The Best of Studio One Collection [Box Set]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Founded in 1963, Clement Dodd's Studio One was Jamaica's first black-owned recording facility, and it is virtually impossible to imagine modern Jamaican music without it. The venerable Studio One rhythms form the very foundation of every musical style that has swept through the island since, and seemingly every Jamaican musician has worked there, and most, like Bob Marley, began their careers at Studio One, making the studio a musical gateway of profound importance. This four-disc Best of Studio One Collection box set provides ample evidence of Studio One's impressive recording lineage, combining the previously released single CDs The Best of Studio One, The Best of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Founded in 1963, Clement Dodd's Studio One was Jamaica's first black-owned recording facility, and it is virtually impossible to imagine modern Jamaican music without it. The venerable Studio One rhythms form the very foundation of every musical style that has swept through the island since, and seemingly every Jamaican musician has worked there, and most, like Bob Marley, began their careers at Studio One, making the studio a musical gateway of profound importance. This four-disc Best of Studio One Collection box set provides ample evidence of Studio One's impressive recording lineage, combining the previously released single CDs The Best of Studio One, The Best of Studio One, Vol 2: Full Up and Downbeat the Ruler a disc of vintage Studio One instrumentals with a bonus disc, Rebel Disco Mixes, of extended versions of some of the featured tracks. There is so much to marvel at here, including gems like the Abyssinians' earnest and gorgeous "Declaration of Rights," the Heptones' durable "Party Time," an extended mix of the Wailing Souls' "Row Fisherman Row," the Cables' beautiful "What Kind of World," Willie Williams' dub-inflected "Armagideon Time," Jackie Mittoo's "Freak Out," and extended mixes of the Cables' "Baby Why" and Tommy McCook's jazzy "Rebel Disco," making this a full immersion into Dodd's expansive archives. Everything here is essential in one way or another, so whether one picks up these volumes individually or all at once in this box set, fans of Jamaican music simply have to have this stuff. Modern Jamaican music begins with Studio One. It's that simple.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661782624
  • Catalog Number: 617826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Love I Can Feel - John Holt (2:35)
  2. 2 Music Like Dirt - The Lyrics (2:22)
  3. 3 Baby Why - The Cables (2:48)
  4. 4 Can I Change My Mind - Alton Ellis (2:58)
  5. 5 Just Another Girl - Ken Boothe (3:18)
  6. 6 The Answer - Lone Ranger (3:06)
  7. 7 Oh Mr. D.C. - Sugar Minott (6:06)
  8. 8 Jah Promise - Johnny Osbourne (3:50)
  9. 9 Declaration of Rights - The Abyssinians (3:20)
  10. 10 Roots Natty - The Gladiators (2:58)
  11. 11 Rub a Dub Style - Michigan & Smiley (3:08)
  12. 12 Party Time - The Heptones (2:40)
  13. 13 Throw Me Corn - Larry Marshall (2:23)
  14. 14 Melody Life - Marcia Griffiths (2:49)
  15. 15 Born to Love - Slim Smith (2:44)
  16. 16 My Last Love - The Termites (3:26)
  17. 17 Rastafari Tell You - Judah Tafari Eskender (3:22)
  18. 18 Row Risherman Row - The Wailing Souls (5:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love Me Forever - Carlton & the Shoes (3:57)
  2. 2 Always Together - Marcia Griffiths (2:42)
  3. 3 What Kind of World - The Cables (5:04)
  4. 4 Mister Fixit - Winston Francis (2:13)
  5. 5 Danger in Your Eyes - Don Evans & the Paragons (2:54)
  6. 6 Rougher Yet - Slim Smith (3:11)
  7. 7 Love Bump - Lone Ranger (3:14)
  8. 8 Armagideon Time - Willie Williams (2:31)
  9. 9 Full Up - Sound Dimension (3:12)
  10. 10 Behold the Land - Culture (2:50)
  11. 11 First Cut Is the Deepest - Norman Frazier (3:08)
  12. 12 Look Who Is Back Again - Delroy Wilson (2:42)
  13. 13 Open the Gate - The Ethiopians (2:43)
  14. 14 Fire Down Below - Burning Spear (3:27)
  15. 15 Pick Up the Pieces - The Royals (3:09)
  16. 16 Desperate Lover - Bob Andy (2:21)
  17. 17 I Don't Want to See You Cry - John Holt (2:53)
  18. 18 Big Mistake - The Bassies (3:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Rockfort Rock - Sound Dimension (2:27)
  2. 2 Real Rock - Sound Dimension (2:28)
  3. 3 Swing Easy - Soul Vendors (2:56)
  4. 4 Mojo Rock Steady - Sound Dimension (2:43)
  5. 5 Heavy Rock - Sound Dimension (2:44)
  6. 6 Freak Out - Jackie Mittoo (2:14)
  7. 7 Tunnel One - Tommy McCook (2:02)
  8. 8 Moon Ride - Brentford Road All Stars (2:10)
  9. 9 Race Track - Brentford Road All Stars (2:12)
  10. 10 Throw Me Corn - Brentford Road All Stars (3:12)
  11. 11 Baby Face - Sound Dimension (2:52)
  12. 12 Love Again - Jackie and the Soul Invaders (2:34)
  13. 13 Darker Shade of Black - Soul Vendors (3:25)
  14. 14 Banana Walk - Dub Specialists (3:53)
  15. 15 Heavy Beat - Sound Dimension (2:56)
  16. 16 Return of the Scorcher - Sound Dimension (2:34)
  17. 17 Popcorn Reggae - Soul Agent and the Soul Defenders (4:00)
  18. 18 Death in the Arena - Soul Vendors (10:00)
Disc 4
  1. 1 A Love I Can Feel - Dennis Alcapone (5:57)
  2. 2 Baby Why - The Cables (6:08)
  3. 3 Love Me Forever - Carlton & the Shoes (10:16)
  4. 4 Mr. Fixit - Winston Francis (7:47)
  5. 5 Death in the Arena - Roland Alphonso & The Soul Vendors (9:14)
  6. 6 Rebel Disco - Tommy McCook & The Brentford Road Disco Set (7:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sir Coxsone Interviewee
Technical Credits
Ken Boothe Composer
John Holt Composer
Roy Cousins Composer
Roland Alphonso Composer
Errol Crusher Bennett Composer
B. Collins Composer
Leonard Dillon Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Composer
Albert Griffiths Composer
Joseph Hill Composer
Robert Lyn Composer
Winston "Pipe" Matthews Composer
Tommy McCook Composer
Lloyd McDonald Composer
Ronald Merrils Composer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Bill Nowlin Cover Photo
Winston Rodney Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Composer
Dennis Smith Composer
Wentworth Vernal Composer
Winston Francis Composer
Carl Wolfolk Composer
Barry Despenza Composer
Tyrone Evans Composer
Anthony Fairclough Composer
Carlton Manning Composer
Chris "Poet" Wilson Liner Notes
Anthony Waldron Composer
C.S. Dodd Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Leroy Sibblies Composer
Doctor Ginger Beer Interviewer
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