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Studio One Groups

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01
Mr Fire Coal Man
Artist: Wailing Souls
3:28  
02
Solid Foundation
Artist: The Righteous Flames
3:06  
03
Give a Helping Hand
Artist: The Gaylads
3:06  
04
Things a Come Up to Bump
Artist: The Bassies
2:34  
05
You Will Never Know
Artist: The Mad Lads
1:42  
06
You Can't Be Happy
Artist: The Clarendonians
3:07  
07
What Is It?
Artist: The Consummates
2:02  
08
Happy Land
Artist: Carlton and the Shoes
2:55  
09
The Struggle
Artist: Viceroys
3:07  
10
I'll Never Grow Old
Artist: Maytals
2:07  
11
Get In The Groove
Artist: The Heptones
2:37  
12
Pick Up The Pieces
Artist: The Royals
3:09  
13
Jah Jah Go Before Us
Artist: Gladiators
2:46  
14
Love and Affection
Artist: Bob Marley and the Wailers
2:39  
15
Down Presser International
Artist: The Stingers
2:38  
16
Baby Why
Artist: The Cables
2:50  
17
Owe Me No Pay
Artist: The Ethiopians
2:32  
18
The Pressure Is On
Artist: The Purpleites
2:50  
19
Cheating and Lying
Artist: The Silvertones
9:53  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 59:08

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A gem

JasC

Anyone who doesn't realise that there's more to Jamaica than Bob Marley should start here! Achingly beautiful harmonies (12; 16), catchy humour (1; 4; 10; 17), political comment with an irresistibly heavy groove (13): it's all good.

They Say All Music Guide

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. – David Jeffries

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