Soul Jazz Records Presents - Studio One Ska [RSD 2023] | RECORD STORE DAY
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Soul Jazz Records’ 20th anniversary limited-edition heavyweight green vinyl pressing of Studio One Ska comes for Record Store Day 2023, complete with a download code.

A blistering collection of non-stop Ska classic tunes from Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica's foundation label of reggae music. Featuring classic cuts from the originators of Ska alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the mighty vaults of 13 Brentford Road - pure fire!

Studio One Records and the seminal in-house band The Skatalites created and defined Ska, in the process making Jamaican music famous throughout the world. This compilation features classic vocal and instrumental tracks from The Skatalites, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Delroy Wilson alongside super-rare tracks from the likes of Ken Boothe, The Maytals, Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook and many more. Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s musical empire was founded on Ska, the first explosive and most exciting music to come out of the newly independent Jamaica, which soon spread across the world. Studio One is often described as both the University of Reggae and the Motown of Jamaica. This album is a celebration of the music of Studio One Records’ seminal Ska releases and features a who’s who of the most important artists and musicians in the history of reggae.

“Every side collected here is a classic” --All Music

“Utterly brilliant collection of Ska music. Essential stuff” --Q

“Ripping Ska compilation. The sound is tremendous as well thanks to Studio One recording techniques - already superior at the birth of Reggae - and Soul Jazz mastering. It's a superior Studio One Ska compilation what's not to like?” --The Face

"Soul Jazz's exemplary Studio One series continues." --The Wire


A1. Jackie Mittoo – El Bang Bang
A2. Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole – Arte Bella
A3. The Wailers – (I'm Gonna) Put It On
A4. The Skatalites – Addis Ababa

B1. Roland Alphonso – President Kennedy
B2. Joe Higgs – (I'm The) Song My Enemies Sing
B3. The Skatalites – Beardsman Ska
B4. Delroy Wilson – I Want Justice

C1. Tommy McCook's Orchestra – Sampson
C2. The Ethiopians – I'm Gonna Take Over
C3. Tommy McCook – Freedom Sounds
C4. The Maytals – Marching On

D1. The Skatalites – Exodus
D2. Roland Alphonso – Look Away Ska
D3. Don Drummond – Don Cosmic
D4. Roland Alphonso – Scambalena
D5. Andy & Joey – You're Wondering Now