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    Studio One Rocksteady Got SoulSoul Jazz Records

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    Soul Jazz Records new Studio One release Rocksteady Got Soul is a collection of uplifting and superb rocksteady and soulful reggae from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Studio One is the number one label in the history of reggae and he album features - as ever with Studio One - an impeccable and unbeatable line-up of reggae superstars all soaring at the height of their creative powers. Alton Ellis, John Holt, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Ethiopians, Lee Perry and more.

    The album is a mix of classic tunes and rhythms alongside super-rarities that were released in a dazzlingly complex web of Studio One labels and issues, deftly navigated with new sleevenotes from author and Studio One authority Rob Chapman. But enough with the chatter, just spin the platter - these tunes rule the town, hands down!


    This Soul Jazz/Studio One album is released as deluxe gatefold double-vinyl + house inners + download code. Also as jewel case CD housed in card slipcase. Both formats come with full sleeve notes/discography and exclusive photography. (The album is also available digitally on day of release onwards)

    • Alton Ellis – It's True
    • The Heptones – You Turned Away
    • The Gladiators – Mr Sweet
    • The Jail Breakers – Work It Up
    • Lee Perry & The Gaylads – Run Rudie Run
    • The Heptones – Young Generation
    • Jackie Mittoo – Good Feeling
    • C. Marshall – I Need Your Loving
    • Alton Ellis – I'll Be Waiting
    • The Clarendonians – The Tables Gonna Turn
    • Ken Parker – When You're Gone
    • Sound Dimension – Traveling Home
    • Errol Dunkley – Get Up Now
    • John Holt – My Heart Is Gone
    • Freedom Singers and Larry Marshall – Monkey Man
    • The Ethiopians – Let The Light Shine
    • Im and David – Money Maker
    • The Viceroys – Lose and Gain
    Studio One RootsSoul Jazz Records

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    This is the new 20th anniversary edition of one of Soul Jazz Records’ classic Studio One releases now available as a one-off pressing special blue vinyl very limited-edition pressing ( 2000 copies worldwide).

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    Studio One Roots set the standard for Soul Jazz Records’ long-standing series of Studio One collections and features many of the classic artists from Clement 'Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s mighty roster of reggae.

    This album includes Freddie McGregor, Willie Williams, Cornell Campbell, Alton Ellis, Devon Russell alongside some of the defining crack-session men groups of Jamaican reggae history - The Sound Dimension, Brentford All-Stars, The Skatalites, New Establishment and more. As ever the album is filled with a mixture of seminal cuts and super-rarities from the vast vaults of 13 Brentford Road.

    Stand-out tracks include Alton Ellis’s Blackish White, a surreal and powerful Afro-centric dream, Count Ossie Nyabinghi and Rastafarian drummers genre-defying interpretation of Booker T and The MGs ‘Meditation’, Willie Williams awe-inspiring versioning of the Skatalites' seminal Rastafari anthem Addis Ababa and many, many more.

    This album has been fully digitally remastered, analog cut and packaged complete with the following: Original sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of When Reggae Was King), compiled by Mark Ainley (Honest Jons), high-quality Soul Jazz mastering, wicked images of Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari on the cover, and a rare image of Clement Dodd and musicians inside the studio at Studio One on the full colour inner sleeves.

    REVIEWS:

    "Having established himself as one of Jamaica's top producers the day Studio One opened its doors in the early '60s, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd was unable to maintain his status during the roots era of the subsequent decade. This can be attributed to a couple of factors. One was Dodd's apparent reluctance to record the new, overtly Rasta-inspired music. The other was an infusion of new blood into the Jamaican music business. Eager to make a name for themselves, producers like Joe Gibbs, Bunny Lee, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Winston "Niney" Holness managed to supplant the island's "big three" (Dodd, Duke Reid, and Prince Buster) in the process, driving the music's evolution in the '70s.

    There isn't a weak number across these 16 tracks, from the Gaylads' ode to "Africa" and Devon Russell's version of the heavyweight "Drum Song" rhythm, to a trio of stunning instrumentals: Jackie Mittoo and the Cyclones with nyahbinghi drummer Count Ossie on "Meditation," Lenny Hibbert's sparkling vibe work over Mittoo's "Ghetto Organ" ("More Creation"), and Sound Dimension's "Congo Rock."

    The music of this compilation is of a rare, rare beauty and is essential to anyone's reggae collection." All Music

    • The Cyclones With Count Ossie – Meditation
    • Cornell Campbell & The Brentford Rockers – Natty Don't Go
    • Freddy Mcgregor With The Sound Dimension – Africa Here I Come
    • Bunny & Skitter – Lumumbo
    • Willie Williams & The All Stars – Addis A Baba
    • L.Crosdale With Drummond Bago & the Rebel Group – Set Me Free
    • Leroy Wallace & The New Establishment – Far Beyond
    • Lennie Hibbert – More Creation
    • Alton Ellis & The Sound Dimension – Blackish White
    • Winston Jarrett & The Sound Dimension – Fear Not
    • Devon Russell – Drum Song
    • The Gaylads – Africa
    • Black Brothers & The New Establishment – School Children
    • Linton Cooper & The Brentford Disco Set – You'll Get Your Pay
    • Sound Dimension – Congo Rock
    • Zoot Simms – African Challenge
    • 1. The Cyclones With Count Ossie – Meditation
    • 2. Cornell Campbell & The Brentford Rockers – Natty Don't Go
    • 3. Freddy Mcgregor With The Sound Dimension – Africa Here I Come
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    Studio One DJ PartySoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Studio One DJ Party is the latest instalment from the mighty Studio One Records catalogue, a wicked new collection of the finest DJs and toasters ever to inhabit the world of reggae – seminal Jamaican artists including Prince Jazzbo, Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone, Michigan & Smiley, Lone Ranger as well as a host of lesser known artists and rare cuts from Studio One.

    From the earliest days when Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd ran his Downbeat soundsystem up and down the length of Jamaica, DJs and toasters such as King Stitt and Count Machukie were always a part of the sound of Studio One, introducing new records and exciting audiences with catchphrase lines such as:

    “No matter what the people say these sounds lead the way

    It's the order of the day from your boss deejay” King Stitt

    So when DJ emerged as a distinct reggae style at the start of the 1970s, Studio One was, as always, way ahead of their competitors. Legendary artists of the calibre of Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone and Prince Jazzbo all queued up to record for the equally legendary label.

    At the end of the 1970s, as dancehall exploded onto the island, Clement Dodd was once again able to maintain Studio One’s position on the throne as the number one sound in the Jamaica, fighting off upstart competitors such as Channel One and Joe Gibbs who tried to replicate Studio One’s unique sound. During this period Clement Dodd released a series of stunning dancehall releases from young DJ/dancehall artists at the label including Lone Ranger and Michigan & Smiley.

    This selection spans the early 70s up until the mid-1980s, from the earliest days of deejay toasting right up until digital dancehall, ground-breaking tracks over the finest selection of the ultimate Studio One rhythms and tracks. Who could ask for more?

    Studio One DJ Party includes specially commissioned sleevenotes by Chris Lane, founder of the legendary British reggae label Fashion Records, as well as fantastic original artwork commissioned by the illustrator Ski Williams. The album is released as double heavyweight vinyl (+download code), and distinctive Soul Jazz Records CD with slipcase.

    • Screechie Dan – We A Don
    • Lone Ranger – My Number
    • Dennis Alcapone – Riddle I This
    • Kentrus – It A Fi Bun
    • Lone Ranger – Apprentice Dentist
    • King Sporty – DJ Special
    • Prince Jazzbo – Little Joe
    • Ragga Muffin – Ragga Muffin
    • Mad Roy – Universal Love
    • King Sporty – Choice Of Music
    • King Stitt – Rhyming Time
    • Prince Jazzbo – Fire Coal Version
    • Dillinger – Fountain on The Mountain
    • Michigan & Smiley – Thank You Jah
    • Prince Garthie – Raindrops
    • Jah Buzz – Automatic Clapping
    • Dennis Alcapone – El Paso
    • Big Joe – Nanny Version Skank
    Studio One Black Man's Pride 3 : None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The AlmightySoul Jazz Records

    This is the latest new installment of Soul Jazz Records’ on-going collection of Rastafarian music at Studio One, featuring classic material from legendary roots and culture artists The Gladiators, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor, Sugar Minott and the Wailing Souls, alongside a superb selection of rarities from Sir Coxsone’s musical empire made up of one-off and practically unknown Rastafarian artists who recorded on a myriad of Studio One off-shoot labels in the 1970s – The Manchesters, Mellodies, The Nightingales and others.

    In this new collection, we see that once again the prescient Clement Dodd was a man who saw the wider picture. In the 1960s it was Sir Coxsone who identified the creative potential of The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Heptones, Burning Spear and many, many others. In the 1970s Studio One released an untouchable selection of the finest as styles moved from reggae to deejay to dub and, in the latter half, the emergence of dancehall.

    But what is also clear is that throughout this era Studio One released an incredible amount of roots music, and not just the most commercially obvious. For alongside the career-building catalogues of Burning Spear, The Wailing Souls, The Gladiators and so on, one needs to be an ardent Studio One collector to know some of the truly raw Rastafarian music featured here. Groups such as The Manchesters or The Nightingales feel as if they were recorded straight out of the churchical chants of the mansions.

    Black Man’s Pride explains the links between the ideology of Clement Dodd at Studio One and the Rastafarian faith, which was the creation of Afro-Jamaicans and concerned above all else with a black consciousness and empowerment, a rediscovering of the personal and racial identity of black people. The movement began in the 1930s and, in tandem with this black consciousness, called for a rejection of the British imperial culture that dominated Jamaica, while creating an identity based on a re-appropriation of an African heritage.

    The Rastafari movement was like a pivot, bringing together and balancing many vectors of ideologies. Marcus Garvey’s Back to Africa movement, trades union discourse, anti-colonialism and nation independence, maroon self-definition and independence, the spirit of African rebellion in the Caribbean. For Clement Dodd, a black man and producer growing up in Kingston in this era, Rastafari was simply a part of his everyday world – from witnessing Count Ossie’s grounations to the faith of many Jamaican artists at Studio One – from the Skatalites onwards.

    Featured here alongside these classic and rare tracks from Studio One are new and extensive sleeve notes with track-by-track notes by Rob Chapman, author of the acclaimed Downbeat Special and Never Grow Old Studio One books.

    The album is released as double heavyweight gatefold vinyl (+ free download code), CD with slipcase and booklet, and digital album.

    • Horace Andy – Conscious Dread Lock
    • The Gladiators – A Prayer To Thee
    • Freddie McGregor – Beat Down Babylon
    • The Manchesters – Selassie Bandman
    • The Mellodies – Dread Oppression
    • Big Joe – Jah Jah Help Us
    • Horace Andy – Oh Lord Why Lord
    • Lloyd Jones & The Super Natural Six – Get Up and Try
    • The Wailing Souls – Can't Catch Me
    • The Nightingales – Jehovah
    • Alphanso Stewart – It's No Secret
    • Errol Dunkley – Satisfaction
    • Mr Manchester – Give Natty Dread Glory
    • Lincoln (Sugar) Minott – Wrong Doers
    • Noel Campbell & The Gladiators Band – Sufferation
    • African Brothers – No Cup No Brock
    • Zoot Simms – When The Time Comes
    • Glen Miller – Whey No Dead
    Sugar MinottSugar Minott At Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

    Long-out-of-print re-release of this classic Sugar Minott album on Soul Jazz Records bringing together the best of his classic material recorded at Studio One in the 1970s.

    Lincoln Sugar Minott was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. He grew up in a poor area of West Kingston and from an early age developed a love of Reggae music and the music of Studio One in particular. As a teenager, he became selector for Sound of Silence Keystone and Gathering of Youth local sound-systems. By the late 1970s Minott had risen to become one of the biggest stars in Jamaican music.

    Sugar Minott began his career at Studio One. After auditioning in front of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd in the early 1970s, he became the first artist to record new songs over classic rhythms, singing over original Studio One tapes – the significance of which led directly to the birth of dancehall, as Channel One, Joe Gibbs and hundreds of other Jamaican producers quickly began releasing their own material based on these same classic Studio One rhythms replayed by Sly and Robbie, The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate, Roots Radics and many others.

    “I knew Studio One spiritually before I knew Studio One physically. You know I grew up beside a dancehall and Sir Coxsone’s sound used to play there from when I was a boy. So from that influence you know I used to love Studio One sound so much, I became a sound selector. So that was my first involvement with getting to know Studio One music like The Heptones, Alton Ellis, Ken Booth, the whole works and that was my life from a youth.”

    After Sugar Minott’s debut many other artists followed suit at the label such as Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger and Michigan & Smiley leading to one of the most creative periods for the label. This is the first retrospective of Sugar Minott at the label and most of these recordings have never been widely available outside Jamaica.

    • Sugar Minott – Vanity
    • Sugar Minott – Please Be True
    • Sugar Minott – Hang On Natty
    • Sugar Minott – Never Give Up
    • Sugar Minott – Jahovia
    • Sugar Minott – Give A Hand
    • Sugar Minott – Try Love
    • Sugar Minott – Roof Over My Head
    • Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Lead Us
    • Sugar Minott – Is It True
    • Sugar Minott – Love Gonna Pack Up
    • Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
    • Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Children
    • Sugar Minott – Party Time
    • Sugar Minott – Change Your Ways
    • Sugar Minott – Jah Almighty
    Studio One Lovers RockSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records new Studio One album is a fantastic selection featuring all-star legendary Studio One vocalists – Alton Ellis, Marcia Griffiths, The Heptones, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor, Sugar Minott – alongside a host of classic and super-rare Lovers Rock cuts all of which Clement Dodd recorded at the Brentford Road studio.

    Lovers rock brought together many elements and here you will find sweet harmonies, late 1960s rocksteady, 1970s soul covers, discomixes, recuts and new rhythms – which all fit together in a timeless twilight of love & harmony – as if lovers silhouetted by a Kingston sunset.

    Here you will find stone-cold classic Studio One tunes – Marcia Griffiths ‘Truly’, Horace Andy’s I’ll Be Gone super-rare cuts like Carlton and The Shoes killer 70s versions of Never Give Your Heart Away and Let Me Love You (vocal cut to Jackie Mittoo’s mighty Wall Street), The Invaders sweet lovers rocksteady bomb ‘Sweet Soul Rocking’ (currently for sale at £2,500 on discogs!) and many more!

    This new album comes with sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley, the acclaimed author of Bass Culture, Sounds Like London and Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music. The album is pressed on heavyweight double gatefold vinyl (+ free download), deluxe slipcase CD and digital.

