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VA / Soul Jazz Records - STUDIO ONE SOUL [new classic black vinyl edition]

Soul Jazz Records

  • £32.38

Format: 2LP 
Catalogue No.: SJRLP466-BLK
Barcode: 5026328604664
Release Date: 25 Nov 2022
Genre: Reggae

 New classic black vinyl pressing.
 More classic Reggae from Jamaica’s most important label ever.  ‘Studio One Soul’ tracks the link between American Funk and Soul and Jamaican Reggae at the legendary Studio One Records.  Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Temptations, King Floyd, Booker T and The MGs - all these artists had a huge influence on Jamaican artists and this album contains versions of songs by all of them. Featuring classic and rare Reggae Funk and Soul cuts from the Reggae giants alongside rarer cuts, Studio One Soul spans over 20 years of classic Reggae from the Rocksteady Funk through to the deep Roots music.
 Following on from Studio One Rockers, this second journey into the vaults of Studio One tells the story of the important link between American Funk and Soul and Jamaican Reggae. Ranging from music taken from the mid-1960s (and the arrival of Rocksteady) through to the beginning of the 1980s, Studio One Soul features versions of US Funk and Soul hits (many rarely heard before) from some of the many classic artists who recorded at Studio One. American Soul music has always been an important influence on Jamaican Reggae.
 The beginning of the Jamaican recording industry at the end of the 1950s started with Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd (owner of Studio One) and a group of select in-house musicians (originally The Skatalites) recording their own version of American R&B. Playing on the off-beat, this music became Ska.
 As American R&B progressed through Funk, Soul and Disco, Jamaican music was going through its own musical changes, from Rocksteady through to Reggae and Roots music. The house-band at Studio One recorded on a daily basis behind all
Studio One vocalists as well as recording instrumentally in its own right.
 Soul singers such as Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions (Queen Of The Minstrels) had a profound influence on Jamaican artists and many other US artists were constantly re-interpreted and re-worked. Artists such as Aretha Franklin (‘Respect’), Charles Wright (‘Express Yourself’), King Floyd (‘Groove Me’), Otis Redding (‘How Strong’) were all very popular in Jamaica in the 1960s.
 At the end of the 1960s, Black Consciousness became an important part of American Soul music. At the same time many Jamaican artists were starting to look to their roots. Many artists would shortly become involved in Rastafarianism. The ‘conscious’ lyrics of American Funk and Soul again struck a chord with Jamaican artists. ‘Message From A Blackman’ (originally by The Temptations) and ‘Is It Because I’m Black’ (Syl Johnson) are examples of this. Through the 1970s Soul / Disco artists such as Barry White (‘Can’t Get Enough’ and ‘Deeper and Deeper’) and The Detroit Spinners (‘I’ll Be Around’) became the flavour of the day. The album finishes with Willie Williams’ interpretation of Ashford and Simpson’s classic ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’.
 What the critics said: “Compilation of the month” - Mojo; “Another essential purchase from Soul Jazz” - Seven; “Latest in Soul Jazz’s indispensable compilations” - i-D; “Near perfect” - Jockey Slut
 Press - Reviews & features in Mojo, The Wire, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, Pitchfork, Irish Times, The Observer, Clash, Vice, Metro, Record Collector, Uncut, Independent, Q.

Leroy Sibbles - Express Yourself
Norma Fraser - Respect
Leroy Sibbles - Groove Me 
Sound Dimension - Time Is Tight
The Heptones - Message From A Black Man
Otis Gayle - I'll Be Around
Jerry Jones - Still Water
Sound Dimension - Soulful Strut
Richard Ace - Can't Get Enough
The Chosen Few - Don't Break Your Promise
The Eternals - Queen Of The Minstrels
Norma Fraser - The First Cut Is The Deepest
Ken Parker - How Strong
Ken Boothe - Set Me Free
Senior Soul - Is It Because I'm Black
Jackie Mittoo - Deeper & Deeper
Alton Ellis - I Don't Want To Be Right
Willie Williams - No One Can Stop Us

More From This Artist: Alton Ellis Jackie Mittoo Jerry Jones Ken Boothe Ken Parker Leroy Sibbles Norma Fraser Otis Gayle Richard Ace Senior Soul Sound Dimension The Chosen Few The Eternals The Heptones Willie Williams

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