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13th July 2013

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GET READY ROCK STEADY3
Various Artists (2001)

Studio One CSLCD 8007

Never Love Again (Alton Ellis); My Last Love (Termites); Hound Dog (Norma Frazer); Big Mistake (Bassies); Won't You Come Home (Ken & Delroy); Oh Baby (Ken & Delroy); Darker Shade of Black (Soul Vendors); Fat Fish (Soul Vendors); If You Got Soul (Pete Young); Soul & Inspiration (Hamlins); Get Ready Rock Steady (Soul Agents); Groove To The Beat (Keith & Ken); Night Doctor (Jackie Mittoo); Money Lover (Lyrics); Oh Bla Di (Heptones)

This has always been one of my favourite Various Artists’ compilations, and here it is reissued in digital clarity and with three additional tracks. There were two different mixes of the original vinyl album, with Fat Fish replaced by Love And Unity (Viceroys) on the red & yellow label reissue (now omitted from the CD). The sound quality on this later release was particularly disappointing, but here it has been restored in all its pristine glory.

No sleeve notes, of course, and even the artists credits are missing, but the album is blessed with a strong and varied choice of material dating mainly from the late 1960s, with some well known and some rather less familiar titles in the selection. (I can even forgive the inclusion of the execrable Oh Bla Di, but only because it’s the Heptones.)

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GET READY ROCK STEADY1
Various Artists (1967)

Coxsone CSL 8007
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Never Love Again (Alton Ellis); My Last Love (Termites); Hound Dog (Norma Frazer); Big Mistake (Bassies); Won't You Come Home Now (Ken & Delroy); Oh Babe (Ken Boothe) // Darker Shade Of Black (Soul Vendors); If You Got Soul (Pete Young); Soul & Inspiration (Hamlins); Get Ready Rock Steady (Soul Agents); Groove To The Beat (Keith & Ken); Fat Fish (Soul Vendors)

Laminated sleeve with Jamaican and UK addresses on rear (Recorded at Jamaica Recording Studio 13 Brentford Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica, W.I., and Manufactured by Coxsone Records Ltd. 13 High Street Willesden, N.W.10). Original UK issue (left) and Jamiacan issue (right) both with stamped matrices. ((White/red label illustration courtesy of Lionvibes.))

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GET READY ROCK STEADY2
Various Artists

Studio One CSL 8007
matrix: CSL 8007
 

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Never Love Again (Alton Ellis); My Last Love (Termites); Hound Dog (Norma Frazer); Big Mistake (Bassies); Won't You Come Home Now (Ken & Delroy); Oh Babe (Ken Boothe) // Darker Shade Of Black (Soul Vendors); Love And Unity (Viceroys); If You Got Soul (Pete Young); Soul & Inspiration (Hamlins); Get Ready Rock Steady (Soul Agents); Groove To The Beat (Keith & Ken)

Later remix in same laminated sleeve. Fat Fish (Soul Vendors) is replaced by an uncredited Love And Unity (Viceroys).

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GET READY ROCK STEADY4
Various Artists

Studio One CSL 8007
matrix: CSL 8007 A+
 

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Never Love Again (Alton Ellis); My Last Love (Termites); Hound Dog (Norma Frazer); Big Mistake (Bassies); Won't You Come Home (Ken & Delroy); Oh Baby (Ken & Delroy); Darker Shade of Black (Soul Vendors) // Fat Fish (Soul Vendors); If You Got Soul (Pete Young); Soul & Inspiration (Hamlins); Get Ready Rock Steady (Soul Agents); Groove To The Beat (Keith & Ken); Night Doctor (Jackie Mittoo); Money Lover (Lyrics)

Vinyl reissue of the CD compilation above, but omitting Oh Bla Di.