Various Artists: Greatest Jamaican Beat (2CD)


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Format: 2CD 
Label: Doctor Bird 
Year: 2019 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS:

DISC ONE:

Greatest Jamaican Beat (1967)

1 The Jamaicans - Baba Boom
2 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Tommy's Rock Steady
3 The Techniques - Drink Wine
4 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Hot Rock
5 Phyllis Dillon - Release Me
6 Honey Boy Martin - Hey Leroy
7 The Techniques - Queen Majesty
8 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Soul Serenade
9 The Paragons - Mercy Mercy Mercy
10 Phyllis Dillon - Don't Touch Me Tomato
11 The Melodians - You Don't Need Me
12 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Down On Bond Street

Bonus Tracks

13 The Three Tops - You Should've Known Better
14 The Jamaicans - I've Got A Pain
15 The Gladiators - Lie Low
16 Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Fight Too Much
17 The Melodians - I Know Just How She Feels
18 The Treasure Isle Boys - What Kind Of Fool
19 Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Carry Go Bring Come
20 Norman Grant - Matthew, Mark, Luke & John
21 Gloria And Franklin - I Am Sorry
22 Eric "Monty" Morris - Tears In My Eyes
23 Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Once A Man (Alternate Version)
24 The Melodians - You Have Caught Me (Alternate Version)
25 The Melodians - Do It Right (Alternate Version)

DISC TWO:

Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Soul Rock-Steady (1967 previously unreleased LP)

1 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Soul Rock
2 Lynn Taitt With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Spanish Eyes
3 Roland Alphonso With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Never To Be Mine
4 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Indian Love Call
5 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Starry Night
6 Lynn Taitt With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - The Yellow Basket
7 Lester Sterling With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Inez
8 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Sir Don (aka Yeh Yeh)
9 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Saboo
10 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - What Now? (Theme From Dr. Zhivago)
11 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Zazuka
12 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Train To Ska-thedral

Bonus Tracks

13 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Wall Street Shuffle
14 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Sweet And Gentle
15 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Moody Ska
16 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - One, Two, Three, Kick
17 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Jam Session
18 Bobby Ellis With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Sweet Lorna
19 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Nocturn
20 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Continental
21 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - The Shadow Of Your Smile
22 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Persian Cat
23 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Real Cool
24 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Our Man Flint
25 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Michelle

Original Recordings ca. 1967

Throughout the brief, yet spectacularly creative rock steady era of the mid-to-late Sixties, the productions of Arthur 'Duke' Reid dominated Jamaica's musical landscape, with the larger than life former policeman releasing hit after hit on his celebrated Treasure Isle, Dutchess and Trojan labels.

Whilst at the height of his success he also issued arguably the finest Jamaican-produced album of the period, "Greatest Jamaican Beat", a 12 track collection showcasing some of the most talented and popular acts on his roster. This seminal 1967 set provides the focus of the first disc on this 2CD release, with its dozen tracks supplemented by an array of rock steady gems from Reid's archives, many of which have remained unavailable for years.

Disc 2, meanwhile, showcases the previously unreleased LP, "Soul Rock-Steady", featuring Treasure Isle's in-house band, the Supersonics, fronted by the hugely gifted saxophonist Tommy McCook. Compiled in 1967, the 1track album is further enhanced by numerous additional sides by the celebrated instrumental combo, a number of which make their CD debut.

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