In celebration of Reggae Month, on February 2, Studio One will release From the Vaults, Vol. 1, on CD and digital for the first time with an Apple Music exclusive stream from February 1-15. The album will be available at all digital service providers February 16. Out-of-print for a decade, February 23 sees the release of Freddie McGregor’s Bobby Bobylon deluxe edition on CD. Pre-orders are now available for From the Vaults, Vol 1 and Freddie McGregor, Bobby Bobylon.
An 18-track compilation of rare B-sides showcasing some of the greatest “lost” music by Jamaica’s legendary Studio One label, From The Vaults, Vol 1 features both the label’s top hit makers as well as some of its more obscure artists. The remastered set includes liner notes written by Studio One and Heartbeat Records personality Chris Wilson.
Featured on CD for the first time, the collection includes two previously unreleased tracks. From Alton Ellis, Johnny Osbourne, and the Gaylads to Roy Tomlinson, the Soulites, and the Officials, the collection spans the label’s output from the late sixties to the early 1980s. Previously only available on LP for Record Store Day Black Friday, the collection debuted at Number One on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
A fan favorite and one of reggae’s most consistent recording and touring artists, Freddie McGregor’s Studio One debut, Bobby Bobylon, is considered one of the key ingredients for a great reggae record collection. The remastered Bobby Bobylon Deluxe Edition features the original 10 tracks and eight bonus tracks.
Produced by Studio One founder Clement Dodd, who produced, tutored, and nurtured an astounding number of top reggae stars including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, the Skatalites, Toots & the Maytals, and more, the CD will be available February 23, with the LP being released on March 9.
Since 2016, Studio One has partnered with Yep Roc Records to reissue albums from legendary artists such as The Wailers and The Skatalites, as well as new compilations from Don Drummond, Dub Specialist and Freddie McKay. Other releases include a reissue of the rare Money Maker compilation and two broadcasts of the Studio One Radio Show.