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Version Galore (Music On Vinyl 180g, Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP

Music On VinylSKU rr-2315

earliest recordings from a toasting pioneer
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Toasting at its best Version Galore is the debut album from Ewart Beckford aka U-Roy. His rapping style of singing—or toasting—quickly took over the Jamaican scene in the early 1970s, and combined with rhythms and beats he created, U-Roy laid down a foundation for what was to come after him: hence the moniker, The Originator. This style of deejaying obviously existed in dancehall before, but U-Roy's laidback but exciting, fresh & idiosyncratic rants over the riddims on this LP (some top notch stuff from Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label) is something else. "Tide Is High" is probably the most familiar track for people, but also check out "Wear You to the Ball" with original vocals by John Holt, or the lighthearted shouts on "Rock Away."

  • 180g orange vinyl
  • 750 individually numbered copies
  • music label: Music On Vinyl 1970 / 2019
reviewed by singing in japanese 08/19
UPC: 8719262010796


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