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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
    Black Man's Pride 2 (Studio One)Soul Jazz Records

    This is the second installment of deep roots Rastafarian reggae at Studio One and features classic music from some of the most important figures in reggae music – Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Gladiators – alongside a host of rarities and little-known recordings, such as a truly rare Mystic Revelation of Rastafari seven-inch single, Willie William’s first ever recording ‘Calling’ and Horace Andy’s righteous (and equally rare) masterpiece ‘Illiteracy.’

    Black Man’s Pride 2 extends the legacy of Studio One’s ground-breaking path in roots reggae which began at the end of the 1960s and continued throughout the 1970s. The album tells the story of how the rise of Studio One Records and the Rastafari movement were interconnected, through the adoption of the Rastafari faith by key reggae artists – everyone from the Skatalites and Wailers in the 1960s, major singers such as Alton Ellis and Horace Andy at the end of the decade, through to major roots artists such as The Gladiators in the 1970s – and how Clement Dodd consistently recorded this heavyweight roots music throughout Studio One’s history.

    The extensive sleeve-notes to this album also discuss the links between Rastafari and Studio One in time and place, noting how both the religion and Clement Dodd’s musical empire had their roots in the intense period of pre-independence Jamaica in Kingston, expanded in the 1960s following the visit of Haile Selassie in 1966, and how roots music then came to dominate reggae music in the early 1970s. Also discussed is how the outsider stance of both reggae music and the Rastafari movement relate back many hundreds of years to the original rebel stance of the Maroons, escaped slaves who set up self-sufficient enclaves in the hills of the Jamaican countryside.

    There is also a track-by-track history by the noted Studio One writer Rob Chapman (Never Grow Old). This new album comes as heavyweight gatefold double vinyl (+ download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

    REVIEWS of Black Man's Pride:

    "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 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity." Record Collector

    • Horace Andy – Illiteracy
    • The Heptones – Be A Man
    • The Manchesters – Natty Gone
    • The Gladiators – Down Town Rebel
    • Willie Williams – Calling
    • Roland Alphonso & Brentford All Stars – Sir D Special
    • Keith Wilson – God I God I Say
    • Alton Ellis – Almost Anything
    • Bobby Kalphat & The New Establishment – Adis A Wa Wa
    • Peter Broggs – Sing A New Song
    • Mystic Revelations Of Rastafari – Let Freedom Reign
    • Larry & Alvin – Free I Lord
    • Ernest Wilson & The Sound Dimension – Freedom Fighter
    • Jackie Mittoo – Happy People
    • Prince Lincoln – Daughters Of Zion
    • High Charles – Zion
    • Winston Jarrett – Love Jah Jah
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    Studio One Black Man's Pride 3 : None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The AlmightySoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Don Drummond – Roll On Sweet Don
    • Derrick Harriott – Answer Me
    • Aubrey Adams – Do Du Wap
    • Busty & Cool – What A World
    • Roland Alphonso – Counter Punch
    • Owen & Millie – Do You Know
    • Workshop Musicians – Calypso Jazz
    • Don Drummond – Elevation Rock
    • The Blues Busters – There's Always Sunshine
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Unkown Shuffle Blues
    • The Jiving Juniors – Darling Don't Leave Me
    • The Mellow Larks – Time To Pray
    • Owen Gray – Twisting My Baby
    • Cecil Loyd Quintet – What Is The Thing Called Love
    • Theo Beckford – That's Me
    • Simms & Robinson – White Christmas
    • Cecil Lloyd Quintet – Sometimes I'm Happy
    • Owen Gray – Best Twist
    • The Blues Busters – Tell Me Why
    • Don Drummond – Dew Drops
    • Clancy Eccles – River Jordan
    • Workshop Musicians – Serenade In Sound
    • Owen Gray – Young Lover
    • The City Slickers – Oceans 11
    • The Blues Busters – You Had It All Wrong
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Salt Lane Shuffle
    • Lascelles Perkins – Real Gone Clown
    • Don Drummond – Reload
    • Clancy Eccles – Freedom
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Pine Juice
    • The Jiving Juniors – Over The River
    • Don Drummond – Schooling The Duke
    • The Mellow Cats & Count Ossie – Rock A Man Soul
    • Monty & The Cyclones – Summertime
    • The Mellowlarks – No More Wedding
    • Roland Alphonso & Carol McLaughlin – Just Cool
    • Owen & Millie – Sugar Plum
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Silky
    • Basil Gabbidon – Independent Blues
    • Don Drummond and The City Slickers – That Man Is Back
    • Simms & Robinson – Searching
    • The Shinners – Romantic Shuffle
    • Cecil Lloyd Quintet – Grooving With The Beat
    • Neville Esson – I Do
    • Workshop Musicians – Burnie's Tune
    • Owen & Millie – Sit and Cry
    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
    Marcia GriffithsFeel Like Jumping / Part 2Soul Jazz Records

