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DOWNBEAT THE RULER1
Various Artists (1988)

Heartbeat HB 38 (LP & CD)

Banana Walk (Dub Specialist); Rockfort Rock (Sound Dimension); Death In The Arena (Soul Vendors); Real Rock (Sound Dimension); Freak Out (Jackie Mittoo); Throw Me Corn (10" mix) (Brentford All Stars) // Man In The Street (Don Drummond); Heavy Rock (Sound Dimension); Baby Face (Sound Dimension); Race Track (Brentford All Stars); Tunnel One (Tommy McCook); Throw Me Corn (1987 mix) (Brentford All Stars)

Volume 3 in Heartbeat's seminal Best of Studio One series is an all instrumental affair, featuring classic tracks by the Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, Brentford Road All Stars and Dub Specialist. These are the rhythms that formed the bedrock upon which much of modern reggae was built and have been versioned countless times in the forty-odd years since they were first laid down.

See also BEST OF STUDIO ONE and FULL UP : BEST OF STUDIO ONE VOL.2.

DOWNBEAT THE RULER2
Various Artists (2006)

Heartbeat 11661-7803 (2xLP & CD)

Rockfort Rock (Sound Dimension); Real Rock (Sound Dimension); Swing Easy (Soul Vendors); Mojo Rock Steady (Sound Dimension); Heavy Rock (Sound Dimension); Freak Out (Jackie Mittoo); Tunnel One (Tommy McCook); Moon Ride (Brentford Road All Stars); Race Track (Brentford All Stars); Throw Me Corn (Brentford Road All Stars); Baby Face (Sound Dimension); Love Again (Jackie and The Invaders); Darker Shade Of Black (Soul Vendors); Banana Walk (Dub Specialist); Heavy Beat (Sound Dimension); Return Of The Scorcher (Sound Dimension); Popcorn Reggae (Soul Agent And The Soul Defenders); Death In The Arena (Soul Vendors);

Remastered and expanded, this set now features eight additional tracks including Swing Easy, Mojo Rock Steady, Moon Ride, Love Again, Darker Shade Of Black, Heavy Beat, Return Of The Scorcher and Popcorn Reggae. (Man In The Street and the 1987 remix of Throw Me Corn have been omitted).

The tracks have been reordered and the CD now kicks off with the superb Rockfort Rock. Only to be followed by Real Rock, Swing Easy, Mojo Rock Steady, Heavy Beat... Killer Instrumentals, indeed!

Also released as a double vinyl LP with an extended version of Death In The Arena (Roland Alphonso & Soul Vendors) and an extra track, Rebel Discomix (Tommy McCook & Brentford Road Disco Set).

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