Album review
The Right Solution
The Jays
Studio One
01 - 09 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. The Right Feeling
  2. Studio One Beat
  3. Cleanse Your Mind
  4. Crisis And Uprising
  5. You'll Never Get Away
  6. Invaders
  7. Think It Over
  8. No Sweat
  9. Since You Came Along
  10. Stand Up Time
  11. Let's Give Thanks And Praise
  12. Good Love Affair
  13. Let's Get Together
  14. The Right Solution
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 3

According to the sleeve notes, The Jays (Lloyd Forrest and Errol Wilson) made their first recordings at Studio One in the late 1960s, but this album wasn't released until late last year, with recently voiced tunes over classic riddims. Hopefully the death of Studio One founder Sir Clement Coxsone Dodd (as mentioned in the Errol Dunkley review) will not mean that we won't see no more of these excellent releases, but the first statements by his widow Norma Dodd seem very encouraging for all Studio one fans. The vocals on this album are strong on each track, and a whole heap of classic riddims is adding to the joy. "The Right Feeling" is over Ken Boothe's 'Moving Away', "Studio One Beat" over the Soul Vendors' 'Race Track', "Cleanse Your Mind" over Alton Ellis 'Breaking Up', "You'll Never Get Away" over Bob Andy's 'Unchained', "Think It Over" over the 'Far East / Jah Shakey'-riddim, "No Sweat" over the immortal 'Real Rock'-riddim and yet another take on the Eternals' 'Queen Of The Minstrels'-riddim is the love song "Since You Came Along". Great unidentified riddims back "Crisis And Uprising" and "Invaders", and these tunes are as strong. The wonderful pick of riddims is even clearer when you realize that the remaining tunes on this album are over Carlton & The Shoes 'Love Me Forever' for "Stand Up Time", 'Drum Song' for "Let's Give Thanks And Praise", the Silvertones 'Smile' for "Good Love Affair", 'Pick Up The Pieces' for "Let's Get Together" and finally a magnificent ride over the Heptones 'I Hold The Handle' for the title song "The Right Solution". This album is among the very best that have been released by Coxsone Dodd over the last few years and simply a must have for every reggae listener with a more than average interest in foundation and great vocal harmonies.