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Artist
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Reggae Golden Jubilee - Origins of Jamaican Music
Various
VP Records
4CD Box Set
December 10, 2012

Track list
Disc 1
  1. Theophilius Beckford - Easy Snapping (Original Version)
  2. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Dumplings
  3. Higgs & Wilson - Manny On
  4. The Folkes Brothers - Oh Carolina
  5. Prince Buster - They Got To Go
  6. Lord Creator - Independent Jamaica
  7. Prince Buster - Black Head Chinaman
  8. Derrick Morgan - Blazing Fire
  9. Prince Buster - Wash Wash
  10. Eric 'Monty' Morris - Sammy Dead
  11. Millie Smalls - My Boy Lollipop
  12. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Carry Go Bring Come
  13. Don Drummond & The Skatalites - Occupation
  14. The Techniques - Little Did You Know
  15. Delroy Wilson - Dancing Mood
  16. Stranger Cole - Rough And Tough
  17. Hopeton Lewis - Take It Easy
  18. Chuck & Joe White - Every Night
  19. Alton Ellis - Rock Steady
  20. Derrick Morgan & The Aces - Tougher Than Tough (Rudie In Court)
  21. The Beltones - No More Heartaches
  22. The Paragons - The Tide Is High
  23. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Trench Town Rock
  24. Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Isrealites
  25. The Maytals - Sweet And Dandy
  26. The Ethiopians - Everything Crash
  27. The Abyssinians - Satta Massa Gana
  28. King Stitt - Fire Corner
  29. Impact All Stars - Java Dub
  30. The Heptones - Hypocrite
Disc 2
  1. U-Roy and The Paragons - Wear You To The Ball
  2. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby
  3. Toots & The Maytals - 54-46 Was My Number (Stick It Up Mister)
  4. Peter Tosh - Them A Fi Get A Beatin'
  5. Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross
  6. Bob Andy - The Sun Shines For Me
  7. Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
  8. Junior Byles - Fade Away
  9. Ken Boothe - Lady With The Star Light
  10. Mighty Diamonds - Right Time
  11. Junior Murvin - Police And Thieves
  12. Pluto Shervington - Ram Goat Liver
  13. Ernie Smith - We De People/the Power And The Glory
  14. Culture - Two Sevens Clash
  15. Bob Marley - It's Allright
  16. Jacob Miller - Forward Ever
  17. Gregory Isaacs - My Number One
  18. Dennis Brown - Money In My Pocket
  19. Bob Marley - Kaya
  20. Michigan & Smiley - Rub-A-Dub Style
  21. Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
  22. Eric Donaldson - Land Of My Birth
  23. Janet Kay - Silly Games
  24. June Lodge - Someone Loves You Honey
  25. Black Uhuru - Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
  26. General Echo - Arlene
Disc 3
  1. Yellowman - Over Me
  2. Sister Nancy - One Two
  3. Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
  4. Yellowman - I'm Getting Married In The Morning
  5. Third World - Try Jah Love
  6. Freddie McGregor - Push Comes To Shove
  7. Dennis Brown - Love Has Found Its Way
  8. Tyrone Taylor - Cottage In Negril
  9. Mutabaruka - Every Time A Ear De Soun
  10. Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie
  11. Wayne Smith - Under Mi Sleng Teng
  12. Half Pint - Greetings
  13. Admiral Bailey - No Way Better Than Yard
  14. Maxi Priest - Wild World
  15. Tinga Stewart & Ninjaman - Cover Me
  16. Lovindeer - Wild Gilbert
  17. Lovindeer & Chalice - Pocomania Day
  18. Sugar Minott - Good Thing Going
  19. Junior Reid - One Blood
  20. Shabba Ranks & Krystal - Twice My Age
  21. Garnett Silk - Hello Africa
Disc 4
  1. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote
  2. Beres Hammond - Putting Up A Resistance
  3. Dawn Penn - You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)
  4. Buju Banton - Murderer
  5. Capleton - Tour
  6. Luciano - Lord Give Me Strength
  7. Buju Banton - Untold Stories
  8. Bounty Killer - Fed Up
  9. Lady Saw - Sycamore Tree
  10. Sizzla - Black Woman & Child
  11. Beenie Man - Who Am I (Sim Simma)
  12. Morgan Heritage - Down By The River
  13. Warrior King - Virtuous Woman
  14. Sean Paul - Gimme The Light
  15. Elephant Man - Pon De River Pon De Bank
  16. Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley - Welcome To Jamrock
  17. Tarrus Riley - She's Royal
  18. Jah Cure - True Reflections
  19. Etana - Roots
  20. Shaggy - Boombastic
  21. Queen Ifrica - Lioness On The Rise
  22. Mavado - On The Rock
  23. Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
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As 2012 marks the island's 50th year of independence, VP offers a wicked box set called "Reggae Golden Jubilee - Origins Of Jamaican Music - 50th Anniversary". The set is 4 discs in a 6" x 12" songbook package and includes a 64 page booklet, iconic photographs and imagery from Jamaica’s first fifty years. A preface from VP Records president Christopher Chin is included with a foreword from radio personality Dermot Hussey and writer and music historian John Masouri. The tunes were selected by former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who was a record company owner (WIRL) and producer in the 60s. He also wrote the package liner notes and contributed to track by track notations. The four discs take the listener from ska & rocksteady to roots & dancehall in a roughly chronological order.

The collection will please any fan of Jamaican music as it offers so many styles. It starts in 1959 with Theophilius Beckford's Easy Snapping and ends with Mavado's 2009 hit I'm On The Rock. As a kind of bonus Jimmy Cliff rounds off in fine style with the anthem The Harder They Come from the 1972 movie of the same name. Obviously, most tunes will be known and loved by reggae fans, but it's nice to see that some not-so-obvious titles have been included as well. Mutabaruka's dub poetry tune Every Time A Ear De Soun' is a tune that should be in every reggae fan's collection. Ernie Smith's tune We De People/The Power And The Glory is a re-recorded version of the flawless 'Jah Kingdom Gone To Waiste' from the 70s, while Bob Andy's The Sun Shines For Me is probably one of the artist's best efforts, although many people will be only familiar with top sellers like 'Feeling Soul', 'Unchained' or 'Too Experienced' to name but a few.

A collection that spans 50 years can never cover the whole Jamaican music history in 4 discs, a total of 40 discs would be more appropriate! Some of the artists we truly miss are Johnny Osbourne, Ijahman Levi, Pablo Moses, Barrington Levy and Johnny Clarke. But don't get us wrong, the box set is a wonderful package and a fine tribute to all the artists that have made all that beautiful music. The booklet is a priceless addition to the package, well worth reading more than once!

Serious historical stuff!