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Respect to Studio One

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Intro: Sound of Young Jamaica Radio Show. - Winston "Horseman" Williams
    2. Pretty Looks Isn't All - The Heptones
    3. Nice Up the Dance - General Smiley/Papa Michigan
    4. Melody Life - Marcia Griffiths
    5. Throw Me Corn - Brentford All Stars
    6. I'll Never Let You Go - Slim Smith
    7. Run Run - Delroy Wilson
    8. Love Me Forever - Carlton & the Shoes
    9. Forever Version - Dennis Alcapone
    10. Wire Higher - Jackie Mittoo
    11. What Kind of World - The Cables
    12. Nanny Goat - Larry Marshall
    13. Fire Down Below - Burning Spear
    14. Have Mercy Mr. Percy - The Termites
    15. Picture on the Wall - Freddie McKay
    16. Skylarking - Horace Andy
    17. Vanity - Sugar Minott
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - Hortense Ellis/Alton Ellis/Alton & Hortense Ellis
    2. Psychedelic Rock (Rockfort Rock) - Sound Dimension
    3. Moving Away - Ken Boothe
    4. Don't Blame the Baldhead - Lee "Scratch" Perry
    5. Bobby Babylon - Freddie McGregor
    6. Yaho - The Vicerboys
    7. Sing Jay Style - Johnny Osbourne/The Viceroys
    8. Armagideon Time - Willie Williams
    9. Natty Dread on the Go - Lone Ranger
    10. Strange Things - John Holt
    11. Timothy - Roland Alphonso
    12. Simmer Down - The Wailers
    13. Artibella - Ken Boothe/Stranger Cole
    14. I Should Have Known Better - The Skatalites
    15. Chicken Scratch - Lee "Scratch" Perry
    16. Roll on Sweet Don - Don Drummond/Roland Alphonso
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 617681

  • Credits
    ProducerC.S. Dodd; Clement "Coxsone" Dodd

    Recorded at Studio One, Kingston, Jamaica. Includes liner notes by Chris Wilson.
    Liner Note Author: Chris Wilson.
    Recording information: Studio One Recording Studio, Brentford Road Kingston, J; Studio One, Kingston, Jamaica.
    Editors: Chris Wilson; Chris Wilson.
    Photographer: David Corio.
    Studio One was to Jamaican music a combination of Motown and Stax-Volt, creating hit after hit, stretching the nascent sound of the island further. Studio One helped spearhead the Ska revolution in the 60's, later moved forward into reggae, eventually laying the groundwork for Dancehall. This means much of today's reggae, from Terror Fabulous to Dawn Penn, is an extension of what began over 35 years ago. Founder Clement "Coxsone" Dodd was reggae's Phil Spector, its Berry Gordy and its Dick Clark all wrapped into one; he provided the studio, musicians to record with, chose the material, co-wrote it, and then brought it to the public at his sound system dances. He was in control of every aspect of making a hit record from beginning to end.
    RESPECT TO STUDIO ONE is a good introduction to the Studio One legend, but is only the tip of the iceberg. The set strikes a balance between the different styles found in Jamaican music, touching on moments like the apocalyptic vision of Willie Williams' "Armagideon Time," the vocal stylings of groups like The Heptones, as well as DJs like Michigan & Smiley. The record ends with a string of ska, including a Skatalites rendition of "I Should Have Known Better." This is, quite simply, one of the keys to understanding the development of Jamaican music from 1955-1995.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (3/95, p.124) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "'s a very fine collection....[Studio One] remains one of the most important labels in the history of popular music."
    Vibe (11/94, p.137) - "...a generous selection of ska and early reggae, representing much of the studio's most significant work...crucial to any reggae collection..."
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