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17th July 2016

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BATTLE OF THE DJs/DANCE HALL STYLE1
Various Artists (1982)

Coxsone SOLP-1001
matrix: SOLP 1001 A / SOLP 1001 B

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BATTLE OF THE DJs/DANCE HALL STYLE2
Various Artists (1982)

Coxsone SOLP-1001
matrix: SOLP 1001 A / SOLP 1001 B-RE

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Jam It Up Tight (Jim Brown); On Mi MInd (Jim Brown); Dance A Fe Cork (Lone Ranger); Imperial I (Prince Jazzbo); West Gone Black (Jah Jesco & Juicy Bravo) // Inna It (King Stitt); Jamaica Collie (Dillinger); Kechi Shubi (Prince Jazzbo & Jim Brown); Moody Groove (Prince Garthie); Groovy Kind Of Love (Johnny Osbourne & Jennifer Lara)

Original Jamaican issue in mono. This first issue is a mispress, which includes an unlisted extended verion of Groovy Kind Of Love by Johnny Osbourne & Jennifer Lara, and omits Play It Cool by King Stitt.

Jam It Up Tight (Jim Brown); On Mi MInd (Jim Brown); Dance A Fe Cork (Lone Ranger); Imperial I (Prince Jazzbo); West Gone Black (Jah Jesco & Juicy Bravo) // Inna It (King Stitt); Jamaica Collie (Dillinger); Kechi Shubi (Prince Jazzbo & Jim Brown); Play It Cool (King Stitt); Moody Groove (Prince Garthie)

The hastily issued alternative mix reinstates the track list from the sleeve and label. Side 1 remains the same but, as well as removing the Johnny Osbourne/Jennifer Lara title in favour of the missing Play It Cool, Side 2 features extended 'introductions' to each track. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

A 'live' studio album, intended to replicate a dance hall session - among those in the studio creating the live atmosphere are Jennifer Lara, Delroy Wilson, Earl 16 and Stranger Cole.

Only two of the tracks included here were originally issued in 7" format (Imperial I and West Gone Black); others were only issued on album collections. Jam It Up Tight, On Mi Mind, Inna It, Kechi Shubi and Play It Cool are exclusive to this release. Inna It is credited to KIng Stitt but mainly features Jim Brown and Prince Jazzbo. All tracks have vocal introductions and background audience participation.

The distinctive sleeve design is by Jamaal Pete.