Various artists album review
Studio One Scorcher Instrumentals
Soul Jazz Records-Munich
October 19, 2002

Tracking list

  1. The Skatalites - Coconut Rock
  2. Cedric Im Brooks & Sound Dimension - Mun Dun Go
  3. Skatalites, Tommy Mccook, Richard Ace, Disco Height - Shockers Rock
  4. The Soul Vendors - Ringo Rock
  5. Jackie Mittoo & Ernest Ranglin - Jericho Skank
  6. The New Establishment - The People Skanking
  7. Karl Bryan And The Afrokats - Money Generator
  8. Lester Sterling - Afrikaan Beat
  9. Sound Dimension - Heavy Rock
  10. Sugar Belly - In Cold Blood
  11. Don Drummond & The Skatalites - Heavenless
  12. Soul Bros - Bugaloo
  13. Vin Gordon - Red Blood
  14. Pablove Black - Push Pull
  15. Jackie Mitto & Brentford Rockers - Sidewalk Doctor
  16. Liberation Group - Namibia
  17. Brentford Road All Stars - Last Call
  18. Soul Defenders - Still Calling
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Studio One Scorcher Instrumentals" from the London based Soul Jazz Records crew is an awesome collection of Studio One instrumentals. They have released several other Studio One compilations, such as "Studio One DJ's", "Studio One Rockers" and "Studio One Soul", just to name but a few.
The albums kicks off with Coconut Rock by The Skatalites, a tune also known as 'Passing Through'. Mun-Dun-Gu, with its dense pounding riddim, is performed by Cedric Im Brooks, featuring conga player Carl McDonald. Next comes Shockers Rock, one of Studio One's first twelve inch releases. The tune is a startling remix of 'Cleopatra' from Roland Alphonso and The Studio One Orchestra. The Soul Vendors come next with Ringo Rock, a transition record between ska and rocksteady. Jericho Skank is based around the traditional spiritual 'Walls of Jericho' and is brought to you by Jackie Mittoo and Ernest Ranglin. Alton Ellis' masterful "The People" is the original vocal cut to The People Skanking, an atmospheric remixed masterpiece done by Studio One engineer Sylvan Morris. Loosely based on a popular easy listening Bert Kaempfert tune, Lester Sterling delivers one of his best efforts ever. Sound Dimension's Heavy Rock proved to be an excellent riddim, 'cause its was versioned over and over. Sugar Belly's In Cold Blood is a mento flavored tune, widely used in the 70s to produce excellent versions. The next tune forms the foundation of dancehall as we know it now. Heavenless was released in 1969 as the B-side to the wonderful Carlton & His Shoes 'Let Me Love You', but its popularity proved so great that this was promoted to A-side. Bugaloo by the Soul Brothers is a kind of Stax soul record, led by Jackie Mittoo's haunting organ. Burning Spear's timeless 'Swell Headed' receives the Pablove Black treatment as his stabbing keyboard lines closely follow the Spear's melody line. Jackie Mittoo's Sidewalk Doctor is one of those rare recordings to which Coxsonne Dodd never released a vocal cut. No need to of course, other studios took over that job quite well ! Last call features Horsemouth, drumming like Sly Dunbar, as he utilises his militant double drumming technique. The obscure "Rasta Calling" by the Nightingales is the vocal cut to Still Calling, an instrumental featuring Cedric Im Brooks. The disc closes with Black Up, a buru based workout originally released as the B-side to King Stitt's version to Dennis Brown's 'No Man Is An Island'.
What can we say... a startling collection of must have tunes!

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