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Rock Steady Funky Reggae

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Caught somewhere, quality wise, between a slim collection from the Jet label and Heartbeat's definitive Duke Reid's Treasure Chest set, Lagoon's Rock Steady Funky Reggae provides yet another deserved round of gems from the vaults of Reid's Treasure Isle studios. Taking in both rocksteady and early reggae cuts, the 14-track mix mostly features the dulcet and soulful vocal work of such Reid stars as Justin Hinds, the Paragons, Phyllis Dillon, and the Techniques. Also on hand are the equally stunning Slim Smith & the Uniques and John Holt. If you can't locate the Heartbeat disc, check this one out for a fine overview of Reid's late-'60s prime stretch.

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