Various Artists

Fire Down Below: Scorchers from Studio One

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Despite a misleading cover photo taken sometime during the Jamaican R&B and early ska period of the late '50s and early '60s, this collection of Studio One sides features no ska or even rocksteady tracks. But it does have a fine selection of moderately rare cuts Clement Dodd produced during the early reggae years of 1968-1973, the last golden stretch for the studio legend. The 14 numbers include vocal standouts by Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Ken Parker, the Heptones, and Larry Marshall. On the instrumental and DJ side, the disc has a few tasty offerings by organist Jackie Mittoo (Dodd's musical director during the late '60s), Jackie and the Invaders, and the early toaster Prince Francis. A quality compilation perfect for fans hungry for some of Studio One's more obscure material.

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