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Studio One Ska
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Studio One Ska
Soul Jazz Records
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July 2008
<p>Soul Jazz release this insight to Jamaica's first truly indigenous music - the upbeat energy of Ska - synonymous to Coxsone Dodd and his label, Studio One.</p> <p>In the late 1950s Coxsone began recording one-off records to play on his Downbeat Soundsystem, this music he recorded was a Jamaican interpretation of American Rhythm and Blues. He would hire musicians and record in various studios around Kingston.</p> <p>August 5, 1962 was the day of Jamaican Independence. Ska caught the mood of this period. In 1963 Coxsone opened his own studio at 13 Brentford Road, Kingston. He named the building Studio One and set about defining the future sound of Jamaican music.</p> <p>By 1965 Ska music was over. The musical mood of the country was changing. Independence had brought Jamaica a new set of issues and the music had to reflect this, heralding the arrival of Rocksteady, which had a slower beat and was based on the emerging Soul music of American artists such as Curtis Mayfield. In 1965 The Skatalites split-up to form two new groups- The Soul Brothers who became the new house-band at Studio One and Tommy McCook and the Supersonics who moved over to rival Duke Reid's new Treasure Isle studio. Ska, however, had made it's mark and Jamaican music was now known throughout the world. And despite the brevity of their time together (just over a year!) The Skatalites left behind a legacy of literally hundreds of classic recordings.</p>
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  2. 2 Arte Bella 2:37 Ken Boothe and Stranger Cole Buy
  3. 3 (I'm Gonna) Put It On 3:08 The Wailers Buy
  4. 4 Addis Ababa 2:27 The Skatalites Buy
  5. 5 President Kennedy 2:52 Roland Alphonso Buy
  6. 6 (I'm the) Song My Enemies Sing 2:54 Joe Higgs Buy
  7. 7 Beardsman Ska 3:00 The Skatalites Buy
  8. 8 I Want Justice 2:16 Delroy Wilson Buy
  9. 9 Sampson 2:45 Tommy McCook's Orchestra Buy
  10. 10 I'm Gonna Take Over Now 2:31 The Ethiopians Buy
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