January 25, 2013, at 10:26 pm

The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #4

Slim Smith - Rougher YetSlim Smith – Rougher Yet (Coxsone Dodd Production)

It would have been all too easy to fill this list with Slim Smith tracks (either solo or as a member of the Uniques) so it took quite a while to decide which ones made the grade and which ones had to be overlooked. Rougher Yet made the cut as it’s the ultimate Slim Smith Rocksteady tune, it ticks all the boxes; a brilliant soulful vocal, superb backing harmonies and a killer bass line that launched a thousand versions (well, several hundred anyway).

Smith tragically lost his life in 1972 while still in his mid twenties. With his passing Jamaican music lost one of the most talented vocalists it ever produced, the music would never be the same again.

Rougher Yet is currently available on the Soul Jazz CD, Studio One Classics.

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