Studio One Showcase brings together a new fine selection of classic tracks from Horace Andy, Freddy McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Wailing Souls and other seminal reggae artists all recorded at Studio One in the 1970s.
By the start of the 1970s, Clement Dodd's Studio One record label was at a crossroads. The previous two decades had given the producer and record label more success than most aspired to in a lifetime. From the mid-1950s on, the Downbeat Soundsystem had conquered all opponents - from Duke Reid to Prince Buster - and shaped and led the musical landscape of the dancehall. In the 1960s, the establishment of Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road in Kingston, Jamaica, had led to a Ford Motors-esque production line of hits that similarly defined reggae music.
But the 1970s was to prove Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's most challenging and yet ultimately the most creative decade of all. Like the most zealous and resourceful of pioneers, Studio One was about to embark on a stunning era of reinvention, adaptation, stripping down and versioning, each step of which marked new musical developments in reggae music - roots reggae, deejay, dancehall, rub a dub and more.
This album presents an overview of this exciting and ground-breaking decade of the 1970s at Studio One, during an era where, despite challenges from new producers, political turmoil, and almost constant musical and technological innovations in reggae, Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd was able to maintain his position as the pioneering leader in reggae music, and to maintain Studio One is the number one sound in reggae music. Always.
A1 Horace Andy - See A Man's Face
A2 Cedric Im Brooks & Count Ossie - Right On Rasta
A3 Prince Jazzbo - Jah Dread
A4 Myrna Hague - What About Me
A5 Michigan & Smiley - Time To Be Happy
B1 The Wailing Souls - Stick Together
B2 Sugar Minott - Have No Fear
B3 Judah Eskender Tafari - Just Another Day
B4 Dillinger - Chuky Skank
C1 Freddy Mcgregor - Bredda Labba Labba
C2 Frankie Wilmoth - Stay With Me
C3 Johnny Osbourne - People A Watch Me
C4 The Gladiators - Tribulation
C5 The Heptones - Hard To Confess
D1 Lone Ranger - Fish Tea
D2 Jennifer Lara - Ain't No Love
D3 The Willows - Send Another Moses
D4 The Gaylads & The Brentford Disco Set - Joy In The Morning
VARIOUS 2xLP Studio One Showcase (The Sound Of Studio One In The 1970s)
Label: Soul Jazz Records – SJR LP326
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Gatefold
Released: 22 Jan 2016