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2nd April 2015

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RIDE ME DONKEY
Various Artists (c.1968)

Coxsone CSL 001A
matrix: FC 7461 B / FC 7461 A

Ride Me Donkey (Dobby Dobson); Feel Like Jumping (Marcia Griffiths); Tomorrow (Ken Boothe); Pretty Looks Isn't All (Heptones); Baby Why (Cables); She'll Have To Go (Roy & Enid) // A House Is Not A Home (Soul Vendors); Puppy Love (Soul Two); Miss Hite-Tite (Westmorelites); In Love With You (Heptones); Soul Call (Jackie Mittoo); Lovers Train (Freedom Singers)

Original Jamaican issue on the Coxsone label, with subsequent represses on Studio One labels. The sleeve is printed by United Printers Ltd. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Superb compilation of rock-steady and early reggae singles, with some well known and some rather less familiar titles in the selection. Highlights include a beautiful Soul Vendors cut to Bacharach & David's A House Is Not A Home, Bennet & Dennis' (singing as Soul Two) 7" version of Puppy Love, and Roy & Enid's reading of Jim Reeves' classic He'll Have To Go. The opening track begins with a false start - the first few notes of Ska Shuffle are interrupted by a voice saying "A fool you...".

RIDE ME DONKEY
Various Artists (c.1972)

Studio One
matrix: FC 7461 B / FC 7461 A

RIDE ME DONKEY
Various Artists (1968)

Coxsone CSL 8015
matrix: CSL+8015+A

RIDE ME DONKEY
Various Artists (c.1972)

Coxsone CSL 8015
matrix: CSL+8015+A

Ride Me Donkey (Dobby Dobson); Feel Like Jumping (Marcia Griffiths); Tomorrow (Ken Boothe); Pretty Looks Isn't All (Heptones); Baby Why (Cables); She'll Have To Go (Roy & Enid) // A House Is Not A Home (Soul Vendors); Puppy Love (Soul Two); Miss Hite-Tite (Westmorelites); In Love With You (Heptones); Soul Call (Jackie Mittoo); Lovers Train (Freedom Singers)

Reissue with same tracks, but without false start to Ride Me Donkey. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

The PSOL catalogue number on the sleeve suggests that this might have been intended for a Peckings release. Later reissues have the identical tracks and sleeve design, and even share the same matrix number, but can be distinguished by the addition of K K mastering in the run-off groove.

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Ride Me Donkey (Dobby Dobson); Feel Like Jumping (Marcia Griffiths); Tomorrow (Ken Boothe); Pretty Looks Isn't All (Heptones); Baby Why (Cables); She'll Have To Go (Roy & Enid) // A House Is Not A Home (Soul Vendors); Puppy Love (Soul Two); Miss Hite-Tite (Westmorelites); In Love With You (Heptones); Soul Call (Jackie Mittoo); Lovers Train (Freedom Singers)

1970s repress on the Studio One label. The sleeve is identical but printing is now credited to Uniprint Ltd.

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Ride Me Donkey (Dobby Dobson); Feel Like Jumping (Marcia Griffiths); Tomorrow (Ken Boothe); Pretty Looks Isn't All (Heptones); Baby Why (Cables); She'll Have To Go (Roy & Enid) // A House Is Not A Home (Soul Vendors); Puppy Love (Soul Two); Miss Hite-Tite (Westmorelites); In Love With You (Heptones); Soul Call (Jackie Mittoo); Lovers Train (Freedom Singers)

UK issue on the blue Coxsonee label with stamped matrix in laminated flip back sleeve. Exactly the same tracks as the Jamiacan issue, including the false start to Ride Me Donkey. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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Ride Me Donkey (Dobby Dobson); Feel Like Jumping (Marcia Griffiths); Tomorrow (Ken Boothe); Pretty Looks Isn't All (Heptones); Baby Why (Cables); She'll Have To Go (Roy & Enid) // A House Is Not A Home (Soul Vendors); Puppy Love (Soul Two); Miss Hite-Tite (Westmorelites); In Love With You (Heptones); Soul Call (Jackie Mittoo); Lovers Train (Freedom Singers)

Jamaican repress of the UK issue, with stamped matrix in Uniprint sleeve.

RIDE ME DONKEY
Various Artists (c.1977)

Studio One SOLP 7777/PSOL 7777
matrix: POL 7777

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