Reggae in the Grass – Various Artists [1969]

Reggae in the Grass - Various Artists [1969]

Reggae in the Grass - Various Artists [1969]

Reggae in the Grass - Various Artists [1969]

Digging the stencil font on what is quite a weird picture. Looks like a cult, everyone seem oblivious to each other – like those ‘silent raves’ where you wear headphones. The photography is credited to Jackie Estick.

This cover is actually a lovely snapshot of a very different time. Compare this to images from modern dancehall raves πŸ˜‰

This is a nice collection of relatively light rock-steady tracks from the likes of John Holt, Bob Andy and others.

Tracklist
A1 Sound Dimension – Reggae In The Grass
A2 Bob Andy – Feeling Soul
A3 John Holt – Darling I Need Your Loving
A4 Roy Richards – 100 Pounds Of Clay
A5 Larry & Alvin – She Will Never Let Go
A6 Bob & Marcia – Really Together
B1 Larry & Alvin – Nanny Goat
B2 Clive Alphonso -Moving Together
B3 Val Bennett – Bogie Reggae
B4 Delroy Wilson – Easy Snappin
B5 Consumates, The – Do The Right Thing
B6 Sound Dimension – Reggae For Days

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The Dub Specialist – Bionic Dub [1975]

The Dub Specialist - Bionic Dub [1975]

The Dub Specialist - Bionic Dub [1975]

The Dub Specialist - Bionic Dub [1975]

Dub Specialist is a ‘catch-all’ name that was basically used as a label for a series of dub releases that came out of Studio One and were produced Coxsone Dodd during the 1970s.

All the releases in the Dub Specialist series were issued in limited editions and were mixed and arranged by a collection of engineers like Scientist, Sylvan Morris, and others.

Bionic Dub was released in 1975, and features a minimal but striking cover showing a Steve (Bionic Man) Austin type character slamming his extended fist into the viewer’s face.

Tracklist
A1 Bionic Dub
A2 Theme From Steve
A3 Austin Chuck
A4 Six Million Dub
A5 Squash Dub
B1 Meet 7 Million
B2 Oscar
B3 Exodus
B4 Robot Fixt
B5 Barny Dub

The Dub Specialist - Bionic Dub [1975]

Produced by C.S. Dodd
Recorded at Studio One
Studio 1 Records 1975

This is a wonderful dub album, deep and dark.

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This is pretty hard to get hold of now, but it does get the odd re-release from time to time.

The Heptones – The Heptones (Studio One) – 1967

The Heptones - The Heptones (Studio One) - 1967

The Heptones - The Heptones (Studio One) - 1967

This is a special album and deserves a place in anyone’s collection.

The early Studio One album covers were usually joyous and uncynical affairs. Artists always looked thrilled to be recording an album and having their photo taken for the cover – Sunday best and church clothes were mandatory, as were big smiles. There was a cleanness about the design with the focus always on the artist; leafing though many of the original Studio One album covers are like browsing through someone’s old photograph album where photos were taken at special occasions and everyone was usually dressed up.

Anyway, enough of the dewy-eyed nostalgia.

This was the first album from The Heptones and it was released on Studio One records in 1967 and it was a huge rock-steady hit. The Heptones were one of the key groups who managed to transition successfully from the rock-steady era of the 60s into the roots reggae era of the 70s whilst still remaining an important and artistically creative force.

Produced by Coxsone Dodd it is packed full of classic hits. “Baby”, which is featured on this album, remains a personal favourite of ours and is a track that never fails to give us a lift no matter how many times we have played it.

It could also be argued that this album (as with many of the Studio One originals) also played a role in the emergence of DJ music and ultimately dancehall and rap. For example, would Dennis Alcapone’s ‘Baby Version’ have been as big a hit as it was if The Heptones track wasn’t such a solid tune to DJ over?

The Heptones (Studio One)
Track List:
1. Fattie Fattie
2. Why Must I
3. Only Sixteen
4. Mama
5. The Best Things In Life
6. Gee Wee
7. I’ve Got A Feeling
8. Tripe Girl
9. Baby
10. Let’s Fall In Love
11. Take A Tip From Me
12. Cry Baby Cry
13. Why Did You Leave [CD re-release]
14. Get In The Groove [CD re-release]

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Dennis Brown – No Man Is An Island [1970]

Dennis Brown - No Man Is An Island

Dennis Brown - No Man Is An Island

Dennis Brown - No Man Is An Island

This is Dennis Brown’s ‘No Man Is An Island’ album on Studio One records, released in 1970.

You simply just don’t get reggae album covers like this anymore. If this was done today and Dennis Brown was an upcoming singer, then I’d expect that the cover would show Dennis reclining in the back of a limo, surrounded by his bitches, and it would be called something like ‘Unfaithful’, or ‘Gettin’ Paid’. Maybe.

Anyway, enjoy the meaningful simplicity of this album cover.

Track Listing:

  • No Man Is An Island
  • Going To A Ball
  • I Love You Madly
  • Rain Drops Keep Falling
  • Created By The Father
  • I Have Got To Go
  • I’ll Never Fall In Love
  • Make It Easy On Yourself
  • Your Love Is Amazing
  • I Need Someone
  • Something Bugging Me
  • God Bless The Children

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The Wailing Souls – The Wailing Souls [1975]

The Wailing Souls - The Wailing Souls (1975)
This is the debut album from The Wailing Souls which was released on Studio One in 1975.

I really like this cover. They all look like they have rushed to a local shop to borrow the outfits and then rushed to the local building site to pose on some construction equipment – no professional stylist was hired for this shoot. And that’s a good thing.

Track Listing:
1. Back Out With It
2. Fire Coal Man
3. Run My People
4. Thou Shall Not Steal
5. Row Fisherman
6. Real Rock
7. Got To Be Cool
8. Pack Up
9. Can’t Catch Me
10. Hot Road
11. Things And Time
12. Without You

A classic roots vocal album from a classic group.

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