Stranger For Durango is a bright instrumental performed by Roland Alphonso. Ska/Rocksteady lover's delight! The song also features remarkable solo on keyboard. The musician remakes Simon & Garfunkle's 'Sound of Silence' in a graceful Rocksteady style. Those recordings were originally released in 1966 and reissued from the original master tape.

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Tartans - Dance All Night / What Can I Do

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

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‘Dance All Night’ is a hit song released by the Tartans, a Rocksteady legendary group that consisted of Prince Lincoln, Cedric Myton, Devon Russell and Lindberg Lewis, in 1966. Emphasized on double basses and piano, the song was made to praise sound system dances and it became one of the good old Rocksteady anthems of the Rude Boy era. On the B-side, the group sings ‘What I can do to save your life’ and warns rude boys for their action.

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Termites - We Gonna Make It / Ethiopians - We Gonna Be Free

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967

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The Termites consisted of Lloyd Parks and Wentworth Vernal and they recorded a very small amount of works except for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. 'We Gonna Make It'is the rarest recording of the group on Merritone label. On the Side-B, the lead vocalist of the Ethiopians, Leonard Dillon sings 'We Gonna Be Free' with his familiar voice. Released in 1967.

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Zodiacs - Walk On By / Royals (Merritone Singers) - House Upon The Hill

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967

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This is a Rocksteady cut of the Zodiacs' 'Walk On By' released in 1967. They recorded the original Ska cut at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle. Rare Rocksteady classic with beautiful harmonies on a profound rhythm. On the B-side, this previously unreleased material 'House Upon The Hill' features an unknown vocal group called Merritone singers.

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Don Henry, Lynn Taitt, Jets - As Long As I Live / Pulus - Sow To Reap

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967/ 1966

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Henry Buckley, who was also a Rocksteady star of the Federal in addition to Hopeton Lewis, released this up-tempo song 'As Long As I Live' in 1968. Remarkably, Judy Mowatt's the Gaylettes backed this song. 'Sow To Reap' was originally released on the B-side of Roland Alphonso's 'How Soon' in 1966 on Federal label. Reissued from the original master tape.

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Dynamites - Fountain Bliss / If You Did Love Me

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

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Another rare recordings from Merritone label released in 1966, ‘Fountain Bliss’ is a heartful love song with cheerful piano and brass instruments. On the B-side, feartured nice saxsophone solo, a heartbreaking love song in Rude Boy Ska style performed by Daynamites.

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Eddie Perkins - I'm Coming Home / Merritone All Stars - I'm Coming Home Instrumental

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967

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Recorded in 1967 and previously unreleased material from the original master tape. This elegant but also distinctive recording is certainly incomparable to other recordings appeared during the Rocksteady era. Veteran singer, Eddie Perkins, started his career in the early 1960s and he worked with Alton Ellis as duo called Alton and Eddy.

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Gaylettes, Lynn Taitt, Jets - Silent River Runs Deep / I Like Your World

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1968

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Judy Mowatt used to form a group called the Gaylettes in her early career although she is known for touring all over the world as a member of I Threes and the Wailers. 'Silent River Runs Deep' is the most known song and a hit for the group. 'I Like Your World' was also originally released on the A-side of another record released on Merritone label. Those recordings of this double A-sided single are certainly great enduring female Rocksteady songs of all time.

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Henry Buckley - Beware Of All Those Rude Boys / If I Am Right

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Merritone label endorsed Henry Buckley as a star singer of the label during the Rocksteady period. He sings "Beware of all those rude boys going around with their guns, spoiling everybody's fun" to warn behaviors of Rude Boys. It seems Rudies were everywhere when the song was released in 1966. He also showcases his conscious lyrics with song ‘If I Am Right’. The artist tried to deliver profound messages to youths. Those recordings were taken straight from the original master tape for the reissue.

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Henry Buckley - I'd Like To Know / Lynn Taitt, Jets - Soul Shot

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966/ 1967

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Although Hopeton Lewis recorded many songs for the Merritone, Henry Buckley was also a prolific singer who recorded many songs for the label. Federal was probably recording with him for his never released debut album. Side-B features a Rocksteady instrumental, which appeared on LynnTaitt’s debut album.

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Henry Buckley - Thank You Girl / Take Me Back

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Originally released in 1966 and reissued with same songs on both sides for the first time. This love song simply symbolizes fine style of the Merritone recordings.

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Henry Buckley - You Never Could Be True / Mike Thompson - Get Me To The Church On Time

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1967

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Honeyed Rocksteady singer singing a sweet and sophisticated sounding original backed with a different take from another popular tune. Henry Buckley was supposed to be the next Rocksteady star after Hopeton Lewis, although in this tune he is credited as Henry IIIrd.Also Buckley was once called as Don Henry, so it seems Federal was perplexed how to promote him, however as a great singer, the quality of his music was always steady and promising. A previously unreleased material on the flip featuring a Rocksteady wedding song which had its name written on the master-tape.

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Hopeton Lewis - Don't Cry / A De Pon Dem

Merritone / Dub Store Records JPN 1966

¥1380 (US$12.33)

Hopeton Lewis’ vocal matches perfectly with alto sax, which you hear backing ‘Don’t Cry’. In addition to this minor-coded love song, the flipside features another rough and tough Rocksteady hit.