U-Roy Version Galore (Expanded Edition)

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    • U-Roy – Your Ace From Space – U Roy & Tommy
    • U-Roy – On The Beach – U Roy & The Paragons
    • U-Roy – Version Galore – U Roy & The Melodians
    • U-Roy – True Confession – U Roy & The Silvertones
    • U-Roy – Tide Is High – U Roy & The Paragons
    • U-Roy – Things You Love – U Roy & The Jamaicans
    • U-Roy – The Same Song – U Roy & The Paragons
    • U-Roy – Happy Go Lucky Girl – U Roy & The Paragons
    • U-Roy – You Will Never Get Away – U Roy & The Melodians
    • U-Roy – Wear You To The Ball – U Roy & The Paragons
    • U-Roy – Don’t Stay Away – U Roy & Phyllis Dillon
    • U-Roy – Hot Pop – U Roy & Tommy McCook
    • U-Roy – Bonus tracks
    • U-Roy – Nehru – Tommy McCook
    • U-Roy – True, True – U Roy & Ken Parker
    • U-Roy – Wake The Town (take 2) – U Roy & The Paragons
    • U-Roy – Flashing My Whip – U Roy & The Paragons
    • U-Roy – The Ball – Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo
    • U-Roy – Do It Right – U Roy And The Three Tops
    • U-Roy – Ain’t That Loving You (alt. take) – U Roy & Alton Ellis
    • U-Roy – Do Re Mi U Roy & The Melodians
    • 1. Your Ace From Space – U Roy & Tommy
    • 2. On The Beach – U Roy & The Paragons
    • 3. Version Galore – U Roy & The Melodians
    • 4. True Confession – U Roy & The Silvertones
    • 5. Tide Is High – U Roy & The Paragons
    • 6. Things You Love – U Roy & The Jamaicans
    • 7. The Same Song – U Roy & The Paragons
    • 8. Happy Go Lucky Girl – U Roy & The Paragons
    • 9. You Will Never Get Away – U Roy & The Melodians
    • 10. Wear You To The Ball – U Roy & The Paragons
    • 11. Don’t Stay Away – U Roy & Phyllis Dillon
    • 12. Hot Pop – U Roy & Tommy McCook
    • 13. Bonus tracks
    • 14. Nehru – Tommy McCook
    • 15. True, True – U Roy & Ken Parker
    • 16. Wake The Town (take 2) – U Roy & The Paragons
    • 17. Flashing My Whip – U Roy & The Paragons
    • 18. The Ball – Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo
    • 19. Do It Right – U Roy And The Three Tops
    • 20. Ain’t That Loving You (alt. take) – U Roy & Alton Ellis
    • 21. Do Re Mi U Roy & The Melodians
    • 22. Super Boss – Tommy McCook
    • 23. DISC TWO: U ROY
    • 24. Honey Come Forward – U Roy
    • 25. Treasure Isle Skank – U Roy
    • 26. This Station Rule The Nation – U Roy & Tommy McCook
    • 27. Drive Her Home – U Roy & Hopeton Lewis
    • 28. Tom Drunk – Hopeton Lewis & U Roy
    • 29. Words Of Wisdom – U Roy & Tommy McCook
    • 30. The Merry Go Round – U Roy
    • 31. Wake The Town – U Roy & The Paragons
    • 32. Big Boy And Teacher – U Roy
    • 33. Everybody Bawling – U Roy & The Melodians
    • 34. Ain’t That Loving You – U Roy & Alton Ellis
    • 35. Behold – U Roy & Tommy McCook
    • 36. Way Back Home – U Roy & Tommy McCook
    • 37. My Girl – U Roy & The Techniques
    • 38. My Girl Version –Tommy McCook
    • 39. Peace And Love – U Roy & The Jamaicans
    • 40. Peace And Love Version – Tommy McCook
    • 41. Drive Her Home Part Two – Tommy McCook
    • 42. You Will Never Get Away (take 5) – U Roy & The Melodians
    • 43. Studio chatter – U Roy & Byron Smith

    Although largely unreported by the mainstream popular press, 17 February 2021 witnessed the passing of a true great of popular music: Asman Euwart Beckford. Under his stage name of U Roy, Beckford revolutionised the Jamaican music industry and in so doing also heavily influenced the development of hip hop, jungle and grime.

    In 1970, the immense popularity of his ground-breaking 7” singles for Treasure Isle boss, Duke Reid popularised DJ recordings, and sparked an explosion of similarly-styled discs, performed by a plethora of established and wanna-be toasters. Over the next year or two, U Roy continued to record high quality works for Reid, who gathered many of the DJ’s most popular sides on two best-selling long-players, ‘Version Galore’ and the eponymously titled ‘U Roy’, issued in 1971 and 1993, respectively.

    In tribute to the man and his music, both of these seminal collections have finally been brought together, along with the remainder of his Treasure Isle singles and a number of rare alternate takes. These historic recordings, which forever changed the sound of reggae, demonstrate the inimitable style that resulted in U Roy becoming the world’s first DJ superstar.

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