Studio One Lovers
Soul Jazz Records-Munich
July 24, 2005

Track list
  1. Delroy Wilson - I Don't Know Why
  2. Basil Daley - Hold Me Baby
  3. Myrna Hague - Touch Me Baby
  4. John Holt & The Paragons - Darling I Need Your Loving
  5. The Sharks - How Could I Live
  6. The Mad Lads - Ten To One
  7. Jackie Mittoo - Reggae Magic
  8. Larry & Alvin - Your Love
  9. Freddy & Jenny - Too Long Will Be To Late
  10. Alton Ellis - Let Him Try
  11. Albert Tomlinson - Don't Wait For Me
  12. Horace Andy - Got To Be Sure
  13. Carlton & His Shoes - Never Give Your Heart Away
  14. The Heptones - Ready To Learn
  15. Bob & Marcia - Really Together
  16. Ernest Wilson - Undying Love
  17. Bob Marley & The Wailers - I'm Still Waiting
  18. Doreen Schaeffer - We're All Alone
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 5
"Studio One Lovers", the latest of Soul Jazz/Studio One releases, is a very satisfying and well balanced collection of tunes that deal with matters of the heart. Studio One is the founding studio which Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, describes as "The University Of Reggae". The album is lovingly compiled and features some of the finest lovers tunes from Jamaica’s best loved label. From Blues parties in London, Birmingham, Bristol etc Lovers Rock quickly became one of the UK’s finest-ever musical movements. Sweet harmonies, soulful reggae, love songs – the key ingredients of Lovers Rock - were all based on the revival of many of the classic Rocksteady harmony groups of the late 60s and early 70s, such as The Heptones, Carlton & The Shoes, Larry & Alvin, The Paragons, that Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd’s Studio One and rival Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label produced hit after hit with as they fought for dominance in the dancehalls of Kingston. As well as these classic harmony groups, this album also features excellent contributions from many of the reggae greats. Check out Horace "Sweeter Than Candy" Andy with the 1970 tune Got To Be Sure. There is also the legendary singer Alton Ellis -- who is the best when it comes to expressing pain and joy in a song -- who delivers the much versioned Let Him Try. Ernest Wilson sings his best known self penned tune Undying Love and The Heptones do a nice cover of Barbara Mason's Ready To Learn. Freddie McGregor did the same song for Studio One too. But here Freddie and the late Jennifer Lara perform a sweet duet -- Too Long Will Be Too Late -- based on Sugar Minott's "Is It True" riddim. There is so much to enjoy here! Excellent soulfull stuff!