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    • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
    • Dub Specialist – Feel Like Jumping Part 2
    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
    Jackie Mittoo & The Soul BrothersLast Train To SkavilleSoul Jazz Records

    Jackie Mittoo is one of the most important artists in the history of Jamaican music. As founding member of the legendary Skatalites, as in-house arranger/producer at Studio One and as a solo artist in his own right leading groups such as The Soul Brothers, Sound Dimension and Soul Vendors.

    These classic and rare recordings were made in the mid-1960s at Studio One. The Soul Brothers bridged the gap between Ska and the arrival of Rocksteady mixing it all up with Funk, Jazz and Latin styles. The Soul Brothers recorded at Studio One between 1965-1967. This was the transitionary period between Ska and Rocksteady where the music was a mixture of Funk, Latin and Jazz sometimes with a reminder of Ska and the hint of Rocksteady.

    The previous era of Ska had been dominated by the Skatalites, the first in-house band at Studio One who created classic hits such as "Guns of Navaronne", "Man in the Street", "El Pussy Cat" and many more. Unfortunately the strong personalities in the group meant that The Skatalites stayed together for less than two years. It was also around this time that the mentally unwell Don Drummond was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, the dancer Margerita.

    In August 1965, barely a week after the demise of the original Skatalites, The Soul Brothers (featuring ex-Skatalites members Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso, Johnny Moore and Lloyd Brevitt) were up and running as the new house band at Studio One.

    The Soul Brothers were essentially a collective, releasing material under their own name or under a nominal leader (usually Jackie Mittoo or Rolando Alphonso). The group line-up changed over time with Bobby Ellis (trumpet), Bryan Atkinson (bass), Dennis Campbell (Sax), Harry Haughton (guitarist) and Joe Isaacs (drummer) replacing various members alongside the ever present Jackie Mittoo.

    REVIEWS

    "Jackie Mittoo was a true star of Jamaican music; a founder member of The Skatalites, a prolific composer and the keyboard powerhouse behind many a classic tune. His simple, often hypnotic approach, to ska, rocksteady and reggae made him one of the most distinctive sounding musicians of the era."  BBC

    "Jackie Mittoo was one of the great names in Jamaican music, manning the keyboards for the Skatalites, the Soul Vendors, and Sound Dimension-- three of the greatest house bands of the 60s (and I mean anywhere, not just in Jamaica)." PITCHFORK

    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Train To Skaville
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – James Bond
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Voodoo Moon
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Ska Shuffle
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Take Ten
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Chicken And Booze
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Honey Pot
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Mr Flint
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Dr. Ring Ding
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Got My Boogaloo
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – From Russia With Love
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Ska-culation
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Home Made
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Sufferer's Choice
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – One Stop
    • Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Hot And Cold
    • 1. Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Train To Skaville
    • 2. Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – James Bond
    • 3. Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Voodoo Moon
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    The Skatalites: Independence Ska and The Far East SoundSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone
    • The Skatalites – Christine Keeler
    • The Skatalites – El Pussy Cat Ska
    • Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra – Sudden Destruction
    • Roland Alphonso – Scambalena
    • The Wailers – Tell Them Lord
    • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Russian Ska Fever
    • Roland Alphonso and The Skatalites – Independent Anniversary Ska (I Should Have Known Better)
    • Bongoman Byfield and The Skatalites – Marcus Garvey
    • Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso – Heaven and Earth
    • Bongoman Byfield and The Skatalites – Jack Ruby Is Bound To Die
    • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Further East (aka Trolley Song)
    • The Skatalites – Beardsman Ska
    • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Surplus
    • The Skatalites – Fidel Castro
    • Tommy McCook and The Skatalites – Suavito
    • Don Drummond and The Skatalites – Coolie Boy
    • Tommy McCook – Adam's Apple (Don't Bother Me No More)
    • Tommy McCook and The Skatalites – Full Dread
    • The Skatalites – King Solomon
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    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
    Sound DimensionJamaica Soul Shake Vol. 1Soul Jazz Records

