Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Producer Series: Coxone Dodd's Studio One

Where do we start with Clement Seymour 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd? From the early days jamming records in his Ma's shop, to setting up the Downbeat Sound System in the mid 50s playing US r&b hits Sir Coxone has been there since day one. When the music dried up from the states Coxsone resorted to recording his own music with the likes of Roland Alphonso and Don Drummond producing original jazz, mento and bluebeat on early Coxsone labels such as Bamboo and Port-O-Jam. Soon followed the opening of Studio One records in the early 60s as his house bands The Skatalites, The Soul Vendors, and Sound Dimension became synonomous with the sound of ska, rocksteady and reggae. Coxsones back catalogue of music must reach into the thousands as every major artist of the time including King Stitt, Bob Marley, Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Delroy Wilson, Burning Spear, Lee Perry, Ken Boothe, Horace Andy and Sugar Minott amongst man getting their break at Studio One. Coxsone continued to release absolute classic reggae, roots and dancehall into the 70s and 80s setting the standard over and over. A True Legend.

The Uniques - Little Girl
Bob Marley - One Love
Skatalites - Man In The Street
Delroy Wilson - Dancing Mood
Don Drummond - Dick Tracy
Gaylads - Africa
The Soul Vendors - Swing Easy
Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping
Marcia Griffiths - Tell Me Now
Sound Dimension - Heavy Rock
Sound Dimension - Real Rock
Sound Dimension - Mojo Rock Steady
Sugar Minott - I Need A Roof
The Silvertones - Smile
Ken Boothe - When I Fall in Love
Alton Ellis - I'm Still In Love With You
Slim Smith - Born to Love
Johnny Osbourne - We Need Love
Jackie Mittoo - Totally Together
Sugar Minott - Vanity
Barry Brown - Give Love
The Cables - Be A Man
Cornell Campbell - Queen Of The Minstrel
Jackie Mittoo - Henry The Great
Ernest Ranglin - Surfin'
Ronald Merrils - Danger In Your Eyes
Dennis Brown - Easy Take It Easy
Sugar Minott - Oh Mr Dc
Horace Andy - Skylarking
Tommy McCook & The Sound Dimension - Tunnel One
Slim Smith - Never Let Go
Freddie Mcgregor - Bobby Babylon
The Heptones - Pretty Looks
Delroy Wilson - Run Run
Johnny Osbourne & The Prophets - Keep That Light
Willie Williams - Armagedeon Time
Johnny Osbourne - Truth and Rights
The Abyssinians - Declaration Of Rights
The Abyssinians - Satta Massa Gana
Voice Roys - Ya Ho
Erroll Dunkley - Black Cinderella
Sugar Minott - Jahovia
Earl Sixteen - No Mash Up The Dance
Johnny Osbourne - Murderer
Barry Brown - Far East
Rita Marley & The Souletts - A Deh Pon Dem
The Paragons - Danger In Your Eyes