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27th September 2019

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SOLID GOLD1
Various Artists (c.1970)

Studio 1
matrix: FCD 2274 A / 7725 B

Reggae Reggae Children (Roy Richards); What Is Love (Errol Brown); Midnight Soul (Jackie Mittoo); Love Again (Jackie & The Invaders); Rainy Night In Georgia (Ken Parker) // Fire Down Below (Burning Spear); Nite Ride (Im & David); Love And Peace (Larry Marshall); No Happiness (Marlene Webber); What Does It Take To Win Your Love (Winston Francis)

The first Jamaican version features 10 tracks (in split stereo), only two of which were released as singles, Reggae Reggae Children and Midnight Soul. Although it was originally released on a black and white Studio 1 label in a generic sleeve, according to Popsike it can also be found in the same sleeve as the second version (pictured below), under the unconfirmed title SOLID GOLD VOL.2.

All ten tracks were subsequently included on Heartbeat’s CD compilation FIRE DOWN BELOW : SCORCHERS FROM STUDIO ONE in 1990.

SOLID GOLD2
Various Artists (c.1971)

Studio One 9015
matrix: FCD 3422 - A / FCD 3422 - B

Holly Holy (John Holt); Rivers Of Babylon (Freedom Singers); Park View (Sound Dimensions); Soolaimon (John Holt); Iron Side (Jackie Mittoo); Love Grows (Dennis Brown) // I Love You Madly (Delroy Wilson); Surfing (Ernest Ranglin); How Does It Feel (Wayne McGhie); Declaration Of Rights (Abyssinians); I Don’t Want To See You Cry (John Holt); Let Him Live (Beltones)

The second Jamaican version features 12 tracks (in mono), four of which were released as singles, Holly Holy, Love Grows, I Love You Madly and Declaration Of Rights. The hand scribed matrix on Side 2 is hardly discernible. The first pressing on the Studio 1 label originally came in a plain wax-coated sleeve, with subsequent issues in either a generic Studio One Disco sleeve or in the picture sleeve illustrated here.
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All 12 tracks were subsequently included on Heartbeat’s CD compilation SOLID GOLD COXSONE STYLE in 1992.

SOLID GOLD2
Various Artists (1971)

Bamboo BDLPS 212
matrix: BDLPS 212 A1 / BDLPS 212 B1

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Now here’s an anomaly - two albums with exactly the same name but with two completely different track lists. The original version (SOLID GOLD1 with matrices FCD 2274 A / 7725 B ), features Roy Richard’s Reggae Reggae Children as track 1 on Side 1 and Burning Spear’s Fire Down Below as track 1 on the second side. The more familiar version (SOLID GOLD2 with matrix FCD 3422) features John Holt’s Holly Holy as the first track on Side 1 and Delroy Wilson’s I Love You Madly opening Side 2. This second version has been reissued on several different Studio 1 and Coxsone labels, as well getting a UK release on the Bamboo label.

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Holly Holy (John Holt); Rivers Of Babylon (Freedom Singers); Park View (Sound Dimensions); Soolaimon (John Holt); Iron Side (Jackie Mittoo); Love Grows (Dennis Brown) // I Love You Madly (Delroy Wilson); Surfing (Ernest Ranglin); How Does It Feel (Wayne McGhie); Declaration Of Rights (Abyssinians); I Don’t Want To See You Cry (John Holt); Let Him Live (Beltones)

UK edition on the Bamboo label with stamped matrix in split stereo. Artwork and photography is by Horace Ove, and the SHOREPACK sleeve is produced by Shorewood Packaging Co. Ltd., England. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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Holly Holy (John Holt); Rivers Of Babylon (Freedom Singers); Park View (Sound Dimensions); Soolaimon (John Holt); Iron Side (Jackie Mittoo); Love Grows (Dennis Brown) // I Love You Madly (Delroy Wilson); Surfing (Ernest Ranglin); How Does It Feel (Wayne McGhie); Declaration Of Rights (Abyssinians); I Don’t Want To See You Cry (John Holt); Let Him Live (Beltones)

!980s reissue in mono, with Brentford Road, Kingston address on Side 1 and Brooklyn, New York address on Side 2. The matrix numbers are hand-scribed. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

SOLID GOLD2
Various Artists (1980s)

Studio One 9015
matrix: FCD-3422-A- KKmastering Solid GolD / FCD-3422-B- KKmastering Solid GolD