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BEST OF THE CLARENDONIANS1
The Clarendonians (1971)

Studio One SOL 1122
matrix: FCD-6017

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THE BEST OF THE CLARENDONIANS1
The Clarendonians (1980s)

Studio One SOL 1122
matrix: FCD-6017

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Can't Be Happy (aka You Can't Be Happy); Do It Right Darling (aka Darling Forever); Ten Guitars; Rudie Bam Bam; Sunshine; He Who Laughs Last // Sho Be Do Be; Do Good; Rudie Gone A jail; I Can't Go On; Good Bye Forever; You Can't Keep A Good Man Down

The original Jamaican issue was issued on a Coxsone label. The track titles are taken from the the labels (with the sleeve titles in brackets). The sleeve was printed by Uniprint Ltd. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

The Clarendonians were a duo formed by Fitzroy 'Ernest' Wilson and Peter Austin in 1963. Most of the tracks compiled here were originally issued as 7" singles in Jamaica in 1966 or 1967 on a variety of Dodd's labels. Darling Forever is a Peter Austin and Kenneth Wilson production, and was released as a single on the Stud label in 1971. Do Good was recorded by Freddie McGregor and Ernest Wilson (without Peter Austin), and credited to Freddie & Fitsy on Studio 1 and Doctor Bird singles in 1965. (Freddie Mcgregor does not feature on any of the other tracks.) Rudie Gone A Jail was credited to Desmond Baker & The Clarendonians on a Studio 1 single released in 1966.

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BestOfTheClarendoniansSOL1122KK200

Can't Be Happy (aka You Can't Be Happy); Do It Right Darling (aka Darling Forever); Ten Guitars; Rudie Bam Bam; Sunshine; He Who Laughs Last // Sho Be Do Be; Do Good; I Can't Go On; Good Bye Forever; You Can't Keep A Good Man Down

1990s remix with overdubs. The track titles are taken from the the labels. The sleeve is the same as the orignal issue but without printer credits. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Although the sleeve and the labels list 12 tracks, there are only 5 tracks on Side 2 with Rudie Gone A Jail omitted. Sax overdubs have been added to He Who Laughs Last and I Can't Go On, and Ten Guitars has been given an unfortunate digital makeover.

BEST OF THE CLARENDONIANS2
The Clarendonians (1990s)

Studio One SOL 1122
matrix: SOLP-1122 - A Best Of The Clarendonians - KK Mastering
matrix: 1122 B C.S.Dodd - The Best of the Clarendonians - B- KK Mastering

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You Can't Be Happy; Darling Forever; Ten Guitars; Rudie Bam Bam; Sunshine; He Who Laughs Last // Sho Be Do Be; Do Good; Rudie Gone A jail; I Can't Go On; Goodbye Forever; You Can't Keep A Good Man Down

1980s US repress in the original Uniprint sleeve. The album title and track titles are taken from the the labels. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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THE BEST OF THE CLARENDONIANS3
The Clarendonians (1990s)

Studio One SOL-1122

You Can't Be Happy; Darling Forever; Ten Guitars; Rudie Bam Bam; Sunshine; He Who Laughs Last; Stand By Me; Sho Be Do Be; Do Good; Rudie Gone A jail; I Can't Go On; Goodbye Forever; You Can't Keep A Good Man Down; If Only I Knew; Hurt By Love; How Long

Studio One CD that compiles the 12 titles from the original vinyl release plus an additional 4 tracks. This would seem to be a good deal, except that it features the remixed and overdubbed tracks rather than the unadulterated originals.

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The Clarendonians (1990s)

Studio One SOL-1122
matrix: SOL 1122-AA / SOL 1122-BB

You Can't Be Happy; Darling Forever; Ten Guitars; Rudie Bam Bam; Sunshine; He Who Laughs Last; Stand By Me // Sho Be Do Be; Do Good; Rudie Gone A jail; I Can't Go On; Goodbye Forever; You Can't Keep A Good Man Down; If Only I Knew

1990s vinyl reissue of 14 of the CD tracks (including overdubs), but ommitting Hurt By Love and How Long. The front and back of the sleeve list all 14 titles but the green rosette label only lists 6 tracks per side.
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THE BEST OF THE CLARENDONIANS4
The Clarendonians (1990s)

Studio One SOL-1122
matrix: SOL 1122 AA / SOL 1122-BB

BestOfTheClarendoniansSOL1122AA200

You Can't Be Happy; Darling Forever; Ten Guitars; Rudie Bam Bam; Sunshine; He Who Laughs Last; Stand By Me // Sho Be Do Be; Do Good; Rudie Gone A jail; I Can't Go On; Goodbye Forever; You Can't Keep A Good Man Down; If Only I Knew

Alternative sleeve and label for the 1990s reissue. The front and back of the sleeve list all 14 titles but the label only lists 6 tracks per side. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))