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Merritone

In 1966, Merritone label was founded as a subsidiary of Federal Records when Ska beat was slowing down its tempo to take a next musical form called Rocksteady.

From sons of Ken Khouri, Paul and Richard, engineers at the Federal Records to even employees at their pressing plant - all whom involved at the label forwarded Merritone productions in a body.

They recorded many songs under Merritone label. However, those only appeared on vinyl records in limited quantities in Jamaica and a small bunch of titles were released on Island label in UK. Some of the recordings never saw the light, some became hardly known and many of them now considered being ultra rare records. Thus the label became a mysterious Rocksteady production in the Jamaican musicology.

The label name is originated from Winston Blake's sound system, Merritone. Federal Records, which was the largest record company of the time in Jamaica, often used young talented people like Winston, who knew much about trends of the fraternity for promoting their new materials. Interestingly, Federal Records used even the sound system name in this case.

Although Federal Records is known for compositions arranged by Ernest Ranglin, Trinidadian guitarist Lynn Taitt and the Jets were in charge of the Merritone recordings. Lynn Taitt took a prominent role as a forerunner of brand new Rocksteady sounds as he produced like Hopeton Lewis's 'This Music Got Soul.'

Merritone recordings were undoubtedly collectives of veteran musicians at Federal Records, high-technology recording facilities, traditions and proud of the record company. Many would still describe the sound so unique, elegant, sophisticated and authentic like no other.

As a part of "Story Of Federal Records - Tribute To Kenneth L. Khouri" program, Dub Store Records proudly presents 40 singles from master tapes.

Thanks to Paul Khouri, Steve Barrow, Noel Hawks, Jimmy Maloney and Cynthia,

Eddie Perkins - I'm Coming Home

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Recorded in 1967 and previously unreleased material from the original master tape. This elegant but also distinctive recording is certainly incomparable to other recordings appeared during the Rocksteady era. Veteran singer, Eddie Perkins, started his career in the early 1960s and he worked with Alton Ellis as duo called Alton and Eddy.



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A side)
Artist: Eddie Perkins
Title: I'm Coming Home

B side)
Artist: Merritone All Stars
Title: I'm Coming Home (Instrumental)

The Zodiacs - Walk On By

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This is a Rocksteady cut of the Zodiacs' 'Walk On By' released in 1967. They recorded the original Ska cut at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle. Rare Rocksteady classic with beautiful harmonies on a profound rhythm. On the B-side, this previously unreleased material 'House Upon The Hill' features an unknown vocal group called Merritone singers.



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A side)
Artist: The Zodiacs
Title: Walk On By

B side)
Artist: Merritone Singers
Title: House Upon The Hill

Lynn Taitt And The Jets - Bat Man

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Lynn Taitt remakes theme songs from the movie "Batman" in killer Rocksteady style. Those cheerful instrumentals, which well represent the distinctive sound of Marritone label, were originally released in 1968.



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A side)
Artist: Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: Bat Man

B side)
Artist: Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: The Joker

The Renegades - Mr. Hops

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The Renegades consisted of Winston 'Pipe' Matthews, Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald and George 'Buddy' Haye and later became a group called the Wailing Souls. Definitely, 'Mr. Hops' is the most powerful Rocksteady vocal song among the whole Merritone catalogue. Originally released in 1966 and one of the rarest records you could never find. This record also features previously unreleased Ska vocal recording 'Oh My Love' from the original master tape.



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A side)
Artist: The Renegades
Title: Mr. Hops

B side)
Artist: EOswald Sewell
Title: Oh My Love

The Renegades - Big And Fine

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The Renegades showcase one of their valuable early works to perfection. 'Big And Fine' was originally released 1966 and collectors would say the record is one of the most sought after records by the group. It also features Oswald Sewell 's previously unreleased Ska vocal material 'Oh My Love' from the original master tape on the B-side.



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A side)
Artist: The Renegades
Title: Big And Fine

B side)
Artist: Oswald Sewell
Title: Where Can He Go

Roland Alphonso - How Soon

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Roland Alphonso has covered many songs with his own unique style from his early career. 'How Soon' is simply another beautiful instrumental cover performed by Roland. 'How Soon Pt.2' is a previously unreleased take to the A-side. Released on Federal label in 1966 and reissued from the original master tape.



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A side)
Artist: Roland Alphonso
Title: How Soon

B side)
Artist: Roland Alphonso
Title: How Soon Pt.2

Henry Buckley - Beware Of All Those Rude Boys

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Merritone label endorsed Henry Buckley as a star singer of the label during the Rocksteady period. He sings "Beware of all those rude boys going around with their guns, spoiling everybody's fun" to warn behaviors of Rude Boys. It seems Rudies were everywhere when the song was released in 1966. He also showcases his conscious lyrics with song 'If I Am Right'. The artist tried to deliver profound messages to youths. Those recordings were taken straight from the original master tape for the reissue.



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A side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Title: Beware Of All Those Rude Boys

B side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Title: If I Am Right

Tomorrow's Children - Bang Bang Rock Steady

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Tomorrow's Children were probably favored by uptown youths rather than downtown Rudies because of their funky, hard hitting sounds and lyrics. With those elements, they successfully created own killer style, which can be undoubtedly heard with 'Bang Bang Rock Steady'. The group also versioned the Beatles' 'Rain' in fine Rocksteady style. The original record was released in 1967.



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A side)
Artist: Tomorrow's Children
Title: Bang Bang Rock Steady

B side)
Artist: Tomorrow's Children
Title: Rain (Rock Steady)

Roland Alphonso - Sai Pan

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This deep Ska instrumental 'Sai Pan' features a beautiful solo by Roland Alphonso. The most sought after record of Merritone Ska and a crucial for all Ska lovers. On the flipside, the record features a mid-tempo Rude Boy Ska anthem 'Born To Rule' by Black Brothers, the song was taken straight from the original master tape for this reissue. Another hard to find record released in 1966.



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A side)
Artist: Roland Alphonsono
Title: Sai Pan

B side)
Artist: Black Brothers
Title: Born To Rule

The Ethiopians - You Got To Be Clean

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Previously unreleased material from the original master tape. Ethiopians recorded a couple of songs for Merritone label in 1976. During this proto-reggae/roots period, they surprisingly recorded this roots song 'You Got To Be Clean ' with lyrics referring to 'Zion' in 1966. Side B is a love song that expresses sentimental feelings of a boy who fail in love with a girl.



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A side)
Artist: The Ethiopians
Title: You Got To Be Clean

B side)
Artist: The Ethiopians
Title: Miss Nora

Don Henry, Lynn Taitt & The Jet - As Long As I Live

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Henry Buckley, who was also a Rocksteady star of the Federal in addition to Hopeton Lewis, released this up-tempo song 'As Long As I Live 'in 1968. Remarkably, Judy Mowatt 's the Gaylettes backed this song. 'Sow To Reap ' was originally released on the B-side of Roland Alphonso 's 'How Soon ' in 1966 on Federal label. Reissued from the original master tape..



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A side)
Artist: Don Henry, Lynn Taitt & The Jets
Title: As Long As I Live
B side)
Artist: Pulus
Title: Sow To Reap

Joe Higgs, Lynn Taitt & The Jets - You Hurt My Soul

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Joe Higgs was a mentor for many young artists and taught them how to sing as well as about the recording industry. Many followed and learned his lessens and passed it on to coming generations. 'You Hurt My Soul ' is one of his early recordings with his distinctive singing style. Side B is Merritone cut to the classic reggae instrumental 'Bad Treatment '. The recordings were released in 1968 and reissued from the original master tape.



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A side)
Artist: Joe Higgs, Lynn Taitt & The Jets
Title: You Hurt My Soul
B side)
Artist: Lynn Taitt & The Jets
Title: Why Am I Treated So Bad?

Hopeton Lewis, Merritone All Stars - Let Me Come On Home

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Leslie Butler's Jazz approach, which can be heard in the beginning, obviously secures elegance of 'Let Me Come On Home'. Hopeton Lewis also sings sufferer's song on the flipside. Both side are taken straight from the original master tape for this reissue.



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A side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis, Merritone All Stars
Title: Let Me Come On Home
B side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis, Merritone All Stars
Title: Hardships Of Life

The Gaylettes, Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Silent River Runs Deep

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Judy Mowatt used to form a group called the Gaylettes in her early career although she is known for touring all over the world as a member of I Threes and the Wailers. 'Silent River Runs Deep' is the most known song and a hit for the group. 'I Like Your World' was also originally released on the A-side of another record released on Merritone label. Those recordings of this double A-sided single are certainly great enduring female Rocksteady songs of all time.



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A side)
Artist: The Gaylettes, Lynn Taitt & The Jets
Title: Silent River Runs Deep
B side)
Artist: The Gaylettes, Lynn Taitt & The Jets
Title: I Like Your World

The Tartans - Real Gone Sweet

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This vocal group called the Tartans was indeed a Rocksteady dream group that consisted of Prince Lincoln, Cedric Myton, Devon Russell and Berg Lewis. The veterans worked on this fine love song 'Real Gone Sweet ' in their early career. Their energetic performance can be fully heard on their sweet harmonies.



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A side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: Real Gone Sweet
B side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: It's Not Right

The Paragons, Lynn Taitt And The Jets - We Were Meant To Be

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One of the earliest works recorded by John Holt. This is a golden Rocksteady piece clearly depicts beautiful atmosphere that Federal Records always has kept in their recording material. The single was originally released in 1966 without this acappella version. Reissued from the original master tape.



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A side)
Artist: The Paragons, Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: We Were Meant To Be
B side)
Artist: The Paragons, Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: We Were Meant To Be (Acappella)

The Untouchables - I Do Love You

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Some people perhaps recognize the Untouchables for their Early Reggae works for Lee Perry. This is another crucial rare record to be reissued among Merritone catalogue. Originally released in 1967.



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A side)
Artist: The Untouchables
Title: I Do Love You
B side)
Artist: The Untouchables
Title: Mackie Mackie

Roland Alphonso - Stranger For Durango

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Stranger For Durango is a bright instrumental performed by Roland Alphonso. Ska/Rocksteady lover's delight! The song also features remarkable solo on keyboard. The musician remakes Simon & Garfunkle's 'Sound of Silence' in a graceful Rocksteady style. Those recordings were originally released in 1966 and reissued from the original master tape.



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A side)
Artist: Roland Alphonso
Title: Stranger For Durango
B side)
Artist: Roland Alphonso
Title: Sounds Of Silence

The Termites - We Gonna Make It

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The Termites consisted of Lloyd Parks and Wentworth Vernal and they recorded a very small amount of works except for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. 'We Gonna Make It'is the rarest recording of the group on Merritone label. On the Side-B, the lead vocalist of the Ethiopians, Leonard Dillon sings 'We Gonna Be Free' with his familiar voice. Released in 1967.



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A side)
Artist: The Termites
Title: We Gonna Make It
B side)
Artist: The Ethiopians
Title: We Gonna Be Free

Hopeton Lewis - This Music Got Soul

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This Music Got Soul' is one of the earliest works by Mr. Rocksteady aka Hopeton Lewis. Interestingly, some would even say 'This Music Got Soul' is his debut single. When the song was released in 1966, it seems that the musical term "Rocksteady" did not exist but this classic clearly proves a new wave of Rocksteady was coming very near. The artist also sings 'Rock Steady' to highly praise the new genre. Reissued from the original master tape.



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A side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: This Music Got Soul
B side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: Rocksteady

The Tartans - Dance All Night

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'Dance All Night' is a hit song released by the Tartans, a Rocksteady dream group that consisted of Prince Lincoln, Cedric Myton, Devon Russell and Lindberg Lewis, in 1966. Emphasized on double bass and piano, the song was made to praise sound system dances and it became one of the good old rude boy anthems in Rocksteady era. On the B-side, the group sings 'What I can do to save your life' and warns rude boys for their action.



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A side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: Dance All Night
B side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: What Can I Do

Hopetone Lewis - Cool Collie

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Originally released in 1966, 'Cool Collie' is sometimes considered as one of the first Rocksteady recordings. With hard hit paformance by the back band, Hepetone Lewis sings to free Ganja which is the one of the essential elements of Jamaican music tradition.B-side, Mr. Rocksteady performs a bitter love song in a minor key.



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A side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: Cool Collie
B side)
Artist: Hopetone Lewis
Title: This Poor Boy

The Dynamites - Fountain Bliss

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Another rare recordings from Merritone label released in 1966, 'Fountain Bliss' is a heartful love song with cheerful piano and brass instruments. On the B-side, feartured nice saxsophone solo, a heartbreaking love song in rude boy Ska style performed by the Dynamites.



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A side)
Artist: The Dynamites
Title: Fountain Bliss 
B side)
Artist: The Dynamites
Title: If You Did Love Me

The Minstrels, Lynn Taitt And The Jets - Hey There Lonely Girl

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A very rare and beautiful Rocksteady tune that collectors are after for many years. The Minstrels released mere amount of records but all of them were top-notch recordings. This 1967 released powerful 'Hey There Lonely Girl' is crucial for every Rocksteady fans. Acappella version of the song is included on the B-side.



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A side)
Artist: The Minstrels, Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: THey There Lonely Girl
B side)
Artist: The Minstrels, Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: Hey There Lonely Girl Acappella

Hopetone Lewis - Rocka A Shacka

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Those rare songs did not appear Hopeton Lewis's classic Rocksteady album Take It Easy. 'Rock A Shacka' is truly a Rocksteady classic of all times. It's a must for all Rocksteady funs. With his dearest hope, he calmly sings 'I don't want no trouble now, no no no. I just can't take troubles now, no no no. So let's together in unity, let's togther in prosperity' to version with heavy bass on B-side.



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A side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: Rocka A Shacka
B side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: I Don't Want Trouble 

The Renegades - Knocking On My Door

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The Renegades consisted of Winston 'Pipe' Matthews, Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald and George 'Buddy' Haye and later became a group called the Wailing Souls. 'Knocking On My Door'is one of their earliest Rocksteady works and it was originally released in 1966. It is also one of the rarest records hardly ever found. The record features previously unreleased Ska vocal recording ' Pick Youreself Up' by Hopeton Lewis from the original master tape.



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A side)
Artist: The Renegades
Title: Knocking On My Door
B side)
Artist: Hopetone Lewis
Title: Pick Youreself Up

The Tartans - I'm Ready

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A debut song by Tartans, the group consisted of Prince Lincoln, Cedric Myton, Devon Russell and Berg Lewis. Beautiful Rocksteady songs on both sides. Interestingly, the master tape was credited under the name of "Eufhonies" instead of Tartans.



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A side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: I'm Ready
B side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: Rolling Rolling

Hopetone Lewis - Don't Cry

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Hopeton Lewis’ vocal matches perfectly with alto sax, which you hear backing ‘Don’t Cry’. In addition to this minor-coded love song, the flipside features another rough and tough Rocksteady hit.



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A side)
Artist: Hopetone Lewis
Title: Don't Cry
B side)
Artist: Hopetone Lewis
Title: A D Pon Dem

Henry Buckley - Thank You Girl

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Originally released in 1966 and reissued with same songs on both sides for the first time. This love song simply symbolizes fine style of the Merritone recordings.



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A side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Title: Thank You Girl
B side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Title: Take Me Back

Hopetone Lewis - Everybody Rocking

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A fantastic Rocksteady song by Hopetone Lewis. At that time, the song come out as a 7inch single and became a hard-to-find record. Featuring previously unreleased horn instrumental track on the B-side.



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A side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Everybody Rocking
B side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Title: TRocking Mood

The Renegades - You've Lost The Love

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The Renegades consisted of Winston 'Pipe' Matthews, Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald and George 'Buddy' Haye and later became a group called the Wailing Souls. 'You've Lost The Love'is one of their earliest Rocksteady works and it was originally released in 1966. It is also one of the rarest records hardly ever found. The record also features previously unreleased Ska vocal recording 'Rude Boy A Wail' by the Merritone Singers from the original master tape.



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A side)
Artist: The Renegades
Title:You've Lost The Love
B side)
Artist: The Merritone Singers
Title: Rude Boy A Wail

Henry Buckley - I'd Like To know

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Although Hopeton Lewis recorded many songs for the Merritone, Henry Buckley was also a prolific singer who recorded many songs for the label. Federal was probably recording with him for his never released debut album. Side-B features a Rocksteady instrumental, which appeared on LynnTaitt's debut album.



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A side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Title:I'd Like To know
B side)
Artist: Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: Soul Shot

Hopeton Lewis - At The Corner Of The Street

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Merritone label endorsed the Hopeton Lewis as one of their star singers and here he left two of his last recordings for the Merritone label. Supposedly, both songs remain unreleased until this time and A-side features Hopeton's dark gloomy vocal. On the B-side, 'Move Along With Me' is a solo version of duet 'Right Track' with Phyllis Dillon, which were recorded for Duke Reid. According to the master tape, the song was titled 'Move Along With Me' instead of 'Right Track'.



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A side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: At The Corner Of The Street
B side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: Move Along With Me

The Paragons - Talking Love

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'Talking Love' is a classic hit recording and known as one of the songs that represents Merritone label. Originally released in 1967 and features a Jamaican Soul on the B-side from the master tape.



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A side)
Artist: The Paragons
Title: Talking Love
B side)
Artist: The Paragons
Title: If I Were You

The Tartans - Don't Take That Train

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Unreleased songs by Tartans, the vocal group consisted of Prince Lincoln, Cedric Myton, Devon Russell and Berg Lewis. Originally, it was recorded in 1966. They sing another 'train' theme, which was fashionable at that time and about love gently and bitterly on the flipside.



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A side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: Don't Take That Train
B side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: Rockin' Chair

Soul Brothers - Shanty Town Curfew

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From rudeboy era of the early Merritone label, this is an elegant and refreshing instrumental Ska backed with a rudeboy vocal in pre-Rocksteady style. The A-side is an unusual instrumental Ska recorded remarkably at the Federal studio by the Studio One’s iconic session band the Soul Brothers. The B-side is a debut song by Laxton Ford who only recorded a very few pieces during his career. The lyric is built upon proverbs, which is a popular theme amongst Jamaicans. Recorded directly from the master-tape.



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A side)
Artist: Soul Brothers
Title: Shanty Town Curfew

B side)
Artist: Laxton Ford
Title: Finders Keepers

Henry Buckley - With A Girl Like You

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Just like Hopeton Lewis, Henry Buckley also was one of the star singers of the Federal Records and this is his relaxed yet consistent, nice Rocksteady piece from 1967. The other side is a cut taken from the monumental Rocksteady album 「Rocksteady Greatest Hits」



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A side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Title: With A Girl Like You

B side)
Artist: Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: Last Waltz

Hopeton Lewis - Happy Christmas

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A festive Christmas piece presented by the Federal ambassador, Hopeton Lewis, along with a previously unreleased cool Rocksteady instrumental.

