Monday, January 4, 2010

Early Roots Reggae 1968-72


 One of my old roots reggae/rocksteady mixes reloaded... Big up Reggaesoullover...

 Early Roots Reggae 1968-72. Collection of reality songs from the late ska era, through rocksteady, to the beginnings of reggae. Led by the likes of Count Ossie, Don Drummond, Joe Higgs and Alton Ellis (and many rasta musicians) and finding a home at Brentford Road - Studio One, influences from the Kingston Rasta communities like Back a Wall, Caribbean political awakenings and social awareness was increasingly reflected in the music. The strident optimism of independence time ska soon turned to despondance and lyrics began to focus more on everyday living conditions, while the music became more home-grown, less relient on US influences and looked again to Africa for inspiration. Themes like poverty, inequality and justice were increasingly finding public expression in the music, laying the foundations of the 70s roots era to follow.


Continuous mix. Total 157 minutes.
-download cd1-
-download cd2-

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