Fashion In Fine Style Significant Hits Vol 1

by Various Artists

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FASHION RECORDS

VARIOUS ARTISTS – ‘Fashion In Fine Style Significant Hits Volume One’
Released 10th September 2012 as a Digitally Remastered CD
through Reggae Archive Records /Fashion.

There is no other label that defines UK reggae in the eighties and nineties as well as Fashion Records. For two decades they captured the sound of the UK as it was happening. Their constant stream of singles and LPs effectively defined the UK MC style, dominated the UK lovers rock charts, pioneered the UK ragga sound, released roots and dub and provided huge inspiration for the jungle and garage scenes.

After a long hiatus, Fashion has been relaunched in the digital domain but, with a strong demand for physical releases of their back catalogue from fans old and new, John and Chris have chosen Reggae Archive Records as their partner to meet that demand with a comprehensive programme of vinyl and CD releases and giving the new label access to all of the Fashion catalogue, including unreleased tracks.

To launch the new partnership, Reggae Archive Records have decided to start with the same compilation that launched Fashion's arrival on the digital platform and will be releasing the various artists compilation “Fashion In Fine Style – Significant Hits Volume One” as a digitally remastered CD on 10th September 2012.

Personally selected by John and Chris, the compilation starts with the first release on the label and indeed its first hit Dee Sharp's “Let's Dub It Up”. The next five tracks continue in a similar lovers vein with Peter Hunnigale, Winsome and Janet Lee-Davis joined by Jamaican legend Alton Ellis.

The album keeps up a mellow vibe, but heads in a roots direction with tracks from Nereus Joseph and Jah Mali before Frankie Paul ushers in the dancehall sounds the label was famous for. We are given nine variations on the dancehall style ranging from roots themes to sound clash tunes and the early digital style to raga. There's even a jungle remix amongst them with the remix of Top Cat's “Request this Style” though it rather conflicts with the message of Starkey Banton's “Jungle Bungle”

Last, but by no means least, is a track from the label's twilight. Chris Lane in his Dub Organiser alter ego with the excellent “Herbal Dub”, a great slice of dub and a final reminder of just how versatile the label was.

This is a great opportunity for fans old and new to pick up some of Fashion's biggest hits on CD.

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released 10 September 2012
Fashion In Fine Style….. Significant Hits Volume 1

1. Dee Sharp - Let’s Dub It Up

Recorded at TMC Studios, Tooting, London
Mixed at Village Way Studios, Harrow, Middx
Rhythm & Harmonies by The Investigators, lead guitar Chris Lane.
Horns – Michael ‘Bammy’ Rose (sax), Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton (trumpet), Vin ‘Don D Jnr’ Gordon (trombone)
Released….. FAD 001 1980…. (W.Smith/D.Brakenridge - Andysong Music)

2. Alton Ellis - Play It Cool
Recorded & mixed at Vineyard Studios, London SE1
Rhythm by One Blood, harmonies by the Investigators
Released…… FAD 009 1981 (Alton Ellis…. Fashion Music)


3. Winsome – Am I The Same Girl
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SW11
Rickie Stevens (drums), Errol Robinson (bass), Chris Lane (keyboards & guitars)
Horns – Barbara Snow and Roddy Lorimar (trumpets), Tim Sanders (sax)
Released……… FS 002 1986 (Record/Saunders - Interworld)


4. Janet Lee-Davis – Two Timing Lover
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Phillip Leo (drum programming & keyboards), Chris Lane (guitar)
Released….. FS 020 1989 (P. Pottinger) Fashion Music

5. Janet Lee-Davis & Tippa Irie – Baby, I’ve Been Missing You
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Mafia, Fluxy, Steely & Chris Lane
Released…… FAD 132 1994
(Yansy,Jackson,A.Henry) - Warner Chappell Music/Lift Money Music/Greensleeves


6. Nereus Joseph – Guidance
Recorded and mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Mafia, Fluxy & Chris Lane
Sax by Tim Sanders
Released…… FS 026 1989 (Joseph/Sylvester – Fashion Music)

7. Jah Mali – Mercy Street
Recorded and mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Voiced at Penthouse Studio, Kingston, Jamaica
Rhythm by Mafia, Fluxy, Steely & Chris Lane
Released…… FADJA 086 1997 (Thomas/Fashion – Fashion Music/ Copyright Control)

8. Frankie Paul – A No Nutten
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Chris Lane
Released….. FAD 060 1988 (F. Blake/ Fashion – Fashion Music)


9. Me & You – Rock This Rub A Dub
Recorded at Hillside Studio, London SW16
Mixed at Workhouse Studio, London SE1
Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye (drums), Tony Robinson (bass), Clifton ‘Bigga’ Morrison (piano), John Kpyiae (guitars), Chris Lane (percussion)
Released……. FAD 016 1983 (N.Collins/ Fashion – Fashion Music)

10. Andrew Paul – Who’s Gonna Make The Dance Ram
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SW11
Rhythm by Chris Lane
Released…. FAD 033 1985 (A. Paul/ Fashion – Fashion Music)

11. Daddy Freddy – Yes We A Blood
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Chris Lane
Released….. FAD 068 1989 (F. Nelson/ Fashion – Fashion Music)


12. Starkey Banton – Jungle Bungle
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Jazzwad
Recorded……. FAD 137 1995 (D. Murray/ Fashion – Fashion Music)

13. Peter Hunnigale – Perfect Lady
Recorded & Mixed at The A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Mafia & Fluxy, with Steely and Chris Lane (keyboards)
Soul Vendors sample courtesy of C.S.Dodd (Studio 1)
Harmonies by Black Steel
Released…… FAD 134 1994 (Hunnigale/Fashion/Dodd – Fashion Music)


14. Papa San & Lt. Stitchie – One More Request
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Voiced at Penthouse Studio, Kingston, Jamaica
Rhythm by Mafia & Fluxy, with Steely and Chris Lane (keyboards)
Soul Vendors sample courtesy of C.S.Dodd (Studio 1)
Released……. FADJA 061 1995
(T.Thompson/C.Laing/Dodd) - Copyright Control/Jamrec Music


15. Top Cat – Request The Style
Remix by Project 1 @ Blue Room Studios
Released…… JFLP 001 1995 (A. Codrington/ Fashion – Fashion Music)


16. Joseph Cotton – No Touch The Style
Recorded and mixed at A Class Studio, London SW11
Rhythm by Chris Lane and the Massive Horns
The part of ‘Miss Mary’ was played by Janet Lee Davis
Released….. FAD 048 1987 (S. Walton/ Fashion – Fashion Music)


17. General Levy – Heat
Recorded and mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Mafia & Fluxy
Released….. FAD 096 1992 (P.Levy/ Fashion – Fashion Music)


18. Cutty Ranks – The Stopper
Recorded and voiced at Penthouse Studio, Kington, Jamaica
Mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Sly and Herbie
Released….. FAD 074 1990 (P. Thomas/ Fashion – Fashion Music)

19. Bunny General – Full Up A Class
Recorded & mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Sly, Mafia and Chris Lane
Released……… FAD 103 1992 (C. Douglas/ Fashion – Fashion Music)


20. Dub Organiser – Herbal Dub
Recorded and mixed at A Class Studio, London SE23
Rhythm by Chris Lane
Released….. DOT 001 1997 (D.Murray/ Fashion – Fashion Music)

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