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Version Galore

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Your Ace From Space - Original
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On The Beach - Original
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Version Galore - Original
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True Confession - Original
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Tide Is High - Original
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Things You Love - Original
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The Same Song - Original
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Happy Go Lucky Girl - Original
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Rock Away - Original
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Wear You To The Ball - Original
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Don't Stay Away - Original
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Hot Pop - Original
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 34:21

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DiD YuH Hear!

crowward

"...DiG Me SouL Brothers and DiG Me SouL Sisters..." Original DJ Styleee -if you know the songs without his chanting then you'll love these too

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Classic

RobG

This is one of the true classic Jamaican DJ albums. Over some top shelf rocksteady riddims, U Roy basically starts the DJ revolution. Not everyone digs the talkers, but if you do, or even think you would, this is one album you absolutely need.

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“Versions galore, you can hear them by the score, I could give you some more for sure,” U-Roy shouts out on the title track of Version Galore, and indeed he could and did, recording scores and scores of versions of classic Jamaican hits. This album gathers up a dozen of some of his earliest, all cut for Duke Reid at Treasure Isle studio between 1969 and 1970. Included is one of his chartbusters, a version of the Paragons’ “Wear You to the Ball.” Paragon vocalist John Holt was responsible for bringing the DJ to Treasure Isle, and U-Roy repaid the singer by versioning a clutch of classic Paragons’ songs, five of which appear here. The DJ was obviously a fan, and chatted along to the songs as one would to an old friend, most noticeably on “The Tide Is High” (Blondie would later have a hit with a cover of the original) and “Happy Go Lucky Girl.” There again, on “Flashing My Whip,” a version of the group’s “Only a Smile,” U-Roy demands that the trio put a smile on their face, a bit difficult considering the song’s intrinsic heartbreak. The DJ’s ease with these golden oldies allowed him to adeptly sing along, call out for the vocalists to sing on cue, wander off in other lyrical directions, and still find the perfect spot for his catch phrases. But this talent didn’t end with the Paragons and rocksteady, “True Confessions,” for example, was a ska-fired, doo wop-inspired hit for the Silvertones, and U-Roy motors away on this with equal ease. Interestingly enough, though, it’s evident that without the vocals as a lyrical launch pad, the DJ is rather at a loss. Thus the two instrumentals here are actually the weakest tracks. But it was early days, and U-Roy’s verbal gymnastics would fill in the gaps soon enough. – Jo-Ann Greene

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