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Do The Rock Steady; My Last Love; Sign Up; It Takes Two To Make Love; Attractive Girl; Beach Boy // Corporal Jones; Heartaches; Too Late Will Be Your Cry; Go Back To Your Country; Have Mercy Mr Percy; Come On Home

UK issue in mono with stamped matrix and laminated sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

This is the third in the series of highly collectable Studio One albums issued in the UK by Island Records. Lloyd Parks and Wentworth Vernal didn't work together for very long as The Termites. They scored their first hit with Have Mercy Mr Percy in 1966, and this, their only LP, was released the following year; they split up in 1968. Several tracks collected here were never released as singles, including Do The Rock Steady, Attractive Girl, Corporal Jones, Heartaches, Too Late Will Be Your Cry, Go Back To Your Country and Come On Home. Only 11 tracks are listed on the sleeve with only 5 included on the Side B label. The missing title is Come On Home.

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Do The Rock Steady; My Last Love; Sign Up; It Takes Two To Make Love; Attractive Girl; Beach Boy // Corporal Jones; Heartaches; Too Late Will Be Your Cry; Go Back To Your Country; Have Mercy Mr Percy; Come On Home

Jamaican repress with stamped matrix; issued in the UK laminated sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

DO THE ROCK STEADY1
The Termites (1967)

Studio One SOL 9003
matrix: SOL+9003+A

DO THE ROCK STEADY2
The Termites (1981)

Studio One SOL 9003
matrix: SOLA 9003 A / SOLA 9003 B

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Do The Rock Steady; My Last Love; Sign Up; It Takes Two To Make Love; Attractive Girl; Beach Boy // Corporal Jones; Heartaches; Too Late Will Be Your Cry; Go Back To Your Country; Have Mercy Mr Percy

US remix in stereo with added percussion; issued in the UK laminated sleeve. The matrix is hand-scribed, and there are only 11 tracks, omitting Come On Home. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.)

DO THE ROCK STEADY1
The Termites (1967)

Studio One SOL 9003
matrix: SOL+9003+A

DO THE ROCK STEADY3
The Termites

Studio One SOL 9003
matrix: CSDODD-Do The Rock Steady-A-KKMastering
matrix: SOL 9003 B

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Do The Rock Steady; My Last Love; Sign Up; It Takes Two To Make Love; Attractive Girl; Beach Boy // Corporal Jones; Heartaches; Too Late Will Be Your Cry; Go Back To Your Country; Have Mercy Mr Percy

A later US remix. Do The Rock Steady, My Last Love and Heartaches are extended, all with unwelcome keyboard overdubs. There are only 11 tracks, as listed on the sleeve and labels, omitting Come On Home from the original release. The matrix is hand-scribed and the reproduction sleeve carries the mysterious wasp logo on the rear. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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DO THE ROCK STEADY4
The Termites (1991)

Heartbeat CD 3505

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Do The Rock Steady (extended); My Last Love (extended); Sign Up; It Takes Two To Make Love; Attractive Girl; Beach Boy; Corporal Jones; Heartaches (extended); Too Late Will Be Your Cry; Go Back To Your Country; Have Mercy Mr Percy; Mommy Didn't Know

Heartbeat CD with 12 tracks; replacing Come On Home from the original release with Mommy Didn't Know and including the 3 extended versions from the later US remix. Thankfully, the unwelcome keyboard overdubs are missing from My Last Love.