Various - Reggay Under Cover LPSKU: HSRSSLP004
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.
Format & package: LP, 180 grams vinyl
Record label: Harlem Shuffle
Year of release: march 2023
A1 Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Kansas City (Instrumental)
A2 Bongo Man Byfield - Bongo Man
A3 The Techniques - What'cha Gonna Do
A4 Eric Monty Morris - If I Didn´t Love You
A5 Trevor & The Maytones - Everyday Is Like A Holiday
A6 The Uniques - Just a mirage
A7 Patsy Todd - Retreat Song
B1 Roland Alphonso & The Beverley's All-Stars - Charade
B2 Lee Perry - Something You've Got
B3 The Upsetters & Count Prince Miller - Mule Train
B4 Alton Ellis - Trying To Reach My Goal
B5 Harry J. All Stars - Je T'Aime
B6 Ken Boothe - Is It Because I'm Black
B7 The Messengers - Crowded City