Earlier this year, Yep Roc Music Group launched its massive Studio One reissue campaign. Founded in 1954 in Kingston by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, the label practically defined reggae, releasing records by the biggest names in the genre: Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Burning Spear, Culture, and dozens more. Working with total access to Studio One’s vaults, Yep Roc has over 150 reissues planned, and started in on it back in May with the release of The Wailing Wailers, the 1964 ska debut of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Neville Livingston.

Following up that essential release, Studio One/Yep Roc have gone deeper into the archives, digging up 1970’s Money Maker, a rare compilation album featuring Dodd himself, recording under the pseudonym “The Boss,” Cedric “Im” Brooks and David Madden, Lloyd Williams, Jackie Mittoo, and Ernest Ranglin on guitar. Mostly instrumental, the record demonstrates the outside influences Dodd had been injecting into Studio One’s rhythms, incorporating confident jazz, American soul and R&B touches, and the wah-wah drenched sound of Ranglin’s guitar. Leading most of side two, Jackie Mittoo contributes a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Feel It” and “Stormy Night,” an interpolated version of Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia,” making the record of a piece with Light in the Attic’s Jamaica to Toronto: Soul Funk & Reggae 1967-1974 collection, featuring further sounds Mitto and his contemporaries were creating in Canada.

2016 promises more selections from the Studio One catalog, including  Winston “The Whip” Williams’s Studio One Radio Show, a collection of recordings by Don Drummond (The Skatalites), and a massive Studio One boxset. Here’s to more — much, much more, please — of this stuff. words  / j woodbury 

Jackie Mittoo :: Stormy Night

One Response to “Money Maker :: Studio One”

  1. love to hear about this reissue!! a little investigation has me thinking you can use the more-typical ‘mittoo’ spelling, though-

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