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7th May 2014

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SOUL BEAT1
The Gaylads (1967)

Studio One
matrix: CSLMX+1010

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Piculiar Man; How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away; She Cryed

The first Jamaican issue appeared on a silver and green label. It was repressed from the original UK master with a stamped matrix number. The rosette label on the right is from a later repress using the same sleeve. Sleeve printed by United Printers Ltd.

Originally released on the UK blue Coxsone label as ROCK STEADY in 1967. This album is sheer magic - I have loved it unconditionally ever since I first bought an early copy in 1982. Every track is a joy - one of my all-time favourite LPs.

SOUL BEAT2
The Gaylads (c.1970)

Studio One SOL 001A
matrix: SOUL BEAT . THE GAYLADS

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How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away

Jamaican reissue with overdubs. Sleeve printed by United Printers.

Not the original issue, but I love its little idiosyncracies - the vocals sound like they were recorded in a different room to the microphone; the cover is the wrong way round (looking at the front the opening is on the left); and there are only 10 tracks instead of the 12 listed on the sleeve (omitting Piculiar Man and She Cryed). ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

SOUL BEAT2
The Gaylads (c.1970)

Studio One SOL 001A
matrix: SOUL BEAT . THE GAYLADS

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How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away

Same pressing as above but in a sleeveprint sleeve, opening on the right (sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Ian Dovell). ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

SOUL BEAT1
The Gaylads

Studio One
matrix: CSLMX+1010

Piculiar Man; How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away; She Cryed

Later repress, with stamped matrix. The colour misregistration on the sleeve is typical of these later releases. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

14 track CD resissue with pristine sound quality (and clear vocals!) - what more could you ask for? The two extra tracks (She Want It and Joy In The Morning) are a welcome addition and fit very nicely into the track sequence (just don't believe the track list on the sleeve). There is some added instrumentation, but this does not detract from the feel of the original album (and is hardly noticeable).

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CD reissue, restoring the original cover artwork redesgned by O'Neil Nanco (illustration courtesy of Ian Dovell).

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SOUL BEAT3
The Gaylads

Studio One SO CD 001

Piculiar Man; How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart; She Want It; Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; Go Away; You Are Leaving; She Cried; Joy In The Morning

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SOUL BEAT3
The Gaylads

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