Hopeton Lewis, a.k.a. the Mr. Rocksteady celebrates the festive season with this happy piece. Flip is the Merritone trademarked, an elegant, yet respectable instrumental. As this has never seen the light of day, all the inst fans should have one in your collection



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A side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: Hopeton Lewis

B side)
Artist: Lester Sterling
Title: Lester Stering Special

The Tartans - What You Gonna Do Now

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The Tartans were like the 70’s reggae all-stars, and this is their early big hit along with a rare Lynn Taitt’s instrumental!

Formed by Prince Lincoln, Cedric Myton and Devon Russell, the Tartans brilliantly represent the “oldies but goodies’”vibe on the A-side. Flipping over to the B-side is the Lynn Taitt’s interpretation of the Miriam Makeba’s hit tune. Mysteriously it’s been unknown if this rare piece has been put out as a single or still being unreleased.



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A side)
Artist: The Tartans
Title: What You Gonna Do Now

B side)
Artist: Lynn Taitt And The Jets
Title: Pata Pata

Lester Sterling - Check Point Charlie 

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The Merritone trademarked, a refined and lustrous Rockstready piece along with the cover ballad inst of a popular song.

This Rocksteady inst represents another one of those utterly rare Merritone singles, backed with the original coupling song.



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A side)
Artist: Lester Sterling
Title: Check Point Charlie
B side)
Artist: Lester Sterling
Title: A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Henry Buckley - You Never Could Be True 

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Honeyed Rocksteady singer singing a sweet and sophisticated sounding original backed with a different take from another popular tune.
 
Henry Buckley was supposed to be the next Rocksteady star after Hopeton Lewis, although in this tune he is credited as Henry IIIrd.Also Buckley was once called as Don Henry, so it seems Federal was perplexed how to promote him, however as a great singer, the quality of his music was always steady and promising.
 
A previously unreleased material on the flip featuring a Rocksteady wedding song which had its name written on the master-tape.



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A side)
Artist: Henry Buckley
Title: You Never Could Be True

B side)
Artist: Mike Thompson
Title: Get Me To The Church On Time

Hopeton Lewis - Run Down

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The very first Merritone ska classic released under its project the Federal Ska! Featuring a classic Rocksteady tune from no other than Lynn Taitt on the flip.
 
No one else but him should be qualified as the Mr. Rocksteay, Hopeton Lewis presents a rare early Ska! Reminding the good old days in Kingston with slow, nice and easy vibes. On the B-side, Lynn Taitt just proves again how tight and heavy the sound was at the Federal studio back then with this great piece of music.



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A side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: Run Down

B side)
Artist: Lyn Taitt & The Jets
Title: Napoleon Solo

Hopteon Lewis - Run If You Are Afraid 

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A rare previously unreleased Rocksteady by Federal’s star singer, Hopeton Lewis.
 
This killer Rocksteady represents one of the traditional elements of Jamaica, as well as the Rude Boy themed warning which could be heard in the lyrics. These types of unreleased materials could only be dug out at such a profound label, Federal.



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A side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: Run If You Are Afraid

B side)
Artist: Hopeton Lewis
Title: Sounds And Pressure

Lynn Taitt & The Jets - The Untouchables

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A side)
Artist: Taitt & The Jets
Title: The Untouchables
B side)
Artist: Taitt & The Jets
Title: Pepper Pot

Ernie Smith - Tell Me Why

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A side)
Artist: Ernie Smith
Title: Tell Me Why
B side)
Artist: Lynn Taitt & The Jets
Title: Mr. Dooby

The Gaylettes - If You Can't Be Good

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A side)
Artist: Gaylettes
Title: If You Can't Be Good
B side)
Artist: Mike Thompson
Title: Rocksteady Wedding

Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Batman(Early Take)

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A side)
Artist: Taitt & The Jets
Title: Batman(Early Take)
B side)
Artist: Taitt & The Jets
Title: Batman(Rehearsal)

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