July 17, 2011
First they were The Skatalites, who essentially invented the Jamaican sound and Ska music in the early-’60s. After that group disbanded, they became the Soul Brothers and, then shortly after, the Soul Vendors; both of whom ruled supreme during the Rocksteady era of the mid-’60s. Following their demise, the Sound Dimension, sometimes credited as the Brentford Road All-Stars or the Underground Vegetables, formed and came on the scene in the late-’60s and laid down supremely funky vibes that became the foundation of Reggae. Each of these groups were the backing band on thousands upon thousands of sides. It has been said that they recorded roughly a dozen tunes per day, five days per week, for the greater part of the ’60s decade. All with Sir Coxsone at the controls inside the mighty Studio One!
The group consisted of Jamaica’s music community including Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks, Vin ‘Don Drummond Jr.’ Gordon, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Ranglin, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Eric ‘Rickenbacker’ Frater, Richard Ace, Robbie Lynn, Phil Callendar, Earl ‘Bagga’ Walker and ‘Deadly’ Headly Bennett.
Here, we have an amazing collection of rare 45s featuring mostly instrumental vibes. Hunting these down on actual vinyl would likely be impossible to begin with, and, were it not, it’d cost you a small fortune to acquire them all. A treasure if there ever was one.
This set focuses more on the hard-to-find sides, but is not complete by any means. The two sets below this collection contain the truly choice riddims they recorded during their time. The ones that would go on to be versioned countless times over. Be sure to pick up Jamaica Soul Shake Vol.1 and Mojo Rocksteady Beat. Enjoy all these certified scorchers and big ups to the timeless Studio One sound!