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5.0 out of 5 stars very good compilation
As always, yet another first class compilation from Soul Jazz. Needless to say, a must for all Studio 1 fans
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 & a half stars ---- some real gems but some middling material/familiar stuff as well.......
This is the third release of the resuscitated Studio One compilation series from Soul Jazz records after a three year break from 2008 to 2011. This is certainly the weakest of the three recent Studio One compilations from Soul Jazz but the first two were absolutely superb and this set whilst somewhat patchier still has a good number of very worthwhile gems. First the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 & a half stars ---- some real gems but some middling material/familiar stuff as well......., 31 Jan 2013
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TCH (Cambs, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Soul Jazz Records Presents : Studio One Ironsides (Audio CD)
This is the third release of the resuscitated Studio One compilation series from Soul Jazz records after a three year break from 2008 to 2011. This is certainly the weakest of the three recent Studio One compilations from Soul Jazz but the first two were absolutely superb and this set whilst somewhat patchier still has a good number of very worthwhile gems. First the "bad"; the two dubs on the set ['Jamrec Dub' & 'Reggae Version'] are mediocre and with the peerless stock of Studio One rhythms at their disposal I am sure better choices could have been made. Also some of the tracks are pretty familiar to most reggae collectors including "Can I Change You Mind" by Alton Ellis, "Bongo Red" by The Gladiators, "Come Now Sister" by Freddie McGregor --- admittedly classic songs however for those who haven't heard them before! Finally the Dennis Alcapone track is horrible; always my least favourite DJ and he mucks up (again!) a classic rhythm; this time Burning Spear's peerless "He Prayed".

The good which is pretty much remaining 12 tracks including a couple of storming ska tracks from the top drawer; Don Drummond & Jackie Mittoo via his '66 band The Soul Brothers, two excellent DJ toasts by Lone Ranger (riding the 'Full Up' rhythm) & Prince Jazzbo (both somewhat atoning for the rank Alcapone track), some mighty rocksteady courtesy of the Paragons (which was definitely NOT recorded in 1975 as the liner notes indicate!) and Marcia Griffiths. There is also some superior roots from the obscure Fabian Cooke with a terse rhythm that sounds like it originates from the late '70's and not 1970 as the liners state, the similarly obscure Stingers, and Freddie McGregor's frankly awesome "I Man A Rasta" (in slightly hissy sound though sadly).

So in conclusion an entertaining set but not quite from the top drawer unlike the previous two Soul Jazz Studio One compilations which certainly were. Surely it is time now for a 'Studio One Rocksteady' themed compilation rounding up some of the best of the late '66 to late '68 era which surely was the most productive era for Studio One (despite what this compilation's strangely defensive liner notes state).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting Soul Jazz compilation - but not one of their best, 5 May 2013
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For mr the best tracks on this are the ones I was already familiar with: The Paragons 'Danger In Your Eyes, Alton Ellis 'Can I Change My Mind', Freddie McGregor 'I Man A Rasta', the latter a different version to the one on the Studio One LP. If you don't have any of these it's worth getting the cd just for them. There are other good tracks too, but also - in my view - some weaker ones, including the opening 'Mother And Child' by Fabian Cooke. Perhaps hearing this one first has influenced my view of the whole set?
Good packaging, interesting and informative notes - but I suppose the purist might quibble that calling it 'Studio One Ironsides' is a bit misleading when actual Ironside label releases are hardly featured. Good title though!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good compilation, 8 Mar 2013
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As always, yet another first class compilation from Soul Jazz. Needless to say, a must for all Studio 1 fans
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