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  • Studio One Story Studio One Story Quick View

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    Studio One Story

    'Studio One Story' is a documentary this is both a staggering slice of musical history and a definitive guide to Studio One, Jamaica's greatest ever record company, and its legendary founder, Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd.


    Often described as the Motown of Jamaica, or 'The University Of Reggae', Studio One is where the careers of literally hundreds of reggae artists began: Bob Marley And The Wailers, Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Burning Spear and Sugar Minott, to name but a few. Studio One is the 'foundation' label of Jamaican Reggae.


    One and a half years in the making, 'Studio One Story' is a truly unique documentary in which the late Clement Dodd gave unprecedented personal access to tell the previously untold story of how Studio One literally shaped the rise of reggae music from the 1950s onwards through to the late 1970s.


    This is the true story of reggae music and its Jamaican roots told from the inside: From the rise of Kington's sound systems in the 1940s and 1950s, through to the evolution of a Jamaican music industry (and Studio One's dominance) in the 1960s and the worldwide success of reggae in the 1970s.

    LP 1
    1. Theo Beckford - Easy Snapping

    2. The Skatalites - Guns Of Navarone

    3. Delroy Wilson - Dancing Mood

    4. Michigan And Smiley - Nice Up The Dance

    5. Heptones - Baby

    6. The Abyssinians - Declaration Of Rights

    7.Alton Ellis - I'm Still In Love With You

    8. Tommy Mccook - Tunnel One


    LP 2
    1. Sugar Minott - Jah Jah Children

    2. The Skatalites - Man In The Street

    3. Dub Specialist - Banana Walk

    3. Dennis Alcapone - Run Run

    5. Larry Marshall - Nanny Goat
    6. Brentford Allstars - Throw Me Corn

    7. Lone Ranger - Love Bump

    8. Jackie Mittoo - Freak Out

    Various Artists
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  • Awakening Awakening Quick View

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    Awakening

    "Awakening" is a new album to stand alongside classic 70's Reggae albums like "Natty Dread", "Marcus Garvey", "Two Sevens Clash", and "The Right Time". With traces of Burning Spear and Culture in his voice, Spiritual's original songs share with buzz artists like Chronixx, Protoje and Alborosie the aims and destiny of reggae's new roots ReGeneration.
    1. Black Man Story
    2. Stand Up To Rasta
    3. Time Has Come
    4. Liberation (feat. Iba Mahr)
    5. Rule Di World
    6. Show Me The Way (feat. Droop Lion)
    7. Where Is The Love
    8. Want No More
    9. Tell Me Who
    10. Give Thanks and Praise
    Spiritual
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  • Secret Life Secret Life Quick View

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    Secret Life

    Toronto duo Moon King have crafted a raw, rapturous and emotional new record, which documents their ascent from an intimate conceptual project into a powerful live band. A first preview of the record comes with the chugging propulsion, soaring harmonies and cosmic haze of album opener 'Roswell'.


    In 2013, Moon King, made up of songwriter Daniel Benjamin and singer/guitarist Maddy Wilde, played over 100 shows to support a pair of EPs, Obsession I and II, which were released on Fucked Up's One Big Silence label in North America and Tough Love in UK/Europe. After a year spent on the road, it became evident they should capture the energy of their live show while it was fresh. Following a performance at Iceland Airwaves, Daniel & Maddy relocated to a cottage in northern Ontario to record the album with a group of Toronto music scene luminaries, all of whom had played in various incarnations of the live band.


    Most of the tracks on the album were recorded live off the floor, with little except the vocals added, put to tape by live sound engineer Noah Giffin (Owen Pallett, Austra, Diana). Though only five days of recording were booked, an ice storm prevented them from leaving, resulting in an extra couple of days work. The record was then mixed in New York with Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Blouse.


    The album's production introduces further nuance to the wall-of-sound approach of the EPs, stripping back dense layers to unearth spellbinding vocals and melodies. Daniel's lyrics focus on catharsis and the weight of emotional trauma, as well as dealing with the self-doubt that stands in the way of recovery.


    Frequent show-opener "Apocalypse" begins with the confession "somehow I feel no release when I'm alone with anyone else / somehow I fall to pieces when I wake up to nothing where you should be" and builds intensity and speed until overflowing in a rush of noise, an oddly structured pop song with no repeating sections. "It's impossible / you've been run through with fear / love's a landfill / just another burning spear" chants the soaring chorus of 'Impossible'. The ultimatum at the climax of "Golden Age" - "all I want is to be wanted" channels an honest and tangible fear not common in today's pop landscape.


    This sense of loss and longing permeates the album throughout, each song carrying with it both a weight and a sense of urgency.

    1. Roswell
    2. Secret Life
    3. Impossible
    4. Come Back
    5. Hexe
    6. Threads
    7. Apocalypse
    8. Golden Age
    9. Medicine
    Moon King
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  • Studio One Jump Up Studio One Jump Up Quick View

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    Studio One Jump Up

    In the 1960s Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's legendary Studio One Records laid down the template for all reggae music, the equivalent of Jamaica's Motown Records. Artists who launched their careers there comprise an A-Z of the Jamaican music scene - Bob Marley and The Wailers, Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Horace Andy and many, many more. In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One's unique sound - from the first jump-up, boogie-woogie and shuffle recordings made in Jamaica in the late 1950s, as the artists emulated their American rhythm and blues idols - Louis Jordan, Roscoe Gordon, Fats Domino - through to the early Rastafari rhythms of Count Ossie, the righteous Baptist beat of Toots and the Maytals up to the joyous excitement of Ska with tracks by Studio One's young protÉgÉes Bob Marley and The Wailers and the all-mighty Skatalites. Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd first began recording music in the late 1950s, making one-off records to play on his Downbeat Sound System. These 'exclusive dup-plates' enabled him to reign supreme in the regular dancehall soundclashes of Kingston, fighting off the competition from rivals including Duke Reid the Trojan and Prince Buster. This new album traces the roots of the legendary label as it created the sound of the young independent Jamaican nation going into the early 1960s. Sir Coxsone used only the finest musicians in Jamaica for these recordings, including those players that would later become known worldwide as the Skatalites, Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez, Cluett Johnson and others. As fans clamoured to get a copy of these 'one-off' exclusive records, Clement Dodd eventually decided to start making them available commercially starting in 1959, and so began the birth of an empire.
    1. Basil Gabbidon - Mr. Landlord
    2. Clue J And His Blues Blasters - Milk Lane Hop
    3. Derrick Morgan - Wigger Wee Shuffle
    4. Aubrey Adams & Rico Rodriguez - Stew Peas And Cornflakes
    5. The Mello-Cat Count Ossie & His Warickers - Another Moses
    6. Neville Esson - Wicked And Dreadful
    7. Clue J And His Blues Blasters - Proof Run
    8. Derrick Morgan - Leave Earth
    9. Lord Creator - Rhythm Of The Blues
    10. The Jivin' Juniors - Hip Rub
    11. Lascelles Perkins - Little Joe
    12. Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso - Heaven And Earth
    13. Owen Gray - Walk All Over
    14. David Brown - Pretty Baby
    15. The Maytals - He Will Provide
    16. Lester Sterling And The City Slickers - Whale Bone
    17. Jackie Opel - Sit Down Servant
    18. Roland Alphonso - Bongo Tango
    19. Bob Marley And The Wailers - Go Jimmy Go
    20. Clue J And His Blues Blasters - The Slider
    Various Artists
    $29.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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