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4.6 out of 5 stars
Studio One Rockers: the Best of Studio One [VINYL]
Format: Vinyl|Change
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on 10 February 2001
This is an incredible compilation of artists and styles from the Studio One label - the most important label in Jamaican music history. There is not a single track on this album that doesn't kick. There's everything from Horace Andy's sweet "Skylarking" to the funky instrumental of the Brentford Allstars "Greedy G" and Lennie Hibberts "Village Soul", the dark Ska of the Skatalites "Pheonix City" and the moving roots of "Truth & Rights" by Johnny Osbourne and Hammond organ excellence of Jackie Mitoo. Even if you have only a slight interest in old reggae get this album and you will never regret it (be warned though because once you've openned up the gate to reggae you'll never be able to shut it).
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VINE VOICEon 28 March 2005
Just about anything released on the Soul Jazz label is a guarantee of quality but maybe .just maybe Studio One Rockers is the best of the lot. The title Rockers is a bit misleading. What it essentially means ,as far as I can tell , is up-tempo for everything on this collection will your fleshy bits jigging half a second before your brain catches on.
So it's all as the sleeve note say "Classic Reggae". For anyone uninitiated in real reggae, as opposed to the diluted homogenous fluff that occasionally infiltrates the charts this will be a revelation. For anyone well versed in Reggae this will be a revelation as well. Let's just say its revelatory stuff. From the archetypal jerky Ska of the Satellites "Phoenix City" through to the more traditional Reggae rhythms of Horace Andy's "Skylarking" this is an absolute treat. Particular favourites are Marcia Griffiths euphorically vivacious "Feel Like Jumping" which has a similar popish magic to Abbas "Dancing Queen" , and Freddy McGregor's "Bobby Bobylon" which has a wonderful tumbling arrangement. There is the classic "No No No" from Dawn Penn plus the dub influenced Brentford All Stars with "Greedy G" and the D.J. influenced Lone Ranger and "Badder Dan Dem". There are Hammond led rock steady marvels like Jackie Mitto,s "Hot Milk" and the political Johnny Osbourne track "Truth and Rights".
Encompassing a 36 page booklet which features an in depth interview with Producer Clement Dodd this is a superb album that exposes just what a wonderful, energising and simply enjoyable music Reggae can be. Believe it or not some people think Reggae is one of the most straitjacketed and innervated genres of music and I should know because I was once one of them. Do what I did, seek this out or indeed anything on Soul Jazz and get yourself an education.
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on 5 May 2016
very poor quality pressing - sounds like you're listening through an empty tin can. sent back with no quibbles. shame, as this is a quality album, but a very poor pressing. avoid
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on 14 February 2017
I have to second almost all the views express by Russell Clarke in his previous review - I am not convinced by the ABBA comparison though!
To my ears this is a superb reggae compilation and one that is constantly referred back to when making cassettes and mix CD's of my own - there is not a single weak track here. If I had to pick a sole peak it would be 'Truth & Rights' by Johnny Osbourne - one of my favourite reggae tracks of all time. The best Soul Jazz release ever (high praise indeed).
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on 8 April 2010
Can't recommend this highly enough. Soul Jazz compilations are always top-drawer, but this has to be among the finest they've ever put out. The Studio One catalogue is a who's who of classic reggae music, but this selection plucks a handful of well-known winners and blends them with a couple of slightly more obscure cuts, finishing up with basically a perfect hour of Jamaican music. Standout tracks are hard to pick, but "Real Rock" and "Feel Like Jumping" are both insanely catchy, "Village Soul" and "Greedy G" are well known hip-hop sample material, "Phoenix City" is one an uptempo ska killer, and "No, No, No" is a singalong classic. A great album to sit down with, but also great for DJs too - you could play this lot, back-to-back, for an hour and destroy any dancefloor. Utterly essential.
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on 19 August 2014
Definitely the best compilation by Studio One
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on 19 December 2015
Great music to get ur hands on.
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on 22 May 2016
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on 5 September 2014
Great sale!
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