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Studio One Showcase
- Release Date 22 January 2016
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‘Studio One Showcase’, subtitled ‘The Sound Of Studio One In The 1970s’, brings together a new fine selection of classic tracks from Horace Andy, Freddy McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Wailing Souls and other seminal reggae artists all recorded at Studio One in the 1970s.
By the start of the 1970s, Clement Dodd’s Studio One record label was at a crossroads. The previous two decades had given the producer and record label more success than most aspired to in a lifetime. From the mid-1950s on, the Downbeat Soundsystem had conquered all opponents - from Duke Reid to Prince Buster - and shaped and led the musical landscape of the dancehall. In the 1960s the establishment of Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road in Kingston, Jamaica, had led to a Ford Motors-esque production line of hits that similarly defined reggae music.
The 1970s were to be Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s most challenging and yet ultimately most creative decade of all. Like the most zealous and resourceful of pioneers, Studio One was about to embark on a stunning era of reinvention, adaptation, stripping down and versioning, each step of which marked new musical developments in reggae music - roots reggae, deejay, dancehall, rub a dub and more.
This album presents an overview of this exciting and ground-breaking decade of the 1970s at Studio One, during an era where, despite challenges from new producers, political turmoil and almost constant musical and technological innovations in reggae, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd was able to maintain his position as the pioneering leader in reggae music and to maintain Studio One as the number one sound in reggae music.
1. Horace Andy - See A Man’s Face
2. Cedric Im Brooks & Count Ossie - Right On Rasta
3. Prince Jazzbo - Jah Dread
4. Myrna Hague - What About Me
5. Michigan & Smiley - Time To Be Happy
6. The Wailing Souls - Stick Together
7. Sugar Minott - Have No Fear
8. Judah Eskender Tafari - Just Another Day
9. Dillinger - Chuky Skank
10. Freddy McGregor - Bredda Labba Labba
11. Frankie Wilmoth - Stay With Me
12. Johnny Osbourne - People A Watch Me
13. The Gladiators - Tribulation
14. The Heptones - Hard To Confess
15. Lone Ranger - Fish Tea
16. Jennifer Lara - Ain’t No Love
17. The Willows - Send Another Moses
18. The Gaylads & The Brentford Disco Set - Joy In The Morning