Label: Jamaican Gold - JMC 200.235 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Portugal • Genre: Reggae • Style: Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around The term rocksteady 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.
Perhaps the most easily recognizable element and that which could be considered reggae music's gift to the world, as in ska, is an offbeat rhythm; staccato chords played by a guitar and piano on the offbeats of the measure. The perceived Darling Dont Do That (Rock Steady Version) - Clancy Eccles - Feel The Rhythm became slower with the development of rocksteady than it had been in ska. The guitar and piano players began to experiment with occasional accents around the basic offbeat pattern.
Endless Deep - U2 - MP3 Collection - Часть 2 can be heard throughout Jamaican recordings in subsequent years. Rocksteady, even more so the early reggae that followed, was built around the "one drop" drum beat, characterized by a heavy accent on the third beat of every bar. The slowing that occurred with rocksteady allowed bass players to explore more broken, syncopated figures, playing a Hubert Street - Live Your Life EP to the repetitive rhythm of the guitar and keyboards and this new style eventually largely replaced the walking patterns that had been so characteristic Darling Dont Do That (Rock Steady Version) - Clancy Eccles - Feel The Rhythm many ska recordings.
Darling Dont Do That (Rock Steady Version) - Clancy Eccles - Feel The Rhythm slower tempo and smaller band sizes in turn led to a much larger focus on the bass line in general, which eventually became one of the most recognizable characteristics of Jamaican music. In rocksteady, the lead guitar often doubles the bass line, in the muted picking style created by Lynn Taitta technique that continued on into reggae.
Smaller band sizes and slower tempos also led to a number of changes in the way horn parts were written and arranged. Whereas, in ska, the horn section had often spent much of the song playing the offbeats with the guitar and piano, in rocksteady they favored repeated rhythmic patterns or simply sitting out all together until the lead line. When considering the differences between ska and rocksteady it is worth remembering that the musicians were essentially the same and so were the producers.
Rocksteady and reggae are perhaps best thought of and notated as a half time feel, in which case one would count at twice the tempo. This also allows transcribers to use the term "swing 8ths" to help notate hi-hat patterns, for example. Due in part to the heavy borrowing from US soul songs, many rocksteady songs are love songs; e. There are rocksteady songs about religion and the Rastafari movementthough not to the same extent as in reggae.
Crying was a theme in some rocksteady songs, such as Alton and the Flames' "Cry Tough", which urged Jamaicans in the ghettos to stay tough through the hard times. As a popular musical style, rocksteady was short-lived; its heyday only lasted about two years, from until spring Though much of the country was optimistic in the immediate post-independence climate, these poverty-stricken youths did not share this sentiment.
Many of them became delinquents who exuded a certain coolness and style. These unruly youths became known as rude boys. Rocksteady is really slow ska. Reid's work with these groups helped establish the vocal sound of rocksteady. Other musicians who were crucial in creating rocksteady included keyboard player Jackie Mittoodrummer Winston Grennan, bassist Jackie Jackson and saxophonist Tommy McCook. Despite its short lifespan, rocksteady's influence is great.
The Wailing Wailers were similarly a vocal harmony trio modelled on The Impressions who came from ska, through rocksteady and became a Livin Free - Kruder&Dorfmeister* - DJ-Kicks: Kruder&Dorfmeister band with just the one main vocalist.
Derrick Harriott reflectively noted, "Ask any Jamaican musician and they'll tell you the rocksteady days were the best days of Jamaican music. Aurora Borealis - Temnojar - Nordscapes factors contributed to the evolution of rocksteady into reggae in the late s. The emigration to Canada of key musical arrangers Jackie Mittoo and Lynn Taitt — and the upgrading of Jamaican studio technology — had a marked effect on the sound and style of the recordings.
Bass patterns became more complex and increasingly dominated the arrangements, and the piano gave way to the electric organ. Other developments included horns fading farther into the background; the introduction of a scratchier, more percussive rhythm guitar; the addition of African-style hand drumming, and a more precise, intricate and aggressive drumming style.
The use of a vocal-free or lead instrument-free dub or B-side "version" became popular in Jamaica — most notably U-Roy deejaying over Treasure Isle rhythms made by King Tubby. By the late s, the Rastafari movement became more popular in Jamaica and rocksteady became less popular. The release of the film The Harder They Come and the rise of Jamaican superstar Bob Marley brought reggae to an international level that rocksteady never reached.
Although rocksteady was a short-lived phase of Jamaican popular music, it was hugely influential on reggae, dub and dancehall. Many bass lines originally created for rocksteady songs continue to be used in contemporary Jamaican music, such as the rhythm from "Never Let Go" by Slim Smith sometimes known as the answer rhythm and the Hi-Fashion rhythm from "Bobby Bobylon" by Freddie Pure, Pt.
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