What often gets lost in the history of reggae, for all its trademark repatriation and Rasta themes, is that it started as a dance craze in the dancehall yards of Kingston. Named after the first song to feature the term ("Do the Reggay" by the Maytals), Do the Reggay: The Early Reggae Recordings 1968-69 traces the early years of the genre as it was transforming from the frenetic horn-driven ska period into the slower rocksteady era, which in turn gave birth to the classic roots recordings of the early '70s. Imagine reggae as the name of a dance (like "The Twist" or "The Monkey") and you get the idea. Classic fun tracks by the Maytals, the Ethiopians, the Gaylads, and the Pioneers are included.
AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett