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    Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds in 3-DSoul Jazz Records

    Kevin Martin (aka The Bug) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) have collaborated on a unique project bringing together new, exclusive and in-demand cutting-edge digital music by electronic futurists such Harmonic 313, Diplo, Roots Manuva, South Rakkas Crew and The Bug alongside music from the pioneering electronic scientific dub and radical producers of the Jamaican digital dancehall revolution in music - King Jammy, Steely and Clevie, Sly Dunbar, Prince Jazzbo, King Tubby, Dave Kelly, Firehouse Crew and many more.


    Like the music of The Bug himself (whose seminal ‘London Zoo’ album is an apocalyptic mixture of dancehall, dubstep and grime), the new digital producers featured here all create work that is contemporary (whether dubstep, acid, hip-hop, electronic) and yet linked in some way back to Jamaican dancehall - especially the new digital styles that exploded out of Kingston in the 1980s with King Jammy’s revolutionary computer-based sounds.


    Producer King Jammy learnt his trade under the greatest of all dub producers King Tubby, and this music constantly references back to the origins of dub - but whereas Tubby’s revolution used echo-chambers and analogue tape-splicing, the Jamaican producers featured here were the first to use and embrace computer technology.


    The double album comes in limited edition heavyweight deluxe hardcover 2-CD card-casing complete with a limited-edition graphic novel by Italian comic book designer Paolo Parisi (whose books include subjects as diverse as John Coltrane and Chernobyl). This specially commissioned graphic novel is a science-fiction vision of the future of digital music, featuring King Tubby, Steely and Clevie, Jammy, Jazzbo, complete with Alien Sound Lord Abductors, Aural Freedom Fighters and Digi-Dub Voyagers!


    There are also two super-heavy, super-loud, deluxe gatefold double-vinyl editions (with the first copies also including a limited edition graphic-novel in volume 1 and a free poster in volume 2).
    Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds brings together the most exciting electronic producers in Jamaica with current sound artists in the UK and beyond who all create music based on revolutionary sounds in 3D – Dancehall, Digital and Dub.


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    • Steely & Clevie – Street Sweeper
    • Lenky & Sly – Now Thing
    • Roots Manuva – Doogoo Dub
    • Dave Kelly – The Return
    • Harvel 'Gadaffi' Hart – Summer Bounce
    • Federation Sound – Flatlands (Brooklyn Dub Mix)
    • Steven 'Lenky' Marsden – Diwali
    • Matt Shadetek – Yoga Rhythm
    • Stereotyp ft. Alleycat – Modern Times
    • Da Grynch and Tippa Irie – Agony
    • Fresh Ear Productions – Hummer
    • Diplo – Diplo Rhythm
    • Harmonic 313 – Bazooka Riddim
    • Marlon Williams – Pitbull
    • Redlight – MDMA
    • The Bug – Aktion
    • Fat Eyes – Clothes Pin
    • Steven Ventura – Throw Your Hands Up
    • Sly Dunbar and Christopher Birch – Corners Boy
    • David Jahson – King of Kings
    • Fat Eyes – Steel Plate
    • South Rakkas Crew – Red Alert
    • Parara and McCoy – Them Can't Hold Yuh Girl
    • King Tubby – Fat Thing Version
    • World Beat – Goldmine
    • Andre 'Suku' Gray – Sign
    • Henfield and Shadowman – Babatunde
    • Firehouse Crew – No False Hair
    • Computer Paul – World Talk
    • Fat Eyes – Overdose
    • Prince Jazzbo – Great Dub
    • Kickin' Productions – What You Gonna Do
    • Pliers – I'm Your Man Dub
    • Wiz Kidz Team – In My Heart Version
    • Jammys Jam2 James – Peenie Peenie
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    Studio One SoulSoul Jazz Records

    More classic Reggae from Jamaica's most important label ever .

    Studio One Soul tracks the link between American Funk and Soul and Jamaican Reggae at the legendary Studio One Records.

    Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Temptations, King Floyd, Booker T and The MGs - all these artists had a huge influence on Jamaican artists and this CD contains versions of songs by all of them. Featuring classic and rare Reggae Funk and Soul cuts from the Reggae giants alongside rarer cuts, Studio One Soul spans over 20 years of classic Reggae from the Rocksteady Funk through to the deep Roots music.


    Following on from Studio One Rockers, this second journey into the vaults of Studio One tells the story of the important link between American Funk and Soul and Jamaican Reggae. Ranging from music taken from the mid-1960s (and the arrival of Rocksteady) through to the beginning of the 1980s, Studio One Soul features versions of US Funk and Soul hits (many rarely heard before) from some of the many classic artists who recorded at Studio One. American Soul music has always been an important influence on Jamaican Reggae.

    The beginning of the Jamaican recording industry at the end of the 1950s started with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd (owner of Studio One) and a group of select in-house musicians (originally The Skatalites) recording their own version of American R'n'B. Playing on the off-beat this music became Ska. As American R'n'B progressed through Funk, Soul and Disco, Jamaican music was going through its own musical changes, from Rocksteady throught to Reggae and Roots music. The house-band at Studio One recorded on a daily basis behind all Studio One vocalists as well as recording instrumentally in its own right.

    Soul singers such as Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions (Queen Of The Minstrels) had a profound influence on Jamaican artists and many other US artists were constantly re-interpreted and re-worked. Artists such as Aretha Franklin (Respect), Charles Wright (Express Yourself), King Floyd (Groove Me), Otis Redding (How Strong) were all very popular in Jamaica in the 1960s. At the end of the 1960s Black Consciousness became an important part of American Soul music. At the same time many Jamaican artists were starting to look to their roots. Many artists would shortly become involved in Rastafarianism. The "conscious" lyrics of American Funk and Soul again struck a chord with Jamaican artists. "Message From A Blackman" (originally by The Temptations) and "Is It Because I'm Black" (Syl Johnson) are examples of this. Through the 1970s Soul/Disco artists such as Barry White ("Can't Get Enough" and "Deeper and Deeper") and The Detroit Spinners ("I'll Be Around") became the flavour of the day. This CD finishes with Willie William's interpretation of Ashford and Simpson's classic "Ain't No Stopping Us Now".

    "Compilation of the month" MOJO "Another essential purchase from Soul Jazz" SEVEN "Latest in Soul Jazz's indespensible compilations" I-D "Near perfect" JOCKEY SLUT

    • Leroy Sibbles – Express Yourself
    • Norma Fraser – Respect
    • Leroy Sibbles – Groove Me
    • Sound Dimension – Time Is Tight
    • The Heptones – Message From A Black Man
    • Otis Gayle – I'll Be Around
    • Jerry Jones – Still Water
    • Sound Dimension – Soulful Strut
    • Richard Ace – Can't Get Enough
    • The Eternals – Queen Of The Minstrels
    • Ken Parker – How Strong
    • Ken Boothe – Set Me Free
    • Senior Soul – Is It Because I'm Black
    • Jackie Mittoo – Deeper And Deeper
    • Willie Williams – No One Can Stop Us
    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'
    Studio One RootsSoul Jazz Records

    LAST COPIES

    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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    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 WomenSoul Jazz Records

    Ska, rocksteady, funky reggae, roots, dub mixes, disco mixes, they're all here from the queens of the Jamaican music scene - Studio One Women features a wide mix of classics and obscurities from the finest female voices in reggae.

    Until now most of these tracks have only ever been available as extremely hard to find Jamaican 7 inch and 12 inch singles and even if you were lucky enough to find them they'd cost you a small fortune

    Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley (here with her first group The Soulettes) are two of Jamaica's most famous female singers hugely popular today. Both these artists became internationally famous as The I – Threes (along with Judy Mowatt), Bob Marley's backing singers alongside The Wailers. Also featured are Hortense Ellis, sister of Alton who cut many smash hits on the island, and Jennifer Lara, a lady who had a long career with Studio One, singing on countless sides.

