16th December 2016

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Various Artists (2016)

Studio One SOR 003
matrix: LP-SOR-003

California Dreaming (Winston Francis); Great Mu Ga Ru Ga (Sound Dimension); Oh Me Oh My (Jerry Jones); All In The Game (Winston & Jerry & the Brentford All Stars); Be A Man (Heptones); Got To Get Ourselves Together (Winston & Jerry); Less Problem (Ernest Ranglin/Sound Dimension); Got To Be Sure (Horace Andy); Is It Because I’m Black (Lloyd Williams); We Are Free (Burning Spear) // Peace Treaty (Sugar Minott); Just Another Girl (Ken Boothe)*; I’ll Be Waiting (Alton Ellis)*; Home Home Home (Ken Boothe)*; Dock Of The Bay (Heptones)*; Change Your Ways (Sugar Minott); Love Is All (Carlton & The Shoes); Sincerely Yours (Carlton & The Shoes); Race Track (Brentford All Stars)

US issue. Available on vinyl, CD or digital formats. * denotes 12" discomix edits.

This is the third in the series of releases from Studio One’s very welcome collaboration with Yep Roc Records, presenting two JBC radio shows from the late 1970s hosted by Winston ‘The Whip’ Williams. These shows were sponsored by Studio One, not only to promote their latest releases but also to advertise the various Studio One locations and services (until now, I didn’t realise that the Brentford Road premises also provided repairs and servicing to speaker boxes, musical instruments, and all electrical appliances including TVs and radios).

The shows were only aired once and the tapes remained unplayed in the Studio One vaults for nearly 40 years. The first side features the show broadcast on Saturday July 16th 1977, which was titled ‘Sounds Of Young Jamaica’. The second show (Side 2), titled ‘Soul Power & Sound’, was broadcast on Saturday May 13th 1978, and features some of the recently released 12” disco mixes. The tracks as listed above are presented in radio-edited format, some longer than others, and are accompanied by Winston Williams’ exuberant jive talk throughout. The quality of the music selected is exemplary and Williams’ fast-talking banter is amusing and entertaining. This is what Jamaican radio sounded like in the late 1970s. The informative and comprehensive sleeve notes are provided by Chris Wilson.

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