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Jamaican Beat

by Marcus Doucette

Marcus Doucette

Sound Travels got into the early reggae sound on Thursday and Friday. Known as rocksteady, this precursor to the sound that would come to be known as reggae is a great place to start understanding the roots of a style of music that now has no borders and is made by people all over the world.

The songs I played were both off of an impressive compilation I recently found simply titled Jamaican Beat, a selection of songs culed from producer Duke Reid's catalogue. Really, there are a ton of compilations that gather nusic like this together, and you could get any of the number that are out there. Jamaican Beat however, is a thorough and thoroughly excellent one and that is important. Check the songs I played and decide for yourself…