Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Tribute To Studio One (Limited Edition)
Sugar Minott
Tad's
2 CD
May 12, 2006

Track list

Disc 1

  1. I Can't Get Over Losing You
  2. Love Me With All Of Your Heart
  3. Call On You
  4. Vanity
  5. Declaration Of Rights
  6. Ten To One
  7. Conquer Me
  8. Willow Tree
  9. No Man Is An Island
  10. Just Another Girl
  11. Danger In Your Eyes
  12. Yaho Yaho
  13. Undying Love
  14. Give Me The Right
  15. Never Give Up
  16. Way Down There
  17. Why Won't You Try
  18. Give Me Good Love
    Bonus Track
  19. Too Long Will Be Too Late - Freddie McGregor & Jennifer Lara
Disc 2 - Dub Vocal Mix

  1. I Can't Get Over Losing You
  2. Love Me With All Of Your Heart
  3. Call On You
  4. Vanity
  5. Declaration Of Rights
  6. Ten To One
  7. Conquer Me
  8. Willow Tree
  9. No Man Is An Island
  10. Just Another Girl
  11. Danger In Your Eyes
  12. Yaho Yaho
  13. Undying Love
  14. Give Me The Right
  15. Never Give Up
  16. Way Down There
  17. Why Won't You Try
  18. Give Me Good Love
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3
Producer Tad A. Dawkins is noted for his early 80s works, which include not only the - recently as a one riddim album relicked - Gregory Isaacs' "Hard Drugs", but also Dennis Brown's "Wildfire" (as well as the collaborative album of the same name by Brown and John Holt) and Brown's "Here I Come a.k.a. Love And Hate". The great Sugar Minott recorded "Level Vibes" and "Is It True" for him in the early 80s, and now they teamed up once again for the very pleasant "Tribute To Studio One" on TAD's Records, produced like the earlier mentioned "Hard Drugs" riddim album by Tad A. Dawkins in collaboration with his son Tad A. Dawkins jr. and backed by live riddims coming from an allstar line-up of Sly Dunbar, Style Scott, Alvin, Lloyd Parks, Flabba Holt, Robbie Lyn, Bubbler, Dwight Pinkney, Willie Lindo, Steven Stanley, Dean Frazer, Nambo & Chico and backing vocals from not just Sugar Minott himself but also the Tamlins, Dean Frazer, Chris, Pam Hall, Freddie McGregor & Jennifer Lara. The first 18 of the 19 tunes from Disc 1 are featured in a vocal dub mix on Disc 2, that never differs too much, but still enough to showcase Sugar Minott's singing even a bit more. All selections selected from the immense catalogue of the late Sir Clement Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label, once described with the words calling Studio One of the late 60s the 'Jamaican Motown' would probably be flattering Berry Gordy's company this double-album is a big pleasure to listen to. With gems like "I Can't Get Over Losing You", The Heptones' (as Rocky & Leroy Sibbles) "Love Me With All Of Your Heart" from 1968, Burning Spear's classic "Call On You" from 1972, Sugar's own "Vanity" recorded originally in 1978 over Alton Ellis' 1967 'I'm Just A Guy'-riddim it's immediately clear what this album is all about, and Sugar is in very fine form, and the backing is as classy as you would expect from the musicians involved. The Abyssinians' 1969 "Declaration Of Rights", The Mad Lads 1969 (as Highlites recorded) "Ten To One", so beautiful that it almost hurts, Delroy Wilson seminal "Conquer Me" from 1967, Alton Ellis' heartfelt 1968 "Willow Tree" and the by a very youthful Dennis Brown in 1970 recorded classic "No Man Is An Island" are keeping the great tunes from Studio One flowing. Ken Boothe's "Just Another Girl" from 1969, Don Evans & The Paragons' "Danger In Your Eyes" from 1976 and the Viceroys' 1968 pirates tune "Ya Ho" get the same respectful treatment with which Sugar Minott's interpretation makes it a Sugar Minott tune, yet pays tribute to the original recording with each word he sings. Ernest Wilson's "Undying Love" from 1968 is followed by another Heptones gem "Give Me The Right a.k.a. I Am Your Man" from 1972, originally recorded for Coxsone Dodd by Ken Boothe & Norma Frazier in 1967 and Sugar Minott's own "Never Give Up" from 1977, that was recorded over the Heptones 1972 'Pretty Looks Isn't All'. "Way Down There", the Links production "Why Don't You Try" over Keith & Tex' 'Tonight'-riddim and the upbeat "Give Me Good Love" take this very fine album to its close. On Disc 1 as a bonus track the 1983 Tad Dawkins production "Too Long Will Be Too Late", a great combination by Freddie McGregor & Jennifer Lara is added and though not featuring Sugar Minott on lead vocals doesn't seem out of place on this album at all. This album is absolutely worthwile buying as Tad A. Dawkins is putting his TAD's Records firmly on the map again 20 years after he did so for the first time.