Studio One: Ironsides / Coxsone’s Downbeat 1963-1979

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First off, in regards to Jamaican vintage, our summer Bomboclat series is still available – volumes 1-3, here and volume 4, here. Onwards. Soul Jazz Records continues to mine the vaults of Studio One and beyond.. In January the label released Studio One: Ironsides, an 18 track collection compiled by Stuart Baker. Dedicated to the moniker Studio One label head Clement “Coxsone” Dodd invented to service ┬áStudio One’s overflowing output, Ironsides houses loads of obscure, vintage, roots-heavy rocksteady and reggae.

Out this month on the label is Studio One: Ska Fever – alternately titled: More Ska Sounds from Sir Coxsone’s Downbeat 1962-1965. Early-mid 60s genre originators abound: Lee Perry, The Wailers, Gaylads, The Ethiopians, The Skatalites. It’s a stacked set, and while genre completest likely have a bunch of the collected tracks via 45 and/or original S1 reissues, a lot of the what’s collected here boasts superior sound to what I’ve encountered elsewhere.

Clarendonians :: You Won’t See Me (Beatles)
Don Drummond :: Nanny’s Corner

This Is Ska – 1964 film documenting the rise of the, then, new Jamaican dance craze featuring The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Prince Buster, Byron Lee, etc.

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