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Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music Box set

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Over the course of four CDs, this is the essential musical history of the loudest island in the world, with the emphasis on essential. It starts in the time before ska, and brings it all up to the dominance of dancehall in the '90s. Along the way there's ska, rocksteady, reggae, and dub; 95 great tracks, every single one a classic. About the only major artist not represented is Lee Perry, and his productions sneak in there. Steve Barrow's notes will carry you through the story. This is about as perfect as they come, in both form and content. Chris Nickson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oh Carolina - Folkes Brothers
  2. Boogie in My Bones - Laurel Aitken
  3. Midnight Track - Owen Gray
  4. Easy Snappin' - Theophilus Beckford
  5. Housewives Choice - Derrick & Patsy
  6. Forward March - Derrick Morgan
  7. Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff
  8. My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
  9. Six and Seven Books of Moses - The Maytals
  10. Simmer Down - The Wailers
  11. Man in the Street - Don Drummond
  12. Carry Go Bring Come - Justin Hines & The Dominoes
  13. Guns of Navarone - Skatalites
  14. Al Capone - Prince Buster
  15. Hard Man Fe Dead - Prince Buster
  16. Tougher than Tough - Derrick Morgan
  17. Girl I've Got a Date - Alton Ellis
  18. Happy Go Lucky Girl - The Paragons
  19. Dancing Mood - Delroy Wilson
  20. The Train is Coming - Ken Boothe
  21. Take It Easy - Hopeton Lewis
  22. Ba Ba Boom - The Jamaicans
  23. 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker
  24. I've Got to Go Back Home - Bob Andy
  25. Queen Majesty - The Techniques
  26. Loving Pauper - Dobby Dobson
  27. Don't Stay Away - Phyllis Dillon

Disc: 2

  1. Israelites - Desmond Dekker
  2. 54-46 (That's My Number) - The Maytals
  3. Reggae Hit the Town - The Ethiopians
  4. Wet Dream - Max Romeo
  5. My Conversation - The Uniques
  6. Bangarang - Stranger Cole & Lester Sterling
  7. Return of Django - The Upsetters
  8. The Liquidator - Harry J. Allstars
  9. Rivers of Babylon - Melodians
  10. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
  11. Young, Gifted and Black - Bob & Marcia
  12. Wake the Town - U Roy
  13. How Long - Pat Kelly
  14. Double Barrel - Dave & Ansell Collins
  15. Blood and Fire - Niney
  16. Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
  17. Better Must Come - Delroy Wilson
  18. Money in My Pocket - Dennis Brown
  19. Stick by Me - John Holt
  20. Teach the Children - Dennis Alcapone
  21. S.90 Skank - Big Youth
  22. Everything I Own - Ken Boothe
  23. Westbound Train - Dennis Brown
  24. Move Out A Babylon - Johnnie Clarke
  25. Curly Locks - Junior Byles

Disc: 3

  1. Country Boy - The Heptones
  2. Welding - I. Roy
  3. Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
  4. Right Time - The Mighty Diamonds
  5. Natty Sing Hit Songs - Roman Stewart
  6. Ballistic Affair - Leroy Smart
  7. Tenement Yard - Jacob Miller
  8. War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo
  9. Police And Thieves - Junior Murvin
  10. Two Sevens Clash - Culture
  11. I'm Still Waiting - Delroy Wilson
  12. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers
  13. Uptown Top Ranking - Althia & Donna
  14. Number One - Gregory Isaacs
  15. Bredda Gravalicious - Wailing Souls
  16. River Jordan - Sugar Minott
  17. Armagideon Time - Willie Williams
  18. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - Black Uhuru
  19. Fort Augustus - Junior Delgado
  20. Joggin' - Freddie McGregor
  21. Sitting & Watching - Dennis Brown

Disc: 4

  1. Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs
  2. Mad Over Me - Yellowman
  3. Diseases - Michigan & Smiley
  4. Water Pumping - Johnnie Osbourne
  5. Pass the Tusheng Peng - Frankie Paul
  6. Here I Come - Barrington Levy
  7. Ring the Alarm - Tenor Saw
  8. Under Me Sleng Teng - Wayne Smith
  9. Tempo - Anthony Red Rose
  10. Boops - Supercat
  11. Greetings - Half Pint
  12. Punanny - Admiral Bailey
  13. Hol' A Fresh - Red Dragon
  14. Rumours - Gregory Isaacs
  15. Cover Me - Tinga Stewart & Ninjaman
  16. Legal Rights - Papa San & Lady G
  17. Wicked Inna Bed - Shabba Ranks
  18. Bandolero - Pinchers
  19. Yuh Dead Now - Tiger
  20. Bogle Dance - Buju Banton
  21. Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers
  22. Oh Carolina - Shaggy


