With the new four-disc box set Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music â€“ 50th Anniversary, curated by former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga,Â you are rewarded with 100 of the seminal and most important reggae songs of the past 60-plus years. In a nutshell, you get it all here.
From the earliest recordings of songs captured on tape recorders in shacks high up on the mountains of Jamaica to the latest high-tech recordings coming out of the big island today, this is a musical journey through the heart and soul of a people and a nation. Opening with primitive â€œEasy Snappingâ€ by Theophilus Beckford andâ€ Dumplinsâ€ by Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, and traveling through classic Bob Marley and Peter Tosh tracks up to popular crossover hits like â€œPass The Dutchieâ€ by Musical Youth and â€œWelcome To Jamrockâ€ by Damian â€œJr. Gongâ€ Marley,â€ this collection fills in the gaps in any reggae collector’s wall.
Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music â€“ 50th Anniversary is out now on VP Records.