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Reggae Christmas From Studio One
Various Artists
Reggae Christmas From Studio One
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
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The Studio One family, led by Clement Coxone Dodd, is known for putting out crucial rhythm tracks that have stood the test of time. Reggae Christmas from Studio One is a good collection of vintage tunes that lyrically sing...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Reggae Christmas From Studio One
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Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
Release Date: 11/10/1992
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Styles: Ska, Reggae, Holiday & Wedding, Vocal Pop, By Decade, 1970s, 1980s, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011661761827

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The Studio One family, led by Clement Coxone Dodd, is known for putting out crucial rhythm tracks that have stood the test of time. Reggae Christmas from Studio One is a good collection of vintage tunes that lyrically sing to seasonal themes. The Johnny Osborne and Freddy McGregor tracks are outstanding, as is the Heptone's tune. The Wailers' song is in a solid old vocal-harmony style. Some lesser-known singers carry the bulk of this recording to varying degrees of success. All of the music here features that dub-wise production Coxone is so famous for. Check this one out for an Iree rub-a-dub Christmas vibe. --Jeff Grubb

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Surprisingly good
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 12/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"So you don't think about palm trees and tropical beaches when Christmas comes to your mind? Okay, "Reggae Christmas from Studio One" isn't the place to begin building a traditional collection of Holiday music. On the other hand, if you're looking for something out of the mainstream, you've found it. This may be because you already have all of the Holiday albums by Elvis and Nat King Cole or perhaps you love Jamaican music. Regardless, this is a wonderful collection of Holiday music that seems to have languished under the radar. For starters, this music is from Studio One, so it is accompanied with a pedigree. For the uninitiated, Studio One is regarded as 'the Motown of Jamaica.' Second, the song choice is solid. The songs reflect both traditional and original songs for December. (In case you just have to ask, yes Bob Marley is on this compilation.) Third, the sound or time period is perfect. Contemporary music from Jamaica has been spoiled by the inclusion of modern pop and R&B. "Reggae Christmas from Studio One" plays vintage music. Most of the songs sound like they were recorded sometime between the late 1950's and the mid 1970's. There's a good balance of ska, reggae and dub. If there's a drawback to this CD, it's that the playing length could have been longer. Granted, Jamaican Christmas music may sound like a terrible idea. Furthermore, don't even look at the cornball CD cover. Considering these factors, this disc may be an unexpected surprise. Unless the listener hates Rastafarian music or requires the traditional songbook, "Reggae Christmas from Studio One" is a great collection of Holiday music."
Best christmas album ever!
The Delite Rancher | 12/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Generally I can't stand christmas music. The classics can all be put to rest in my opinion. My Christmas will definately me merrier now that I found the reggae christmas!"
Probably the Best Reggae Christmas Album
Bastiat | Kingston, NY United States | 11/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most likely the best Reggae Christmas Album. Studio One has produced so much great classic Reggae. The music here is, thankfully, in that tradition. There really aren't any bad songs here. Some may a bit too long (Little Drummer Boy) but surprisingly, they still work. If you just have to have a Reggae mix in your Christmas catalog, I highly recommend adding this one."