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    Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Studio One collection ‘Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio One’ features a stellar selection of 70s roots music – classic and rare tracks recorded at Clement Dodd’s musical empire at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

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    Rastafarian-inspired Roots music was an ever-important aspect of Studio One’s output from the start of the 1970s onwards and this album features many of the ground-breaking groups and artists that established the sound of Jamaica during this decade and beyond.

    Featured here are seminal artists such as Freddie McGregor, The Wailing Souls, The Gladiators, Horace Andy, Devon Russell, Cedric Brooks, Count Ossie, Judah Eskender Tafari alongside a host of lesser-known rare cuts made at Studio One from artists such as The Prospectors, Viceroys and Pablove Black.

    Studio One and founder Clement Dodd’s connection with Rastafarianism dates back to the early 1960s, with Dodd accompanying members of the Skatalites up to the hills of Kingston to listen to the music of the Rastafarianism Count Ossie and his drummers. The album sleevenotes discuss how Clement Dodd’s musical links, as well as his role in heading the most important record label in Reggae, are in many ways linked to the beliefs of Rastafarianism.

    This album is released as a heavyweight black vinyl double-album with gatefold sleeve, full notes and download code, deluxe CD with full booklet and slipcase and digital album.

    • Freddie McGregor – I Am a Revolutionist
    • The Silvertones – Burning In My Soul
    • Wailing Souls – Without You
    • Devon Russell – Jah Jah Fire
    • Trevor Clarke – Sufferation
    • The Gladiators – Sonia
    • Judah Eskender Tafari – Always Trying
    • The Viceroys – Ya Ho
    • Im and Count Ossie – Give Me Back Me Language And Me Culture
    • The Gladiators – Serious Thing
    • The Prospectors – Glory For I
    • Wailing Souls – Things and Time
    • Pablove Black – Inner Peace
    • The Gladiators – Peace
    • Horace Andy – Mr. Jolly Man
    • Wailing Souls – Rock But Don't Fall
    • Albert Griffiths and The Gladiators – Righteous Man
    • The Viceroys – So Many Problems
    Soul Jazz Records presents Studio One Ska Fire ! (Limited Edition Collectors 7" Box Set)Soul Jazz Records

    Studio One Ska Fire Box Set, a limited-edition one-off pressing exclusive collectors seven-inch box set featuring 10 amazing and super-rare Studio One ska tracks on five 7” singles, all produced here in deluxe hard form box each single with separate inner sleeves.

    • Don Drummond – Don D Special
    • Toots and The Maytals – A Man Who Knows
    • Bob Marley and The Wailers – Rude Boy
    • Derrick Morgan – It's Alright
    • The Skatalites – Something Special
    • Lee Perry – Open Up (aka Cook Book)
    • The Regals – Shammy Back
    • Bob Marley and The Wailers – Diamond Baby
    • Jackie Opel – The Mill Man
    • The Ethiopians – I Am Free
    • 5×7" Boxset£38.00
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    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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    • New 2×LP (Coloured Vinyl)£30.00
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    Studio One Rockers (Black vinyl edition)Soul Jazz Records

    Owned and founded by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Studio One's output serves as a comprehensive guide to the history of Reggae music. The music on Studio One Rockers covers all areas of Reggae such as Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall, all areas in which Studio One led the field.


    Studio One Rockers features many legendary Studio One tracks brought together for the first time by Soul Jazz Records. From the beginning of Reggae, when the Skatalites developed a new sound of Ska in 1962 up until today, Studio One has been the number one innovator in Jamaican music.


    Included in this compilation are classic Ska tracks ("Phoenix City"), Rocksteady ("Feel Like Jumping"), Roots music ("Truth and Rights"), Dancehall (Freddy McGregor, Michigan and Smiley) and many more.


    Featured here are many of the classic tracks from Studio One. From Dawn Penn's legendary "No, No, No" to classics such as Horace Andy's "Skylarking" and Marcia Griffith's "Feel Like Jumping".


    The Coxsone Soundsystem in the early 60s was one of the three main soundsystems operating in Jamaica alongside his competitors, Prince Buster and Duke Reid. The Studio One catalogue is possibly the largest in Jamaican music and this release is the first in a series of Studio One compilations on Soul Jazz Records.


    This album comes with an in depth interview with Mr C.S. Dodd, about how he set up and ran his record label in the 1960s and 1970s.


