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Memories of Steely and Clevie

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Producers Steely (right) and Clevie. - File

Among the latest releases by VP Records is Memories, a 14-track set by dancehall super producers Steely and Clevie.

Memories showcases seasoned artistes like Leroy Sibbles, Errol Dunkley, Freddie McGregor and Ken Boothe putting a fresh spin on popular rocksteady and reggae songs.

Sibbles does Sweet Talking, originally a hit for his group The Heptones in the late 1960s. Dunkley takes another crack at You'll Never Know, which he first did as a teen star in the 1960s.

Boothe was also recruited for another go at Say You, one of his early hits from the 1960s. McGregor covers the Burt Bacharach standard A House Is Not A Home, originally a hit for Dionne Warwick.

McGregor was at Studio One in the late 1970s when Sugar Minott scored a hit with his version for producer Clement Dodd.

Memories is the third tribute album by Steely (Wycliffe Johnson) and Clevie (Cleveland Browne), who are rated as the most successful producers in modern dancehall.

Though they first worked together in the mid-1970s, it was not until the 1980s when they led the house band at producer Lloyd 'King Jammys' James' studio that they achieved mega success as Steely and Clevie.

The duo had countless hits with Shabba Ranks, Tiger, Garnet Silk, Dawn Penn and Home T. Steely died in 2009 at age 47.