The Best Of Studio One
February 13, 2006

Track list
  1. A Love I Can Feel - John Holt
  2. Music Like Dirt - The Lyrics
  3. Baby Why - The Cables
  4. Can I Change My Mind - Alton Ellis
  5. Just Another Girl - Ken Boothe
  6. The Answer - Lone Ranger
  7. Oh Mr. D.C. - Sugar Minott
  8. Jah Promise - Johnny Osbourne
  9. Declaration of Rights - The Abyssinians
  10. Roots Natty - The Gladiators
  11. Rub a Dub Style - Michigan and Smiley
  12. Party Time - The Heptones
  13. Throw Me Corn - Larry Marshall
  14. Melody Life - Marcia Griffiths
  15. Born to Love - Slim Smith
  16. My Last Love - The Termites
  17. Rastafari Tell You - Judah Tafari Eskender
  18. Row Fisherman Row (extended mix) - Wailing Souls
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 5
Studio One is the label that discovered, and in many cases, helped create legacies for artists who became international legends, from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer of the Wailers to the Heptones, Burning Spear, Marcia Griffiths and Freddie McGregor.

Even more amazing is the sheer volume of great recordings which were produced at Studio One by owner Clement S. Dodd, a true legend himself. He produced thousands of records resulting in hundreds of Jamaican hits which, in turn, inspired thousands of "versions" - adaptations of musical arrangements or blatant riddim track samples - over the years. In song after song, thirty-five year old riddims charge through the charts as if they were brand new. Sean Paul & Sasha recently enjoyed one of pop's biggest hits by covering Studio One's 1967 gem, "I'm Still In Love," by one of reggae's all-time favorite soul singers, Alton Ellis.

There are virtually unlimited examples of this practice - not only of charting with a Studio One cover version, but of succeeding simply because a song incorporates a recognizable Dodd-produced rhythm. If there weren't so many masterful riddims and bass lines in the Studio One catalog for others to use, the magic of today's dancehall might not exist.

Without Studio One, reggae music might not have become a worldwide phenomenon. Every music fan has heard Bob Marley's 1984 version of "One Love/People Get Ready," but the Wailers recorded "One Love" at Studio One nearly 20 years earlier. It lives on as the Jamaican Tourist Board's official theme song.

Clement Dodd passed away in 2004, doing what he loved, working in his Brentford Road (Kingston) studio. He was awarded Jamaica's Order of Distinction, was inducted into the Reggae Hall Of Fame, and Brentford Road was renamed Studio One Boulevard; yet nothing speaks more eloquently of his contributions than the music of Studio One.

First released over 20 years ago, this "Best Of Studio One" album is newly remastered from the original master tapes with six additional tracks added to meet the needs of the avid fan. All of the tunes found here are true classics of Jamaican music. Here you'll find not only roots gems such as Johnny Osbourne's Jah Promise, The Abyssinians' anthem Declaration of Rights and Judah Tafari Eskender's excellent Rastafari Tell You to name a few, but also great love songs like John Holt's A Love I Can Feel and The Cables' wonderful rock steady tune Baby Why making this set a more than valuable retrospective!

If you're looking for a worthy Studio One compilation set phat packed with all of the hits... this is the one for you!