Various Artists

Version Affair, Vol. 1

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Import label Lagoon continues its excavation of Duke Reid's Treasure Isle vaults with 18 sides of DJ-version alchemy from the rocksteady and early reggae periods. Often following up the original vocal side with its DJ reconstruction, Version Affair, Vol. 1 includes tag-team classics by the Jamaicans and U-Roy, the Techniques and Dennis Alcapone, and John Holt and Lizzy Borden. And there are even a few instrumental versions, notably pianist/organist Winston Wright's revamping of Joya Landis' "Midnight Lover." A fine way to check out a crucial component of Jamaican musical culture.

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