Heartbeat Records is pleased to announce another installment in its definitive Studio One series, celebrating over 50 years of Jamaican music from pioneering reggae producer Clement Seymour “Sir Coxsone” Dodd. On Tuesday, July 17, Heartbeat released remastered versions of Dennis Alcapone’s and Lone Ranger’s classic “deejay” albums. Produced by Studio One label founder, Dodd, Dennis Alcapone’s Forever Version was originally released in 1971 and Lone Ranger’s On the Other Side of Dub was originally released in 1977. These albums are the latest in an extensive series of releases launched in early 2006 to critical acclaim. “Historic stuff, nicely presented.” (MOJO) “…worth the price of admission.” (Billboard) Heartbeat Records will continue the series through this summer and fall, with a compilation entitled When Rhythm Was King (due September 11) and upcoming releases by the Gladiators, Don Drummond, as well as a rarities album by Bob Marley & the Wailers.
Each album features rare stereo mixes and improved sound quality. Dennis Alcapone’s Forever Version Deluxe Edition includes 6 bonus tracks and Lone Ranger’s On the Other Side of Dub Deluxe Edition includes 5 bonus tracks and the extended mix of “Keep on Coming a de Dance,” one of his signature “toasts.”
During the ’50s and ’60s, mobile sound systems provided an inexpensive night out of entertainment. The disc jockey, or deejay, would not only play the records, but would provide lyrical interjections between or during songs, to keep the crowd excited and fill the time it took to change the records. As the sound system deejays increased in popularity, producers rushed to record them on record. Producers had their mixing engineers cut special versions of their past hits specifically to drop out portions of the song’s original vocals to allow space for the deejay’s vocal performance. The instrumentals that Clement Dodd provided for Dennis Alcapone and Lone Ranger are the basis for songs by some of reggae’s most esteemed acts: Bob Marley & the Wailers, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, John Holt, Slim Smith, and many others. By pairing familiar rhythms with current artists, Clement Dodd utilized the formula that has dominated reggae music to this day.