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Studio One to re-release classic compilations

Published:Sunday | April 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
From left: Bunny Livingston, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh when they just formed The Wailin' Wailers.
Don Drummond playing the trombone.
Clement 'Sir Coxson' Dodd

Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd's Studio One label had a huge impact on Jamaica's musical heritage, and come May 27, some of the music that the label put out in its glory days will be re-released as part of a deal with the late Dodd's daughter, Carol.

According to Studio One's official website, while several of the compilations produced by the label have been reissued over the years, many of the label's essential albums have been out of print for decades. But soon, fans will be able to buy new repressings of many of the label's classics, as Yep Roc Music Group in New York has partnered with Dodd's daughter on a series of reissues.

The first release will be the Wailers' 1965 debut album, The Wailing Wailers. To be included on this re-release is the original ska version of One Love. Following the Wailing Wailers release will be the release of the Money Maker album, considered to be one of the rarest records in the Studio One catalogue. The compilation features songs from The Heptones, Burning Spear, and others. It is scheduled to hit the stores in August.

More releases are said to be in the works, including a Don Drummond collection compiled by Dodd himself before his passing in 2004 and a box set to celebrate more than 60 years of existence for the label.

Founded by Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd in the late 1950s, Studio One was one of Jamaica's most renowned recording studios and record labels, helping to pioneer ska, rocksteady, dub and dancehall. The label discovered and released music from The Skatalites, The Wailers, Delroy Wilson, Jackie Mittoo, The Maytals, Jackie Opel, The Gaylads, Alton Ellis, and more.