November 22, 2013, at 11:45 pm

Plenty Of Sugar And Spice

Studio One compilations tend to be hit and miss affairs. In recent years Soul Jazz have been the masters of them but whilst they are spot on with harnessing the cross over appeal the actual music selections often lack focus and can be a bit of a muddle.

Come in Drum & Bass records out of Japan with 14 tracks of Studio One rocksteady on LP; no gimmicks just great, timeless music. Titled Sugar … continue reading…

October 8, 2013, at 9:32 pm

Soul Jazz Studio One 12”s

Out now on Soul Jazz a selection of five Studio One 12″ singles in very limited editions of just 200 copies. All of these have previously been released on 12″ by Soul Jazz before except one which was issued on a 10″. These retail at £9.99 each and are only available direct from Soul Jazz.

Tommy McCook Orchestra — Sampson/Jackie Mittoo — El Bang Bang This pairing were previously released on a 10″ by Soul … continue reading…

May 3, 2012, at 11:02 pm

Rock A Shacka Studio One

Coming soon from Rock A Shacka; two more nice Studio One sevens:

From Russia With Love / Cleopatra – Roland Alphonso & Studio 1 Orchestra People Get Ready / Tropic Island – The Ministrels / Jackie Mittoo

October 9, 2010, at 6:02 pm

Studio First On Ebay

An almost regular look at the last seven days of reggae vinyl sales on ebay returns after a couple of weeks off.

Studio One has always been a difficult one. Though rightly popular it’s a mine field for people chasing down original tunes due to the myriad of different Jamaican labels and the very variable sound quality. 60’s UK issues on Coxsone/Studio One are always in demand as are early 70’s Bamboo and Banana issues, … continue reading…

February 20, 2010, at 8:53 am

Two from the Number One Studio

A couple of very nice Studio One mix/podcasts have appeared recently.

First, on a 60’s tip, is an offering from the ever dependable Tommy from the Rock A Shacka crew. This is heavy on Ska with a small drop of Rocksteady towards the end that leaves you wanting more. Top tune? – Take Ten – Jackie Mittoo. [audio:]

Next up is the New York heavyweights from Deadly Dragon Sound with a mix spanning the late … continue reading…

May 4, 2009, at 5:01 am

In Memory

Today is the 5th anniversary of the death of Coxsone Dodd so on this bank holiday (in the UK at least) it’s all about Studio One.

Gold Dust- A Studio One mix [audio:]

Jackie Mittoo – Gold Dust (Studio One blank) Alton Ellis – Tumbling Tears (Studio One) Clyde Alphonso – Good Enough (Studio One blank) Lloyd Green – Reggae A Go Go (Muzik City blank) Ken Boothe – Just Another Girl (Studio One) Sound … continue reading…

December 31, 2008, at 2:40 pm

Psycho Rhythmic, a Studio One download

Another Dancecrasher mix is rescued from the obscurity of Podomatic, this time Studio One style. Enjoy.


You’ll Want To Come Back – The Ethiopians (Studio One 7″) People Keep Quarrelling – Alton Ellis (Grooving With Bamboo LP) Sunday Coming – Alton Ellis (Studio One 7″) Sunday Version – Karl Bryan (Studio One 7″) A Get It – The Lyrics (UK Coxsone 7″) Change Of Plan – Joe Higgs (UK Studio One 7″) In Cold … continue reading…

December 5, 2008, at 1:53 pm

A Darker Shade Of Cussing

You know what it’s like, you hear a tune which you think is great but the artist is talking rubbish. Prince Buster done it with his stupid slack tunes on the Big 5 LP in the late 60’s, top flight deejays like General Echo and Welton Irie done it with slack LPs in the late 70’s/early 80’s and their 90’s counterparts like Cutty Ranks and Ninja Man cut dozens of gun tunes.

Today’s deejays are … continue reading…

January 26, 2008, at 3:14 am

Peter Tosh sevens box

Clive Chin is putting together a box set of late 60’s Peter Tosh singles with help from UK record dealer Bob Brooks from Reggae Revive. All will be Randy’s productions except record 2 which is a Lee Perry production. The release date is slated for early March.

Record 1 A. You Can’t Fool Me Again (RANDY’S PRE DYNA RANDY 414-1 (1969) JA (a Tosh vocal on an uptempo early Reggae rhythm, this was reissued on … continue reading…