    Studio One is the greatest label in the history of reggae and is the foundation of all reggae music. It's where virtually every world renowned Jamaican superstar started out, Bob Marley and The Wailers included. Under the guidance of the legendary Clement Coxsone Dodd the musicians at Studio One recorded hundreds of instrumental rhythms which still provide the backbone for many of the records made in Jamaica today

    • Claudette Mclean – Give Love Another Try
    • Jennifer Lara – My Man
    • The Soulettes – A Deh Pon Dem
    • Della Humphrey – Dream Land
    • Jennifer Lara – Consider Me
    • Denise Darlington – War No Right
    • Hortense Ellis – I'm Just A Girl
    • Angela Prince – No Bother With No Fuss
    • Jerry Jones – There's A Chance For Me
    • The Soulettes – King Street
    • Jennifer Lara – Tell Me Where
    • The Tonettes – I'll Give It To You
    • Marcia Griffiths – Tell Me Now
    • The Jay Tees – Come to me
    • Angela Prince – You A Fool Boy
    • Jennifer Lara – I am In love
    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
    Dub Echoes - AlbumSonic Excursions In Dub and BeyondSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records' journey into Dub and beyond, released to coincide with the new DVD film. Featuring an array of both legendary and current artists and producers connected to Dub.


    This monster double CD / triple LP is a lightning journey through Dub featuring Jamaican originators such as King Tubby, Lee Perry, Prince Jammy and Bunny Lee, alongside electronic futurists and Dubstep artists such as Kode9, Harmonic 313 (Warp) and LV (Hyperdub), as well as hip hop pioneer Roots Manuva and original junglist Congo Natty. Musical worlds collide as Francois Kervorkian meets Jamaican DJ legend U-Roy, and German techno giants Rhythm & Sound meet Cornell Campbell.


    This album is a celebration of all things Dub and related, featuring rare classics alongside new tracks from the pioneers and futurists of this electronic musical form.

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    The Times 

    • Roots Manuva – Witness (Walworth Road Rockers Dub)
    • Rebel MC / Congo Natty – Creation Rebel
    • Disrupt – Sega Beats
    • Dub Syndicate – Forever More
    • Harmonic 313 – Dirtbox
    • King Tubby – Psalms of Drums
    • Kode9 and Spaceape – Sine Of The Dub
    • Andre 'Suku' Gray – Sign Rhythm
    • U Roy and Francois K – Rootsman
    • King Tubby – Ruffer Version
    • LV featuring Dandelion – CCTV
    • Rhythm & Sound with Cornell Campbell – King In My Empire
    • King Tubby – Jah Jah Jehovah Version
    • Digital Dubs vs. Dubiterian – Deb Dub
    • The Congos – Congo Man Chant
    • Cotti – Run Tings
    • The Upsetters – Rejoicing Skank
    Hustle! Reggae Disco (Expanded Edition)Soul Jazz Records

    Expanded edition which now features five extra tracks!

    This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’ here performed by Derrick Laro & Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston and London.

    New bonus tracks to this collection include Derrick Harriott’s funky take on Eddie Drennon’s ‘Do It Nice and Easy’, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection’s performing McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ and the London rare groove lovers rock of Charmaine Burnett singing Barbara Acklin’s soul classic ‘Am I The Same Girl’.

    ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ has been one of Soul Jazz Records’ best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!). This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks. This new expanded edition now comes as a triple album (+ download code), CD and digital album.

    ‘The effect of American R&B and soul music on Jamaican reggae is well documented, but the story doesn't stop there, for disco (and more so now for rap and hip-hop) have also been subsumed into the reggae mix, and while one might suspect that the resulting hybrid would die of its own implausibility, the feral mix of disco with reggae rhythms is so darn infectious that it hardly matters. Once you take your brain out of the frame and just let your feet go, this collection is a dancer's delight all done up in full-blown disco style, but with huge dub-style rhythm tracks … if you're looking for an impossibly infectious dance collection, this is it.’ All Music

    • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
    • Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    • Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
    • Black Harmony – Don't Let It Go To Your Head
    • Latisha – I'm Every Woman
    • Ernest Ranglin – In The Rain
    • Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On
    • Risco Connection – Ain't No Stopping Us Now
    • Xanadu and Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight
    • Sharon Forrester – Love Don't Live Here Any More
    • Carol Cool – Upside Down
    • One Blood – Be Thankful For What You've Got
    • Charmaine Burnett – Am I The Same Girl
    • 1. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
    • 2. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    • 3. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
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    Studio One FunkSoul Jazz Records

    The album is a first for Studio One and Soul Jazz as it is compiled of mainly unreleased material from the vaults of Studio One. This CD shows how American Funk influenced Jamaican artists as heavily as Soul music had been an influence in the Rocksteady era and Rhythm and Blues in the Ska period.

    • Cedric Im Brooks – Shaft
    • Alton Ellis – African Descendents
    • Pablove Black – Poco Tempo
    • Lloyd Williams – Reggae Feet
    • Jackie MIttoo – Hang Em High
    • Cedric Im Brooks – Idleberg
    • Prince Francis – Beat Down Babylon
    • Lee Arab – Now
    • Soul Bros. – 007
    • Prince Moonie – See A Man's Face
    • Im And Sound Dimension – Love Jah
    • Leroy Sibbles – Do Your Thing
    • The Sharks – Music Answer
    • Underground Vegetables – Melting Pot
    • Devon Russell – You Found Heaven
    • Vin Gordon – Steady Beat
    • Alton Ellis – It's A Shame
    • Roy Richards – Another Thing
    • Delroy Wilson – Funky Broadway
    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
    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 Classics

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this latest Studio One compilation which features non-step 100% stone-cold classic Studio One killers! Spanning 40 years of the legendary label, this album is a fitting tribute to Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd and is a who's who of Jamaicaan Reggae

    • The Skatalites – El Pussycat Ska
    • Carlton & The Shoes – Love Me Forever
    • Sound Dimension – Rockfort Rock
    • Johnny Osbourne – Sing Jah Stylee
    • The Heptones – Pretty Looks Isn't All
    • Slim Smith – Rougher Yet
    • Lone Ranger – Automatic
    • Horace Andy – Fever
    • Prince Jazzbo – School
    • The Wailers – Simmer Down
    • Burning Spear – Rocking Time
    • Alton Ellis – I'm Just A Guy
    • Sugar Minott – Oh Mr Dc
    • Jennifer Lara – Consider Me
    • Don Drummond – Confucious
    • Michigan & Smiley – Rub A Dub Style
    • Sound Dimension – Full Up
    • Dennis Brown – No Man Is An Island
    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
    • View full info and tracklisting
    Studio One SkaStudio One SkaSoul Jazz Records
    Studio One Records and the seminal in-house band The Skatalites both created and defined Ska in the process making Jamaican music famous throughout the world. This compilation features classic vocal and instrumental tracks from The Skatalites, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Delroy Wilson alongside super-rare tracks from the likes of Ken Boothe, The Maytals, Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook and many more.
     
    “Ripping Ska compilation. The sound is tremendous as well thanks to Studio One recording techniques - already superior at the birth of Reggae - and Soul Jazz mastering. Nice mix of stomping Skatalites/Tommy McCook instrumentals and vocal tracks from many of the prime exponents of the genre. It's a superior Studio One Ska compilation what's not to like?” The Face
    • Jackie Mittoo – El Bang Bang
    • Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole – Arte Bella
    • The Wailers – (I'm Gonna) Put It On
    • The Skatalites – Addis Ababa
    • Roland Alphonso – President Kennedy
    • Joe Higgs – (I'm The) Song My Enemies Sing
    • The Skatalites – Beardsman Ska
    • Delroy Wilson – I Want Justice
    • Tommy McCook's Orchestra – Sampson
    • The Ethiopians – I'm Gonna Take Over Now
    • Tommy Mccook – Freedom Sounds
    • The Maytals – Marching On
    • The Skatalites – Exodus
    • Rolando Alphonso – Look Away Ska
    • Don Drummond – Don Cosmic
    • Rolando Alphonso – Scambalena
    • Andy & Joey – You're Wondering Now
    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
    100% Dynamite (New Edition)Soul Jazz Records

    This is the new digitally remastered expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling reggae release, 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica.

    If you didn't get it the first time now's your chance to find out where it all began - all killer no filler!. If you did and wore it out get it now with bonus tracks and free download code!

    Since the album’s original release nearly twenty years ago, 100% Dynamite has become a cornerstone of funky reggae music: Eighteen killer tracks that show the influence that American Jazz, Funk and Soul music had on Jamaican Reggae.

    100% Dynamite features come serious Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, the cream of Jamaica's jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert. Also included here are heavyweight Reggae versions to Soul classics by Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman of the Ghetto’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rocksteady’, Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, William DeVaughan’s seminal ‘Be Thankful’ and more.

    100% Dynamite also features revolutionary tunes such as Johnny Osbourne’s ‘We Need Love, Sound Dimension’s ‘Drum Song’ and Lloyd Robinson’s ‘Cuss Cuss’, songs that helped define a unique sound for Jamaican music in the sixties and seventies.

    These influences went both ways – check Brentford All Stars massive ‘Greedy G’, the basis for Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Jack of Spades’, or Willie Williams’ ‘Armagideon Time’ later covered by The Clash.

    This new expanded edition features seminal tracks from the greatest Jamaican producers – Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley (Techniques) and many more.

    The album is available as CD, heavyweight double vinyl (+download), plus digital.

    ORIGINAL REVIEWS

    "Compilation of the month" MUZIK

    "Brilliant" TIME OUT

    "Album of the week" MIXMAG

    "Compilation of the f***ing year" MELODY MAKER

    "Buy this excellent compilation immediately" MOJO

    "I think there’s a good argument to be made for 100% and 300% Dynamite records - along with Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures (Taken From The Vaults) – Vol 1 & 2, Motown Chartbusters Vol. 3 and Blue Note: Blue Juice Vol. One - being among the finest compilations ever assembled. Anyone who has never heard Sister Nancy’s ‘Bam Bam’ or the Brentford Allstars' 'Greedy G' needs to remedy that situation straight away and anyone who is tired of hearing Althea & Donna’s ‘Uptown Top Ranking’, Willie Williams' 'Armageddon Time' and Wayne Smith’s ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’ needs to have a word with themselves anyway." THE QUIETUS

    • Willie Williams – Armageddon Time
    • The Maytals – Night and Day
    • The Marvels – Rock Steady
    • The Upsetters – Popcorn
    • Bunny Clarke – Be Thankful
    • Tommy McCook – Green Mango
    • Brentford All Stars – Greedy G
    • Lennie Hibbert – Real Hot
    • Horace Andy – My Soul
    • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
    • Bunny Clarke – I Love The Way You Love
    • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
    • Phyllis Dillon – Woman Of The Ghetto
    • Cecric Im Brooks – Give Rasta Glory
    • Alton Ellis – Son Of Man
    • Sound Dimension – Granny Scratch Scratch
    • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
    • Sound Dimension – Drum Song
    • Ken Boothe – Is It Because I'm Black
    Studio One Disco Mix

    Studio One's music in the 1970s took the label to new heights. The new style of Disco Mix brought many areas of Reggae together ­ Roots, Lovers, Disco and Dub all came together in extended form, re-versioning classic hits, experimenting with new studio technology, over-dubbing, syn-drums and more producing what many fans describe as the most creative and innovative phase in the history of the legendary Studio One Records.

    This Studio One Disco Mix album includes many sought after classic tunes only ever released in very small quantities (on Studio One's very first 12" records as well as it's infamous Music Lab 10"s out of New York) and consequently many of these track s have been unavailable since their day of release. Studio One Disco Mix features many of the classic Studio One artists such as Alton Ellis, Sugar Minott, Jackie Mittoo and Willie Williams (with his classic re-versioning of his own "Armigideon Time") alongside less well artists such as Doreen Schaeffer, Judah Eskender Tafari and George Dudley and many more.

    • Lloyd & Devon – Push Push
    • Judah Eskender Tafari – Rastafari Tell You
    • Doreen Schaefer – Ain't Gonna Change My Mind
    • Dub Specialist – Kampala
    • George Allen – Be Wise Brethren
    • Jackie Mittoo – Night In Ethiopia
    • George Dudley – Gates Of Zion
    • The Silvertones – Come Forward
    • The Ethiopian – Muddy Water
    • Willie Williams & Brentford Disco Set – Armagideon Time
    • Willie Williams & Brentford Disco Set – Armagideon Time (version)
    • Norma White & Brentford Disco Set – I Want Your Love
    • Norma White & Brentford Disco Set – I Want Your Love (version)
    • Alton Ellis – You Make Me Happy
    • Suagr Minott – Love And Understanding
    • Winston Francis, Jackie Mittoo & Brentford Rockers – Going To Zion
    Studio One Soul 2Soul Jazz Records

    BACK IN PRINT!!!!!!! 2xLP now with bonus download code!

    Studio One Soul 2 is the long awaited second volume of one of the largest selling Soul Jazz/Studio One titles, Studio One Soul.

    Studio One Soul 2 takes us further into Jamaican music’s fascination with American Soul and Funk music. Featuring a host of classic Reggae artists – Horace Andy, The Heptones, Ken Boothe, Jackie Mittoo, Jacob Miller and many more covering equally classic American Soul and Funk tunes by the likes of Curtis Mayfield, The Five Stairsteps, Marvin Gaye, The Stylistics, Lee Dorsey, Al Green and Syl Johnson.

    Studio One Soul 2 will appeal as much as an introduction to classic reggae as to connoisseurs and is another essential Studio One release. This selection features a mixture of classics, super-rare and unreleased tracks from Studio One, few of which have ever been on CD - all lovingly digitally re-mastered for this release. The vinyl edition also comes on super-loud double vinyl.

    REVIEWS

    "90% of the reggae music I own is contained on a handful of compilation albums from the phenomenal Soul Jazz Records stable. After eulogizing Morgan Khan’s Street Sounds series in my last post, I would have to add that Soul Jazz have done what Khan did for electro for reggae, by doing the hard work for the listener and releasing one quality compilation after another, all packed with the finest reggae songs around." WHITE NOISE

    "Studio One was modeled on the record labels that had their own crack studio house bands, labels and studios like Stax in Memphis, Motown in Detroit, Muscle Shoals in Alabama and Criteria in Florida, so it was natural that at Studio One versions of some of the most influential soul records would be reworked in a Jamaican idiom for playing on the powerful sound systems" SOUNDS STAGE

    • Jacob Miller – Westbound Train
    • Hortense Ellis – People Make The World Go Round
    • Horace Andy – Ain't No Sunshine
    • Soul Vendors – Swing Easy
    • The Heptones – Choice Of Colours
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Brentford Disco Set – Choice Of Music Part 2
    • Prinze Jazzbo – Fool For Love
    • Cornell Campbell – Ten To One
    • Winston Francis – Don't Change
    • Jackie Mittoo – Jumping Jehosophat
    • Tony Gregory – Get Out Of My Life Woman
    • Dub Specialist – Darker Block
    • Little Joe – Red Robe
    • Devon Russell – Make Me Beleive In You
    • Jerry Jones – Compared To What
    • Ken Boothe – Thinking
    • Anthony Creary – Land Call Africa
    • Jackie Mittoo – Fancy Pants
    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
    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 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 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
    RastafariSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian religion.

