It gives me great pleasure to introduce a list this week from none other than Discogs top Reggae contributor, WeedMusic. Since we’re partnering with Studio One for the reissue of Freddie McKay’s masterpiece album, ‘Picture On The Wall’, WeedMusic were the first I wanted to contact to help out with this celebration and to dig further into Studio One’s extensive catalog of classic reggae.
Check out WeedMusic’s favorite Studio One reggae tracks and let us know what yours are!
Horace Andy – Illiteracy
The obvious Horace Andy pick on Studio One is “Skylarking”. I discovered this song via a recent repress from Studio One. They used original stampers and the sound quality is atrocious. Even still, I could feel the depth of the rhythm and Horace Andy’s plea to combat illiteracy. I had to track down a cleaner copy. The Clintones is a nice US press and sounds great.
The Willows – Send Another Moses
Deep Studio One roots. Uptempo with a chugging rhythm. There is a recent Jamaican repress 7”, again using original stampers, and again, sounds rough. The version on the Soul Jazz set is extended with the dub, and it sounds great!
Jennifer Lara – I’m In Love
Reggae Disco crossover. This tune is so amazing. Every time I play it in public people instantly perk up and start to get down. Another evergreen that will never get old. The 12” on Soul Jazz has amazing sound quality. One of my most treasured records.
Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
Jackie Mittoo is a genius. I have been addicted to this tune for many years. It sets such a nice mood. It is psychedelic and jazzy.
Winston Francis – Let’s Go To Zion
Another of the deepest of deep Studio One roots tunes. Don’t really need to say much about this one, just give it a listen. Again Soul Jazz is to be eternally praised for putting these tunes out with such great care to sound quality.
Tommy McCook – Tunnel One
This one is on the “Hot Milk” riddim and it is another evergreen, forever fresh. There are several exceptional versions of “Hot Milk” from Studio One. I suggest checking out a Gappy Ranks tune on the same riddim “Put The Stereo On”, it is his tribute to Studio One and the tune rocks!
Otis Gayle – I’ll be Around
A pinnacle of the Studio One soul sound. Gayle takes the massive Spinners hit and adds to it. I love both the Spinners original and the Otis Gayle version. If you like soul music, this is a tune for you.
Studio One All Stars / Don Drummond & The Skatalites – Give Me One More Kiss / Man In The Street (2016)
Don Drummond – Man On The Street
Another genius coming out of the Studio One camp. Drummond was a master trombonist. Had he been in America and played bop in the ’40s and ’50s he surely would be considered one of the greatest trombonists of all time. He is one of the fathers of ska music and virtually all of his recorded output represents a master class in ska. This tune was sampled by KRS One back in the day.