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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: VP Records
  • ASIN: B0001E8D9A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Need A RoofThe Mighty Diamonds 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don't Smoke The SeedMichael Palmer 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Right TimeThe Mighty Diamonds 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Woman Is Like A ShadowThe Meditations 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. CB 200Dillinger 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. WeldingI Roy 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Worries In The DanceFrankie Paul 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen17. Show Me That You Love Me GirlSugar Minott 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I Know MyselfErnest Wilson 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Truly (DJ Mix)Rankin Trevor 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. TrulyThe Jays 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Hard To ConfessThe Tamlins 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Ballistic AffairLeroy Smart 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. SatisfactionJohn Holt 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. RagnampizaDillinger 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. M.P.L.AThe Revolutionaries 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Death In The ArenaThe Revolutionaries 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Prema BallerinaClint Eastwood 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Sharing The Night TogetherDelroy Wilson 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. BabylonSugar Minott 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Smoke Ganja HardLittle John 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Fade AwayJunior Byles 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Queen MajestyThe Jays & Rankin Trevor 6:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Without LoveLeroy Smart 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Up Park CampJohn Holt 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. YahoThe Jays 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Roach KillerSuper Chick 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen37. M 16Lone Ranger 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a top notch collection of classic tunes produced by Jo Jo Hookim at his family's Channel One studio, some will be familiar to anyone with more than a passing acquaintance with mid-70s to early 80s reggae, others less so.

It's well mastered too, in terms of overall punchy sound and good bass, however where I have been able to compare tracks with the original singles (e.g. Leroy Smart's "Ballistic Affair") it's clear that it has had extra reverb added at the mastering stage, presumably to give it a "bigger" sound, and some tracks are simply different mixes. Personally I don't have a huge problem with this as it works well and still sounds great, but some people will undoubtedly find it annoying and want to hear these tracks exactly as they were originally issued, particularly as there's no indication anywhere on the package that these are anything but the original mixes.

The actual content is largely superb, ranging from mid-70s roots to early 80s dancehall and a few love songs, with a good mix of vocal, deejay and instrumental (but not dub) tunes. It would be a good place to start if you were interested in venturing beyond crossover material into a representative collection of undiluted top quality reggae of the period, and the excellent and informative sleeve notes by Dave Hendley are well worth a read. And of course it was at Channel One that the legendary drum and bass team of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare first came together, rapidly cementing a reputation as Jamaica's (and later the world's) top rhythm section; they are represented on most of the tracks here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 15 Sep 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Three vinyl albums of top quality "reggae" with inclusive sleevenotes at a bargain price. What's not to like? Sound quality is good throughout the three albums and the tracks themselves give a great overview of the Chanel One sound. I'm not an expert on Jamaican music and cannot argue over the mixes used. All l know is that l love this and recommend it completely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By damian farrell on 11 Jun 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great value 3 Vinyl set. Great sound the way they were meant to be heard on Vinyl. First 3 sides are Excellent, Quality goes a bit lightweight near the end. I'm not an expert on these tunes but for the casual Reggae/Dub fan there is more than enough to justify a purchase. A great inexpensive way to Own some rare Tunes. Recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. N. Edwards on 4 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic album and a must buy if you like reggae/dub!

Some classic tunes and a few you might not have even heard before, check it...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Locks Lion - Published on
Format: Audio CD
THE CHANNEL ONE STORY: Part of the royal lineage that included such prestigious venues as Studio One and Treasure Isle, the Channel One studio was Jamaica's premier destination for musicians and producers in the mid-late seventies and early eighties. Two of Jamaica's biggest session bands - the Revolutionaries, featuring the world champion rhythm combination of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and later the Roots Radics - came together at Channel One, whipping up wave after wave of top-ranking, chart-busting 7" and 12" releases, and ensuring that Channel One was number one well into the early dancehall days of the 1980s.