    Spanning nearly 30 years of revolutionary music and featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (The Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes.

    The new religion of Rastafari emerged in Jamaica during a time of intense political and social change in the 1930s. The first stirrings of anti-colonialism and workers’ rights were in motion, while Marcus Garvey’s Back-to-Africa movement was beginning to wane. But the pivotal catalyst to the birth of the Rastafari faith was the crowning of a black king in Africa in 1930.

    One of the earliest mentions of Ethiopia in Jamaican music can be found on mento singer Lord Lebby and the Jamaican Calpysonians’ 1955 recording ‘Etheopia’. In the song Noel Williams, aka Lord Lebby, discusses Ethiopianism, the political movement that calls for a return to Africa for black people.

    The 1960s saw the emergence of the first Rastafarian music on record with Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers. The visit of Haile Selassie to Kingston in 1966 was like an electric current throughout Kingston’s music scene – many of who had become adherents to the Rastafari faith.  By the 1970s Rastafarianism become practically synonymous with reggae, as many roots reggae artists became known throughout the world, led by the success of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

    At the source of the music of Rastafari is the figurehead master drummer and leader Count Ossie, who first bought the deeply spiritual nyabinghi and burro rhythms heard and played at sacred Rastafarian grounation (reasoning) sessions into popular Jamaican music through his many collaborations and performances with artists – from The Skatalites to The Folks Brothers - and producers – including Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Harry Mudie.

    At the start of the 1970s Count Ossie formed the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with saxophonist Cedric Brooks, which immediately became the most significant group of the Rastafari faith, bringing together authentic rasta nyabinghi drumming together with spiritual and avant-garde jazz influences of Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Albert Ayler into a truly unique and groundbreaking sound.

    As ‘roots reggae’ artists in the 1970s continued to spread the word of Jah (God) in their music, Rastafari reggae became the ultimate rebel sound throughout the world.

    This album comes in three separate formats: Deluxe CD with slipcase and 40-page outsize booklet featuring stunning photography plus text, deluxe limited-edition heavyweight gatefold-vinyl edition + free download code (w/full sleeve notes etc) and as a worldwide digital release.

    REVIEWS/FEATURES:

    "This may be the most righteous compilation to come from the Soul Jazz stable to date, as they focus on links between the Rastafarian religion and reggae music." IRISH TIMES

    "Soul Jazz's most recent in a line of high-quality compilations" PITCHFORK

     "Ambitious but incredibly informative compendium from Soul Jazz Records" BLEEP

    "Outstanding compilation from the masters, Soul Jazz"  HOT SALVATION

    "Fascinating compilation of deep Rastafari themed music" DUB VENDOR 

    Read full Pitchfork feature here

    • Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
    • Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique
    • Ras Michael – Booma Yeah
    • Mutabaruka – Say
    • Bongo Herman & Jah Lloyd – African Drums
    • Ashanti Roy – Hail The Words Of Jah
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Sam's Intro
    • Bongo Herman, Les and Bunny – Salaam
    • Winston and Ansell – Zion I
    • Techniques All Stars – Zion I Version
    • Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians – Ethiopia
    • Count Ossie and Leslie Butler – Soul Drums
    • The Heaven Singers – Rasta Dreadlocks
    • Rod Taylor – His imperial Majesty
    • QQ – Betta Must Come
    • Earth and Stone – Jah Will Cut You Down
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Narration
    • Ronald Downer & Count Ossie – A Ju Ju Wa
    • 1. Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • 2. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
    • 3. Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
    • View full info and tracklisting
    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