    After The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension were perhaps the most important instrumental group in the history of reggae music. That they remain relatively unknown is explained by the fact that they mostly functioned as the in-house studio group at Studio One Records performing anonymously behind the stars of the day, the reggae equivalent of Motown’s Funk Brothers.
    During this period the group played on hundreds of hits with Jamaica’s finest vocalists - Alton Ellis, John Holt, Larry Marshall, Cornell Campbell, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, The Heptones, Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor and hundreds more.


    Twenty years after the group split-up, their countless classic instrumental tracks recorded at Studio One became the foundation rhythms of the new dancehall music of the 1990s and beyond, countlessly replayed in new forms by artists and producers such as Joe Gibbs, Sly & Robbie, Steely & Clevie etc.


    Featured here is the first ever collection of these original 1960s rhythms in this first ever collection of the music of The Sound Dimension - a mixture of classic tracks alongside super-rare singles only ever released in Jamaica.


    The group’s fluid line-up included Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Ernest Ranglin, Leroy Horsemouth Wallace and other legendary reggae giants. The group’s unique sound defined reggae music in its relatively short-lived career.


    REVIEWS/FEATURES
    “ A funky disc, full of great, skanking rhythms and fine playing by some of Jamaica's most revered musicians. It’s difficult to believe that this is the first compilation devoted solely to the Sound Dimension, the group who reshaped the signature Jamaican afterbeat of ska and rocksteady into the sturdy, versatile riddims of reggae, and the instrumentals they created are still being used as the basis of scores of songs to this day.” PITCHFORK


    " The Sound Dimension was simply one of the great rhythm sections of all time, playing with the same paradoxical tightness and tensile give-and-take to be found in the recordings of legendary groove brethren like Booker T and The MGs. It bears repeating that the Soul Jazz collections have set a high standard for audio quality, and Jamaica Soul Shake Vol. 1 is no exception to that. Indeed, those responsible for re-mastering these tracks seem to have found (and released) most of the punch, rumble, and majesty still held within aging original magnetic oxides and vinyl grooves." DUSTED



    • – Heavy Beat
    • – Federated Backdrop
    • – Baby Face
    • – Rathid
    • – Bitter Blood
    • – Love Land
    • – Full Up
    • – Upsetters Dream
    • – Soul Shake
    • – The Thing
    • – My Heart in Rhythm
    • – Man Pon Spot
    • – Holy Moses
    • – Doctor Sappa Too
    • – Hail Don D
    • – Solas
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    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 DJ PartySoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Screechie Dan – We A Don
    • Lone Ranger – My Number
    • Dennis Alcapone – Riddle I This
    • Kentrus – It A Fi Bun
    • Lone Ranger – Apprentice Dentist
    • King Sporty – DJ Special
    • Prince Jazzbo – Little Joe
    • Ragga Muffin – Ragga Muffin
    • Mad Roy – Universal Love
    • King Sporty – Choice Of Music
    • King Stitt – Rhyming Time
    • Prince Jazzbo – Fire Coal Version
    • Dillinger – Fountain on The Mountain
    • Michigan & Smiley – Thank You Jah
    • Prince Garthie – Raindrops
    • Jah Buzz – Automatic Clapping
    • Dennis Alcapone – El Paso
    • Big Joe – Nanny Version Skank
    Studio One DJ'sSoul Jazz Records

    For this Studio One release we return to the roots of Reggae music-The Soundsystem. Throughout the late 1950s and 1960s Soundsystems played throughout the city of Kingston, Jamaica. As well as Sir Coxsone's Downbeat Soundsystem other famous Soundsystem operators included Duke Reid (the Trojan), Prince Buster, Tom the Great and King Edwards. 

