October 3, 2011, at 11:47 pm

Soul Jazz back with Studio One

Legendary Studio One - Soul JazzIt’s been over three years but finally some more Studio One from Soul Jazz. Coming soon is a single CD/double vinyl compilation called The Legendary Studio One Records: Original Classic Recordings 1963-80. As the name implies it’s something of a sampler and even though there are no ultra rare label spotters delights here there are plenty of killer tunes including many that are a lot more than the usual compilation fodder.

If the track list stays as shown below it definitely jumps around a lot with 80’s dancehall rubbing shoulders with early 70’s tunes before bouncing back to ska then starting all over again. But don’t worry about that, any compilation that has Horace Andy’s finest moment New Broom, Run My People by the Wailing Souls and the mighty I’m Your Man by the Heptones is pretty much beyond criticism.

1. The Skatalites – Ball of Fire (3.08)
2. The Heptones – I’m Your Man (2.21)
3. Lone Ranger – Everything She Want (3.45)
4. Horace Andy – New Broom (2.46)
5. Michigan and Smiley – Rub a Dub Style (7.50)
6. The Maytals – Treat Me Bad (2.51)
7. Freddie McKay – Watch Your Step (2.28)
8. Pablove Black – Mr Music (3.07)
9. Wailing Souls – Run My People (2.14)
10. Willie Williams – Master Plan (4.05)
11. The Skatalites – Fidel Castro (3.17)
12. Marcia Griffiths – Let Me Hold You Tight (4.03)
13. Dub Specialist – Sitting With Stupid (3.15)
14. Prince Jazzbo – Rock for Dub (2.20)
15. Super and Sleepy – Enemy (2.51)
16. Dub Specialist – Luanda (2.27)
17. Doreen Schaeffer – This Love (4.25)
18. Ernest Ranglin – Ranglin Doddlin’ (2.07)

This compilation is being released to coincide with the forthcoming book. A hardback 12×12″ 200 page full colour effort featuring hundreds of classic and rare Studio One LP sleeves. More on that soon…

3 comments to Soul Jazz back with Studio One

  • Timekeeper

    I have the Heptones – “I am your man” on a yellow/black Coxsone as “Give Me the Right”. Can anyone tell me if all pressings of this tune sound so horrible as the 2 I´ve had? Both looked quite good but the sound was awful!

  • Tim P

    Hi Timekeeper

    I think the I Am Your Man title came n the LP’s Freedom Time and Sounds Of Young Jamaica (the latter is a compilation). Where as it’s always called Give Me The Right on seven inch. The US Studio One press with the yellow red label is a clean press and I think the black/white Coxsone one is too. I’m not sue about the yellow/black though (i guess that’s the first press?).


  • Timekeeper

    Hmm may have to look for the black/white press then.
    I also figured that the yellow/black was the first press but early 70s Studio is a bit of a hit & miss for me.
    Thanks for your quick answer Tim!

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