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This Is Reggae Music: Golden Era 1960-1975 Box set, Original recording remastered

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Reggae's golden age was as bright as the following years have been dim for the once glorious genre. Indeed, it's the work of the pioneers of the '60s and '70s that, more than ever, defines reggae decades after the heydays of Marley, Toots, and Tosh. This four-disc, chronologically arranged box set (in contrast with 2001's similarly expansive but more wide-ranging Reggae Box) maintains its focus on the first decade and a half of reggae and its antecedents, allowing the compilers to delve deeper into the great one-offs that played a vital role in shaping the classic sound. Yes, like countless reggae compilations before it, this Trojan set features "Israelites," "Pressure Drop," "Rivers of Babylon," "Trenchtown Rock," and "Marcus Garvey." In addition to those indisputable touchstones, however, This is Reggae Music generously and expertly plunges into a remarkable archive to highlight the less-celebrated likes of Bongo Man Byfield, the Uniques, and Ken Parker. Colin Escott's pithy but erudite history and track-by-track summary further flesh out this exemplary package. --Steven Stolder

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. LORD TANAMO- Iron Bar
  3. STRANGER COLE- Rough And Tough
  4. DON DRUMMOND & TOMMY McCOOK- (Music Is My) Occupation
  5. MILLIE- My Boy Lollipop
  6. ERIC "MONTY" MORRIS- Penny Reel-O
  9. THE CLARENDONIANS- Rude Boy Gone A Jail
  10. DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES- Rudy Got Soul
  11. STRANGER & PATSY- Down By The Train Line
  13. DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES- 007 (Shanty Town)
  14. HOPETOWN LEWIS- Take It Easy
  16. THE ETHIOPIANS- Train To Skaville
  17. THE JAMAICANS- Ba Ba Boom
  18. KEITH & TEX- Stop That Train
  19. ALTON ELLIS & THE FLAMES- Rocksteady
  20. THE PARAGONS- The Tide Is High
  21. KEN PARKER- True, True, True
  22. DESMOND DEKKER- Israelites
  23. TOOTS & THE MAYTALS- 54-46 That’s My Number
  24. THE ETHIOPIANS- Everything Crash

Disc: 2

  1. TOOTS & THE MAYTALS- Do The Reggay
  3. THE ETHIOPIANS- Engine 54
  4. THE UNIQUES- featuring Slim Smith The Beatitude (Blessed Are the Meek)
  5. LLOYD ROBINSON- Cuss Cuss
  6. LEE PERRY- People Funny, Boy
  8. THE UPSETTERS- Return Of Django
  9. DAVE BARKER & THE UPSETTERS- Shocks Of Mighty
  10. TOOTS & THE MAYTALS- Monkey Man
  11. THE PIONEERS- Longshot Kick De Bucket
  12. THE TENNORS- Ride Your Donkey
  13. TONY TRIBE- Red, Red Wine
  14. JIMMY CLIFF- Wonderful World, Beautiful People
  15. TOOTS & THE MAYTALS- Pressure Drop
  16. GREGORY ISAACS- Don’t Let Me Suffer
  17. THE MELODIANS- Rivers Of Babylon
  18. HARRY J & THE ALLSTARS- Liquidator
  19. THE SLICKERS- Johnny Too Bad
  20. BOB & MARCIA- Young, Gifted And Black (Jamaica Mix)
  21. DAVE & ANSEL COLLINS- Double Barrel
  22. JIMMY CLIFF- Many Rivers To Cross

Disc: 3

  1. DESMOND DEKKER- You Can Get It If You Really Want
  3. JIMMY CLIFF- Come Into My Life
  4. ANDY CAPP- Pop A Top
  5. NINEY- Blood And Fire
  6. PETER TOSH & THE WAILERS- 400 Years
  7. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS- Duppy Conqueror
  8. JIMMY CLIFF- Vietnam
  10. KEN PARKER- Groovin’ Out On Life (Groovin’ In Style)
  11. THE STINGERS- Give Me Power
  13. TOOTS & THE MAYTALS- Pomps And Pride
  14. JIMMY CLIFF- Bongo Man
  15. THE PIONEERS- Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
  16. JOHNNY NASH- Guava Jelly
  17. GREYHOUND- Black And White
  18. HORACE ANDY- I Feel Good All Over
  19. THE HEPTONES- Hypocrite
  20. JOHN HOLT- Stick By Me (And I’ll Stick by You)
  21. ERIC DONALDSON- Cherry Oh Baby
  22. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS- African Herbsman

