STUDIO ONE Supreme: Maximum 70s and 80s Early Dancehall Sounds

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By the 1970s Studio One and Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd had already proved himself to be the defining force inReggae for almost two decades. From running the Downbeat sound system on the lawns and yards of Kingston inthe late 1950s to opening Studio One at 13 Brentford Road at the start of the 1960s, ushering in Ska andRocksteady and establishing the careers of most of Jamaica s artists everyone from Bob Marley and The Wailers,Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals, The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo and more Clement Dodd had until this pointdominated the Jamaican musical world.And yet, incredibly, Clement Dodd was barely half way through his musical path, maintaining Studio One snumber one position in the Jamaican music scene throughout the 1970s with a combination of musical andcreative innovation and an endless capacity to adapt and create new musical fashions. By the end of the 1970sDancehall had become the defining sound on the island. Dancehall was essentially a tribute by other Jamaicanproducers and artists to the classic music of Studio One created in the 1960s as young artists across the islandcreated new songs, while musicians recreated these original classic foundation Studio One rhythms. As on otheroccasions, Clement Dodd rose to this new musical challenge by producing a whole new era of classics for StudioOne.The roots of Dancehall begin with the DJs of the early 1970s, who were the first to sing new material over earlierclassic rhythms. Early DJ pioneers such as Dillinger and Prince Jazzbo both feature here toasting over classic songs- The Mad Lad s Ten to One and The Eternals Queen of the Minstrel. But it is the new wave of artists who arrivedat Studio One at the onset of Dancehall which enabled Studio One to maintain its number one status as the wholeof Kingston s rival music producers Channel One, Joe Gibbs and many others attempted to challenge thisposition.Sugar Minott, Michigan and Smiley, Willie Williams, Lone Ranger had all grown up listening to the classic StudioOne music of the 1960s and were able to pay the greatest compliment to the label by creating the defining newmusic of this new era with songs that combined all the musical and technological developments of the 1970s dub, deejaying, discomixes, syndrums, synthesizers and more into the sound of the future: Dancehall.Throughout this era Clement Dodd also continued to work with a number of original and returning artists suchas Alton Ellis, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne updating old rhythms and creating new oneswhile employing the in-house band variously known as The Brentford All-Stars/Rockers/Disco Set to update thesesounds in order to maintain Studio One s number one position as the defining force in Reggae.This is Soul Jazz Records latest new collection of classic and rare Studio One recordings and is released on triple

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