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24th October 2016

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THE BEST OF DON DRUMMOND1
Don Drummond (1969)

Studio One SOL 9008
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THE BEST OF DON DRUMMOND1
Don Drummond (1969)

Studio One SOL 9008
matrix: SOL+9008+A

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THE BEST OF DON DRUMMOND1
Don Drummond (1970s)

Studio One SOL 9008
matrix: FCD 7913

THE BEST OF DON DRUMMOND1
Don Drummond (1970s)

Studio One SOL 9008
matrix: FCD 7913

THE BEST OF DON DRUMMOND1
Don Drummond (1980s)

Studio One SOL 9008
matrix: SOL 9008

THE BEST OF DON DRUMMOND3
Don Drummond (1990s)

Studio One SOL 9008
matrix: SOL 9008

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THE BEST OF DON DRUMMOND2
Don Drummond (1994)

Studio One SOCD 9008

Ringo; Confucious; The Reburial; Eastern Standard Time; Occupation; Don D Lion; Cool Smoke; Alipang; Silver Dollar; Heavenless; Roll On Sweet Don + Elevation Rock; Schooling The Duke; African Beat; Corner Stone; Burning Torch; Garden Of Love

Studio One CD with 7 extra Treasure Isle tracks (Don D Lion, Cool Smoke, Aliphang, Silver Dollar, Corner Stone, Burning Torch and Garden Of Love), but omitting Melancholy Baby and Valley Princess.

((Note that Roll On Sweet Don and Elevation Rock are combined as one track.))

Ringo; Confucious; The Reburial; Eastern Standard Time; Occupation; Melancholy Baby // Heavenless; Roll On Sweet Don; Elevation Rock; Schooling The Duke; African Beat; Valley Princess

UK issue with stamped matrix in laminated flip-back sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Judging by the number of represses and reissues that have been released over the years this must be one of Coxsone's most popular albums. It's surprising, therefore, that only 7 out of the 12 titles are Studio One productions, and three of the remaining titles do not feature Don Drummond at all. Ringo, Confucious and The Reburial are Top Deck productions; Eastern Standard Time and Occupation are Treasure Isle productions. African Beat is actually Afrikaan Beat by Lester Sterling, and Heavenless and Valley Princess are by Vin Gordon (as Don D. Jnr.).

The sleeve notes do not mention Don Drummond's imprisonment in Belleview Asylum (for the murder of his longtime girlfriend Margarita Mahfood in 1965), nor his death in May 1969, so we must presume that this album was originally released prior to his demise.

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Ringo; Confucious; The Reburial; Eastern Standard Time; Occupation; Melancholy Baby // Heavenless; Roll On Sweet Don; Elevation Rock; Schooling The Duke; African Beat; Valley Princess

JA press of the UK issue with the same stamped matrix. Some copies come in a laminated flip-back sleeve, while other sleeves are plain and unlaminated. This edition was also released on coloured vinyl.

Ringo; Confucious; The Reburial; Eastern Standard Time; Occupation; Melancholy Baby // Heavenless; Roll On Sweet Don; Elevation Rock; Schooling The Duke; African Beat; Valley Princess

JA issue in plain, unlaminated sleeve printed by Speed-O-Graphic Printers Ltd. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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Ringo; Confucious; The Reburial; Eastern Standard Time; Occupation; Melancholy Baby // Heavenless; Roll On Sweet Don; Elevation Rock; Schooling The Duke; African Beat; Valley Princess

JA issue in plain, unlaminated UniPrint sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Ringo; Confucius; The Reburial; Eastern Standard Time; Occupation; Don D Lion; Cool Smoke; Alipang // Heavenless; Roll On Sweet Don; Elevation Rock; Schooling The Duke; African Beat; Corner Stone; Burning Torch

A welcome clean pressing with a generous 15 tracks (but don't believe the track list on the labels or the sleeve, the track list above is correct).

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Ringo; Confucious; The Reburial; Eastern Standard Time; Occupation; Melancholy Baby // Heavenless; Roll On Sweet Don; Elevation Rock; Schooling The Duke; African Beat; Valley Princess

1980s reissue in facsimile sleeve (including credit to Speed-O-Graphic Printers Ltd. on rear). This pressing was also released on coloured vinyl.

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