This is our first venture into the world of Jamaican music for our Record of the Month Club. And Mr. Ken Boothe will not disappoint.

First-ever vinyl reissue of the classic 1970 album from Mr. Rock Steady!

Ken Boothe was the most soulful singer of the rocksteady era, often likened to a Jamaican Wilson Pickett, and his mid-โ€˜60s recordings for Clement โ€œCoxsoneโ€ Doddโ€™s Studio One label were and are among the genreโ€™s most coveted sides. In 1970, he moved to Leslie Kongโ€™s Beverleyโ€™s imprint for this album, which continued his string of hits with the songs โ€œWhy Baby Why,โ€ โ€œNow I Know,โ€ and the title tune, โ€œFreedom Street.โ€ The record has been remastered, which means this landmark reggae/rocksteady release sounds better than it ever has, AND it’s pressed on grey โ€œasphaltโ€ vinyl in an edition limited to 700 copies!

Club members will get a copy of the record and a little something extra from the label.ย 

These will ship out, or be ready for pick up, on Friday, March 9th.

 

 

A little more on the Rocksteady movement in Jamaican music…ย 

Rocksteady originated in Jamaica around 1966–before Reggae and after Ska. The termย rocksteadyย comes from a popular (slower) dance style mentioned in the Alton Ellis song ‘Rocksteady’ that matched the new sound. Some rocksteady songs became hits outside Jamaica, as with ska, helping to secure the international base reggae music has today.

Hit up the Rocksteady wikipedia page to nerd out a little more.