14 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the late ‘60s, Jamaican ska had begun to reflect the increasing popularity of American soul music, with the slower lilt of rocksteady gradually becoming the dominant sound of the island. The sun-kissed harmonies of The Paragons’ debut album make it a classic of the era, the group’s voices entwining with the reverbed guitar of “Island In the Sun” and soaring alongside the shimmering violin of “The Tide Is High” to gentle, nostalgic effect.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the late ‘60s, Jamaican ska had begun to reflect the increasing popularity of American soul music, with the slower lilt of rocksteady gradually becoming the dominant sound of the island. The sun-kissed harmonies of The Paragons’ debut album make it a classic of the era, the group’s voices entwining with the reverbed guitar of “Island In the Sun” and soaring alongside the shimmering violin of “The Tide Is High” to gentle, nostalgic effect.

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