    • Alton Ellis – Tumbling Tears (12" Discomix)
    • The Heptones – I Hold The Handle
    • Carlton and The Shoes – Never Give Your Heart Away (70s 12" Version)
    • The Minstrels – Yours Until Tomorrow
    • Jerry Jones – Oh Me Oh My
    • Horace Andy – I'll Be Gone
    • Carlton and The Shoes – Let Me Love You (12" Discomix)
    • The Invaders – Soulful Music
    • Sugar Minott – Ghetto Girl
    • Marcia Griffiths – Truly
    • Devon Russell – My Woman's Love
    • Billy Cole – Rock All Night
    • Freddie McGregor – I Don't Know
    • Cornel Campbell – Didn't I
    • Horace Andy – Wanna Be Free
    • The Heptones – My Ting A Ling (12" Discomix)
    • Alton Ellis – Someone (Extended Mix)
    • The Righteous Flames – I Was Born To Be Loved
    • 1. Alton Ellis – Tumbling Tears (12" Discomix)
    • 2. The Heptones – I Hold The Handle
    • 3. Carlton and The Shoes – Never Give Your Heart Away (70s 12" Version)
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    Studio One Freedom SoundsSoul Jazz Records

    Studio One Freedom Sounds is the new collection from Soul Jazz/Studio One focussing on the intense period in the second half of the 1960s when Studio One’s vast and unbeatable output of ska, soul, rock steady and reggae made it literally one of the hottest musical empires in the world.

    During this highly successful period, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd released hundreds and hundreds of superlative singles seemingly on an almost daily basis, in the process making huge stars out of Jamaican singers such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, The Wailers, Slim Smith, Jackie Opel and many more.


    Powered by the finest in-house musicians working in Jamaica, whether it was The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo’s Soul Brothers, The Sounds Dimension or The Soul Vendors, Studio One functioned as hit factory on the scale of Motown in the USA, shaping and defining reggae music for decades to come.


    Singlehandedly Studio One’s founder Clement Dodd was able to create the most successful vertically-integrated record company that Jamaica had ever known with pressing plant, printers, studio, shops, and sound systems all running at once, with over 50 employees and hundreds of artists working with Studio One during this time.

    Studio One Freedom Sounds tells the story of Studio One in the 1960s with a stunning set of ska, soul, rock steady and reggae killer tunes as well as informative sleevenotes and track-by-track info by Noel Hawks. The album is released as heavyweight double vinyl (+ free download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

    • Don Drummond & The Skatalites – Rain Or Shine
    • The Gaylads – Morning Sun
    • Delroy Wilson – Just Because Of You
    • Alton Ellis – Sunday Coming
    • Jackie Opel – I Am What I Am
    • Peter Tosh – I Am The Toughest
    • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready
    • Mr Foundation – Timo-Oh
    • Roland Alphonso & The Soul Brothers – Provocation
    • Leroy & Rocky – Love Me Girl
    • Slim & Delroy – Look Who Is Back Again
    • The Skatalites – Spread Satin
    • Barrington Spence – Contemplating Mind
    • Ernest Ranglin – Psychedelic Rock
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Destiny
    • Roland Alphonso – Reggae In The Grass
    • Zoot Simms – We Can Talk It Over
    • Jackie Mittoo – Hi Jack
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    Black Man's PrideSoul Jazz Records

    While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records.

    Black Man’s Pride is the striking new Studio One collection of deep heavyweight reggae featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks & more.

    In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, we need look no further than Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd who, who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica.

    In similar fashion Alton Ellis’s defining ‘Black Man’s Pride’ brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Alton Ellis’ birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries.

    Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook & more.

    Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s. After the exhilaration of Ska and following the cooling down of Rocksteady. While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One’s vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable! Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare tunes!

    This new album is released as a heavyweight gatefold double-LP edition (+ download code), CD and digital with full text.

    REVIEW

    "The bottomless pit that is Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label(s) yields more gems. Soul Jazz and before it, Heartbeat in the US, United Artists, Bamboo and various other labels in the UK have released numerous collections, yet the catalogue remains largely under-exploited, despite the late Mr Dodd’s tireless efforts to wring every last cent from it in unlikely ways. Little wonder that some reggae fans, spoilt by knowledge and racks of original vinyl, can be inclined to shrug when another comp emerges: there have been so many. However, Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.

    In this instance, that reason is an exploration of (mostly) 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity. This music was recorded as a cultural statement, if not a cry, from the roots; strong stuff, deep, dark and heavy. But don’t mistake that for leaden. It may have bass frequencies that drive your neighbour’s dog under the sofa, thinking it’s 5 November all over again, but this is no gloomy exercise in musical storm clouds. Right from Alton Ellis’s title-donating opening tune, there are aspects of Black Man’s Pride that will have you skipping around the room, literally or mentally, and thanking Jah that you didn’t spend the money it cost you on a pizza, dough balls and Diet Coke meal deal. This is not musical junk food, it’s a keeper fit to lift the heart whenever needed.

    One reason for this is the sequencing. Glen Miller (not that one) may have a light, soulful voice but the rhythm track he’s riding on Love And Understanding is a minor chord churner, as sad as a wet Sunday. But it’s held up on either side by Sugar Minott (and an uncredited Gladiators) floating through Woman Shadow (as sung by The Meditations as Woman Is Like A Shadow), and The Nightingales’ gorgeously swinging Rasta Is Calling, a glorious take on Delroy Wilson’s Cool Operator rhythm that’s a sod to find on 45. The Heptones make a rational case for Equal Rights in a manner that ought to have been perky enough to win them at least an audition for a CBBC presenter’s role. Their lead singer Leroy Sibbles pops up uncredited on John Holt’s heart-lifting yet cool Let’s Build Our Dreams. Heavy 70s roots is gloomy? Nope. Jamaica’s ghettos were suffering; they didn’t need more misery.

    There’s also judicious joining up of vocals and their dubwise 45 flipsides: The Gladiators’ Roots Natty is one such. I heard the vocal, and immediately wished it was the devastatingly moving dub cut. Compiler Stuart Baker evidently thought likewise, so it extends to the version. For variety, there’s a lone sax instrumental to wreck things up too: Cedric Brooks’ melodic Why Can’t I.

    There’s room for the unique, deep and breathy voice of Larry Marshall. More “international” stars Horace Andy and Dennis Brown are here too, recorded as youths, as is a teenage Freddie McGregor on a rootsy rewrite of Cat Stevens’ Wild World – with what sounds like JS Bach on synth! The set shuts with Johnny Osbourne’s sophisticated and spiritually openhearted Forgive Them.

    With an informative, eminently enjoyable sleeve note about the growth of roots reggae and its place in Rastafarianism and black awareness, fittingly Black Man’s Pride lacks nothing." Ian McCann, RECORD COLLECTOR

    • Alton Ellis – Black Man's Pride
    • Horace Andy – Child Of The Ghetto
    • Dennis Brown – Created By The Father
    • The Gladiators – Roots Natty
    • The Classics – Got To Be Cool
    • The Nightingales – Rasta Is Calling
    • Glen Miller – Love & Understanding
    • Sugar Minott – Woman Shadow
    • Lloyd Jones & The Supernatural Six – Red In A Babylon
    • Dudley Sibley & The Soul Gang – Love In Our Nation
    • The Heptones – Equal Rights
    • Glen Miller – You Must Be Love
    • Winston Jarrett – Up Park No Mans Land
    • Cedric Im Brooks – Why Can't I
    • Larry Marshall – Let's Make It Up
    • Freddie McGregor – Children Listen To The Wise Words
    • John Holt – Build Our Dreams
    • Johnny Osbourne – Forgive Them
    Studio One SupremeSoul Jazz Records

    By the 1970s Studio One and Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd had already proved himself to be the defining force in Reggae for almost two decades. From running the Downbeat sound system on the lawns and yards of Kingston in the late 1950s to opening Studio One at 13 Brentford Road at the start of the 1960s, ushering in Ska and Rocksteady and establishing the careers of most of Jamaica’s artists – everyone from Bob Marley and The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals, The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo and more – Clement Dodd had until this point dominated the Jamaican musical world.

