14 SCORCHING HOT COVERS FROM JAMAICA - SKA - ROCK STEADY – EARLY REGGAE -1964-1973 - In collaboration with DJ Héléa.
In the 1950s, Jamaican dancehall regulars were crazy about the haunting sounds of American Rhythm & Blues. But in the mid-1950s, Rock 'n' Roll began to replace RnB in America, and Jamaican dancehall owners like Duke Reid and Clement Dodd turned to local musicians to record their own versions of American RnB.
The trend of covering foreign hits exploded during the Ska heyday of the early 60s and continued through the Rocksteady and Reggay eras. Jamaican musicians have covered virtually every genre of music, from jazz and rock to film scores, television soundtracks, pop, classical music and more. Over the years, they have also recorded many "versions" of already existing covers. Cover of cover of cover...
Admittedly, some of these covers were futile but many were sublime as this new and eclectic collection of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggay nuggets, compiled by the very competent and very charming D.J. Héléa, brilliantly demonstrates. Attention we are here "undercover", there are no well-known covers. Some of the tracks selected are rare, others unknown or forgotten - but all are excellent and blended in an impeccable mix, in line with previous the Harlem Shuffle compilations... All Killer, No Filler!
REGGAY UNDERCOVER is an exciting musical kaleidoscope of Jamaican and Reggae music from the early 60s through to the mid 70s.
We hope you will enjoy listening to this album as much as we had composing it for you.
All aboard for REGGAY UNDERCOVER!
Héléa is a French DJ who passionately mixes Ska, Rocksteady and Reggay vinyls in live sets or on the radios in France, England and Spain. She runs her own Facebook group: "Reggae Under Cover" and is an expert in Jamaican covers.
1 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics "Kansas City" (Instrumental) - Duke 1970
First recorded by Willie Littlefield under the title "KC Loving" for Federal Records in 1952
2 Bongo Man Byfield "Bongo Man" - Treasure Isle - 1964
Sam Cooke under the title "What A Wonderful World" - Keen Records - 1959
3 The Techniques "What'cha Gonna Do" - Treasure Isle - 1966
The Drifters - Atlantic - 1955
4 Eric Monty Morris "If I Didn´t Love You" - Doctor Bird - 1967
Chuck Jackson - Wand - 1965
5 Trevor & The Maytones "Everyday Is Like A Holiday" - Blue Cat - 1969
William Bell - Stax - 1967
6 The Uniques "Just a Mirage" - Trojan - 1969
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles - Tamla 1967
7 Patsy Todd "Retreat Song" - Doctor Bird - 1968
Miriam Makeba - RCA Victor - 1960
1 Roland Alphonso & The Beverley's All-Stars "Charade" - Beverley's - 1966
First recorded by Henry Mancini for RCA Victor - 1963
2 Lee Perry "Something You've Got" - Doctor Bird - 1967
Chris Kenner - Instant - 1961
3 The Upsetters & Count Prince Miller "Mule Train" (Upsetters version) - Trojan - 1970
Frankie Laine and the Muleskinners - Mercury - 1949
4 Alton Ellis "Trying To Reach My Goal" - Treasure Isle - 1969
Screamin Jay Hawkins - Philips - 1970
5 Harry J. All Stars "Je T'Aime" - Trojan - 1969
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg - Fontana - 1969
6 Ken Boothe "Is It Because I'm Black" (UK Mix) - Trojan - 1973
Syl Johnson - Twinight - 1969
Side 7 The Messengers "Crowded City" - Attack - 1973
The Temptations under the title "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - Tamla Motown 1971
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