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Do the Reggay: The Early Reggae Recordings 1968-69

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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.

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