Sound System: The Story of Jamaican Music

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Per capita, Jamaica puts out more music than any other place on the planet, and the island's distinctive rhythms have made its music one of the country's biggest exports, even though that sunny-sounding pop music is frequently outspoken and political. The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence, and it has meant a host of commemorative releases, including this one, a massive eight-disc set from Island Records, the label that has arguably done more than any other to bring Jamaican music to the attention of the rest of the world. Tracks are arranged pretty randomly, apparently to mirror the way DJs at one of the island's famed dancehall sound systems ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Per capita, Jamaica puts out more music than any other place on the planet, and the island's distinctive rhythms have made its music one of the country's biggest exports, even though that sunny-sounding pop music is frequently outspoken and political. The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence, and it has meant a host of commemorative releases, including this one, a massive eight-disc set from Island Records, the label that has arguably done more than any other to bring Jamaican music to the attention of the rest of the world. Tracks are arranged pretty randomly, apparently to mirror the way DJs at one of the island's famed dancehall sound systems would program a night's music, but in truth, there doesn't really seem to be much rhyme or reason to what follows what here, which is a minor irritation. The music itself is glorious, with signature tracks from Bob Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Beenie Man, Jimmy Cliff, Buju Banton, Burning Spear, Justin Hinds, Max Romeo, Junior Byles, the Heptones, Gregory Isaacs, the Uniques, the Mighty Diamonds, the Paragons, and seemingly every Jamaican singer or group ever to enter a Kingston studio, and one can't help but feel that a sequence arranged chronologically, working through mento to ska to rocksteady to reggae to dub to lovers rock to dancehall and beyond, might better tell the story. The set also includes a book that is essentially a condensed version of Reggae Explosion: The Story of Jamaican Music, originally published in 2001. Most fans of Jamaican music and reggae will already be familiar with the book, and the songs, too, for that matter, since nothing collected here is terribly obscure. In the end, it's the music that carries things, though, and through 120 tracks, it never really falters. Jamaica has been onto something for a long time and the proof is here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2012
  • Label: Island Uk
  • UPC: 600753387924
  • Catalog Number: 5338792
  • Sales rank: 278,753

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sound System - Steel Pulse (3:15)
  2. 2 Funky Kingston - Toots & the Maytals (4:56)
  3. 3 Bogle Dance - Buju Banton (3:01)
  4. 4 Dreamland - Bunny Wailer (2:43)
  5. 5 Lion - Burning Spear (3:12)
  6. 6 My Boy Lollipop - Millie (2:01)
  7. 7 Midnight Track - Owen Gray (2:29)
  8. 8 Dearest Beverley - Jimmy Cliff (2:42)
  9. 9 Jah Glory - Third World (5:10)
  10. 10 Cover Me - Ninjaman (3:17)
  11. 11 Westbound Train - Dennis Brown (3:02)
  12. 12 Two Sevens Clash - Culture (3:30)
  13. 13 1865 (96° in the Shade) - Third World (4:28)
  14. 14 Natty Take Over - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (3:09)
  15. 15 El Torro - Roland Alphonso (3:36)
  16. 16 War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo & the Upsetters (4:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mash It, Pts. 1-2 - Owen Gray (4:13)
  2. 2 54-46 (Was My Number) - Toots & the Maytals (2:53)
  3. 3 Forward March - Derrick Morgan (2:52)
  4. 4 Israelites - Desmond Dekker (2:49)
  5. 5 Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff (2:25)
  6. 6 We 'a' Rockers - Inner Circle (3:26)
  7. 7 Easy Snappin' - Theo Beckford (2:51)
  8. 8 Sweet Reggae Music - Barrington Levy (3:23)
  9. 9 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker (2:43)
  10. 10 Carry on Bring Come - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (2:54)
  11. 11 African Worldwide Love - Dillinger (3:35)
  12. 12 Herbsman Shuffle - Kitt Stitt (2:40)
  13. 13 Wet Dream - Max Romeo (2:48)
  14. 14 Hol' a Fresh - Red Dragon (3:55)
