'Coxsone's Music' is a stunning new collection featuring over two and half hours of early Jamaican proto-ska, rhythm and blues, jazz, rastafari and gospel music - charting the earliest recordings produced by Clement Dodd, in the years before he launched the mighty Studio One Records, brought together here for the first time ever. Clement Dodd's Sir Coxsone The Downbeat Soundsystem ruled Kingston's dancehalls during this era and these recordings strongly reflect the influences of American rhythm and blues and jump jazz on Jamaican music fans. By the time the new record company formed in Brentford Road, Kingston in 1963, the young Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd had already managed to release an incredible wealth of recordings by the talented musicians and artists on the island of Jamaica and this collection reflects just that: Featuring Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Derrick Harriott, Owen Gray, Clancy Eccles, Count Ossie, Monty Alexander, The Blues Busters, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez and many, many more all captured here in their formative early years. Before Studio One, Clement Dodd released this music on a variety of his early record labels such as Worldisc, All Stars, Coxsone, D Darling (named after Coxsone's mother, who received a production credit on the label), Muzik City (named after Dodd's record store on East Queen's Street), Port O Jam, Supreme and Sensational. Sleevenotes to this collection are by Studio One authority Rob Chapman, author of the Never Grow Old and Downbeat Special books cataloguing the many recordings of the label.

 

Tracklist:

Don Drummond - 

Roll On Sweet Don

Derrick Harriott - 

Answer Me

Aubrey Adams - 

Do Du Wap

Busty & Cool - 

What A World

Roland Alphonso - 

Counter Punch

Owen & Millie - 

Do You Know

Workshop Musicians - 

Calypso Jazz

Don Drummond - 

Elevation Rock

The Blues Busters - 

There's Always Sunshine

Clue J And His Blues Blasters - 

Unknown Shuffle Blues

The Jiving Juniors - 

Darling Don't Leave Me

The Mellow Larks - 

Time To Pray

Owen Gray - 

Twisting My Baby

Cecil Lloyd Quintet - 

What Is The Thing Called Love

Theo Beckford - 

That's Me

Simms & Robinson - 

White Christmas

Cecil Lloyd Quintet - 

Sometimes I'm Happy

Owen Gray - 

Best Twist

The Blues Busters - 

Tell Me Why

Don Drummond - 

Dew Drops

Clancy Eccles - 

River Jordan

Workshop Musicians - 

Serenade In Sound

Owen Gray - 

Young Lover

The City Slickers - 

Oceans 11

 

 

Label: Soul Jazz

Catalogue Number: SJR LP323-A

VARIOUS ARTISTS - SIR COXSONE THE DOWNBEAT: The First Recordings 1960-62

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