    These Soundystems were the birthplace of much of Jamaica's musical culture ­ Soundclashes, Dancehall and the idea of the Toaster who sang over records- theDJ. As ever Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd led the field and so for this release the focus is on DJ's at Studio One and features legendary toasters such as Denis Alcapone, Dillinger and Prince Far I as well as a host of rare material by lesser known artists. Also included is Count Machuki ­ the original DJ- the first man ever to speak over the mic-at Sir Coxsone¹s Downbeat Sound System- from where it all began.

    As Steve Barrow (author of The Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) writes in the sleevenotes, Jamaican deejay music is the source for all Rap music: From Count Machuki talking over records on Sir Coxsone's legendary Downbeat Sound System this style would eventually travel to America when the Jamaican-born Kool Herc began playing at Block parties (a version of the Kingston Soundsystem parties) in the Bronx. Cutting up rare-groove classics for the first B-Boys to rap over, Hip-Hop was born and theDJ music that had started on the early Soundsystems of Kingston would go on to conquer the world! 

    Studio One Records is the original Jamaican record label. Studio One Records started the career of hundreds of Jamaican artists from Bob Marley to The Skatalites, from Horace Andy to The Heptones. Studio One DJs (compiled by Mark Ainley) is the next in the series of releases where Soul Jazz Records are showcasing the music of Studio One, the label that literally defines Reggae. 

    • Count Machuki – More Scorcha
    • Prince Francis – Rock Fort Shock
    • Dennis Alcapone – Power Version
    • Dillinger – Natty Kung Fu
    • Jah Scotchie – Man Of Creation
    • Jim Brown – Seen Him
    • Jah Buzz – Love In The Arena
    • Prince Francis – Street Doctor
    • Lone Ranger – The Answer
    • Prince Jazzbo – Crime Don't Pay
    • Brigadier Jerry – Every Man A Me Brethren
    • Big Joe – Version Of Rights
    • Lone Ranger – The Big Match
    • Jah Jesco – Warning
    • Prince Far I – Natty Farmyard
    • Charlie Ace & Scorcher – Father And Dread Locks
    Studio One DJ's Vol. 2Soul Jazz Records

    This second volume of DJs from Reggae’s legendary "University of Reggae", Studio One Records features some of the finest toasters ever to record in Jamaica. The album features classic tracks from DJ greats Dennis Alcapone, Lone Ranger, Prince Jazzbo, King Stitt alongside super-rare tracks from artists such as Bobby Jackie, Jah Jesco and Little Joe all recorded under Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s supervision at the legendary recording studio and record label. 

    Musical backing comes from the legendary in-house bands – The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension, Soul Vendors and Soul Defenders – who provide the classic Studio One rhythms. So influential in the history of Reggae. As well as eighteen killer tracks the album comes with new sleevenotes by Steve Barrow (Blood and Fire/Rough Guide to Reggae) and photography by Dennis Morris making this another essential Studio One Reggae release for connoisseurs of Reggae and newcomers alike.

    • Dennis Alcapone – Fever Teaser
    • Prince Jazzbo – Pepper Rock
    • Carey Johnson – Correction Train
    • Bobby Jackie & Soul Defenders – Reggae Wiggle
    • Prince Francis – Ethiopia
    • Brigadier Jerry – Ram Dance Master
    • King Stitt – No Man Version
    • Little Joe – Gun Court
    • Prince Jazzbo – Crab Walking (discomix)
    • Lone Ranger – Tribute To Bob Marley
    • Soul Vendors – Whipping The Prince
    • Prince Francis – Rocking Machine
    • King Cry Cry – I Had A Talk
    • Jim Brown – Clippin
    • Jah Jesco – West Gone Black
    • Big Joe – Get Out Bald Head
    • Dennis Alcapone – Home Version
    • Lone Ranger – Keep On Coming A The Dance
    Studio One DubStudio One DubSoul Jazz Records

    Continuing the Studio 1 Series this album features classic and rare Dub tracks from Studio One, many available for the first time in over thirty years. Studio One Dub includes the dubs of many classic tracks such as Horace Andy’s “Skylarkin”, Johnny Osbourne’s “Truth and Rights”, John Holt’s “Hooligan”, Freddie McGregor’s “Bobby Bobylon” plus many more rare tracks. In short, this is an essential album!