    And yet, incredibly, Clement Dodd was barely half way through his musical path, maintaining Studio One’s number one position in the Jamaican music scene throughout the 1970s with a combination of musical and creative innovation and an endless capacity to adapt and create new musical fashions. By the end of the 1970s Dancehall had become the defining sound on the island. Dancehall was essentially a tribute by other Jamaican producers and artists to the classic music of Studio One created in the 1960s as young artists across the island created new songs, while musicians recreated these original classic foundation Studio One rhythms. As on other occasions, Clement Dodd rose to this new musical challenge by producing a whole new era of classics for Studio One.

    The roots of Dancehall begin with the DJs of the early 1970s, who were the first to sing new material over earlier classic rhythms. Early DJ pioneers such as Dillinger and Prince Jazzbo both feature here toasting over classic songs - The Mad Lad’s Ten to One and The Eternals’ Queen of the Minstrel. But it is the new wave of artists who arrived at Studio One at the onset of Dancehall which enabled Studio One to maintain its number one status as the whole of Kingston’s rival music producers – Channel One, Joe Gibbs and many others – attempted to challenge this position.

    Sugar Minott, Michigan and Smiley, Willie Williams, Lone Ranger had all grown up listening to the classic Studio One music of the 1960s and were able to pay the greatest compliment to the label by creating the defining new music of this new era with songs that combined all the musical and technological developments of the 1970s – dub, deejaying, discomixes, syndrums, synthesizers and more – into the sound of the future: Dancehall.

    Throughout this era Clement Dodd also continued to work with a number of original and returning artists – such as Alton Ellis, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne – updating old rhythms and creating new ones while employing the in-house band variously known as The Brentford All-Stars/Rockers/Disco Set to update these sounds in order to maintain Studio One’s number one position as the defining force in Reggae.

    This is Soul Jazz Records’ latest new collection of classic and rare Studio One recordings and is released on triple LP (+ download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

    • Johnny Osbourne & The Prophets – Keep That Light
    • Dillinger – Natty Ten To One
    • Lone Ranger – Natty Dread On The Go
    • Prince Jazzbo – Minstral
    • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise
    • Freddie McGregor – Wine Of Violence
    • Papa Michigan and General Smiley – Compliment To Studio One
    • Willie Williams – Easy
    • Lone Ranger – Quarter Pound Of Ishen
    • Alton Ellis – A Fool
    • Jackie Mittoo & Brentford All Stars – In Cold Blood
    • Jim Nastic – Chanting
    • Brentford Rockers – Bushmaster
    • The Gladiators & Brentford Disco Set – Happy Man
    • Dub Specilaist – Still Dubbing
    • Sugar Minott – Jah A Love You
    • Horace Andy – Show and Tell
    • Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp
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    The Skatalites: Independence Ska and The Far East SoundSoul Jazz Records

    Fantastic new collection of rare and classic killer ska from the legendary Skatalites, one of the most important groups in the history of Reggae.

    This album was first released only as a limited-edition  collectors 7-inch box set (now deleted) and is now available for the first time as a double LP edition (+ Download Code), CD and digital release - complete with 10 extra bonus tracks and new extensive sleeve notes!

    The Skatalites brought the sound of Jamaica to the world. At the start of the 1960s, in the space of just a couple of years Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore, Lloyd Knibbs, Lloyd Brevett and others defined the exciting beat of ‘Ska’ as the sound of newly independent Jamaica.

    As the house band at Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s newly launched Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road, the group comprising the finest jazz musicians on the island played on literally 1000s of recordings – Bob Marley and The Wailers, Toots and The Maytals, Delroy Wilson, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and many, many more.

    During their existence (1963-65) The Skatalites also recorded 100s of their own songs, released either under their own name, or The Studio One Orchestra, or that of band members Drummond, McCook etc. This is the first collection on Soul Jazz Records to bring you some of their finest material – from classics such as ‘Guns of Navarone’, ‘El Pussy Cat Ska’, ‘Christine Keeler’ through to some serious rarities such as Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra’s ‘Sudden Destruction’ and Don Drummond’s ‘Coolie Boy’.

    The Skatalites’ ska sound brought together aspects of jazz, latin, rhythm and blues, proto-Rastafarianism (tracks such as ‘Full Dread’, ‘Beardsman Ska’) and more. The intensity and energy of their sound was matched by the experimentation of the troubled genius of Don Drummond whose ‘far east’ modal trombone sound added a complex melancholy to the music of the Skatalites (the group split-up after Drummond was charged with murdering his wife, dancer Margarita Mahfood).

    • The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone
    • The Skatalites – Christine Keeler
    • The Skatalites – El Pussy Cat Ska
    • Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra – Sudden Destruction
    • Roland Alphonso – Scambalena
    • The Wailers – Tell Them Lord
    • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Russian Ska Fever
    • Roland Alphonso and The Skatalites – Independent Anniversary Ska (I Should Have Known Better)
    • Bongoman Byfield and The Skatalites – Marcus Garvey
    • Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso – Heaven and Earth
    • Bongoman Byfield and The Skatalites – Jack Ruby Is Bound To Die
    • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Further East (aka Trolley Song)
    • The Skatalites – Beardsman Ska
    • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Surplus
    • The Skatalites – Fidel Castro
    • Tommy McCook and The Skatalites – Suavito
    • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Coolie Boy
    • Tommy McCook – Adam's Apple (Don't Bother Me No More)
    • Tommy McCook and The Skatalites – Full Dread
    • The Skatalites – King Solomon
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    Studio One Dub Fire SpecialSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ brings together 18 heavyweight dub cuts all recorded at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

    Featuring a stellar selection of dub cuts to classic and foundation songs recorded at Studio One with music from the legendary in-house bands - The Sound Dimension, New Establishment, Soul Defenders and Brentford All-Stars – featuring the likes of reggae’s finest musicians - Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric Brooks, Freddie McGregor and more.

    These fresh dub sounds employed the mighty mixing desk skills of The Dub Specialist, aka Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd and studio engineer supremo Sylvan Morris to full effect. Studio One Dub Fire Special features our latest chapter of raw, stripped-down bass and drum sounds direct from Studio One.

    "Brilliant, absolutely superb collection, a hand-picked selection of dubs straight out of Studio One" David Rodigan

    * (no digital in USA)

    • – Cairo
    • – Lourenco Marques
    • – Callie Roots
    • – Libra Dub
    • – Dakar
    • – Better Dub
    • – Rockers Hop
    • – Roots Dub
    • – Moving Dub
    • – Just Can't Dub
    • – Meet 7 Million
    • – Scorpio Dub
    • – Nairobi
    • – Dub Creation
    • – Virgo Dub
    • – This Race
    • – Darker Black
    • – Capricorn Dub
    Studio One Rocksteady Volume 2 : Rocksteady, Soul and Early Reggae at Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd’s Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s Rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of Reggae and Roots music at the start of the 1970s.

    Sleevenotes to this album are by Steve Barrow, author of ‘Rough Guide to Reggae’ as well as Soul Jazz Records’ own ‘Reggae Soundsystem Cover Art’ books.

    While Ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American rhythm and blues as its main influence, Rocksteady focused on the emergence of American Soul music – with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt & The Paragons, Carlton & The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’.

    The influence of Soul music on Jamaican rock steady and reggae is almost palpable, so much so that one wonders how much more successful singers like Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith and John Holt would have been had they been born in Chicago, Detroit or Memphis

    Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era – a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased as the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s –  and the music evolved further from rock steady into roots reggae.

    Wicked tunes!

    Double vinyl + download code, Deluxe CD, Digital album.

