Full Up: More Hits from Studio One
February 05, 2006

Track list
  1. Love Me Forever - Carlton & the Shoes
  2. Always Together - Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths
  3. What Kind of World - The Cables
  4. Mister Fixit - Winston Francis
  5. Danger in Your Eyes - Don Evans and the Paragons
  6. Rougher Yet - Slim Smith
  7. Love Bump - Lone Ranger
  8. Armagideon Time - Willie Williams
  9. Full Up - Sound Dimension
  10. Behold the Land - Culture
  11. First Cut Is the Deepest - Norma Frazer
  12. Look Who Is Back Again - Delroy Wilson & Slim Smith
  13. Open the Gate - The Ethiopian
  14. Fire Down Below - Burning Spear
  15. Pick Up the Pieces - The Royals
  16. Desperate Lover - Bob Andy
  17. I Don't Want to See You Cry - John Holt
  18. Big Mistake - The Bassies
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
"The whole of it means so much to me. Early Burning Spear and all those Studio One albums! Positive Vibration by Marley. I heard it first as a Coxsonne dub plate. In those days, you had to go to the dance to hear the dub plates before they were released. You had to go to the dance to hear it fresh: The dub plates have it. The dub plates tell the people what is going on." (Creation Rebel's Eskimo ONU Sound Fox, in conversation with Greg Whitfield, 2004).

"Well, these points we make are true, we come from a powerful Jamaican root and tradition, even though we have diversified to reflect our condition of life here in the UK. My influences are Studio One -- classic vibes, straight to the heart." Blood Shanti (Aba Shanti Sound System in conversation with Greg Whitfield, 1997)

When it comes to Studio One, the message is pure and simple -- DO believe the hype, go out and discover, investigate as deeply as you are able, for this is the roots of reggae music, the roots of dub music. However heavy the bass lines you are checking out in 2006 are, the chances are that vinyl you are listening to right now has its roots in Coxsonne Dodd's studio.

Listening to this music it is hard to believe that it was recorded on the most basic of equipment some thirty or more years ago, equipment most rock bands would sneer at, yet this is a deep deep and textured sophisticated sound, from start to finish, with not a dull moment, taking in influences from Be Bop to Afro Cuban Jazz, Ska, Soul and moulding them all into a sound which at its heights is beyond categorisation it is so innovative and inspired.

This compilation covers all of Studio One's diverse and best styles, from the eerie psychedelic mournful melancholy of The Bassies "Big Mistake" to the delicately fragile and beautifully flawed Cat Stevens' tune, "First Cut Is The Deepest" and onto the self confident pugnacious swagger and brashness of "Armagideon Time", this music is all essential -- no filler here.

"Full Up" is a beautiful rendering of that Studio One tune, "Africa Here I Come", and also included here is the essential Ethiopian tune, "Open The Gate" with Leonard Dillon sounding like the great under rated master, Joe Higgs. Let's hope that the classic Ethiopian Studio One album "Everything Crash" will get a cd re-issue as soon as possible -- to many, "Everything Crash" was the heights of Coxsonne's genius, yet it still, inexplicably, hasn't seen re release on CD.

It is extraordinary just how far ahead of it's time this Coxsonne sound really was, how startlingly original it all was -- don't miss the sound of hard roots reggae at its best, long before aspects of the wider genre hardened into cliché , conservative orthodox form and imitation.