    • Dub Specialist – Bionic Dub
    • Dub Specialist – Take A Ride Version
    • Dub Specialist – Sky Rhythm
    • Dub Specialist – Taurus Dub 2
    • Dub Specialist – Hooligan
    • Dub Specialist – Dub Rock
    • Dub Specialist – Rastaman Version
    • Dub Specialist – Jah Jah Version
    • Dub Specialist – Creator Version
    • Dub Specialist – Running Dub
    • Dub Specialist – Hi Fashion Dub
    • Dub Specialist – Pretty Version
    • Dub Specialist – Race Track Version
    • Dub Specialist – Spawning
    • Dub Specialist – In Cold Blood Version
    • Dub Specialist – Chase Them Version
    • Dub Specialist – Feel The Dub
    Studio One Dub Fire SpecialSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

    * (no digital in USA)

    • – Cairo
    • – Lourenco Marques
    • – Callie Roots
    • – Libra Dub
    • – Dakar
    • – Better Dub
    • – Rockers Hop
    • – Roots Dub
    • – Moving Dub
    • – Just Can't Dub
    • – Meet 7 Million
    • – Scorpio Dub
    • – Nairobi
    • – Dub Creation
    • – Virgo Dub
    • – This Race
    • – Darker Black
    • – Capricorn Dub
    Studio One Dub Vol 2Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

    Studio One Groups is the latest Soul Jazz/Studio One Records release featuring legendary groups from the foundation label of Reggae. Bob Marley and The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, The Heptones –just three of Reggae’s greatest groups who all started at Clement Dodd’s Studio One Records, “ The University of Reggae”.

    Studio One Groups brings together classic artists alongside lesser-known artists and covers Studio One’s musical output from the 1960s and 70s featuring Ska, Roots, Rocksteady, Dub and more. Clement Dodd’s role in launching and nurturing Reggae groups/singers is unsurpassed. Launching Bob Marley and The Wailers career also meant that Dodd both housed Marley in a flat at Studio One, and employed him to check new American 45s that came out for Studio One artists to cover. 

    From vocal training under luminaries such as Horace Andy and Larry Marshall, to musical education (Leroy Sibbles, lead vocalist with the Heptones, became the key in-house bass player after being taught from scratch by Jackie Mittoo), Studio One’s success was due to Clement Dodd’s ability to see talent, surround himself with it and nurture artists. 

    Careers were launched from even minor roles at Studio One such as Lee Perry (from handyman to singer and producer), Prince Buster (from security to singer and producer), and so forth. Studio One Groups are at the heart of the labels success. The sweet three-part harmonies, so close to the heart of Jamaican music, can be heard throughout every stylistic change of Reggae music – Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and beyond, all featured here. 

    Heavyweight 2xLP + download code.The CD album also comes with exellent sleeve-notes by Rob Chapman, author of the acclaimed Studio One discography, Never Grow Old

    REVIEWS:

    "The Soul Jazz label once again proves how smart they are with excellent Studio One Groups, an almost overwhelming set of killer cuts from bands and singing groups affiliated with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's "University of Reggae." There's an amazing, deep history to be explored and even when you focus on just the groups, one disc isn't enough to tell the whole story, but this collection functions as both a killer mixtape and exciting introduction for novices." All Music

    "Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, the Heptones - just three of reggae's greatest groups who all started at Clement Dodd's Studio One records" Rough Trade

    • The Wailing Souls – Mr Fire Coal Man
    • Righteous Flames – Solid Foundation
    • The Gaylads – Give A Helping Hand
    • The Bassies – Things A Come Up To Bump
    • The Mad Lads – You Will Never Know
    • The Clarendonians – You Can't Be Happy
    • The Consumates – What Is It
    • Carlton and His Shoes – Happy Land
    • The Viceroys – The Struggle
    • The Maytals – I'll Never Grow Old
    • The Heptones – Get in The Groove
    • The Royals – Pick Up the Pieces
    • The Gladiators – Jah Jah Go Before Us
    • Bob Marley and The Wailers – Love & Affection
    • The Stingers – Down Presser International
    • The Cables – Baby Why
    • The Ethiopians – Owe Me No Pay Me
    • The Purpleites – The Pressure Is On
    • The Silvertones – Cheating and Lying
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    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 Jump Up - The Birth Of A SoundSoul Jazz Records

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

    Studio One’s list of singers launched at the famous label reads like a roll call of Jamaican music. Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne and more. This album features classic and rare tracks that span the breadth of the legendary Studio One catalogue: Ska, Roots, Rocksteady, Lovers and more from the 1960s and 70s. 