    Reviews:

    "Every tune is a bonaflide classic" Pitchfork

    Read full Pitchfork article here

    • Hortense Ellis – Sitting In The Park
    • The Termites – Rub Up Push Up
    • Carlton and The Shoes – Never Let Go
    • Alton Ellis – I'm Still In Love With You
    • Owen Gray – Give Me A Little Sign
    • The Bassies – Big Mistake
    • Hortense and Alton Ellis – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
    • Slim Smith – Born To Love
    • Cannon and The Soul Vendors – Bad Treatment
    • John Holt – Strange Things
    • The Actions – Giddy Up
    • Larry Marshall – It Makes Me Feel
    • The Paragons – Change Your Style
    • Jerry Jones – Trying Times
    • The Heptones – I Shall Be Released
    • The Gaylads – The Soul Beat
    • Delroy Wilson – Run Run
    • The Soul Two – Puppy Love
    • Delroy Wilson – Riding For A Fall
    Coxsone's Music 2 : The Sound Of Young JamaicaSoul Jazz Records

    Over 40 tracks!

    This is the second collection to bring together many of the visionary producer Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s early recordings made with Jamaica’s most exciting young artists and musicians who helped define the world of reggae music over the decades following Jamaican Independence.

    These recordings were made when Sir Coxsone ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the late 1950s and early 1960s with his number one Downbeat Sound System, where songs were tested out on dub plates at a dance to see a crowd’s reaction - the most popular of which were then released commercially.

    Featuring early material by Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Tommy McCook (all of whom would form The Skatalites), Toots and The Maytals, young singers such as Bob Marley and The Wailers, Delroy Wilson, Owen Gray all captured in their formative days.

    The music here spans a wealth of styles – Jamaican rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, proto-ska, Rastafarian – all of which were drawn upon to create the future sounds of Jamaican reggae that Sir Coxsone and the artists featured would soon create at Studio One which opened its doors in 1963.

    This collection is released on heavyweight triple-vinyl plus download code, double CD with slipcase and digital download. Sleevenotes and text is by the author Noel Hawks.

    • Roland and his Alley Cats – Jerk Pork
    • Neville Esson – Lovers Jive
    • Monty & The Cyclones – Lazy Lou
    • Owen Gray – Get Drunk
    • Monty & The Cyclones – Dog It
    • Clancy Eccles – More Proof
    • Tommy McCook & The Skatalites – Exodus
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Swanee River Rock
    • Delroy Wilson – Spit In The Sky
    • Roland Alphonso – Federal Special
    • Owen Gray – Grandma Grandpa
    • Don Drummond – Cuban Blockade
    • Theophilus Beckford With Clue J & His City Slickers – Little Lady
    • Tommy McCook – Away From You
    • Clancy Eccles With Hersan & His City Slickers – I Live And I Love
    • Roland Alphonso and His Alley Cats – Hully Gully Rock
    • Delroy Wilson – Lion Of Judah
    • Tommy McCook – Two For One
    • Toots & The Maytals – Sweet Sweet Jenny
    • Roland Alphonso – Grand National
    • Owen Gray With Hersan & His City Slickers – Sinners Weep and Mourn
    • Tommy McCook – Peanut Vendor
    • Toots & The Maytals – Shining Light
    • Lascelles Perkins with Clue J & His Blues Blasters  – Lonely Moments
    • Toots & The Maytals – Six and Seven Books Of Moses
    • Cecil Lloyd – It Happens
    • Bonny & Scully – Don't Do It
    • Don Drummond – Scrap Iron
    • Lascelles Perkins with Clue J & His Blues Blasters  – Creation
    • Tommy McCook – Don't Slam The Door
    • Winston & Bibbie and The Rhythm Aces – Joybells Of Independence
    • Roland Alphonso – Jack Ruby
    • Toots & The Maytals – Hallelujah
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Habits
    • Frank Anderson & Tommy McCook – Wheel and Turn
    • Busty & Cool – Kingston To Mo'Bay
    • Don Drummond – Mr Propman
    • Higgs & Wilson – Mighty Man
    • Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso – Trotting In
    • Bunny & Skitter with Count Ossie and His Wareikas – Cool Breeze
    • The Mellow Larks – Light Of My Life
    Studio One ShowcaseSoul Jazz Records

    Studio One Showcase brings together a new fine selection of classic tracks from Horace Andy, Freddy McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Wailing Souls and other seminal reggae artists all recorded at Studio One in the 1970s.

    By the start of the 1970s, Clement Dodd’s Studio One record label was at a crossroads. The previous two decades had given the producer and record label more success than most aspired to in a lifetime. From the mid-1950s on, the Downbeat Soundsystem had conquered all opponents – from Duke Reid to Prince Buster – and shaped and led the musical landscape of the dancehall. In the 1960s, the establishment of Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road in Kingston, Jamaica, had led to a Ford Motors-esque production line of hits that similarly defined reggae music.

    But the 1970s was to prove Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s most challenging and yet ultimately the most creative decade of all. Like the most zealous and resourceful of pioneers, Studio One was about to embark on a stunning era of reinvention, adaptation, stripping down and versioning, each step of which marked new musical developments in reggae music – roots reggae, deejay, dancehall, rub a dub and more.

    This album presents an overview of this exciting and ground-breaking decade of the 1970s at Studio One, during an era where, despite challenges from new producers, political turmoil, and almost constant musical and technological innovations in reggae, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd was able to maintain his position as the pioneering leader in reggae music, and to maintain Studio One is the number one sound in reggae music. Always.

    • Horace Andy – See A Man's Face
    • Cedric Im Brooks and Count Ossie – Right On Rasta
    • Prince Jazzbo – Jah Dread
    • Myrna Hague – What About Me
    • Michigan & Smiley – Time To Be Happy
    • The Wailing Souls – Stick Together
    • Sugar Minott – Have No Fear
    • Judah Eskender Tafari – Just Another Day
    • Dillinger – Chuky Skank
    • Freddie McGregor – Bredda Labba Labba
    • Frankie Wilmoth – Stay With Me
    • Johnny Osbourne – People A Watch Me
    • The Gladiators – Tribulation
    • The Heptones – Hard To Confess
    • Lone Ranger – Fish Tea
    • Jennifer Lara – Ain't No Love
    • The Willows – Send Another Moses
    • The Gaylads & The Brentford Set – Joy In The Morning
    Coxsone's MusicSoul Jazz Records

    Coxsone's Music is a stunning new 3-CD/two separate double LP (+ free download) collection featuring over two and half hours of early Jamaican proto-ska, rhythm and blues, jazz, rastafari and gospel music - charting the earliest recordings produced by Clement Dodd, in the years before he launched the mighty Studio One Records, brought together here for the first time ever. 

    Clement Dodd's Sir Coxsone The Downbeat Soundsystem ruled Kingston's dancehalls during this era and these recordings strongly reflect the influences of American rhythm and blues and jump jazz on Jamaican music fans. By the time the new record company formed in Brentford Road, Kingston in 1963, the young Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd had already managed to release an incredible wealth of recordings by the talented musicians and artists on the island of Jamaica and this collection reflects just that:

    Featuring Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Derrick Harriott, Owen Gray, Clancy Eccles, Count Ossie, Monty Alexander, The Blues Busters, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez and many, many more all captured here in their formative early years. 

    Before Studio One, Clement Dodd released this music on a variety of his early record labels such as Worldisc, All Stars, Coxsone, D Darling (named after Coxsone's mother, who received a production credit on the label), Muzik City (named after Dodd's record store on East Queen's Street), Port O Jam, Supreme and Sensational. Sleevenotes to this collection are by Studio One authority Rob Chapman, author of the Never Grow Old and Downbeat Special books cataloguing the many recordings of the label.

