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Pure quality on new Studio One compilation

95d501d1210767b4cbd33cde61b2c34e.image.250x235Japanese label Rock A Shacka/Drum & Bass Records is a reliable source for quality reissues, and their latest compilation is no exception.

Sugar & Spice – 14 Studio 1 Rock Steady Sure Shots collects several hard to find sweet rock steady gems from groups such as The Kingstonians, The Viceroys, The Invaders, The Termites, The Wrigglers and The Octaves as well as artists like organ maestro Jackie Mittoo and melodica player Joe White.

These soulful cuts were recorded in the late 60s and includes the original versions of Freddie McGregor’s Bandulo and Need More Love in the Ghetto.

It’s a mix of instrumentals and vocal versions and it’s definitely not a hit and miss affair. All 14 tracks are killers. No fillers accepted.

British revive label Soul Jazz has reigned the Studio One reissue business for years, even though there have been a number of quality releases from Japan, mostly on 7”. So this high quality album is a very welcome addition.

Sugar & Spice is only released on vinyl and comes complete with interesting sleeve notes – track by track – by Chris Lane.

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