Album review
Rock Steady Classics
The Tennors
Nighthawk Records

Tracking list

  1. Ride yu donkey
  2. Weather report
  3. Another scorcher
  4. Baby come home
  5. Want everything
  6. Good news
  7. World is a stage
  8. Give me bread
  9. We got soul
  10. Pressure and slide
  11. Grandpa
  12. Massi massa
  13. Sufferer
  14. Run come
  15. Hopeful village
  16. Cleopatra
  17. Gee whiz
  18. Traitor
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4

The Tennors emerged in a time that the starring role was moving from the musicians - such as Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook and Jackie Mittoo - to the new wave of vocalists and harmony groups like the Gaylads, the Silvertones, the Melodians, the Wailers and, of course, the aforementioned Tennors. In the aftermath of ska the horns tended to stay in the background, while the slower pace allowed the vocals to gain a fresh prominence. When the Tennors made their recording debut in 1967 rocksteady was in full bloom. They immediately scored a big local hit with their debut single - recorded for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One imprint - entitled "Pressure and slide" (its riddim was also used by Sugar Minott for his classic Studio One hit "Mr. D.C.").
St. Louis-based Nighthawk Records has taken the praiseworthy initiative to release the first compact disc ever issued on this underrated, however, extremely significant vocal group, which undoubtedly belonged to the finest the rocksteady and early reggae era had to offer. Although a number of singers passed through The Tennors none had a greater impact than Ronnie Davis, who is the lead singer on most of the tunes included. Later on he left The Tennors to start a successful solo career, then joined the Itals and is now fronting his own group Ronnie Davis & The Idren. Pointing out some tracks of this very enjoyable album as stand outs wouldn't be fair as every song is a gem in its own right.
"Rock Steady Classics"...a first rate collection of rocksteady/early reggae sides and an essential addition to Jamaica's musical history !

Teacher & Mr. T.