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How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away

Same pressing as above but in a screenprint sleeve, opening on the right. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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Piculiar Man; How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away; She Cryed

Later 1980s represses with the 1967 stamped matrix. The colour misregistration on the sleeve is typical of these later releases. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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SOUL BEAT3
The Gaylads

Studio One SO CD 001

Piculiar Man; How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart; She Want It; Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; Go Away; You Are Leaving; She Cried; Joy In The Morning

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SOUL BEAT3
The Gaylads

Studio One SOCD 0001

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Piculiar Man; How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart; She Want It; Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; Go Away; You Are Leaving; She Cried; Joy In The Morning

SOUL BEAT2
The Gaylads (c.1970)

Studio One SOL 001A
matrix: SOUL BEAT THE GAYLADS SIDE A
matrix: SOUL BEAT THE GAYLADS SIDE B

SOUL BEAT2
The Gaylads (c.1970)

Studio One SOL 001A
matrix: SOUL BEAT THE GAYLADS SIDE A
matrix: SOUL BEAT THE GAYLADS SIDE B

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14 track CD edition with pristine sound quality (and clear vocals!). The two extra tracks (She Want It and Joy In The Morning) are a welcome addition and fit very nicely into the track sequence (just don't believe the track list on the sleeve). There is some added instrumentation, but this does not detract from the feel of the original album (and is hardly noticeable). The redesgned artwork is by O'Neil Nanco.

SOUL BEAT1
The Gaylads

Studio One
matrix: MML-ASIDE-SOUL BEAT - 123 - AYRE
matrix: MML-124-BSIDE-SOUL BEAT - JONES

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The Gaylads (1967)

Studio One
matrix: CSLMX+1010 A // CSLMX+1010 B

Piculiar Man; How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away; She Cryed

The first Jamaican issue appeared on a silver and green label. It was repressed from the original UK master with a stamped matrix number. Sleeve printed by United Printers Ltd. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Originally released on the UK blue Coxsone label as ROCK STEADY in 1967. This album is sheer magic - I have loved it unconditionally ever since I first bought an early copy in 1982. Every track is a joy - one of my all-time favourite LPs.

How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away

Jamaican reissue with overdubs. Sleeve printed by United Printers. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Not the original issue, but I love its little idiosyncracies - the vocals sound like they were recorded in a different room to the microphone; the cover is the wrong way round (looking at the front the opening is on the left); and there are only 10 tracks instead of the 12 listed on the sleeve (omitting Piculiar Man and She Cryed).

SOUL BEAT1
The Gaylads

Studio One
matrix: CSLMX+1010 A // CSLMX+1010 B

CD reissue, restoring the original cover artwork (illustration courtesy of Ian Dovell). ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Piculiar Man; How Can I Go On; Red Rose; The Soul Beat; I Am Free; Love Me With All Your Heart // Walk The Proud Land; Simple Way Of Living; Wait On Me; You Are Leaving; Go Away; She Cryed

1990s reissue. Mastered at the Tuff Gong Recording Studio by Sylvester Ayre and Rayman Jones. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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