    "Compilation of the month. 100% Essential" SEVEN "Compilation of the month. A compilation of unbelievable quality. Awesome" MUZIK "A who's who of Jamaican music" MUSICWEEK "An essential slice of musical history" WAX "The most credible compilation of reggae you can 

    • Sound Dimension – Real Rock
    • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
    • Freddy Mcgregor – Bobby Babylon
    • Horace Andy – Skylarking
    • Lennie Hibbert – Village Soul
    • Brentford All-Stars – Greedy G
    • Johnny Osbourne – Truth And Rights
    • Ernest Ranglin – Surfin
    • Michigan & Smiley – Eye Of Danger
    • Dawn Penn – No, No, No
    • The Skatalites – Phoenix City
    • Prince Jazzbo – Crabwalking
    • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Milk
    • Lone Ranger – Badder Dan Dem
    • Cedric Brooks – Ethiopia
    Soul Jazz Records Present Studio One RockersRecord Store Day ExclusiveSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this 20th anniversary edition of their classic Studio One Rockers on unique Record Store Day edition EXCLUSIVE coloured vinyl + download code.

    This new edition is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day

    Owned and founded by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Studio One's output serves as a comprehensive guide to the history of Reggae music.

    The music on Studio One Rockers covers all areas of Reggae such as Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall, all areas in which Studio One led the field and has become the essential introduction to reggae fans throughout the world.

    Included in this compilation are classic Ska tracks ("Phoenix City"), Rocksteady ("Feel Like Jumping"), Roots music ("Truth and Rights"), Dancehall (Freddy McGregor, Michigan and Smiley) and many more. Featured here are many of the classic tracks from Studio One. From Dawn Penn's legendary "No, No, No" to classics such as Horace Andy's "Skylarking" and Marcia Griffith's "Feel Like Jumping".

    "Compilation of the year. 100% Essential” Time Out
    "Compilation of the year. A compilation of unbelievable quality. Awesome” DJ
    "A who's who of Jamaican music” The Times
    "An essential slice of musical history" Wire

    "The most credible compilation of reggae you can buy” The Guardian

    • Sound Dimension – Real Rock
    • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
    • Freddy Mcgregor – Bobby Babylon
    • Horace Andy – Skylarking
    • Lennie Hibbert – Village Soul
    • Brentford All-Stars – Greedy G
    • Johnny Osbourne – Truth And Rights
    • Ernest Ranglin – Surfin
    • Michigan & Smiley – Eye Of Danger
    • Dawn Penn – No, No, No
    • The Skatalites – Phoenix City
    • Prince Jazzbo – Crabwalking
    • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Milk
    • Lone Ranger – Badder Dan Dem
    • Cedric Brooks – Ethiopia
      Soul Jazz Records Present - Studio One 007Record Store Day Exclusive #1Soul Jazz Records

      A Record Store Day 2020 Exclusive - Soul Jazz Records Presents...

      STUDIO ONE 007

      Licensed To Ska! James Bond and Other Film Soundtracks and TV Themes

      Soul Jazz Records are releasing Studio One 007 – Licenced to Ska, a limited-edition one-off pressing exclusive Record Store Day collectors seven-inch box set, featuring ten super rare killer cuts on five 7" singles.

      Featuring The Skatalites, Lee Perry, Jackie Mittoo, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Roland Alphonso and The Soul Brothers, rare and classic tracks from Jamaica's no.1 record label, Studio One.

      James Bond and Jamaica have very strong links and the films have always been much loved there – it was home for Bond's creator Ian Fleming and provided the setting for Dr. No, Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun and the latest instalment, 'No Time To Die', which will be released in 2020, sees Bond return to the island once more.

      Also includes killer tracks from the James Bond 1969 spoof 'Our Man Flint' and the Clint Eastwood-starring Spaghetti Western 'Hang 'Em High'!

      All tracks have been digitally remastered and the singles come housed in a thick, heavyweight card box.

      This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

      Strictly limited and deleted on the day!

      These are gonna fly faster than Oddjob's hat!

      • The Soul Brothers – James Bond Girl
      • Roland Alphonso and The Studio One Orchestra – From Russia With Love
      • The Soul Brothers – Thunderball
      • Jackie Mittoo – Hang 'Em High
      • The Soul Brothers – Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
      • The Soul Brothers – 007
      • Lee Perry and The Wailers – Pussy Galore
      • The Soul Brothers – Mr. Flint
      • The Skatalites – Ball Of Fire
      • The Soul Brothers – James Bond Danger Man
      • 1. The Soul Brothers – James Bond Girl
      • 2. Roland Alphonso and The Studio One Orchestra – From Russia With Love
      • 3. The Soul Brothers – Thunderball
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      • 5×7" Boxset£35.00
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      The Wailing SoulsTrouble Maker / Run My PeopleSoul Jazz Records

      Seminal, uplifting, righteous, soulful roots anthem!