    (Vinyl Double Record A is tracks 1-24, Vinyl Double Record B is tracks 25-46)

    • Don Drummond – Roll On Sweet Don
    • Derrick Harriott – Answer Me
    • Aubrey Adams – Do Du Wap
    • Busty & Cool – What A World
    • Roland Alphonso – Counter Punch
    • Owen & Millie – Do You Know
    • Workshop Musicians – Calypso Jazz
    • Don Drummond – Elevation Rock
    • The Blues Busters – There's Always Sunshine
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Unkown Shuffle Blues
    • The Jiving Juniors – Darling Don't Leave Me
    • The Mellow Larks – Time To Pray
    • Owen Gray – Twisting My Baby
    • Cecil Loyd Quintet – What Is The Thing Called Love
    • Theo Beckford – That's Me
    • Simms & Robinson – White Christmas
    • Cecil Lloyd Quintet – Sometimes I'm Happy
    • Owen Gray – Best Twist
    • The Blues Busters – Tell Me Why
    • Don Drummond – Dew Drops
    • Clancy Eccles – River Jordan
    • Workshop Musicians – Serenade In Sound
    • Owen Gray – Young Lover
    • The City Slickers – Oceans 11
    • The Blues Busters – You Had It All Wrong
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Salt Lane Shuffle
    • Lascelles Perkins – Real Gone Clown
    • Don Drummond – Reload
    • Clancy Eccles – Freedom
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Pine Juice
    • The Jiving Juniors – Over The River
    • Don Drummond – Schooling The Duke
    • The Mellow Cats & Count Ossie – Rock A Man Soul
    • Monty & The Cyclones – Summertime
    • The Mellowlarks – No More Wedding
    • Roland Alphonso & Carol McLaughlin – Just Cool
    • Owen & Millie – Sugar Plum
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Silky
    • Basil Gabbidon – Independent Blues
    • Don Drummond and The City Slickers – That Man Is Back
    • Simms & Robinson – Searching
    • The Shinners – Romantic Shuffle
    • Cecil Lloyd Quintet – Grooving With The Beat
    • Neville Esson – I Do
    • Workshop Musicians – Burnie's Tune
    • Owen & Millie – Sit and Cry
    Jackie MittooThe Keyboard King At Studio OneUniversal Sound

    As Soul Jazz Records enter into the mighty vaults of Studio One, the most respected label in reggae history, we present you with this showcase of Jackie Mittoo, one of the defining figureheads of reggae music !

    From forming The Skatalites, at age 15, alongside Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook and others, to his work as writer, arranger, producer at Studio One records during the sixties, writing and playing for artists such as Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and The Heptones (to name a few), to his career as a solo artist as well as leader of bands such as The Soul Brothers, Soul Vendors and The Sound Dimension, Jackie Mittoo is at the heart of reggae music. He was one of the instigators of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. In the seventies, DJ music and Dancehall were based upon classic rhythms of the sixties, many using the instrumental tracks that Jackie Mittoo created at Studio One at this time.

    This compilation features the work of Jackie Mittoo at Studio One. It features music recorded as a solo artist (as opposed to the numerous singers that he accompanied). Most of these are taken from his recordings in the mid sixties where he was recording on an almost daily basis at Studio One's Brentford Road studios developing the funky reggae sound that was his trademark.

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this CD as the first of a series of Reggae artists to be covered following the success of the 100% Dynamite releases. Jackie Mittoo is as much an icon of Reggae as he is to fans of Funk music. He is without doubt the funkiest keyboard player ever to come out of Jamaica !

    Reviews:

    "CD of the Week. The coolest man who ever lived" THE GUARDIAN***** "

    Named by MOJO as one of the 100 cult heroes of all time, this is a lovingly curated compilation" THE INDEPENDENT

    "After Soul Jazz Records' groundbreaking 100% Dynamite CD's comes Jackie Mittoo. If you've caught the funky reggae bug, you need this" MUZIK

    "Rocksteady, compulsively funky Ska and Soul. An excellent Soul Jazz compilation" MOJO

    • Jackie Mittoo – Get Up And Get It
    • Jackie Mittoo – Black Organ
    • Jackie Mittoo – Killer Diller
    • Jackie Mittoo – Totally Together
    • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Tamale
    • Jackie Mittoo – Reggae Rock
    • Jackie Mittoo – Oboe
    • Jackie Mittoo – Juice Box
    • Jackie Mittoo – Summer Breeze
    • Jackie Mittoo – Drum Song
    • Jackie Mittoo – P. Cafe
    • Jackie Mittoo – Henry The Great
    • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
    • Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
    • Jackie Mittoo – Darker Shade Of Black
    Studio One Jump Up - The Birth Of A SoundSoul Jazz Records

    New Studio One release featuring loads of killer tunes. Includes booklet text and lots of nice pix!
    In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One’s unique sound – from the first jump-up, boogie-woogie and shuffle recordings made in Jamaica in the late 1950s, as the artists emulated their American rhythm and blues idols – Louis Jordan, Roscoe Gordon, Fats Domino – through to the early Rastafari rhythms of Count Ossie, the righteous Baptist beat of Toots and the Maytals up to the joyous excitement of Ska with tracks by Studio One’s young protégées Bob Marley and The Wailers and the all-mighty Skatalites.


    Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first began recording music in the late 1950s, making one-off records to play on his Downbeat Sound System. These ‘exclusive dup-plates’ enabled him to reign supreme in the regular dancehall soundclashes of Kingston, fighting off the competition from rivals including Duke Reid the Trojan and Prince Buster. This new album traces the roots of the legendary label as it created the sound of the young independent Jamaican nation going into the early 1960s.


    Sir Coxsone used only the finest musicians in Jamaica for these recordings, including those players that would later become known worldwide as the Skatalites, Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez, Cluett Johnson and others. As fans clamoured to get a copy of these ‘one-off’ exclusive records, Clement Dodd eventually decided to start making them available commercially starting in 1959, and so began the birth of an empire.


    And so by the time the new Studio One studio/record company/pressing plant complex at 13 Brentford Road opened its doors in 1963, with The Skatalites in place as the in-house band, the foundations of Jamaica’s most important record label had already been firmly established. As well as those listed above, this album brings together some of the finest of these early reggae artists to record for Clement Dodd including Derrick Morgan, Owen Gray, Derrick Harriott, Lord Creator and Owen Gray. 


    REVIEWS: "Studio One remains Jamaican music’s mother ship." Irish Times  

    • Basil Gabbidon – Mr. Landlord
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Milk Lane Hop
    • Derrick Morgan – Wigger Wee Shuffle
    • Aubrey Adams and Rico Rodriquez – Stew Peas and Cornflakes
    • The Mello Cat Count Ossie and his Warickers – Another Moses
    • Neville Esson – Wicked and Dreadful
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Proof Rum
    • Derrick Morgan – Leave Earth
    • Lord Creator – Rhythm of the Blues
    • The Jivin' Juniors – Hip Rub
    • Lascelles Perkins – Little Joe
    • Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso – Heaven and Earth
    • Owen Gray – Walk All Over
    • David Brown – Pretty Baby
    • The Maytals – He Will Provide
    • Lester Sterling and The City Slickers – Whale Bone
    • Jackie Opel – Sit Down Servant
    • Roland Alphonso – Bongo Tango
    • Bob Marley and The Wailers – Go Jimmy Go
    • Clue J and The Blues Blasters – The Slider
    Studio One DancehallSoul Jazz Records

    Fantastic, mind-blowing, awesome new collection of killer Studio One dancehall and proto-dancehall!


    Featured here is a new collection spanning Studio One’s dancehall period – singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizadry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12” singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance.


    When Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the 1950s, fighting off the soundsystem competition of Duke Reid, King Edwards and others, few could imagine how far the reign of Studio One would last. 

    But the emergence of  ‘Dancehall’ as a distinct style of reggae at the end of the 1970s, as upstart competing producers began recording vocalists and deejays performing over replayed classic Studio One rhythms, in many ways made the influence of Clement Dodd’s vision more omnipotent than ever before (and lasting to this day).