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: November 16, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Mango
  • ASIN: B000003QLC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you like Reggae and you've just stumbled on this album or someone mentioned it to you, consider yourself lucky. You have arrived. This 4 CD box set can legitimately claim the title 'The Story of Jamaican Music'. It is THE definitive collection and no serious music collector should pass it up.
Marley, Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and Bunny Wailer may be the Reggae artistes that are best known but they only scratch the surface of Jamaican music. Reggae itself is only part of the story. Here is the whole story from Ska and Rock Steady in the 50's and 60's through the great era of Reggae singers and bands in the 70's to the emergence of DJ's and Dancehall in the 80's and early 90's. Perhaps the only thing missing may be some Dub poets like Linton Kwesi Johnson and Mutaburuka but let's not quibble, it's as close to complete as makes no difference.
Each and every of the twenty plus tracks on each CD was a hit in it's time, and yet many of them are impossible to get a hold of now. Even with time and money on hand you would not be able to put together a similar compilation. In addition the story is told in a colourful and heavily illustrated 65 page history that comes with the set. Lastly, Chris Blackwell (of Island Records fame) as Executive Producer, ensures that this is a high quality product.
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Even a crazy baldhead like me feels the intensity of spirit and groove coming off this unmissable set! How on earth do you compress such an unbelievably diverse and rich musical heritage onto 4 CDs? By going for the absolute, no-arguments stone-cold classics, that's how. In truth, some categories (especially dub and ragga) are barely covered, but this was inevitable given the restrictions. For a definitive dub excursion, you'd probably be better off with Lee Perry's "Arkology". Regarding these limitations though....so what? What you get is awesome, vibe-packed SONGS fom end to end, and every smokin' riddim you ever skanked to in one version or another. I play this a LOT when visitors are over - frequently I return to theirs weeks later and find they've picked up their own copy. 'Nuff said. An awesome set. Roll up ;-)and check it. You won't be disappointed.
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I was a little worried when I got this that it was going to be slanted more in the direction of Island records contributions to distributing reggae music. However, I'm pleased that this collection is very well rounded and covers everything from the time before ska to 1993 ragga.
Really, there isn't a bum track on anyone of the 4 cds. Almost every track was an importaint Jamacian 45 and listening to the set all the way through, you can hear the progression of Jamacian music from the Folkes Brother's more traditional "Oh Carolina" to Shaggy's ragga revival of it in the 90's.
This set was a huge eye opener to me and has exposed me to a lot of artists I knew little about. The only thing I can find wrong is there really isn't any dub represented. Also, why not one Peter Tosh tune? Other wise, you have an essential set which will help any newbie figure out what to check out next.
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Bought this CD in 1994 as a birthday Present to myself and buying it again because I had to give mine to a friend, who would not leave my house without it. A definitive collection, an absolute cannot do without, for cozy gatherings, subtle for background and in your face for a party mix. A must have for any home sick Jamaican far from the Beautiful shores of the origination of this mix. Yes Iyah.
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Tired of the let down of 90'S Ska scene aka "SKA IS DEAD"., this box set will serve to inspire those who were first attracted to SKA & this box set will teach you to appreciate the brothers & sisters of SKA: Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, & Dancehall.
This box set gives you an idea how all of Jamaica's music & her muscians are all weaved & linked together. Even if your not a hard core traditionalist Ska fanatic(or if you are) this excellent box set serves as an awesome reference that shows the link from 60's ska to the 70's & 80's of early dancehall! Whether your into Punk SKA(Bosstones) or roots revivalist(The Slackers) this box set is worth being part of your collection!
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I bought this set when I was in the infancy of my interest in Jamaican music and Jamaica. Every song is truly special in a historical and musical sense! I started off listening to Bob Marley and then found this gem.

I first listened to this set one night, soon after I came back from Jamaica, whilst sipping Blue Mountain coffee and burning incense(only!)---I was back in Jamaica... I still love the set even after listening to it a hundred times. If you are looking for sappy, cheesy generic reggae music you're looking in the wrong place. Once you buy the set, you will keep it forever--A real classic. Enjoy, Mon!
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I brought this way back when it first came out. I am Jamaican have always been a fan of the music starting from Ska when I was a little girl. I have a walk in closet that holds my music collection so we are talking about 10,000 cd, records, tapes, cassettes, 8 track etc. This collection is the one that stays in my CD player. People need to know that there is more to Jamaican music then Bob Marley and there are IMO better artist then Marley. Tougher then Tough is a good way to start. It needs a re-issue, with a add on with some newer artists since it was released.
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