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PIRATES CHOICE
Various Artists (1981)

Studio One SO LP 0666
matrix: SOLP 0666 A // SOLP 0666 B

A Prayer to Jah (Jay Tees); Jah Light (Judah Eskender); This Population (Burning Spear); Take A Ride (Al Campbell); Love Gonna Pack Up (Sugar Minott); True Experience (Prince Lincoln) // Love Is Here To Stay (Johnny Osbourne); Show And Tell (Horace Andy); This Love (Doreen Shaffer); A Fool (Alton Ellis); Love Me Forever (Carlton & The Shoes); I'll Be Around (Otis Gayle)

Original Jamaican issue. The sleeve illustration & Design is by O'Neil Nanco. The back of the sleeve carries the distribution address as Coxson's Music City, Freeport, Long Island. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

PIRATES CHOICE was (reluctantly) issued by Mr Dodd in response to the bootleg of the same tracks released as BEST OF STUDIO ONE VOL.4. It is doubtful that Dodd would have released a compilation of such strong material without being forced to do so, none of these titles being included on any other album previously. The Studio One version has a slightly different mix, without overdubs and in mono. And an excellent O'Neil Nanco sleeve to boot.

PIRATES CHOICE
Various Artists (1980s)

Studio One SO LP 0666
matrix: SOLP 0666 A // SOLP 0666 B

A Prayer to Jah (Jay Tees); Jah Light (Judah Eskender); This Population (Burning Spear); Take A Ride (Al Campbell); Love Gonna Pack Up (Sugar Minott); True Experience (Prince Lincoln) // Love Is Here To Stay (Johnny Osbourne); Show And Tell (Horace Andy); This Love (Doreen Shaffer); A Fool (Alton Ellis); Love Me Forever (Carlton & The Shoes); I'll Be Around (Otis Gayle)

1980s US represses. Bothe labels carry the Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York address on Side 1. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

PIRATES CHOICE
Various Artists (1990s)

Studio One SO LP 0666
matrix: C.S. Dodd-LP-0666-A The Pirates Choice
matrix: C.S. Dodd-LP-0666-B The Pirates Choice

A Prayer to Jah (Jay Tees); Jah Light (Judah Eskender); This Population (Burning Spear); Take A Ride (Al Campbell); Love Gonna Pack Up (Sugar Minott); True Experience (Prince Lincoln) // Love Is Here To Stay (Johnny Osbourne); Show And Tell (Horace Andy); This Love (Doreen Shaffer); A Fool (Alton Ellis); Love Me Forever (Carlton & The Shoes); I'll Be Around (Otis Gayle)

1990s reissue. The label carries the Brentford Road, Kingston, Jamaica address on Side 1, and the Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York address on Side 2. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

PIRATES CHOICE
Various Artists (2004)

Studio One SO LP 0666
matrix: C.S. Dodd-LP-0666-A The Pirates Choice
matrix: C.S. Dodd-LP-0666-B The Pirates Choice

A Prayer to Jah (Jay Tees); Jah Light (Judah Eskender); This Population (Burning Spear); Take A Ride (Al Campbell); Love Gonna Pack Up (Sugar Minott); True Experience (Prince Lincoln) // Love Is Here To Stay (Johnny Osbourne); Show And Tell (Horace Andy); This Love (Doreen Shaffer); A Fool (Alton Ellis); Love Me Forever (Carlton & The Shoes); I'll Be Around (Otis Gayle)

2004 US repress of the 1990s release. The labels carry the Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York address on both sides. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

PIRATES CHOICE
Various Artists

Studio One SO LP 0666
matrix: Pirates Choice A // Pirates Choice B

A Prayer to Jah (Jay Tees); Jah Light (Judah Eskender); This Population (Burning Spear); Take A Ride (Al Campbell); Love Gonna Pack Up (Sugar Minott); True Experience (Prince Lincoln) // Love Is Here To Stay (Johnny Osbourne); Show And Tell (Horace Andy); This Love (Doreen Shaffer); A Fool (Alton Ellis); Love Me Forever (Carlton & The Shoes); I'll Be Around (Otis Gayle)

Later US reissue. The labels carry the Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York address on both sides.
((Click sleeve to enlarge.))