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ARTIST
TITLE
Studio One Women
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SJR 121CD SJR 121CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/14/2005

"Ska, rocksteady, funky reggae, roots, dub mixes, disco mixes, they're all here from the queens of the Jamaican music scene. Studio One Women features a wide mix of classics and obscurities from the finest female voices in reggae. Until now most of these tracks have only ever been available as extremely hard to find Jamaican 7" and 12" singles and even if you were lucky enough to find them they'd cost you a small fortune. Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley (here with her first group The Soulettes) are two of Jamaica's most famous female singers hugely popular today. Both these artists became internationally famous as The I-Threes (along with Judy Mowatt), Bob Marley's backing singers alongside The Wailers. Also featured are Hortense Ellis, sister of Alton who cut many smash hit on the island and Jennifer Lara, a lady who had a long career with Studio One, singing on countless sides until she sadly passed away earlier this year. Studio One is the greatest label in the history of reggae and is the foundation of all reggae music. It's where virtually every world renowned Jamaican superstar started out, Bob Marley and The Wailers included. Under the guidance of the legendary Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd the musicians at Studio One recorded hundreds of instrumental rhythms which still provide the backbone for many of the records made in Jamaica today. This release will satisfy hardcore reggae fans but it's also accessible enough to connect with a far wider audience. As you'd expect with a Soul Jazz release it is beautifully packaged with extensive sleeve notes accompanied with rare, previously unseen photos from the Studio One vaults. Sound quality is excellent, all tracks have been digitally re-mastered and the vinyl appears in super-loud double format for DJs." Artists: Claudette McLean, Jennifer Lara, The Soulettes, Della Humphrey, Denise Darlington, Hortense Ellis, Angela Prince, Jerry Jones, The Tonettes, Marcia Griffiths.