At the end of the 1950s, Caribbean mento and calypso, US jazz and R&B gave rise to a style of music in Jamaica that is still known and loved today as ska. One of the most important ska labels is Studio One Records, founded by Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, with style-defining acts such as The Skatalites, The Wailers and Lee Perry.
The label Soul Jazz throws with its compilation "Studio One Ska Fever!" the spot on the early '60s, when ska provided the soundtrack to Jamaica's independence and Sir Coxsone ruled the country with his sound.
Also present: the biggest stars of the scene at the time, such as Roland Alphonso, The Gaylads, The Ethiopians, Don Drummond, Jackie Opel and many others. A kind of Studio One all-star band that Chris Blackwell once described as the "university of reggae".
The booklet contains detailed liner notes by Studio One expert Rob Chapman, musician and track info, photos and label scans.
The double vinyl comes in a gatefold sleeve.
A1 Hugh Godfrey– Mad World A2 Johnny Moore– Skavling Johnny A3 Bongo Man & The Skatalites– Marcus Garvey A4 The Clarendonians– Rudie Bam Bam A5 Jackie Opel– Old Rocking Chair
B1 The Wailers– Climb The Ladder B2 Jackie Mittoo– Jump For Joy B3 Lee Perry– Gumma B4 Soul Brothers – Freedom Sounds
C1 The Clarendonians– You Won't See Me C2 Roland Alphonso & The Studio One Orchestra– Cleopatra C3 The Gaylads– Don't Try To Reach Me C4 The Skatalites– Ska La Parisienne
D1 Joe Higgs & Roy Wilson – There's A Reward D2 The Skatalites– Timothy D3 The Ethiopians– Live Good D4 Don Drummond– Green Island D5 The Wailers– Mr Talkative
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