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Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music [Box set]

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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: #154,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 27 tracks on this disc
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
See all 25 tracks on this disc
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
See all 21 tracks on this disc
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
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential August 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect way to start your collection June 17, 2001
By Rob G.
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Iyah December 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give this six stars? March 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite box set of all time. I don't think a week goes by where at least one of these four CDs doesn't get a workout in my player.
Too many highlights, but here's a few:
My Boy Lollipop: Millie Small's big hit was also Rod Stewart's debut record (that's him on Harmonica);
Here I Come: Barrington Levy. what a great song! And I don't even know what the hell he's saying...
The beautiful voice of Gregory Isaacs. The "rude boy" attitude of Desmond Dekker. The first recordings of the Wailers, Toots, Dennis Brown, just amazing.
No Eek-a-Mouse, but other than that, I can't quibble. I LOVE this record. And you will, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Reggae compilations September 21, 2004
By Kris
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that there is no god... August 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
... 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. People would come to my home and hear this set, and the next day, buy it.

What a shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EYE OPENER October 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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. As the title suggests, it is the history of Jamaican music in one handy box. Music for the body, the mind, and the soul. The liner notes are exceptional, invaluable even. If you have the money, by all means get this set. Classic songs by essential artists. VERY HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovin Again!! Thank you!!
My partner and I have owned two copies of this, they keep getting lost, scratched, stolen...probably more so the later. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hannah Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best reggae overview ever. Inexcusably out of print...
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 more
Published on January 23, 2012 by David Pearlman
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamaican music is much more then Bob Marley
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. Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Dasher
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The CD arrived as promised, was package for the ultimate protection and the CDs were in great condition! Awesome purchase. Read more
Published on July 25, 2011 by sbrown99
5.0 out of 5 stars totally awesome
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 more
Published on June 5, 2010 by Sandra Azancot
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundational ska reggae from the island that started it
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 more
Published on May 31, 2005 by anonymouslyreviewed
5.0 out of 5 stars An AMAZING BOX SET
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 more
Published on April 4, 2004 by Valerie R. Ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch A Fire!
All I've got say about this album is: WOW!
Rock It Steady!
Published on February 16, 2004 by "jav135"
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant's got to be part of your collection
The best compilation ever. I have no words to describe it but brilliant and awesome. I thought THE FRONT LINE was great but this BUY BUY
Published on February 2, 2003 by Michael Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars still one complaint
This is a great boxset that explores the music of jamaica from the 50's to the time of ragga they have done a great job with this compilation, but still there is one complaint and... Read more
Published on February 24, 2002 by dannycboon
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