Tribute To Studio 1
The Blackstones
Studio One
January 13, 2006

Track list
  1. The Happiest Man
  2. Freeway (feat. Hot Pepper)
  3. Tribute To Studio One
  4. Don't Chuck Badness
  5. If I Follow
  6. Your Style
  7. Am Gonna Love You
  8. Only Sixteen
  9. I Wanna Hold You
  10. Young At Heart
  11. Love Lost
  12. Satamasagana (feat. Johnny Jubilee)
  13. My Girl A Sparkle
  14. One More Time
  15. Falling In Love
  16. The Sometime Loving
  17. You Don't Care
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Finally, there's a successor to the much championed, and wonderful Bitty McLean album "Peckings Presents ... On Bond Street With The Supersonics", only this time it isn't Bitty McLean, it isn't even a singer, it's a vocal harmony group, it isn't a Peckings production, and no Treasure Isle riddims have been used, BUT it's the last final album recorded and produced by and during the life of the almost 2 years ago deceased Studio One founder and producer Six Clement Coxsone Dodd, whose obituary you can check here, using some of the most famous riddims recorded at Studio One, thus giving The Blackstones, founding member Leon Leiffer, Tony Mahoney and Junior Bailey the honour of becoming (rather odd if you think it over) the first and only UK artists to have been recorded at Studio One under the tutelage of Coxsone Dodd. The match between the soulful UK version of reggae vocal harmony and foundation riddims works as well on this "Tribute To Studio One" album as it did on the aforementioned Peckings/Bitty McLean release. The whole album is one big aural trip to the heyday of foundation vocal harmony, and unexpectedly the sound quality is extremely crisp for a Studio One release, starting with the beautiful lovers tune "The Happiest Man" over the Studio One version of the Treasure Isle(!) recorded 1967 Techniques 'Queen Majesty'-riddim, followed by the excellent "Freeway" featuring Hot Pepper, the excellent "Tribute To Studio One" and "Don't Chuck Badness" over the Soul Vendors' 1968 'Real Rock', one of the most versioned riddims ever. "If I Follow", a brilliant tune warning for the financial traps of love over the great 1968 Carlton & the Shoes 'Love Me Forever'-riddim and "Your Style" is over Delroy Wilson's 1966 smash 'Dancing Mood'. "Am Gonna Love You" is the Blackstones smooth take on Slim Smith 'Rougher Yet' from 1967, followed by their cover of legendary soul singer Sam Cooke's 1969 "Only Sixteen", "I Wanna Hold You" over the great 1977 Silvertones riddim "Smile" and the excellent "Young At Heart" and "Love Lost". Then another great cover version follows, the Blackstones take on the 1969 Abyssinians reggae anthem "Satamasagana" in combinatinon with DJ Johnny Jubilee. "My Girl A Sparkle" over Bob Andy's 1972 'Feeling Soul'-riddim is followed by the superb "One More Time" and a great rendition of the Heptones' 1975 "Falling In Love". "The Sometime Loving" is followed by the last track of this brilliant album, the Blackstones' version of Slim Smith & the Gaylads' great adaptation of Curtis Mayfield's "You Don't Care". If you were as thrilled by what became my album of the year in 2004, Bitty McLean's "On Bond Street", you can't afford not to buy this last Clement Coxsone Dodd Studio One production, and his first ever of a UK artist.