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REGGAEMATIC SOUNDS1
Various Artists (1970)

Studio One SOL 9011
matrix: FCD-7207-A

Sweet Sensation (The Freedom Singers); Soulful I (The Sound Dimensions); Bongo Nyah (The Freedom Singers); Love At First Sight (Brentford All Stars); Monkey Man (The Freedom Singers); There's A Fire (The Freedom Singers) // Choice Of Colours (The Heptones); Family Man (The Sound Dimensions); Everybody Talking (The Freedom Singers); Moon Hop (The Sound Dimension); Aquarious (Sir Coxsone Singers); Jah Berry (The Sound Dimension)

Original Jamaican issue in stereo. No matrix number is discernable on side B (it looks and feels like it has been sanded out). There is a credit to United Printers Limited on the back of the sleeve in the bottom right corner. Also availble on red vinyl. (Thanks to Cyrille Fouques for the last two label photos.) ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Only five tracks from this compilation were released as singles: Soulful I was issued in the USA on a 12" discomix, credited to Glen Adams & The Brentford Rockers in 1983; Love At First Sight (a reggae version of Je T'Aime) was issued in Jamaica on the Studio 1 label and in the UK on Bamboo; Choice Of Colour and Aquarius (credited to Freedom Singers) were both issued in Jamaica on the Coxsone label. Everybody Talking, credited to Freedom Singers on this LP and on the Coxsone single, is actually a solo by Leroy Sibbles.

The remaining seven titles are divided between The Freedom Singers and The Sound Dimension, and are all exclusive to this LP. The Freedom Singers is a catch-all name for any vocalists who were in the studio at the time of the recording. Larry Marshall features prominently as the lead singer on Sweet Sensation, Monkey Man and There's A Fire, and can also be heard on Bongo Nyah. Family Man is an instrumental version of the Soulites' Botheration; Moon Hop is an instrumental version of Irvin Brown's Today; and Jah Berry is an organ overdubbed version of the Cables' Baby Why rhythm.

REGGAEMATIC SOUNDS1
Various Artists (1970)

Bamboo BDLP 208
matrix: BDLP 208-A *T / BDLP 208-B *T

REGGAEMATIC SOUNDS1
Various Artists (c.1975)

Studio One SOL 9011
matrix: FCD-7207-A

REGGAEMATIC SOUNDS1
Various Artists (1980s)

Studio One SOL 9011
matrix: FCD-7207-A

REGGAEMATIC SOUNDS2
Various Artists (1990s)

Studio One SOL 9011
matrix: C S DODD ⁃ Reggae Matic Sound-A / C S DODD - Reggaematic Sound-B
 

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Sweet Sensation (The Freedom Singers); Soulful I (The Sound Dimensions); Bongo Nyah (The Freedom Singers); Love At First Sight (Brentford All Stars); Monkey Man (The Freedom Singers); There's A Fire (The Freedom Singers) // Choice Of Colours (The Heptones); Family Man (The Sound Dimensions); Everybody Talking (The Freedom Singers); Moon Hop (The Sound Dimension); Aquarious (Sir Coxsone Singers); Jah Berry (The Sound Dimension)

UK issue in mono with stamped matrix. It comes in a laminated sleeve designed by Horace Ove and printed in England by Richard Davis Limited. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.)).

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Sweet Sensation (The Freedom Singers); Soulful I (The Sound Dimensions); Bongo Nyah (The Freedom Singers); Love At First Sight (Brentford All Stars); Monkey Man (The Freedom Singers); There's A Fire (The Freedom Singers) // Choice Of Colours (The Heptones); Family Man (The Sound Dimensions); Everybody Talking (The Freedom Singers); Moon Hop (The Sound Dimension); Aquarious (Sir Coxsone Singers); Jah Berry (The Sound Dimension)

Mid-70s Jamaican repress of the stereo edition in a screenprint sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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Sweet Sensation (The Freedom Singers); Soulful I (The Sound Dimensions); Bongo Nyah (The Freedom Singers); Love At First Sight (Brentford All Stars); Monkey Man (The Freedom Singers); There's A Fire (The Freedom Singers) // Choice Of Colours (The Heptones); Family Man (The Sound Dimensions); Everybody Talking (The Freedom Singers); Moon Hop (The Sound Dimension); Aquarious (Sir Coxsone Singers); Jah Berry (The Sound Dimension)

1980s Jamaican repress of the stereo edition in a reproduction sleeve. The label carries the Brentford Road, Kingston, Jamaica address on Side 1 and the Fulton Road, Brooklyn, New York address on Side 2. There is no printer credit on the back of the sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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Sweet Sensation (The Freedom Singers); Soulful I (The Sound Dimensions); Bongo Nyah (The Freedom Singers); Love At First Sight (Brentford All Stars); Monkey Man (The Freedom Singers); There's A Fire (The Freedom Singers); Choice Of Colours (The Heptones) // Family Man (The Sound Dimensions); Everybody Talking (The Freedom Singers); Moon Hop (The Sound Dimension); Aquarious (Sir Coxsone Singers); Jah Berry (The Sound Dimension); Take A Ride (Al Campbell); Please Be True (Alexander Henry)

1990s Jamaican reissue in mono, in the same reproduction sleeve as above (listing only 12 tracks). Choice Of Colours is switched to Side 1 and Take A Ride and Please Be True are added to Side 2 (making 14 tracks in all). The label carries the Brentford Road, Kingston, Jamaica address on Side 1 and the Fulton Road, Brooklyn, New York address on Side 2, but no artist credits. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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