In Memory Of..
February 1, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 3/4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3||Sleeve : 2/3|
What would have been just
another review, suddenly isn't. I just can't give the straightforward review on this
album that I would normally have written. Having completed the Bunny Brown "Ready For The World" review
earlier this week, this second Studio One review for this week's update is now
written solely as a double tribute. Not only to Chandley Duffus, whose memorial
release this album is, but also to the producer and pioneer of Jamaican music who
gave us so many wonderful classic riddims, tracks and albums on his Studio One label,
Sir Clement Coxsone Dodd, who unexpectedly passed away. Just 4 days after Brentford
Road in Kingston was renamed Studio One Boulevard, in honour of this man's label that
is often described as the Jamaican Motown, which is nothing less than flattering Berry
Gordy's label. He was not only a founder of Jamaican music, lots of soundboys mean
Studio One when talking about 'Foundation'-tunes, he also created the entire system by which the music works to this day. He was the first producer to use a riddim track
more than once for different songs by different artists and also among the first in
Jamaica to introduce DJs. This versioning doesn't happen in any other form of music
and is the cornerstone of todays dancehall. His influence has reached far beyond
Jamaica and reggae, into rap, hip hop but even jungle, garage and just pop music.
C.S.Dodd will live on in his music. A cornerstone of the foundation of reggae music.