VP's retrospective anthology collects many of Channel One's biggest hits; virtually every side collected here was a Jamaican top ten release, and several did brisk business abroad as well, especially in England. There's Dillinger's celebrated CB 200, The Meditations' classic WOMAN IS LIKE A SHADOW, John Holt's fantastic UP PARK CAMP, Junior Byles' FADE AWAY, and many more instantly recognizable roots rockers, as well as the best of the early eighties sound with Lone Ranger's NATTY BURIAL, Clint Eastwood's cut of DEATH IN THE ARENA and Yellowman's HERBSMAN SMUGGLING. Special mention must also be made of The Jay's TRULY, which in combination with Ranking Trevor's DJ cut was the first extended 12" reggae "discomix" ever released - a real historical document! While none of these sides will be new to reggae fans, it's a real bonus to find them all together in one place, and for that reason alone this release is well worth picking up. I would also recommend Pressure Sounds' MAXFIELD AVENUE BREAKDOWN, which features dub and instrumental versions for several of the singles collected here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
great 30 Jan 2005
By Dries - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Channel One Studio the legendary reggae studio downtown Kingston that changed reggae music and opened the door for rubadub dancehall music. This 2 cd-compilation concentrates on the late seventies output of Channel One, when the Hookim brothers were still the leading producers of Channel One. Compared to other reggae of the age, in my opinion Channel One had the best and most expensive sounding sound. Emphasis on the bass and drums, a clean, airy sound, but still far from the cheesy eighties reggae most of us dread. On this compilation you'll find 37 well known songs from Channel One, most of them backed by the Revolutionaries band (featuring the instantly recognizable and often unbelievable drums of Sly Dunbar; and some very good bassplayers). The roots side is represented by Mighty Diamonds, Don Carlos, Sammy Dread, Wailing Souls, Junior Byles; but there is also a lot of dancehall/dj stuff, lover's rock and three instrumentals by the Revolutionaries. Two extended versions: "Truly" by the Jayes and Ranking Trevor, which was the first Jamaican 12" ever; and another one "Queen Majesty" by the same artists (if you've seen the movie Rockers you'll know this song from the scene when Horsemouth enters a disco club and puts on this song).

five stars
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Channel One Surfing 1 May 2010
By crunkyteen - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is a review of the 3 disc vinyl version. I can't believe that the vinyl of this extensive, relatively recent release is actually cheaper than the CD version. The volume and quality of the songs on this set are indisputable. The actual audio quality on the vinyl, however, is a little shaky. Not a complete deal breaker when you consider the fidelity of the original Jamaican recordings. But, using an A-B test contrasting Leroy Smart's "Ballistic Affair" from this set and the same track pulled from Island's THE STORY OF JAMAICAN MUSIC comp revealed almost two different songs from the same source recording. Island's release (from the early '90s) is punchy and in your face -- modern sounding. VP's Reggae Anthology track from 2004 is murky, reverb-laden, psychedelic. I haven't heard an original JA pressing, so I can't say which is actually the most "authentic." On the other hand, I contrasted I Roy's "Welding" and VP's pressing is actually superior than the Island CD's rather lifeless presentation. QC never seemed to be a particular virtue of the reggae music industry. Just fyi.

There are some pretty extensive liner notes that are informative although loaded with grammatical and printing errors. For some reason there is a space for a picture of Bob Andy (who doesn't appear anywhere on the album or liner notes), but there's nothing in the space except some rasterized dots.

Despite the quibbles, when taken in total, this is a crazy great value. Tons of crucial tracks from the late roots thru early dancehall era and a great intro for newbies or folks who may not even know they like Jamaican music. The vinyl is a particularly good value. Maybe not a showcase piece, but a generous amount of material for comps, dj sets or just chilling.
review 13 Jan 2014
By Chris Jones - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Buy this album. I have been listening to roots reggae for over 20 years...its legit and you cannot go it.
Error files 9 Oct 2013
By Robin Hunter - Published on
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There were a number of error files on both disc, on disc 1 Numbers 14, 16, 17, 18, and 19, and on disc 2 numbers 12, 13, 16,17, and 18 a total ten track of poor quality or non-playable
I would rather recommend the CD instead of the download
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