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Rock Steady Classics

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The Nighthawk label redresses a great injustice, shining the spotlight on the Tennors, one of Jamaica's finest vocal groups, with this crucial compilation. Formed in 1967 by veteran vocalist George "Clive" Murphy, the trio mashed up the island with their debut single, "Pressure and Slide." Boasting innuendo-laced lyrics and a phenomenal Studio One rhythm that would go down in the annals of history, "Pressure and Slide" was the biggest-selling record of the year. The following year, Murphy launched his own label, Tennors, and inaugurated it with the self-produced "Ride Yu Donkey," another smash single. During this period the Tennors underwent a couple of lineup changes that led to Ronnie Davis, later of Itals fame, taking over lead vocals. Across the rocksteady period the trio unleashed a stream of sublime songs, and as the reggae age dawned they continued successfully on their way. Lineup changes occurred sporadically, but the group's popularity never diminished. On a couple of occasions the Tennors also cut a handful of singles for Duke Reid and Sonia Pottinger to equal success. Their final single, "Weather Report," overseen by the former, dates from 1973 -- by then Murphy had relocated to the States and the group folded. Contrary to its title, Rock Steady Classics encompasses the group's entire career, bundling up some of their biggest hits as well as B-sides and lesser-known numbers, with the sleeve notes providing an excellent overview of the band. The trio was a rarity for their day, a self-produced and self-releasing unit, but sadly this meant that they rarely turn up on compilations, which tend to be exclusively drawn from Studio One or Treasure Isle's archives. Thus, their profile has remained unfairly low abroad, but hopefully this compilation will change all that with these 18 classic cuts. ~ Jo-Ann Greene, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ride Yu Donkey
  2. Weather Report
  3. Another Scorcher
  4. Baby Come Home
  5. Want Everything
  6. Good News
  7. World Is a Stage
  8. Give Me Bread
  9. We Got Soul
  10. Pressure and Slide
  11. Grandpa
  12. Massi Massa
  13. Sufferer
  14. Run Come
  15. Hopeful Village
  16. Cleopatra
  17. Gee Whiz
  18. Traitor


Product details

  • Audio Cassette (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nighthawk Records
  • ASIN: B00000DBRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826,188 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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