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Studio One Funk

  • 1. Shaft - Cedric 'Im Brooks
    2. African Descendents - Alton Ellis
    3. Poco Tempo - Pablove Black
    4. Reggae Feet - Lloyd Williams
    5. Hang 'Em High - Jackie Mittoo
    6. Idleberg - Cedric 'Im Brooks
    7. Beat Down Babylon - Prince Francis
    8. Now - Lee Arab
    9. 007 - The Soul Brothers
    10. See a Man's Face - Prince Moonie
    11. Love Jah - Sound Dimension
    12. Do Your Thing - Leroy Sibbles
    13. Music Answer - The Sharks
    14. Melting Pot - Underground Vegetables
    15. You Found Heaven - Devon Russell
    16. Steady Beat - Vin Gordon
    17. It's a Shame - Alton Ellis
    18. Another Thing - Roy Richards
    19. Funky Broadway - Delroy Wilson
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 97

  • Credits

    Unknown Contributor Role: Pierce Smith.
    Clement Dodd's Studio One is absolute ground zero for modern Jamaican music, and there's no denying that the sturdy rhythm tracks that were created at Studio One during its 1960s and 1970s peak were funky. Jamaican funky, that is, which isn't quite the same thing as funk. It's an important distinction, because listeners drawn to this collection because of its title and expecting to hear some monster funk grooves done up island style are going to be a bit surprised by what's actually here. Soulful Reggae might be a better title, since these tracks, if they're funk at all, are only funk in the broadest application of the term. That doesn't mean this is a bad collection. It isn't. It's really quite interesting. Compiled by Dodd himself shortly before his death, Studio One Funk boasts some killer sides, including Alton Ellis' wonderful "African Descendents," Jackie Mittoo's soulful organ take on "Hang 'Em High," Cedric Brooks' reconfiguration of the "Skylarking" rhythm as "Idleberg," and the Underground Vegetables' sax-led cover of Booker T. & the MG's' "Melting Pot." None of this sounds remotely like American funk, or even a Jamaican approximation of it, but it is, well, very funky and cool roots reggae (with a ska track or two thrown in), which isn't a bad tradeoff at all. ~ Steve Leggett

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