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Various - Rocksteady People: JDI's Supreme 13 Hits (Rock A Shacka) LP

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Fascinating collection of tracks recorded by one Coply Johnson, a club owner, band owner and show promoter active in Jamaica from the late fifties until the mid sixties.  Operating out of his Johnson's Drive Inn, a restaurant by day and a hotspot by night attracting large crowds to witness performances by the Baron Lewis Orchestra and many famous guest artists including Lord Fly, Roland Alphonso and Lenni Hibbert.  He also released recordings on his JDI (Johnson's Drive Inn) labelHe also installed the Los Caballeros band as the resident at the Drive Inn, and eventually The Diamonds (not the Mighty Diamonds).  This is the first compilation of Johnson's productions compiled by Rocka Shacka with excellent and informative sleeve notes from Brian Keyo, this album offers a glimpse into a neglected corner of Jamaican music that students of the country's musical development should cherish.

Side One:

1. Lloyd Williams & Chorus with The Diamonds Band - Rock Steady People
2. Roy Panton with Los Caballeros Orchestra - Beware Rudie
3. Los Caballaros Orchestra  - Make Yourself Comfortable
4. Los Caballaros Orchestra - Hot Nosh
5. Los Caballaros Orchestra - Rigmarole
6. Desmond Tucker with Los Caballaros Orchestra  - Rude Boy's Prayer

Side Two:

1. Roy Panton with Los Caballaros Orchestra - Control Your Temper
2. Desmond Tucker with Los Caballaros Orchestra - Press On
3. The Diamonds - Expo '67 (Silhouette)
4. The Diamonds - Look Away
5. Los Caballaros Orchestra - James Bond
6. Los Caballaros Orchestra - Keino Ska (Tribute To Kenya;s Keino)
7. Desmond Tucker & Los Caballaros Orchestra - Danger Man (Climb Every Mountain)

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