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Downbeat The Ruler: Killer Instrumentals From Studio One


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  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heartbeat
  • ASIN: B000ASDGC6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rockfort Rock - Sound Dimension
2. Real Rock - Sound Dimension
3. Swing Easy - Soul Vendors
4. Mojo Rock Steady - Sound Dimension
5. Heavy Rock - Sound Dimension
6. Freak Out - Jackie Mittoo
7. Tunnel One - Tommy McCook
8. Moon Ride - Brentford Road All Stars
9. Race Track - Brentford Road All Stars
10. Throw Me Corn - Brentford Road All Stars
11. Baby Face - Sound Dimension
12. Love Again - Jackie and the Invaders
13. Darker Shade of Black - Soul Vendors
14. Banana Walk - Dub Specialist
15. Heavy Beat - Sound Dimension
16. Return of the Scorcher - Sound Dimension
17. Popcorn Reggae - Soul Agent and the Soul Defenders
18. Death in the Arena - Soul Vendors

Editorial Reviews

Heavy Rock Sound Dimension; Popcorn Reggae Soul Agent & the Soul Defenders; Freak Out Jackie Mittoo; Tunnel One Tommy McCook; Banana Walk Dub Specialist; Throw Me Corn Brentford Road All Stars, and more!

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jasper on May 10, 2006
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This is not only a killer disc, but is arguably the greatest "various artist" collection of instrumental Jamaican music available. Ask the connoisseurs, and they will most likely place "Downbeat The Ruler" firmly at the top of the heap (Soul Jazz's "Studio One Scorcher" being the only disc which could threaten to tie). Not only does "Downbeat The Ruler" feature truly phenominal music; the actual sonic quality of the set is nothing short of miraculous. These tunes, recorded from 1967-1971 at Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's famed Studio One, are full of delicious beats, deep tropical grooves, brilliant horn lines, skanking guitar, swirling organ, percolating percussion, and all-around inspired musicianship. The tunes fuse a transcendant mixture of jazz, funk, and soul with the timelessly fresh skanking rhythms of ska, rocksteady, and early reggae. Aside from offering one of the greatest marvels of sound remastering in classic Jamaican music, Heartbeat has also added a whole mess of extra killer tunes to expand this release from the original edition. You will not believe how vibrant, fresh, and colorful these recordings sound...this music is timelessly hip.

Be it a deep, slow-grooving skank or a jumping uptempo hop, every track delivers an undeniable intensity of passion, feeling and GROOVE. Like that joyful intoxication at the beginning of summer, this music will make you want to jump into your car and drive to the beach, have a barbecue, get up and skank, or indulge in some blissful relaxation.

Featuring the absolute creme de la creme of Jamaican musicians, including the great Jackie Mittoo, Vin Gordon, and Tommy McCook, this can't help but be anything other than 100% killer. I cannot stress how very, very highly I recommend this disc. "Downbeat The Ruler" is a classic for the ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grant Green on August 21, 2008
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Thankyou whoever put this together, cant believe we can listen to this stuff in Australia. Coxsone Dodd will always be Studio One, and he produced many of the finest tracks....these are ALL his productions and you can feel it in the recording. There are several bands, and i liked all the tracks and LOVED some of them, turned me on to other musicians i had no idea about. thankyou.
If you like this album, check out Jackie Mittoo's the Keyboard King Studio one...the guy is a legend.
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here is the true sound of 1967-1971 from Studio One, producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at the helm giving us timeless classics like Real Rock, Love Again, Swing Easy, Return of the Scorcher with players from the Sound Dimension, Jackie and the Invaders and Soul Dimension. Looking at the liner notes most of these bands shared their musicians and players. Enjoy this must own 18 song selection CD.
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By CB on September 16, 2013
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I have to credit Pandora for turning me on to this. Love it! Nice reggae jams without many lyrics. Some of the lyrics, or should I say sounds that people make on a few of the recordings are entertaining. Buy it!
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arcade Extreme on April 13, 2006
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1. Rockfort Rock - Sound Dimension

2. Real Rock - Sound Dimension

3. Swing Easy - Soul Vendors

4. Mojo Rock Steady - Sound Dimension

5. Heavy Rock - Sound Dimension

6. Freak Out - Jackie Mittoo

7. Tunnel One - Tommy McCook

8. Moon Ride - Brentford Road All Stars

9. Race Track - Brentford Road All Stars

10. Throw Me Corn - Brentford Road All Stars

11. Baby Face - Sound Dimension

12. Love Again - Jackie and the Invaders

13. Darker Shade of Black - Soul Vendors

14. Banana Walk - Dub Specialist

15. Heavy Beat - Sound Dimension

16. Return of the Scorcher - Sound Dimension

17. Popcorn Reggae - Soul Agent and the Soul Defenders

18. Death in the Arena - Soul Vendors
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