  15. 15 Roots Train - Dilinger (9:02)
  16. 16 Confusion in a Babylon - Niney the Observer (5:23)
  17. 17 What You Gonna Do on the Judgement Day - Prince Far I (3:42)
  18. 18 Man from Wareika - Rico (3:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Double Barrell - Dave & Ansel Collins (2:47)
  2. 2 $90 Skank - Big Youth (2:51)
  3. 3 Brother Noah - The Black Shadows (5:29)
  4. 4 No More Teardrops - Eric Morris (2:14)
  5. 5 Babylon's Burning - Niney (3:12)
  6. 6 Check Out Yourself - Cimarons (2:38)
  7. 7 Spanish Amigo - Dennis Alcapone (2:56)
  8. 8 Laser Baem - Don Carlos (3:23)
  9. 9 Ba Ba Boom - The Jamaicans (3:20)
  10. 10 Jah Loves Us All - Linval Thompson (3:08)
  11. 11 Tougher Than Tough (Rudie in Court) - Derrick Morgan (2:24)
  12. 12 King Tubby's Rockers - Roots Radics (5:11)
  13. 13 Bammie Fe Fish - Skin, Flesh & Bones (4:06)
  14. 14 Better Must Come - Delroy Wilson (2:44)
  15. 15 Loving Pauper - Dobby Dobson (3:16)
  16. 16 The Dog - Harry J All-Stars (2:29)
  17. 17 Tenement Yard - Jacob Miller (2:37)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Uptown Top Ranking - Althea & Donna (3:54)
  2. 2 Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson (3:04)
  3. 3 Green Bay Incident - Lord Sassafrass (3:55)
  4. 4 Jam Down - The Observer All Stars (4:08)
  5. 5 Happy Go Lucky Girl - The Paragons (3:05)
  6. 6 Don't Stay Away - Phyllis Dillon (2:33)
  7. 7 Bangarang - Lester Sterling (3:11)
  8. 8 Return of Django (2:33)
  9. 9 Herb Vendor - Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (3:20)
  10. 10 Curly Locks - Junior Byles (3:25)
  11. 11 Mt. Babylon - Little John (3:18)
  12. 12 Blood & Fire - Niney the Observer (3:07)
  13. 13 Queen Majesty (Minstrel and Queen) - The Techniques (3:33)
  14. 14 D.J.'s Choice - Winston Williams (3:17)
  15. 15 Teach the Children - Dennis Alcapone (2:26)
  16. 16 One Train Load of Dub - The Observers (3:22)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Money in My Pocket - Dennis Brown (2:33)
  2. 2 Move Out of Babylon Rastaman - Johnny Clarke (3:34)
  3. 3 Sound and Soul - Johnny Moore (2:54)
  4. 4 Everything I Own - Ken Boothe (3:47)
  5. 5 How Long Will It Take - Pat Kelly (3:11)
  6. 6 Rastafari Chant Nyahbinghi - Peter Broggs (3:51)
  7. 7 King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo (2:33)
  8. 8 CN Express - Clancy Eccles All Stars (2:27)
  9. 9 Rock of Gibraltar - The Congos (4:02)
  10. 10 Joggin - Freddie McGregor (3:43)
  11. 11 We're Gonna Love - Jackie Edwards (2:52)
  12. 12 Stick by Me (And I'll Stick by You) - John Holt (3:13)
  13. 13 Aily and Ailaloo - Max & Niney (2:16)
  14. 14 Temptation (3:20)
  15. 15 Back to Africa - Aswad (5:45)
  16. 16 What Those Guys Are For - Beenie Man (3:51)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Marcus Garvey (3:28)
  2. 2 Hammering - Cat Campbell (3:06)
  3. 3 Breakfast in Bed - Lorna Bennett (3:05)
  4. 4 Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs (4:00)
  5. 5 Book of Rules - The Heptones (3:31)
  6. 6 Police & Thieves - Junior Murvin (3:55)
  7. 7 Exodus - Ernest Ranglin (2:39)
  8. 8 Rivers of Babylon - The Melodians (4:16)
  9. 9 Bredda Gravalicious - The Wailing Souls (3:53)
  10. 10 Sinsemilla - Black Uhuru (5:13)
  11. 11 Young, Gifted and Black - Bob & Marcia (3:08)
  12. 12 Housewives Choice - Derrick & Patsy (2:43)
  13. 13 Cokane in My Brain - Dillinger (3:45)
  14. 14 Eastern Standard Time - Don Drummond (3:12)
  15. 15 Party Time - The Heptones (3:30)
  16. 16 My Jamaican Guy - Grace Jones (6:02)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Reggae Got Soul - Toots & the Maytals (3:09)
  2. 2 Sweet William - Millie (1:47)
  3. 3 Soldier and Police War - Jah Lion (4:09)
  4. 4 Ballistic Affair - Leroy Smart (3:09)
  5. 5 Dance Crasher - Alton Ellis (2:41)
  6. 6 The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff (3:41)
  7. 7 Fort Augustus - Junior Delgado (4:10)
  8. 8 Dreadlocks in Moonlight - Lee "Scratch" Perry (3:47)
  9. 9 Want Fi Goh Rave - Linton Kwesi Johnson (4:21)
  10. 10 Free Speech and Movement - The Royals (3:46)
  11. 11 Prodigal Son - Steel Pulse (5:07)
  12. 12 Ride Your Donkey - The Tennors (2:05)
  13. 13 The Russians Are Coming - Val Bennett (3:41)
  14. 14 Guns Fever - Baba Brooks (2:54)
Disc 8
  1. 1 What Is Life - Black Uhuru (5:45)
  2. 2 Tease Me - Chaka Demus (4:06)
  3. 3 Welcome to Jamrock - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (3:35)