      • The Wailing Souls – Trouble Maker
      • The Wailing Souls – Run My People
      Jackie MittooOboe / Wall StreetSoul Jazz Records

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      MONSTER STUDIO ONE TUNE FIRST TIME EVER ON A SINGLE !

      Two highly sought after tracks from Jackie Mitoo's legendary 'Showcase' album, originally released on Studio One in 1980

      Hypnotic, blissed out funky reggae from Jamaica's finest - Bagga Walker on bass, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace on drums, Ernest Ranglin on guitar and, of course, the inimitable Jackie Mittoo on keyvoards

      Cut super loud on a 12" single, its literally impossible to find a copy of this album, and if you did it would set you back hundreds of £'s

      Housed in a heavyweight card Studio One sleeve these won't be around for long ! Very Limited edition 1000 copies worldwide 12” pressing

      • Jackie Mittoo – Oboe
      • Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
      • 12"£12.99
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      Marcia Griffiths / Dub SpecialistFeel Like Jumping / Feel Like Jumping Pt. 2Soul Jazz Records
      • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
      • Dub Specialist – Feel Like Jumping Pt.2
      • 7"£9.99
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      Dawn Penn / Jackie MittooNo No No / Ghetto OrganSoul Jazz Records
      • Dawn Penn – No No No
      • Jackie Mittoo – Ghetto Organ
      • 7"£10.00
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      Johnny Osbourne / Prince JazzboTruth and Rights / CrabwalkingSoul Jazz Records

      It's the bomb! Two massive Studio One cuts back to back.

      • Johnny Osbourne – Truth and Rights
      • Prince Jazzbo – Crabwalking
      Alton EllisI'm Still In LoveSoul Jazz Records

      It's the bomb!
      Out today in all good record shops or direct from us right now here!

      STONE COLD CLASSIC STUDIO ONE ANTHEM ALERT !

      Alton Ellis's original 1967 Studio One version of 'I'm Still In Love' is one of the most well known tracks in Jamaican music history, based on an incredibly catchy rhythm that has seen countless versions over the years, most famously for Althea and Donna's huge worldwide smash 'Uptown Top Ranking' in 1977 and Sean Paul and Sasha's cover version that was a chart hit in the UK and numerous other countries in 2002

      Here we present the original 7" version cut super loud and fat on a 12" single

      On the B side there's a funky slice of JA Soul grooviness, the Soul Vendors 'Just A Bit Of Soul', featuring the one and only Jackie Mittoo

      Housed in a heavyweight card Studio One sleeve these won't be around for long ! Very Limited edition 1000 copies worldwide 12” pressing

      • Alton Ellis – I'm Still In Love
      • The Soul Vendors – Just A Bit Of Soul
      • 12"£12.00
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      Horace Andy/Jackie MittooSee A Man's Face/One Step BeyondSoul Jazz Records

      Brand new - limited edition two killer Studio One cuts back-to-back

      • Horace Andy – See A Man's Face
      • Jackie Mittoo – One Step Beyond
      • 7"£10.00
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      Willie WilliamsArmagideon Time (Discomix Vocal / Version)Soul Jazz Records

      MASSIVE STUDIO ONE ANTHEM ALERT!!!

      Willie Williams' roots rock reggae classic Armagideon Time – the rare 12" extended Discomix version split into two sublime heavyweight slices and cut super-loud on a 12" single.

      Produced by Studio One supremo Coxsone Dodd this is a huge Reggae anthem on the classic 'Real Rock' rhythm, famously covered by The Clash and sampled by KRS One, The Fugees and many more.

      A dancefloor devastating Reggae party bomb!

      • Willie Williams – Armagideon Time (Discomix Vocal)
      • Willie Williams – Armagideon Time (Discomix Version)
      • 12"£12.00
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      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 OneDub Plate Special RSD Box SetSoul Jazz Records

      SORRY SOLD OUT - You might be able to buy this from your friendly local record store if your quick!

      Soul Jazz Records are releasing this Limited Edition one-off pressing of Studio One Dub Plate Special 7" Box Set

      An exclusive Record Store Day collectors 7” box set featuring 10 amazing unreleased Studio One tracks, only ever released as extremely limited edition hand-etched one-sided dubplates (most of these sold out in less than 2 hours!).

      This box set brings together all 8 of these exclusive dubplate unreleased cuts, plus two more also never before released alternate cuts. Featuring Alton Ellis, Cedric Brooks, Brentford Road All Stars, Jacob Miller and more!

