The Viceroys

The Viceroys at Studio One: Ya Ho

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Another great Studio One collection, this album collects 16 Viceroys sides (and one cobbled-together extended version) from their early Studio One days. The tunes are a mixture of upbeat Rasta anthems and social commentaries, with the odd love song tossed in for good measure, built on steady rockin' rhythms and C.S. Dodd's rough and ready production. Overall, an enjoyable compilation with that wonderfully warm, ramshackle Studio One production manner that's managed to influence everyone idea of what reggae is supposed to sound like (and doesn't come close to anymore). As a vocal trio, the Viceroys were always good enough to overcome the production flaws; as a historical assemblage, this anthology is priceless entertainment.

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