Various - Jamaica All Stars 2xLP
Label: Studio One
Jamaica All Stars combines two rare and long-out-of-print releases from the archives of Studio One, Jamaica All Stars Vol. 1 (1972) and Vol. 2 (1974). The albums featured early performances from some of the most legendary reggae artists of all time, including Alton Ellis, John Holt, Horace Andy, Burning Spear and more. Jamaica All Stars Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 were never officially reissued, making this compilation of the two albums the first time the material has ever gotten a proper reissue.
Produced by Studio One founder and "Father of Jamaican Music" Coxsone Dodd, Jamaica All Stars exhibits the quality of musicians that Jamaica had to offer in the '70s. Placing iconic artists like Ernest Ranglin and Hortense Ellis next to lesser-known vocalists like Jerry Jones and Winston Francis, the high quality of Studio One rocksteady, roots, and ska stays the same. All material on Jamaica All Stars is completely remastered and taken from the original tapes. A must-have for reggae collectors and a testament to the power of Studio One, the #1 sound of Jamaica.