Wednesday, September 14, 2016
First Class Rock Steady (Box Set)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of rocksteady, and to celebrate VP Records and its 17 North Parade imprint for vintage releases have offered two wonderful collections. The first was a Record Store Day special in April: A box set of of 7" vinyl singles showcasing 14 universally recognized rocksteady classics. The second is the more recently available 2-CD Box Set and digital edition consisting of 40 rocksteady hits (including the 14 which comprised the Record Store Day release). Carefully selected and remastered, the songs in the collection represent good taste and consummate knowledge of the classics of rocksteady. The set also includes a well executed booklet.
I own four other rocksteady collections, as well as various rocksteady tracks on other reggae compilations and albums for individual artists or groups, but this collection still represents an essential part of my collection. Rocksteady is beautiful and vibrant music, and this collection is a great way to own it.
VP Records page for release