Various artists album review
Studio One
24 - 09 - 1998

Tracking list

  1. Pablove Black - Poco Tempo
  2. Soul Vendors - Bust Them Shirt
  3. Soul Vendors - Race Track
  4. Pablove Black - Rockers Party
  5. Don Junior - Joe Frazer
  6. Cedric Brooks - Beat Down Babylon
  7. Soul Vendors - Consumer Dub
  8. Studio One Band - Discipline
  9. Richard Ace - Darker Shade Of Blue
  10. Soul Defenders - Headache
  11. Richard Ace - Mo Bay Special
  12. Jackie Mittoo - Dancing Groove
  13. Sound Dimension - Back Out
  14. Roland Alphonso - Me-An-Grouch
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : -

Essential follow up to the Studio One instrumental collection "Tuffest" from a year or so back. Foundation is another beauty, which gathers some of the toughest and hardest-to-find classic instrumentals from the vaults of reggae's legendary Studio One label played by some of the best musicians Jamaica had to offer. Once again one can witness the strength of the material that comes from Studio One. Most of the riddims are real killer instrumentals with versions of originals like Jackie Mittoo's "Sidewalk Doctor" (Poco Tempo), Burning Spear's "Joe Frazier" (Joe Frazer), The Heptones' "Party Time" (Rockers Party), Alvin & Larry's "Mean Girl" (Consumer Dub) and Delroy Wilson's "Dancing Mood" (Dancing Groove). Nice stuff for instrumental freaks and version-spotters. However, this is strictly limited business so if you can find a copy, buy it !

Note: When it comes to sound quality of Studio One vinyl issues reggae fans know that this is not always the best part. In this case the sound quality is above average.

Teacher & Mr. T.