Solid Gold, Coxsone Style
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1992.
Heartbeat Records, since 1987's "Best of Studio One,"
has been releasing killer compilations from the seemingly
never-ending material of this legendary record label.
Started in the early 60's by producer Clement "Coxsone'
Dodd, Studio One is a Jamaican institution, and as the liner
notes state in that initial release, "nearly every Jamaican
artist of note got his or her start in Coxsone's Studio One
This latest offering was originally released in the
early 70's; Heartbeat has added another four songs to round
it out to 16 tracks and over 50 minutes of crucial reggae.
Starting with John Holt's "Strange Things," and containing
such classics as the Abyssinian's "Declaration of Rights,"
this is essential listening.
"Solid Gold, Coxsone Style" - as well as all of
Heartbeat's compilations - needs to be heard. Studio One is
where it all began, and this music stands the test of time.
Check it out.
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