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A rare look inside Studio One (w/ photos)

PLUS A RARE INTERVIEW WITH CLEMENT “COXSONE” DODD, REGGAE DIRECTORY NEWS! For those who don’t know, something huge is happening in reggae right now. For the first time in history, Studio One has made many of its classic recordings available by direct electronic download! During my recent trip...
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Jah Raver’s Freddie McGregor Vinyl Selections

Included here are several rare Freddie McGregor vinyl selections from my record collection. Rare 12″ mix of “Across The Border” issued on a RAS 12″ in 1984 in the run up to the Across The Border LP release.  Features the Studio One Band… “Chant It Down” with rare...
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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Jacob Miller

“If reggae lost its soul when Marley died, it lost its heart when Miller died.”  – Jah Raver Jacob Matthias Miller is one of reggae’s greatest treasures.  In addition to being one of reggae’s most talented vocalists, he brought an unmatched energy and an excitement to reggae.  His...
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Freddie McGregor: Riddim So Nice

Freddie McGregor is a once in a generation talent.  Aside from his brilliant work at Studio One as a singer and master drummer, he has arranged and produced some extraordinary records.  When you think about Freddie’s greatest albums, BOBBY BOBYLON and MR. MCGREGOR most likely come to mind. ...
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Five things you did not know about The Heptones

1.  The Heptones hit single “Fatty, Fatty,” while banned in Jamaica, became a huge hit in England.  However, since Ken Boothe was Studio One’s “golden child,” Coxsone issued the UK 7″ under his name.  The British fans never knew it was The Heptones’ song. 2. An accomplished guitar...
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Burning Spear at Studio One

I’ve been listening to Burning Spear for almost my entire life.  The first reggae song I ever heard was Spear’s “Door Peep.”  It  stunned me.  His voice and the vibe of that song just shook me to my core.  I have been a fan ever since and several...
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Horace Andy “Every Tongue Shall Tell” (Studio One)

Horace Andy is one of the foundation rocksteady voices of Jamaica and a personal favorite of mine.  I have tons of his stuff in my collection.  Here is a fantastic repress of his classic rendition of “Every Tongue Shall Tell,” recorded at Jamaica Recording Studio 13 Brenford Rd...
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