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Stu­dio One House Of Joy

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

STU­DIO ONE. 7-INCH At­trac­tive 7-inch box with 15 rare Stu­dio One killers. Ja­maica’s Stu­dio One gave birth to The Wail­ers, Lee Perry and count­less other reg­gae legends. Part of a con­certed reis­sue cam­paign ini­ti­ated by the Dodd fam­ily, House Of Joy is a lim­ited edi­tion box set that col­lects 15 hard-to-find sin­gles of the ’60s and ’70s, with a poster, a 45 adapter and other mem­o­ra­bilia, all housed in a replica sound sys­tem speaker box, as ref­er­enced by the ti­tle. Along with greatly-loved hits such as The Wail­ers’ Sim­mer Down, The Hep­tones’ Baby and Larry Mar­shall’s Nanny Goat, there are su­per-ob­scure nuggets such as the Jiv­ing Ju­niors’ har­monic bal­lad An­drea, The Kingsto­ni­ans’ per­turb­ing early reg­gae scorcher Mother Mis­er­able, and Lloyd Jones’s dread­locks-prais­ing Red In A Baby­lon. The range of styles re­minds us that Stu­dio One was a cru­cial site of reg­gae’s evo­lu­tion, while the vinyl press­ing is sec­ond-to-none. David Katz

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