the STARLITES - Rock Steady Explosion - CD
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There is always a first time, and this record was ours: a maxi-cd with the fantastic vocal harmonies of the best Rocksteady band.
The Starlites started as a band in 1996 with most of the musicians from the defunct popular ska band Banana Boats. Their intention was to recreate the sounds of the golden era of Jamaican music, the time when soul and ska merged creating Rocksteady.
Leaded by guitar player and composer Ezequiel Garcia (ex-Doctor Calypso, ex-Banana Boats) the band went into the studio to capture what would then be their first record, a maxi-cd including their earliest own penned songs ("I need you", "Dance rocksteady", "People get ready") plus a cover of the marvelous D. Penn ("Close to me").
They decided to release it through a small ska-reggae store called "Brixton Denda" and that was also the beginning of "Brixton Records" as a record company. The reviews and sales of the maxi-cd where fantastic at a time when Jamaican music was only available in underground circles and most of it was “2-Tone” only. So the relationship between band, their followers and the record company became very tight so they and decided to start playing in venues, festivals and getting ready to a proper LP. To be continued…