October 2, 2011, at 11:26 am

The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #17

The Soul Vendors – Swing Easy (Coxsone Dodd production)

An unlikely tune to turn in to a Jamaica music classic but this one is mighty all the same. Swing Easy was adapted from Tradition, a song from the 1964 Broadway musical Fiddler On The Roof. In 1967 the Soul Vendors picked it up for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and made one of the finest instrumentals ever, from the bass line that launched dozens of versions to the beautiful horn melody, this one has it all.

The reverse side of the original release on both Jamaican Studio One and UK blue Coxsone was River Jordan by the Bassies, see number 51 in this list.

Swing Easy is currently available on Studio One Soul 2 released by Soul Jazz records.


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