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Hopeton Lewis - Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat

by Dub Store Records

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Team Oktopus
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Team Oktopus Fun Fact: you are going to love this album. Favorite track: Let The Little Girl Dance.
christopher cape
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christopher cape I dare you to find another album that you can listen to all day. Just take your time on the commute home. People will thank you. Favorite track: Why Must I Cry.
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M.D.L. This is a pivotal introduction into Rock Steady, I'm glad this was re-issued, all the music feels so good.
Ethan Diamond
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Ethan Diamond Powerful medicine, doing as advised. Favorite track: Take It Easy.
Andrew Dubber
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Andrew Dubber This is my tempo. My resonant frequency. I like all sorts of different music at all sorts of different speeds - but Rock Steady somehow just 'feels natural and comfortable'. Default setting. Favorite track: Take It Easy.
Andrew Jervis
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Andrew Jervis Rocksteady classic, easy like a Sunday morning. Favorite track: Take It Easy.


Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat is a fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way Rocksteady was going to journey. In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while Ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, Rocksteady, with a rather slower and tighter rhythm approach. This album should be considered as one of the ten most important albums in Reggae history.

The descent from Ska, which had its derivation from Jazz or Rhythm and Blues, to Rocksteady, with its various potential elements which would be passed to the next decade of Reggae, has been allegedly created in this album with Trinidadian guitarist Lynn Taitt and his band The Jets as the backing band. Entitled "Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat", most of the tunes featured in this album were written for praising dancehall as if Hopeton Lewis had known this genre was going to rule the dance floors. Among the tunes in this album, "This Music Got Soul" was the coolest of all and called out the dawn of the Rocksteady era. This tune had a huge influence on the future developments of Reggae music.


Dub Store Records is the Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall reissue label run by the eponymous Tokyo based record store. The label aims at accurately covering the 50-plus years of Jamaican music, and pass on many rare and magnificent recordings, which are non-commercial and highly artistic. Carefully handing down the tradition of reggae music, Dub Store Records has so far issued recordings from labels and artists such as Studio One, Federal Records (Federal, Kentone, Merritone), Jammys, Bunny Wailer's Solomonic, Derrick Harriott, Kiddus I, Redman International, King Tubby’s Firehouse, Fam's, BMN and much more to come.

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released November 7, 2014


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