    Not surprisingly, Clement Dodd’s creativity and business acumen made him quick to respond to this musical phenomenon – and he soon began voicing the new stable of Studio One singers and deejays, such as Sugar Minott and Lone Ranger, over original classic Studio One rhythms recorded in the late 1960s – to produce some of the most innovative, time-bending and creative music of his career.


    This album comes as CD with slipcase, super-loud, super-heavy triple vinyl album with free download code and as a digital download.

    • Ernest Wilson – Why Oh Why
    • Johnny Osbourne – Lend Me The Sixteen
    • Windel Haye – Haunted House
    • Green Tea & Chassy – Ghetto Girl
    • Johnny Osbourne – Time A Run Out
    • Lone Ranger – Noah In The Ark
    • Devon Russell – Thanks and Praise
    • Brentford Disco Set – Rebel Disco
    • Doreen Schaffer – I Don't KNow Why
    • Slim Smith – Lonely Lover
    • Field Marshall Haye – Roots and Herb Style
    • DJ Dawn & The Ranking Queens – Peace True Thing
    • Jim Brown – Cure For The Fever
    • Sugar Minott – Peace Treaty Style
    • Lloyd Robinson – It Deep
    • Barry Brown – Far East
    • Windel Haye and Captain Morgan – Flood Victim
    • Ernest Wilson – Pick Them Up
    Studio One IronsidesSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records continues to dig deeper into the vaults of the mighty Studio One, the most important record label in the history of Reggae music.

    Founded by legendary producer Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd and famously dubbed 'the university of Reggae' by Chris Blackwell, Studio One is the Reggae equivalent of Motown - launching and establishing the careers of countless Reggae artists - everyone from Bob Marley to The Skatalites.

    This new instalment features many classic Studio One cuts alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities and spans all eras - everything from classic ska and rocksteady  to the deepest roots, heaviest dub and dancehall roots.

    As ever the album includes an incredible line-up of only the finest reggae artists - The Skatalites, Freddie McGregor, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Johnny Osbourne, Cornell Campbell, Dennis Alcapone, Prince Jazzbo, Lone Ranger - all of whom made their names at Studio One.

    Studio One Ironsides refers back to a time in the 1960s and 1970s when Clement Dodd was at the height of his powers, releasing so much amazing music that Studio One had to invent new label names to trick radio DJs, wary of playing too much music from the legendary studio, into playing records. These creatively titled new label names included Ironsides, Money Disc, ND Records, BongoMan, Forward and more.

    The large accompanying booklet contains extensive text from reggae historian Noel Hawks, interesting information on each track and label scans.

    Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Ironsides is released in CD- jewel case, 24-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes) and also as a digital download.

    • Fabian Cooke – Mother and Child
    • Marcia Griffiths – Mark My Word
    • Freddie McGregor – I Man A Rasta
    • Prince Jazzbo – Natty Ting A Ling
    • The Paragons – Danger In Your Eyes
    • Drum Bago & The Rebel Group – Reggae Version
    • Don Drummond – Nanny's Corner
    • The Stingers – Rasta Don't Stop No One
    • Lone Ranger – Three Mile Skank
    • The Soul Sister – Another Night
    • Freddie McGregor – Come Now Sister
    • Dennis Alcapone – Joe Frazier
    • The Soul Brothers – Soho
    • Alton Ellis – Can I Change My Mind
    • Johnny Osbourne – Jealousy, Heartache and Pain
    • The Gladiators – Bongo Red
    • Pablove Black – Jamrec Dub
    • Cornel Campbell – I'm Still Waiting
    Studio One SoundSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records continues it's journey into the vaults of the mighty Studio One with this next instalment featuring everything from classic ska and rocksteady to the deepest roots, heaviest dub and dancehall roots.

    As ever the album includes incredible reggae artists such as The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Johnny Osbourne, Wailing Souls all of whom launched their careers at Studio One, 13 Brentford Road, under the guidance of Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd.

    This album features some of the most in-demand and collectible Studio One tracks over the years, all digitally remastered. The sleevenotes are by Rob Chapman, author of the celebrated books about Studio One Records, 'Never Grow Old' and 'Downbeat the Ruler'.

    Comes as CD with slipcase, double-album thick card sleeve and heavyweight Double vinyl.

    • Slim Smith – Hip Hug
    • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – Good People
    • Lord Tanamo – Keep On Moving
    • Wailing Souls – Trouble Maker
    • Rita Marley – Call To Me
    • Johnny Osbourne – All I Have Is Love
    • The Martinis – I Second That Emotion
    • Irvin Brown – Run Come
    • The Heptones – Give Give Love
    • Anthony 'Rocky' Ellis – Double Minded Man
    • Jackie Opel – The Lord Is With Me
    • Dub Specialist – Happy Feelings
    • Prince Lincoln – Live Up To Your Name
    • Ken Boothe – I'm A Fool
    • Reuben Alexander – Happy Valley
    • Larry Marshall – There's A Fire
    • Rolando Alphonso – Rolando Special
    • Freddie McGregor – Homeward Bound
    The Legendary Studio One RecordsSoul Jazz Records

    Brand new album featuring non-stop killer Studio One cuts from The Skatalites, Heptones, Lone Ranger, Horace Andy and loads more. 

    Album comes in jewel case with slipcase style CD, limited edition gatefold heavyweight double vinyl and EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from here.

    This is the first new Studio One/Soul Jazz release in over 3 years and is being released to coincide with our forthcoming monster new deluxe hardback 12x12" 200 page full colour book featuring hundreds of super classic and rare Studio One sleeves. 

    • The Skatalites – Ball of Fire
    • The Heptones – I'm Your Man
    • Lone Ranger – Everything She Want
    • Horace Andy – New Broom
    • Michigan and Smiley – Rub A Dub Style (12" Mix)
    • The Maytals – Treat Me Bad
    • Freddie McKay – Watch Your Step
    • Pablove Black – Mr. Music
    • Wailing Souls – Run My People
    • Willie Williams – Master Plan
    • The Skatalites – Fidel Castro
    • Marcia Griffiths – Hold You Tight
    • Dub Specialist – Sitting With Stupid
    • Prince Jazzbo – Rock For Dub
    • Super and Sleepy – Enemy
    • Dub Specialist – Luanda
    • Doreen Schaeffer – This Love
    • Ernest Ranglin – Ranglin Doddlin'
    Sound DimensionMojo Rocksteady BeatSoul Jazz Records
    BACK IN PRINT!!!!!!! 2xLP now with bonus download code!
    Compilation of classic recordings from the heaviest group in the history of reggae!
     
     Sound Dimension have recorded some of the most important songs in reggae music; songs such as 'Real Rock,' 'Drum Song,' 'Heavy Rock,' 'Rockfort Rock,' 'In Cold Blood' -- all classic songs that have become the 'foundation' of reggae music, endlessly versioned and re-versioned by Jamaican artists since the time they were first recorded to the present day.
     
     As the in-house band at Studio One in the late 1960s, Sound Dimension played alongside everyone from The Heptones, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and more.
     
    Similar to their U.S. counterparts, The Funk Brothers at Motown and Booker T. and The MGs at Stax, Sound Dimension recorded on a daily basis incredibly catchy and funky tunes and matched by a seamless musicality.
     
     Featuring musicians of the calibre of Ernest Ranglin, Jackie Mittoo, Eric Frater, Leroy Sibbles, Don Drummond Jr., Deadley Headley and more; Sound Dimension existed from around 1967-70 and all the recordings featured here were originally released during this period.

