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The Rockers Sound (aka Steppas) grew out of the Mid-70’s and was
created during sessions with The Revolutionaires band at Channel 1 Studios.
Drummer Sly Dunbar came up with a new ‘Militant’ style double drumming
style on the snare drum that seemed to add some credence to the political /
Rasta based lyrics that were so prominent around this time.

As always in Reggae music the things that were happening on the streets
and in the lives of the people of Kingston, Jamaica reflected in the music
made at that time. While the town was under heavy manners and gunshot
could be heard day and night a new film was being made by producer/director
Theodorus Bafaloukos. To build on the global success of Perry Henzell’s
‘The Harder They Come’, it would be named appropriately ‘Rockers’.

Producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee was at the forefront of the ‘Rockers’ sound
and got many of his artists to cut Rocker style tracks. Horace Andy’s ‘Money
Money’ to Cornel Campbell’s advisory ‘Control Your Daughters’ and ‘No Man’s Land’.
Hit after hit came with Johnny Clarke’s ‘Rockers Time Now’, ‘(Just Call Me) African Roots’,
and ‘ Peace And Love In The Ghetto’. Tommy McCook’s and Bobby Ellis’s timeless
‘Smiling Rockers’ and I Roy’s ‘The Godfather’ all fell under the ‘Rockers’ spell. Even
the crown Prince of Reggae himself Dennis Brown came to the Bunny Lee camp
with his version ‘Children of Isreal’.

So for this compilation we have pulled together some of the best cuts from this
period when producer Bunny Lee was on top of his game and the sound in town
to get on board with was ‘Rockers’. So sit back and enjoy another period in
reggae’s history that still sounds as good today as when it was created whey
back when. Everything… ROCKERS…


CD Track Listing

1 Control Your Daughters - Cornell Campbell
2 Children of Isreal - Dennis Brown
3 Rockers Time Now - Johnny Clarke
4 Devil’s Throne - Junior Delgado
5 Crisis Time - I Roy
6 I Don’t Like It - Leroy Smart
7 R.O.C.K. (Rockers) - Lloyd Charmers
8 In God We Trust - Morwells
9 No Man’s Land - Cornell Campbell
10 Whip Them Jah - Dennis Brown
11 Channel 1 Crash - Jackie Mittoo & The Aggrovators
12 Money Money - Horace Andy
13 Down In Jamtown - Bin Sherman
14 Peace And Love In The Ghetto - Johnny Clarke
15 No Wicked In A Zion - Earth & Stone*
16 (Just Call Me) African Roots - Johnny Clarke*
17 Smiling Rockers - Tommy McCook & Bobby Ellis*
18 The Godfather - I Roy*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Control Your Daughters - Cornell Campbell
2 Children of IsrAEl - Dennis Brown
3 Rockers Time Now - Johnny Clarke
4 Devil’s Throne - Junior Delgado
5 Crisis Time - I Roy
6 I Don’t Like It - Leroy Smart
7 R.O.C.K. (Rockers) - Lloyd Charmers

Side 2

1 In God We Trust - Morwells
2 No Man’s Land - Cornell Campbell
3 Whip Them Jah - Dennis Brown
4 Channel 1 Crash - Jackie Mittoo & The Aggrovators
5 Money Money - Horace Andy
6 Down In Jamtown - Bin Sherman
7 Peace And Love In The Ghetto - Johnny Clarke


Musicians Include:
Sly Dunbar: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Willie Lingo: Rhythm Guitar
Winston Wright: Organ
Jackie Mittoo: Piano
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Deadley ‘Headley’ Bennett, Vin Gordon: Trombone

Recorded at: Channel 1, Harry J’s, Randy’s Studio 17, Dynamic Sounds and King Tubby’s Studio
Produced By: Bunny Lee
Design by: Gary@Voodoo London
Photography Courtesy of: Kunho Chi
Manufactured Under Licence from: E.Lee