Disc: 4

  1. DELROY WILSON- Better Must Come
  3. JUNIOR BYLES- A Place Called Africa
  4. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS- Trenchtown Rock
  5. RIGHTEOUS FLAMES- One Love, One Heart
  6. JOHNNY NASH- I Can See Clearly Now
  7. ZAP POW- This Is Reggae Music
  8. PETER TOSH & THE WAILERS- Brand New Second Hand
  9. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS- Lively Up Yourself
  10. JOHNNY NASH- Stir It Up
  11. DENNIS BROWN- Money In My Pocket
  12. TOOTS & THE MAYTALS- Funky Kingston
  13. SLIM SMITH- The Time Has Come
  14. KEN BOOTHE- Everything I Own
  15. DENNIS BROWN- Westbound Train
  16. THE WILLOWS- Cool Iron
  17. THE UPSETTERS- Justice To The People
  18. BIG YOUTH- S90 Skank
  19. I ROY- Black Man Time
  21. RAS MICHAEL & THE SONS OF NEGUS- Run Come (Throw Away Your Stoney Heart)
  22. BURNING SPEAR- Marcus Garvey

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • 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: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00064LOV4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Dejan Kovacevic on November 23, 2004
That is - if this is your first serious foray into reggae or your first reggae box set...

I hate to denigrate Trojan, one of the most important original reggae labels, but it changed hands between numerous independent and major record companies so many times by now that its identity is meaningless, it is just a vast catalogue of tracks from reggae's crucial period, early sixties to late seventies, and its current owner - giant BMG, with its Sanctuary imprint - is just milking it.

I mean, it is great that they revived and expanded most of Trojan's original albums as well as the original compilations - like the "Tighten Up" series - but they flooded the market with SO MANY variously themed compilations as well as mini (3CD) box sets that it renders "This Is Reggae Music" totally obsolete. (Cross-referencing is great, but how many times can you include "007" and "Preassure Drop" and "Blood and Fire" and "Marcus Garvey" and "Rivers of Babylon" and... Even the cover photo has been incredibly abused over time... Major lack of imagination. Or is it simply... Greed..?)

Even if you're not that serious about reggae, but own a few compilations covering the mentioned period(s) it is most likely you'd already have 80% of the tracks on this box set. Obscurities and rarities included here are simply not worth it, even for those obsessive-compulsive collectors, myself included.

However, the music deserves nothing less than five stars so, if you ARE one of those rare birds just starting on with reggae, by all means - snatch it!! And look for excellent Island/Mango Records box set titled "Tougher Than Tough - The Story Of Jamaican Music" which is a more comprehensive look at the genre, both in selection and presentation.
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"This Is Reggae Music: Golden Era 1960-1975"

Sure, Bob Marley is on board. But if you don't know Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker or Toots & the Maytals, to name just a few of the other greats herein, you don't know reggae.

Total tracks: 90 (all previously released).

Nice touch: Ska and other styles of Jamaican music get their due, too.

The perfect gift for: Marley mavens who want the bigger picture.
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Roots, rock, reggae. The 4-CD set ENDS with Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey. I worried about sound quality with vintage cuts, but the sound is as good as U.S. rock singles from the same periods. And the tunes! Great music, Bob and Peter and Winston and Sly and Robbie had teachers. Hear them.
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What an outstanding collection. For the general music listener, whose only entry into reggae music is Bob Marley's "Legend" compilation, this Trojan box is four discs of the best and most essential music of the genre, nicely arranged in chronological order. All the big names are presents, including Toots & the Maytals, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Slim Smith. There are half dozen or so Bob Marley tracks present, and fortunately none of them duplicate with Legend, allowing such listeners to dig just a little bit deeper before they go nuts and purchase the man's entire back catalogue. If nothing else, This Is Reggae Music is a great education to learn where UB40, Blondie, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, and countless others got their craft from.
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I don't know about the Chinese reissue pictured above, but the original Trojan/Sanctuary release was a terrific collection with excellent sound quality. The song selection is just about perfect, from Desmond Dekker and other pioneers up to Burning Spear and Big Youth in the mid-1970s.
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As a person who doesn't even own that one Bob Marley album that everyone seems to have (Legend?), I was surprised to get this as a Christmas present. I must say it was one of the best gifts I got, since it introduced me to this whole world in a very palatable way.

There are some songs that I had heard before, but mostly this is an introduction for me. As an intro, it's great, because there is some that is easy to get along with, some that challenges a little and a few things that just fall flat. One thing is for sure - if you like Elvis Costello (which I do), you will love this box set, since he lifted so many of his riffs from these songs.

This is the kind of compilation that serves as a good jumping off point for exploring different artists within a genre. In particular, check out Tony Tribe's "Red, Red Wine" (it makes me want to beat the snot out of UB40 for doing such a lame cover), "S90 Skank", and "Bongo Man" as well as the classics such as "Pressure Drop", "Trenchtown Rock", "Many Rivers to Cross" and "Brand New Second Hand". If you don't like any of these songs, you won't like the album.
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