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Foundation Skank - 1971-1975 Rare Sides By The DJ Originator

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At this point, there is no greater living example of a trendsetter in the music of Jamaica as the man known throughout the reggae world as The Godfather of all DJs: U Roy. This second volume of music from Sound System Records contains many of his rarest and most sought-after sides, from 1971-1975. Originally released on 45s in Jamaica and England, Foundation Skank shows this artist as the continuing master of the form he perfected on the groundbreaking hits made for Duke Reid. Using the finest rhythms from the foremost producers of the day, these sides contain his collaborations with the most popular singers of the time such as Slim Smith, Ken Boothe, Johnny Clarke, Delroy Wilson and Dennis Brown.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sound System
  • ASIN: B001T6KMJI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While most of the white world of supposed reggae enthusiasts continue to sing the praises of Bob Marley ad infinitum as if he was the only reggae artist who ever existed, U-ROY remains an undeservedly overlooked innovative genius. He single-handedly redefined singing, as a live DJ in the early sixties, in the process creating some of the most uplifting, catchy music this working musician has ever heard. U-Roy spins melodies off the top of his head not unlike those of tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins. How many VOCALISTS can be credited with this? And you neither have to be a Rastafarian, or a reggae aficionado, to "get" U-Roy. His joyous, life-affirming "riddims," lyrics and melodies are universal. Like all great music. And this compilation is as good a place to start as any.
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