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    June 30, 2013, at 2:50 pm

    The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #1

    It’s taken a long while but has been a great journey. Many thanks to all the people who have followed this list, to those who have made comments (positive or negative – it’s all good!) and to all those who have encouraged me, either on line or in the real world.

    Rocksteady2) The Sensations – Long Time Me No See You Girl
    3) Bobby Ellis – Step Softly
    4) Slim Smith – Rougher Yet
    5) Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
    6) Phil Pratt – Safe Travel
    7) Unknown – Got To Be At That Party
    8) The Progressions – Fair Deal
    9) Derrick Harriott – Walk The Streets
    10) The Kingstonians – Put Down Your Fire
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    11) The Uniques – Beatitude
    12) Keith And Tex – Tonight
    13) The Paragons – My Best Girl
    14) Ken Boothe – Say You
    15) Slim Smith – Hip Hug
    16) Val Bennet – Russians Are Coming
    17) Soul Vendors – Swing Easy
    18) The Melodians – Swing And Dine
    19) The Minstrels – So Weary
    20) The Wailers – Bus Dem Shut
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    21) Helmsley Morris – Little things
    22) The Basses – Big Mistake
    23) Derrick Harriott – Do I Worry
    24) Gaylads – Hard To Confess
    25) Hopeton Lewis – Sounds And Pressure
    26) Joe Higgs & Dudely Sibley – Message Of Old
    27) The Fugitives – Cantelope Rock
    28) Crystalites – Alfred Hitchcock
    29) Junior Soul – Glendevon Special
    30) The Paragons – Number One
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    31) Alton Ellis – Rocksteady
    32) The Wailers – Funeral
    33) Desmond Dekker – Fu Manchu
    34) Stranger And Gladdy – Over Again
    35) The Techniques – Travelling Man
    36) The Ethiopians – Do It Sweet
    37) The Uniques – My Conversation
    38) Ken Parker – A Change Is Gonna Come
    39) The Melodians – It Comes And Goes
    40) Keith And Tex – Stop That Train
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    41) The Clarendonians – Lonely Heartaches
    42) Derrick Harriott – Solomon
    43) Ken Boothe – Can’t You See
    44) Johnny And The Attractions – Coming On The Scene
    45) The Minstrels – People Get Ready
    46) Joe White – I’m So Proud
    47) Alton Ellis – Cry Tough
    48) The Paragons – Memories By The Score
    49) The Uniques – Watch This Sound
    50) The Techniques – You Don’t Care
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    51) The Basses – River Jordan
    52) Lloyd And Glenn – That Girl
    53) Dobby Doson – Loving Pauper
    54) The Uniques – Lesson Of Love
    55) The Paragons – Tide Is High
    56) Derrick Harriot – The Loser
    57) Phylis Dillon – Perfidia
    58) Lloyd Robinson – Red Bum Ball
    59) Alva Lewis – Revelation
    60) Soul Brothers – Soul Serenade
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    61) Delroy Wilson – won’t you come home
    62) Johnny And The Attractons – Let’s Get Together
    63) Pat Kelly – Somebody’s baby
    64) The Rulers – Let My People Go
    65) Hopeton Lewis- Cool Cool Collie
    66) The Federals – You Better Call On Me
    67) Larry Marshal – Find A New Girl
    68) Alva Lewis – Suicide
    69) Prince Buster – Rock And Shake
    70) Winston Samuels – The Greatest
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    71) Johnny And The Attractions – Young Wings Can Fly
    72) Prince Buster – Shaking Up Orange Street
    73) Glen & Dave – Live Like A King
    74) Hopeton Lewis – This Musics Got Soul
    75) Dawn Penn – To Sir With Love
    76) The Wrigglers – The Cooler
    77) The Daltons – Never Kiss You Again
    78) The Gaylads – Give A Helping Hand
    79) George Dekker – Your Treating Me Bad
    80) Prince Buster – Johnny Cool
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    81) Errol Dunkley – Love Brother
    82) The Ethiopians – Headache
    83) Soul vendors – Drum Song
    84) Jamaicans – Dedicate My Song To You
    85) Karl Bryan – Way Of Life
    86) Slim and Roy – Facts Of Life
    87) The Paragons – On The Beach
    88) Errol Dunkley – You Gonna Need Me
    89) Overtakers – Thats The Way You Like It
    90) The Heptones – Why Must I
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    91) The Tartans – What Can I do
    92) The Uniques – Girls Like Dirt
    93) The Soul Tops – Baby I’ve Got News
    94) West Indians – I Mean It
    95) Lynn Tait – I Spy
    96) Alton Ellis – I’ve Got A Date
    97) Patsy – Love divine
    98) Three Tops – It’s Raining
    99) Sensations – I Was Born A Loser
    100) The Clarendonians – I Am Sorry
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    The Techniques - Queen MajestyThe Techniques – Queen Majesty (Duke Reid Production)

    And finally we reach number one. It could never really be anything but Treasure Isle, the label that defined the genre under producer Duke Reid.

