Reggae Golden Jubilee - Origins of Jamaican Music
4CD Box Set
December 10, 2012
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|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 5+|
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!