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Roland Alphonso ABC Rocksteady

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This 1968 album came about as a result of four months of intensive and extensive study by the producer - the need for proper orchestration was the first consideration - the lack of that "something" in most rock steady arrangements, made it necessary to select a group of musicians who apart from their individual ability, could together provide unequalled harmony. Listen to standouts like the title cut "ABC Rocksteady," "Easy Rock," and "Little Nut Tree," and you get a definite feel of the burgeoning "Soul Steady" movement. Roland Alphonso's cool tenor sax of course steals the show while Boris Gardiner's beautiful work here put him in the fore of elite Jamaican arrangers.

Dub Store Records is the Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall reissue label run by the eponymous Tokyo based record store. The label aims at accurately covering the 50-plus years of Jamaican music, and passing on many rare and magnificent recordings, which are non-commercial and highly artistic. Carefully handing down the tradition of reggae music, Dub Store Records has so far issued recordings from labels and artists such as Studio One, Federal Records (Federal, Kentone, Merritone), Jammys, Bunny Wailer's Solomonic, Derrick Harriott, Kiddus I, Redman International, King Tubby's Firehouse, Fam's, BMN and many more.

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