Soul Jazz Studio One Story DVD Re-release out Now

Soul Jazz Records’ feature-length documentary DVD/CD/Book Studio One Story has been re-released as of August 1st. If you missed it the first time it’s well worth the cost. It’s also available for the first time as a stand alone DVD but why would you want that? The book is very cool. The DVD is an interesting document the only caveat and annoying thing about it really is the Soul Jazz graphic that is present through the whole film. It creates a border that distracts from the film just a bit. Still worth picking up though!

The DVD is being issued as a prelude to the forthcoming deluxe-hardback book “Original Cover Art of Studio One Records” being released later this year also on Soul Jazz Records along with a new Studio One compilation album.

Read that again. “forthcoming deluxe-hardback book “Original Cover Art of Studio One Records”!! Can’t wait to hear more about that.

The Studio One Story is a documentary this is both a staggering slice of musical history and a definitive guide to Studio One, Jamaica’s greatest ever record company, and its legendary founder, Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd. ‘Studio One Story’ was filmed in 2002, two years before the death of the legendary Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, a man famously reticent of being interviewed – until the making of this film.

Described by Chris Blackwell as the Motown of Jamaica, or ‘The University of Reggae’, Studio One is where the careers of literally hundreds of reggae artists began: Bob Marley and the Wailers, Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Burning Spear and Sugar Minott, to name but a few! Studio One is the ‘foundation’ label of Jamaican Reggae and Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd is seen by many as its father.

One and a half years in the making, Studio One Story is a truly unique documentary in which the late Clement Dodd gave unprecedented personal access to tell the previously untold story of how he and the many artists and musicians at Studio One literally shaped the rise of Reggae music from the 1950s onwards through to the late 1970s.

This is the true story of reggae music and its Jamaican roots told from the inside: From the rise of Kington’s sound systems in the 1940s and 1950s, through to the evolution of a Jamaican music industry (and Studio One’s dominance) in the 1960s and the worldwide success of reggae in the 1970’s.

The 4 hour documentary (including over an hour of extras) was filmed on location in Kingston, Jamaica and features interviews with Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Sugar Minott, Denis Alcapone, The Ethiopians, Sylvan Morris, Johnny Moore, Lone Ranger, King Stitt and many others. The DVD also includes rare footage of The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo, Count Ossie, Marcia Griffiths and others.

Here is the promo trailer for the DVD film.

The CD includes the tracks below which you can sample at their site here.

1. Theo Beckford — Easy Snapping
2. The Skatalites — Guns Of Navarone
3. Delroy Wilson — Dancing Mood
4. Michigan And Smiley — Nice Up The Dance
5. Heptones — Baby
6. The Abyssinians — Declaration Of Rights
7. Alton Ellis — I’m Still In Love With You
8. Tommy Mccook — Tunnel One
9. Sugar Minott — Jah Jah Children
10. The Skatalites — Man In The Street
11. Dub Specialist — Banana Walk
12. Dennis Alcapone — Run Run
13. Larry Marshall — Nanny Goat
14. Brentford Allstars — Throw Me Corn
15. Lone Ranger — Love Bump
16. Jackie Mittoo — Freak Out

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.