“Real Rock” is considered to be a crowning achievement in the history of Reggae. It was produced by the legendary Sir Coxsonne Dodd in 1967. Notably, Ska/Reggae superstar Jackie Mittoo sits behind the Hammond organ on this track.
This instrumental song has been sampled by over 30 artists that spans not only a multitude of genres, but also decades within the recording industry.
After the original, my favorite track with this famous rhythm (or “riddim”) would have to be Willi Williams’ “Armagideon Time,” which was subsequently covered by the Clash. You can find it on the B-side of their “London Calling” single released in 1980.