The collection of late-'70s singles outlines a pivotal moment in Jamaican music history.
Since 2004, Soul Jazz has dedicated more than 30 LPs to re-issues from the iconic Jamaican recording studio, but this is the first to focus solely on the dancehall shift that took place towards the end of the '70s. The compilation features reggae stars like Sugar Minott, Johnny Osbourne, and Lone Ranger alongside lesser-known DJs—or deejays—voicing atop classic Studio One instrumentals recorded by studio mastermind Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. It outlines a pivotal moment in Jamaican music history, when a new generation of deejays and emcees rose to prominence with a new sound and style that would eventually blossom into modern dancehall. The CD compilation is out now digitally and on CD, with the vinyl version following in mid July.
01. Ernest Wilson - Why Oh Why
02. Johnny Osbourne - Lend Me You Sixteen
03. Windel Haye - Haunted House
04. Green Tea & Chassy - Getto Girl
05. Johnny Osbourne - Time A Run Out
06. Lone Ranger - Noah In The Ark
07. Devon Russell - Give Thanks And Praise
08. Brentford Disco Set - Rebel Disco
09. Doreen Schaeffer - Don't Know Why
10. Slim Smith - Lonely Lover
11. Field Marshall Haye - Roots And Herb Style
12. DJ Dawn & The Ranking Queens - Peace Truce Thing
13. Jim Brown - Cure For The Fever
14. Sugar Minott - Peace Treaty Style
15. Lloyd Robinson - It Deep
16. Barry Brown - Far East
17. Windel Haye & Captain Morgan - Flood Victim
18. Ernest Wilson - Pick Them Up
Soul Jazz will release Studio One Dancehall, Sir Coxone In The Dance: The Foundation Sound in July 2014.