Posts Tagged ‘Rocksteady’

Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Kentucky Skank (1973)

November 12, 2017 Leave a comment

This is a staggering, mesmerising record which has spaghetti western overtones and some mad sound effects that cut, crack, ring, spring, squeal, clatter, wash and bamboozle …. Lee Perry at the height of his powers!

Released on the Double Seven LP in 1973 (as was the previous post by David Isaacs), the guitar is funk perfection, the rocksteady beat relentless, the brass piercing. Over the top, Mr Perry freestyles his usual cut-up vocals that shouldn’t make sense but do …


Okay, Okay. Let’s take it from here



David Isaacs & The Upsetters – Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On) (1971)

November 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Yet another outstanding record from possibly the greatest year in popular music history.

I re-stumbled on this while listening to the new Lee Perry double CD set The Trojan Albums Collection (1971-1973) – an absolutely outstanding compilation!

“Just Enough” is achingly lovely; David Isaacs croons gently over some wonderfully understated rocksteady. Produced by Lee Perry at his most reflective. Seems to have originally been released as a single in 1971 before appearing on the Lee Perry LP Double Seven in 1973. The latter is so good, that there will be another from it within the next hour or so …!

Settle back and enjoy the best 190 seconds you will spend today!

It’s true

You’ve got me wrapped around your finger





Vin Gordon – Riding For A Fall (early 1970s)

May 17, 2017 Leave a comment

I first heard this 30 minutes ago and it’s been on repeat play since then! And now it’s been elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime!

A quite stunning take on John Holt’s classic “Riding for a Fall” features Vin Gordon overlaying possibly the finest trombone playing I have ever heard (really!) on an already wonderful record.

Produced by Bunny Lee and appearing on another impeccable Pressure Sounds release Tape Rolling!

Perfect reggae!

King Stitt – Christmas Tree (1970)

December 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Almost certainly the best Christmas record you’ve never heard. The bass and guitar on this are difficult to better.

At this festive time of year, my main responsibilities in our house are twofold: firstly, keep well out of the way to avoid doing something wrong or unhelpful, and; secondly, to iron the Christmas tablecloth and napkins …

At the latter, I am stunningly good – no crease is firm enough to withstand a combination of my steam iron and that water spray type thing that you need to deploy in only the most exceptional circumstances. A quiet hush always falls on the family as I ceremonially unfurl this year’s masterpiece of ironing skill. (Fellow ironing aficionados will already be familiar with the XtremeIroning site which can be found here – well worth a look to see how glamorous ironing can get!)

However, betraying the urban legend that men can’t multi-task, I have also managed to combine some world-class ironing with listening to the Trojan Christmas Box Set .. in so doing, I turned up this outstanding slice of rocksteady from 1970. Even if it hadn’t been topical for today, this track would have merited an appearance on this blog.

King Stitt is an all-time favourite of mine, resist if you can his exhortation to:


Drink Wine, Feel Fine!!


Desmond Dekker – Fu Manchu (1968)

May 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Desmond Dekker will forever be remembered for the all time classic “Israelites”; a song I love to death.

But this is right up there in the pantheon of all time early reggae/rocksteady greats.

It make no sense at all to say where you used to work

It make no sense at all to say how much you used to earn

It make no sense at all to say what you used to do

This is the face of fu manchu..

Delroy Wilson – This Life Makes Me Wonder (1968)

June 10, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been a few days since I last posted a reggae classic and this is right up there among the all time greats.

Wonderful rcoksteady genius from Delroy Wilson in 1968. The beat over this never stops and the chord sequence over the chorus on this is just sublime.

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