Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music Box set
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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.
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My partner and I have owned two copies of this, they keep getting lost, scratched, stolen...probably more so the later. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Hannah Moon
This set sold a few hundred thousand copies back when the record industry was healthy, and rightfully so. It is almost certainly the BEST overview of reggae ever released. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by David Pearlman
The CD arrived as promised, was package for the ultimate protection and the CDs were in great condition! Awesome purchase. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by sbrown99
I have a LOT Of old school reggae music, but this box set is the most comprehensive one I have in my collection. ALong with familiar tunes are hard-to-find gems that I needed. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by Sandra Azancot
... is the fact that this set has been allowed to go OOP. Read the other 23 reviews; this is the ABSOLUTE best collection of Jamaican music on (or now, off) the market. Read morePublished on August 29, 2006 by FR Goodridge
This box set really opened my eyes, my ears and my mind to the infinite possibilities within Jamaican music. It is without a doubt the most important set of discs I own. Read morePublished on October 5, 2005 by J. Brady
This set is the best of several sets I have collected with early ska and reggae music. Read the list of songs: early Maytals, Wailers, Bob Marley, and more. Read morePublished on May 31, 2005 by anonymouslyreviewed
I bought this CD set on a whim in 1993. It is one of the most amazing impulse purchases I have ever made!!! You hear the development of a nation's music. Read morePublished on April 4, 2004 by Valerie R. Ashby