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Reggae Mix Tape 1 / The Old School

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In honor of today’s beautiful weather, surfing in 2010 and early summer, The New LoFi mixes up the expected reggae playlist of “Bob Marley’s Greatest Hits” with some great vintage classics you might have been missing out on . . .

Studio One Records is one of Jamaica‘s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as “the Motown of Jamaica.”

Studio One was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s, including skarocksteadyreggaedub and dancehall. The label was founded by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd in 1954, and the first recordings were cut in 1957 on Brentford Road in Kingston. Amongst its earliest records were “Easy Snappin'” by Theophilus Beckford, backed by Clue J & His Blues Blasters, and “This Man is Back” by trombonist Don Drummond. Dodd had previously issued music on a series of other labels, including World Disc, and had run Sir Coxsone the Downbeat, one of the largest and most reputable sound systems in the Kingston ghettos. The label and studio were closed when Dodd relocated to New York City in the 1980s.

This compilation is about the old school artists who made the genre what it eventually became. A good number of the artists on this mix tape are Studio One artists; the rest are other early pioneers that created the genre.

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