Various Artists - Studio One Groups - 2x LP Vinyl

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Studio One Groups
Various Artists
12" Vinyl


2017 repress - The Soul Jazz label once again proves how smart they are with excellent Studio One Groups, an almost overwhelming set of killer cuts from bands and singing groups affiliated with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's "University of Reggae." Clement Seymour "Sir Coxsone" Dodd's record label and sometimes studio was alive from the mid-'50s to the early '80s and saw the Jamaican sound go from ska to rocksteady to roots reggae. There's an amazing, deep history to be explored and even when you focus on just the groups, one disc isn't enough to tell the whole story, but this collection functions as both a killer mixtape and exciting introduction for novices. Rob Chapman's liner notes are informative, the design is up to the label's usual high standards, and there's a wonderful mix of tracks you might know, tracks you should know, and a couple of wonderful rarities that should have never fallen through the cracks.

The sweet harmonies, spiritual roots music, and soul-influenced ballads are all intoxicating and you can't even began to claim a familiarity with Jamaican music history until names like the Maytals, the Heptones, and, of course, the Wailers are firmly in your back pocket. Whether you're being introduced or getting reacquainted, Studio One Groups is an easy recommendation.
A1–The Wailing Souls*Mr Fire Coal Man
A2–Righteous Flames*Solid Foundation
A3–The GayladsGive A Helping Hand
A4–The BassiesThings A Come Up To Bump
A5–The Mad Lads (2)You Will Never Know
B1–The ClarendoniansYou Can't Be Happy
B2–The ConsumatesWhat Is It
B3–Carlton And The ShoesHappy Land
B4–The ViceroysThe Struggle
B5–The MaytalsI'll Never Grow Old
B6–The HeptonesGet In The Groove
C1–The RoyalsPick Up The Pieces
C2–The GladiatorsJah Jah Go Before Us
C3–Bob Marley And The Wailers*Love And Affection
C4–The StingersDown Presser International
C5–The CablesBaby Why
D1–The EthiopiansOwe Me No Pay Me
D2–The PurplelitesThe Pressure Is On
D3–The SilvertonesCheating And Lying

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