    REVIEWS:

    "A juicy compilation that does justice to the forgotten of the history of reggae." LES INROCKS

    "Since copyright laws were virtually non-existent in Jamaica for most of the 20th century, it is common to hear innumerable mutations of any given riddim track. Discerning the creators of each song can be a daunting task. From 1967 to ’70, however, the Sound Dimension was the house band at Studio One, creating memorable cuts for the lyrical pantheon of Jamaica to sing and toast over. This 18-song collection of instrumentals shows how pivotal these men were in the sonic architecture of reggae." XLR8R

    "Legendary Studio One band Sound Dimension find themselves on the receiving end of another celebrative retrospective courtesy of the ever-reliable Soul Jazz, bringing together classic recordings of 'Mojo Rocksteady', 'Real Rock', 'Heavy Rock'Rockfort Rock', 'Jamaica Underground' and more. The breadth of this band's influence can be heard throughout the annals of reggae, with these timelessly funky cuts revisited and re-versioned by anyone and everyone since being committed to tape in the '60s. Another great document from Soul Jazz" BOOMKAT

     

    • – Less Problem
    • – Rockfort Rock
    • – Funky
    • – Ten To Ten
    • – Jamaica Underground
    • – Real Rock
    • – Reggae Time
    • – In Cold Blood
    • – Heavy Rock
    • – Great Mu Ga Ru Ga
    • – Park View
    • – Ironside
    • – Mojo Rocksteady
    • – Scorcia
    • – Drum Song
    • – Summertime
    • – Straight Flush
    • – Jamaica Bag
    Studio One Roots Vol. 3Soul Jazz Records

    Roots music flourished in the 1970’s as Rastafarianism, Black consciousness and self-determinization became the most important aspects of Reggae music. Bolstered by the international success of Bob Marley and Burning Spear (both who began their careers at Studio One), Roots music became the major musical development of Reggae in the 1970’s. Coxsone Dodd and Studio One’s connection to Rastafarianism had begun long before the arrival of ‘roots music’ as a distinct genre that arrived at the very tail end of the 1960s.

    By the start of the 1960’s Coxsone Dodd was making his way to Count Ossie’s Wareika Hills Rastafarian compound to hear Rastafarian drummers play whilst the Skatalites’ front-line horns – Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore would jam alongside. Similarly, Count Ossie would appear during Sir Coxsone’s dancehall sessions, performing live at the height of the evening. This is the third in the series of Rastafarian inspired music from Studio One, and features classic foundation artists alongside some seriously rare tracks from the label. 

    With the involvement of the crack studio house bands – be it the Sound Dimension, the Soul Defenders or the Brentford Road All-Stars – as well as Clement Dodd and Studio One’s seriously high quality control, these tracks are all a healthy addition to the pantheon of roots music at Studio One. Sleevenotes by David Katz and Stuart Baker.

    • Freddie Mckay – (I'm) A Free Man
    • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come
    • Alton & Zoot – Oppression
    • Winston Flames – In A Armagideon
    • Dillinger – Babylon Fever
    • The Gladiators – Re Arrange
    • Vin Gordon – Fullness
    • Larry Marshall – Better Must Come
    • Cliff Stewart – Burn Collie
    • Im And Count Ossie – So Long Rastafari Calling
    • The Nightingales – What A Situation
    • Clifton Gibbs & The Selected Few – Brimstone & Fire
    • Dub Specialist – Musical Science
    • Prince Jazzbo – Creation Skank
    • Errol Dunkley – Way Down Low
    • Lloyd Forest – Where It's At
    • The Dynamic Four – Let's Make Love
    • Judah Eskender Tafari – Jah Light
    Studio One Dub Vol 2Soul Jazz Records

    Studio One Dub 2 is a second collection bringing together some of the finest dubs from the legendary Studio One Records, Kingston, Jamaica. Dub music was the creation of a generation of brilliant recording studio engineers in Jamaica. But although Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One is hailed as the greatest of the Jamaican recording labels, and although many talented engineers worked the board at Dodd's Brentford Road studio over the years (including Sylvan Morris, Syd Bucknor, Overton "Scientist" Brown and Dodd himself), Studio One was never typically known as a centre for dub. This is because for many fans the studio's commercial and stylistic heyday was in the 1960s, prior to the rise of dub as a distinct sub-genre of Jamaican music in the 1970s.

    By the 1970s, however, dub music was the rage in Jamaica's sound systems. Always the pioneer — and since Sylvan Morris had left the Studio One operation around 1972 — Coxsone supervised the dubs till leaving Jamaica at the end of the decade. This meant that for the most part, for example, the twelve Studio One dub albums released during the 1970s were mixed by Dodd himself, using the moniker "Dub Specialist." Throughout the decade, the mixes became more sophisticated and atmospheric.

    Along with the first volume of Studio One Dub, the cuts here demonstrate that Studio One's contribution to the innovative musical form of dub was substantial, and go straight to the head of listeners who feel that the only centres for dub were studios such as King Tubby's, Lee Perry's Black Ark, Channel One, or Joe Gibbs's. 

    The tracks on this compilation are taken from this period in the 1970s when dub was the cutting-edge of Jamaican music studio production. Most of them are the dub-version flip-sides of rare Jamaican 45s, and none have appeared on CD before. 

    Sleeve-notes are by Michael E. Veal, author of Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae (Wesleyan University Press, 2007).

    • Sound Dimension – I'll Be Around
    • Soundstorm – Dub Rock
    • Albert and the Gladiators – Watch Out Version
    • Brentford Reggae Band – Moses Version
    • Brentford Disco Set – Peace Version
    • Brentford Disco Set – Natty Ting A Ling PT.2
    • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping PT.2
    • Drum Bago and The Rebel Group – Reggae Version
    • St. Ct. and The Gladiators Band – Soul Locks
    • Freddie and Sound Dimension – How Could You Version
    • Sound Dimension Band – Run Run Version
    • Holt and Sound Dimension – Any Where Version
    • Alton and Sound Vendors – Live and Dub
    • Freddie Mckay – Drunken Sailor Version
    • Ital Sound – Welding
    • Dub Specialist – Dar Es Salaam
    • Dub Specialist – Always Dubbing
    • Dub Specialist – Mojo Papa
    Studio One Rub A DubSoul Jazz Records

    In the 1970s, Clement Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records went through an amazing period of re-birth working with new artists such as Willie Williams, Lone Ranger, Michigan and Smiley, Horace Andy as well as continuing to work with classic artists such as Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, etc. 

    Re-versioning classic Studio One rhythms became the order of the day in the 1970s, not just with Studio One boss Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, but with every Jamaican producer of note employing their own in-house musicians to copy the music emanating from Brentford Road. 

    The music on Studio One Rub-A-Dub features classic and rare tracks from this amazing period, from the likes of Cornel Campbell, The Heptones, Johnny Osbourne and many other legendary artists. Sleeve-notes are by Chris Salewicz, the acclaimed writer who has written books on Joe Strummer, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones and many more.

    • Cornell Campbell – My Conversation
    • Lone Ranger – Screw Gone A North Coast
    • Judah Eskender Tafari – Danger In Your Eyes
    • Rapper Robert & Jim Brown – Minister For Ganja
    • Freddie McGregor – How Could You Leave
    • Barry Brown – Give Love
    • Len Allen Jnr – White Belly Rat
    • Johnny Osbourne – Forgive Them
    • Jennifer Lara – Natural Mystic
    • Horace Andy – Happiness
    • Rapper Robert & Jim Brown – Pirate
    • Willie Williams – Keep On Moving
    • Papa Michigan & General Smiley – Jah A The Creator
    • The Ethiopian – Empty Belly
    • Earl 16 – No Mash Up The Dance
    • The Jay Tees – Forward to Jah
    • Lone Ranger – Natty Chalwa
    • 1. Cornell Campbell – My Conversation
    • 2. Lone Ranger – Screw Gone A North Coast
    • 3. Judah Eskender Tafari – Danger In Your Eyes
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