      If you missed out on any of the Studio One Dub Plate 12"s you have this one chance to catch up. If you have managed to collect all the 12" dub plates you have all the tracks. This will be deleted on day of release!

      • Alton & Cedric – Black People
      • Cedric Brooks – Soul Eye
      • The Officials – Distant Drums
      • Cedric Brooks – Power To The People
      • Soul Brothers – Skitting Day
      • Carey Johnson – Go Ahead
      • Alton & Zoot – Don't Know What You're Doing
      • Brentford All Stars – The World Is A Ghetto
      • Jacob Miller – Westbound Train (Alternate version)
      • George Philip – One One (Alternate version)
        Soul Jazz Records presents Studio One Showcase 45 Box SetRecord Store Day ExclusiveSoul Jazz Records

        SORRY SOLD OUT!!!

        This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

        New limited edition exclusive Record Store Day release on Soul Jazz Records - A bespoke collectors seven-inch box set comprising a superb set of singles from the mighty vaults of Studio One, the most important reggae label ever.

        Studio One Showcase 45 Box Set features 10 amazing and super-rare Studio One tracks, each single newly remastered and reproduced here in their own original label art and separate inner sleeves.

        Seminal Ska, Dub, Roots and DJ from Jackie Mittoo, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Count Ossie, Delroy Wilson and more all recorded by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One.

        Housed in thick card box containing 10 amazing and super-rare Studio One tracks, all produced here in their original label art each with separate inner sleeves. Seminal Ska, Dub, Roots and DJ from Jackie Mittoo, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Count Ossie, Delroy Wilson and more all recorded by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One!

        This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

        • Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Brothers – James Bond
        • Sound Dimension – Baby Face
        • Freddie McGregor – Beat Down Babylon
        • Im & Count Ossie – Right On Rasta
        • Judah Eskender Tafari – Danger In Your Eyes
        • Judah Eskender Tafari & The Sound Dimension – Danger In Version
        • The Skatalites – Sudden Destruction
        • The Soulettes – Opportunity
        • Liberation Group – Namibia
        • Liberation Group – Namibia Version
        • 5×7" Boxset£35.00
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        • MP3 Release£7.99
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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
        • 2xLP + Download Code£23.00
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        • CD£12.00
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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
        Brentford All Stars / Im and Sound DimensionGreedy G / Love JahSoul Jazz Records

        All time B-Boy classic! First time ever on 7" single! 100% Essential tune rocks every party! KILLER!

        • Brentford All Stars – Greedy G
        • Im and Sound Dimension – Love Jah
        • 7"£10.00
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        Norma WhiteI Want Your Love / VersionSoul Jazz Records

        MASSIVE Chic meets reggae - monster tune!

        • Norma White – I Want Your Love
        • Dub Specialist – I Want Your Love (Version)
        • 7"£10.00
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        Horace Andy / Dub SpecialistSkylarking / Sky RhythmSoul Jazz Records

        All-time classic Studio One tune. 100% ESSENTIAL

        • Horace Andy – Skylarking
        • Dub Specialist – Sky Rhythm
        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
        The Skatalites at Studio One Collectors 7" Box SetIndependence Ska and The Far East SoundSoul Jazz Records

        LAST COPIES!!!!! - GOING,GOING ........

        Unique new Soul Jazz Records’ Collectors Limited-Edition  7-inch box set special edition release  from the greatest ska band of all time!

        Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles which bring together seminal, rare and classic tunes collected together here for the first time ever.

        The Skatalites were the definitive Jamaican group, who first came together in Kingston in the late 1950s and featured the acknowledged finest musicians in the country - Tommy McCook Rolando Alphonso Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett Lloyd Knibb, Don Drummond, Jah Jerry Haynes, Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Moore and Jackie Opel. 

        In 1963 they became the house band at Clement 'Sir Cosxone' Dodd's newly opened Studio One at 13 Brentford Road. The group played on every song cut at the studio, backing the greatest singers of the day - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals - as well as recording some of the finest instrumental music ever made under their own name.

        Here is a selection of some of their finest and hardest-to-find cuts made at Studio One between 1963-65. 

        This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for Record Store Day 2016.

        • The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone
        • The Skatalites – Suavito
        • The Skatalites – Russian Ska Fever
        • The Skatalites – El Pussycat
        • The Skatalites – Coolie Boy
        • The Skatalites – Surplus
        • The Wailers – Tell Them Lord
        • The Skatalites – Further East
        • The Skatalites – Independent Anniversary Ska
        • The Skatalites – King Solomon
        • 5×7" Boxset£30.00
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