Studio One Roots is an important collection of some of the deepest roots music to come out of Studio One Records, Reggae's most important record label ever. This release features many rare and classic tracks that have been unavailable for over thirty years. As Soul Jazz Records continue to delve into the largest Reggae catalogue in the world, this release is literally ram-jam packed with classics that you cannot find elsewhere. Whilst Studio One led the field in all forms of Reggae, this collection shows how the depth of its roots music outshone all others. Due to the uniqueness of the release, Soul Jazz Records have commissioned sleeve notes to Studio One Roots by Lloyd Bradley, author of Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King. This is the third in the series of Soul Jazz Records' Studio One releases following on from Studio One Soul and Studio One Rockers.
“Play On Mr Music” by the Upsetter Revue featuring The Heptones, The Congos and Junior Murvin, had long been the Holy Grail for roots reggae connoisseurs, until Rocka Shacka issued it on a 10-inch EP. The result of an impromptu studio jam (captured on celluloid for Jeremy Marre’ s Roots Rock Reggae documentary in May 1977), the track celebrates the undeniable pull of Perry’ s musical artistry, with both musicians and onlookers enhanced by the uplifting qualities of a marijuana spliff."Milte Hi Ankhen" by Sam Carty is a full vocal cut to the oriental dub known as "Bird In Hand" which was included the dub master piece "Return of Ape". You can also enjoy the unreleased dub mix of the deep rasta tune "Rejoice Jah Jah Children" by The Silvertones, also the unreleased take of Carlton Jackson's big tune "History", an irie roots rock version of Curtis Mayfield "People Get Ready" by Junior Murvin and the soulful Perry's vocal on "Soul Fire"