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Clement Dodd

Heartbeat Records To Launch Extensive Studio One Series
Published December 20, 2005

The series celebrates 50 years of Jamaican music by legendary producer Clement S. Dodd. The first installment kicks off January 24, featuring rare tracks, all fully remastered from original Studio One recordings.

On January 24, Heartbeat Records will proudly kick off an extensive series by the most venerated record label in reggae music – Studio One.  Owned and operated by legendary Jamaican producer Clement S. Dodd (also known as “Coxsone”), Studio One is the label that discovered, and in many cases helped create, a legacy for artists who would later become international legends, from Bob Marley and the Wailers to the Heptones, Burning Spear, and Marcia Griffiths.  Over the past 50 years, Dodd recorded nearly every major Reggae artist in Jamaica resulting in hundreds of Jamaican hits which, in turn, inspired thousands of “versions” - adaptations of musical arrangements used by many of today’s top-selling artists.  Clement S. Dodd passed away in 2004, doing what he loved, working in his Brentford Road studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

Now, Heartbeat Records celebrates Dodd and 50 years of Jamaican music with an extensive series, releasing multiple Studio One titles throughout the coming year.  The first installment begins January 24 with three releases:  The Best of Studio One, Full Up:  More Hits from Studio One and Downbeat the Ruler:  Killer Instrumentals from Studio One, followed by Bob Marley and the Wailers, One Love at Studio One on February 14.   Heartbeat will release 1-3 Studio One titles each month, capping off with an extensive Wailers box set next fall.  A list of forthcoming releases is below.  All titles have been fully remastered from the original Studio One recordings and include rare tracks (some previously unreleased on CD), while some include new liner notes.  

Says Heartbeat Records VP of A&R Chris Wilson, “I’m very excited about the relaunch of the Studio One catalog on Heartbeat Records, not only because I think it’s a great testimony to the legacy of Clement S. Dodd – but also because it enables me to improve the sound quality of these original releases and add extra tracks, making them more like I envisioned them 25 years ago.” 

Forthcoming Studio One Releases:

Various Artists
The Best of Studio One
Heartbeat 11661-7801-2

Street Date: January 24, 2006

First released over 20 years ago, this album is newly remastered from the original master tapes with six additional tracks.

Track Listing:

“A Love I Can Feel” - John Holt*

“Music Like Dirt” - The Lyrics*

“Baby Why” - The Cables

“Can I Change My Mind”- Alton Ellis

“Just Another Girl” - Ken Boothe*

“The Answer” - Lone Ranger*

“Oh Mr. D.C.” - Sugar Minott

“Jah Promise” - Johnny Osbourne

“Declaration of Rights” - The Abyssinians*

“Roots Natty” - The Gladiators**

“Rub A Dub Style” - Michigan and Smiley

“Party Time” - The Heptones 

“Throw Me Corn” - Larry Marshall

“Melody Life” - Marcia Griffiths

“Born to Love” - Slim Smith

“My Last Love” - The Termites

“Rastifari Tell You” - Judah Tafari Eskender

“Row Fisherman Row” (extended mix) - Wailing Souls

*extra track

**extra track, previously unreleased on CD


Various Artists
Full Up: More Hits from Studio One
Heartbeat 11661-7802-2

Street Date: January 24, 2006

This album is a companion to the Best of Studio One, and continues to showcase the varied career of Jamaica’s legendary producer Clement S. Dodd. Starting in the Ska era of the early Sixties, through the Rock Steady period (late ’60s), right up until the present day, Dodd’s Studio One label has remained the principal force formulating popular ideas of, and within, Jamaican music. Influential producers, like Dodd – “Coxsone” as he was popularly known – are important primarily because they have captured in their records something a society needs to express. These Studio One tracks are no exception. They are not onl