Album review: Various artists, Studio One Ironsides 1963-79 (Soul Jazz Records)

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Continuing Soul Jazz's devotion to the Studio One back catalogue, an 18-track survey in familiar mould, crossing the subgenres, from pop-reggae to dub, and doing the righteous thing in terms of mixing familiar names with obscurities.

Fabian Cooke? Well might you ask, but he warrants his place among the Freddie McGregors, Marcia Griffiths, Gladiators and Paragons. Outstanding cut? I'll take "Three Mile Skank": Lone Ranger riding the "Full Up" rhythm. It just rocks.