    It’s also fitting that the number one should be a cover of an Impressions tune, the group who, with Curtis Mayfield on lead, were one of the greatest influences on Jamaican music in the golden years of rocksteady. The Impressions version was named Minstrel and Queen and released in 1962, the Techniques cut from five years later is classic rocksteady in every sense of the word, many may argue over which is the greatest rocksteady tune but few would disagree that this tune is up there with the very best of them.

    A Curtis Mayfield composition, a marvelous intro, a great sticky bass line and truly great harmonies – can it really get any better than this?

    Queen Majesty should still be available on the CD; The Techniques – Run Come Celebrate released on Heartbeat records.

    15 comments to The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #1

    • Very well done! A pleasure to follow the saga. Good to see all 100 lined up. What’s next, 100 Greatest Ska Tunes?

    • Kris Van B

      Well worth the wait. Thanks a lot Tim. Excellent work. Looking forward to your next project … please!!!

    • Christian Copenhagen

      Great choice for no. 1, the Curtis Mayfield reference is spot on, the whole list has been great, , been eagerly follwing it for years!

      A ska list would be awesome! Or a list of recommendations of high quality songs from post 68 that are related to the rocsteady aestetic…

    • Prince Andrew

      Well done Tim P and thanks for the ride. This tune totally escaped my mind for this list but a good selection for No.1 I honestly thought Rock Steady by Alton Ellis would get top spot. Some tunes I thought would make the list or would be in my list would have been Are you Ready by the Progressions, Rocking Time by Roy and Enid and Dudley Williamson’s Anything You Want. But it’s all good. ; )

    • Excellent list and such a great read. Thanks a lot!

    • MuzzerJazz

      Well done Tim. At least people will stop nagging you now about finishing the list. Mind you they won’t be talking to you seeing as you didn’t pick their tune. LOL. For the record: my favourite Rock Steady tune (which didn’t make it either) is “Passion Love” by The Melodians. Get’s me every time I hear it…

    • Alex

      What a worthy number one tune! Too bad it’s over now..

      Many thanks, Tim.

    • Bernard

      Well done Tim,

      A really worthy number one. How could we not have seen it coming!

      Can I suggest that you think of another few dozen “ones that got away”. There have been lots of great suggestions from contributors and I bet you have a good number you wish you could have included.

      Thanks for a great countdown. We have enyoyed your labour of love.

      Regards,

      Bernard

    • Carl

      Thanks a million for doing this. Ive been following it every step of the way and always eagerly awaiting the next choice. Im sad that its finished now.
      Would you consider doing the same thing for Ska, Rocksteady, Roots or Dub? please please pretty please!!

    • So Tim, you don’t rate “Ba Ba Boom,” “007 (Shantytown” and “Train To Skaville,”?

    • admin

      Brian – check the comments here – http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/the-100-greatest-rocksteady-tunes/the-100-greatest-rocksteady-tunes-10-1/

      I also wrote this on Facebook when the same thing was discussed –

      “there are loads of big tunes missing Baba Boom is definitely one. It would have been easy just to fill the whole list with Treasure Isle big tunes but I didn’t want to. To me Baba Boom is kind of played out – I don’t get excited by it in the same way as I do most tunes on this list. Still it’s all about opinions – everyones list would be different. Cheers!”

    • Thanks Tim, I’d read most of those comments but not seen your facebook entry. I completely understand your answer, and frankly agree with you, “Ba Ba Boom” is sort of played out, just curious how you weeded it!

    • Been following the list since the beginning, sad to see it finish, great work. Luke

    • chucke

      Great list. Thought Carlton and The Shoes “Love Me Forever” was going to be #1. That’s not a crititism by the way, just a bet I had with a friend.
      “Live Long And Prosper”

    • marni

      Thanks Tim for a beautiful job, and since I will not argue with your choices, here’s a few I would have had in there: Roy Panton – Endless Memory, Orville Wood – You’ll Lose A Good Man, Conquerors – You Can’t Keep A Secret(tbc) and Hamlins – Sugar and Spice.
      I really hope to see you start a ska or early reggae top 100.

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