    2xLP plus bonus download code. CD comes with sleeve-notes are by the author Chris Salewicz.

    REVIEWS:

    "Since the ‘90s, this British label has done aficionados and novices alike an incalculable service, courtesy of their ongoing series featuring Studio One recordings." POP MATTERS

    "Latest Studio One collection from Soul Jazz includes sixties and seventies classics such as Cornel Campbell's version of the Heptones' Pretty Looks, Alexander Henry's Please Be True, Horace Andy's Every Tongue Shall Tell, Delroy Wilson's Won't You Come Home, Anthony Ellis' I Am The Ruler and Joe Higgs' Change Of Plan alongside brilliant obscurities such as Larry Marshall's heartbreaking I've Got To Make It, Freddie McKay's wicked Father Will Cut You Off, Ken Boothe's Be Yourself, Alton Ellis' Well Run Dry and George Phillips' alternative vocal to Delroy Wilson's One One." DUB VENDOR

    "Essential hard to find reggae classics" HARDWAX


    • Larry Marshall – I've Got To Make It
    • Horace Andy – Every Tongue Shall Tell
    • Alton Ellis – The Well Run Dry
    • Johnny Osbourne – Water More Than Flour
    • Anthony Rocky Ellis – I'm The Ruler
    • Cornell Campbell – Pretty Looks Isn't All
    • Alexander Henry – Please Be True
    • Burning Spear – Them A Come
    • Joe Higgs – Change Of Plan
    • Devon Russell – Roots Natty
    • Ken Boothe – Be Yourself
    • Freddie McGregor – I Shall Be Released
    • Freddie McKay – Father Will Cut You Off
    • The Ethiopian – Locust
    • George Philip – One One
    • John Holt – I Don't Want To See You Cry
    • Delroy Wilson – Won't You Come Home
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    Studio One LoversSoul Jazz Records

    Lovingly compiled, this album features only the finest Lovers from Jamaica’s finest label. From Blues parties in London, Birmingham, Bristol etc Lovers Rock quickly became one of the UK’s finest-ever musical movements. 

    Sweet harmonies, soulful reggae, love songs – the key ingredients of Lovers Rock - were all based on the revival of many of the classic Rocksteady harmony groups of the late 60s and early 70s, such as The Heptones, Carlton and The Shoes, Larry & Alvin, The Paragons, that Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd’s Studio One and rival Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label produced hit after hit with as they fought for dominance in the dancehalls of Kingston.

    As well as these classic harmony groups, this album also features fine contributions from many of the reggae greats – Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Delroy Wilson – All artists who became stars at the legendary Studio One Records which Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, describes as "The University of Reggae".

    • Delroy Wilson – I Don't Know Why
    • Basil Daley – Hold Me Baby
    • Myrna Hague – Touch Me Baby
    • John Holt & The Paragons – Darling, I Need Your Loving
    • The Sharks – How Could I Live (1st Cut)
    • The Mad Lads – Ten To One
    • Jackie Mittoo – Reggae Magic (2nd Cut)
    • Larry & Alvin – Your Love
    • Freddy & Jenny – Too Long Will Be Too Late
    • Alton Ellis – Let Him Try
    • Albert Tomlinson – Don't Wait For Me
    • Horace Andy – Got To Be Sure
    • Carlton & His Shoes – Never Give Your Heart Away
    • The Heptones – Ready To Learn
    • Bob & Marcia – Really Together (No Strings)
    • Ernest Wilson – Undying Love
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – I'm Still Waiting (1st Cut)
    • Doreen Schaeffer – We're All Alone