  4. 4 Oh What a Feeling - Gregory Isaacs (3:47)
  5. 5 Take It Easy - Hopeton Lewis (2:54)
  6. 6 Trouble You a Trouble Me - Ini Kamoze (3:57)
  7. 7 Moving Up - Luciano (4:04)
  8. 8 The People Ought to Know - Sugar Minott (3:20)
  9. 9 My Conversation - The Uniques (3:29)
  10. 10 Stop That Train - Keith & Tex (3:16)
  11. 11 Pass the Kouchie - The Mighty Diamonds (3:35)
  12. 12 On the Beach - The Paragons (2:37)
  13. 13 Warrior Charge - Aswad (5:50)
  14. 14 People Funny Boy - Lee "Scratch" Perry (2:37)
  15. 15 Hot You're Hot - Sly Dunbar (3:39)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Pete Seeger Composer
Aswad Producer
Dennis Brown Composer
Johnny Clarke Composer
Jimmy Cliff Composer, Producer
Desmond Dekker Composer
Junior Delgado Composer
Alton Ellis Composer
Justin Hinds Composer
John Holt Composer
Inner Circle Producer
Linton Kwesi Johnson Composer, Producer
Barrington Levy Composer, Producer
Max Romeo Composer
Third World Producer
Nina Simone Composer
Grace Jones Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
The Supremes Producer
Paul Desmond Composer
Don Drummond Composer
Jackie Edwards Composer
Donnie Fritts Composer
David Gates Composer
Joe Gibbs Composer
Cedric Myton Composer
Leroy Smart Composer
U-Brown Composer
Leroy Sibbles Composer
Roy Cousins Composer
Dennis Alcapone Composer
Roland Alphonso Composer
Junior Byles Composer
Don Carlos Composer
Ansel Collins Composer
Clancy Eccles Composer
Sly & Robbie Producer
Linval Thompson Composer
Eric Donaldson Composer
Derrick Morgan Composer
Jacob Miller Composer
Duke Reid Composer, Producer
Dobby Dobson Composer
Howard Barrett Composer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Baba Brooks Composer
Selwyn Brown Composer
Philip "Fatis" Burrell Composer
Lloyd Charmers Composer, Producer
Stranger Cole Composer
Tommy Cowan Composer
Roy S. Dayes Composer
Phyllis Dillon Composer
Sly Dunbar Composer, Producer
Frank Farian Composer
Lloyd Ferguson Composer
Althea Forrest Composer
Basil Gabbidon Composer
Angus Gaye Composer
Donovan Germain Producer
Ernest Gold Composer
Owen Gray Composer
Donald Griffiths Composer
Bernard Touter Harvey Composer
Courtney Hemmings Composer
Joseph Hill Composer
David Hinds Composer
Eddie Hinton Composer
Winston "Niney" Holness Composer
Gregory Isaacs Composer, Producer
Winston Jarrett Composer
Harvey Johnson Composer
Junior Murvin Composer
Ini Kamoze Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Lloyd Knibbs Composer
Leslie Kong Producer
Bunny Lee Composer, Producer
Morris Levy Composer
Ian Lewis Composer
Bunny Wailer Producer
Robert Lyn Composer
Warrick Lyn Producer
Stephen Marley Composer, Producer
Alphonso Martin Composer
Wendy Matthews Composer
Tommy McCook Composer
Freddie McGregor Composer, Producer
Ronnie McQueen Composer
Sugar Minott Composer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Mark Myrie Composer
Steve Nesbitt Composer
Augustus Pablo Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer, Producer
Karl Pitterson Producer
Tony Platt Producer
Red Dragon Composer
Donna Reid Composer
Jimmy Riley Composer
Winston Rodney Composer
Michael Roper Composer
Michael Rose Composer
Alex Sadkin Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Derrick Simpson Composer
Lester Sterling Composer
Errol Thompson Composer
Sylvester Weise Composer
Delroy Wilson Composer
Jon Turner Executive Producer
Moses Davis Composer
Paul Love Producer
Michael Campbell Composer
Lister Hewan Lowe Executive Producer
Philip Springer Composer
Claude Smith Composer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley Composer, Producer
Dave Barker Composer
Derrick Harriott Composer
Hopeton Lewis Composer
Harry Johnson Composer
Pat Kelly Composer
Mickie Koos Producer
Stephen Coore Composer
Desmond Dacres Composer
Neville Livingston Composer
Jepher McClymont Composer
James Sheppard Composer
Manley Buchanan Composer
Tyrone Evans Composer
Richard Williams Executive Producer
Youth Sound Producer
Barry Llewelyn Composer
Yvonne Myton Composer
Joseph "Jo Jo" Hoo Kim Producer
Everton Bonner Composer
Henry James Composer
Lester Bullock Composer
Garnet Hargreaves Producer
Michael Swaby Composer
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo Producer
Dennis Pickout Producer
Nkrumah "Jah" Thomas Composer
Ken Lack Producer
Dickie Wong Producer
George Reyam Composer
Brian Atkinson Composer
Tex Dixon Composer
Justin Hines Composer
Lee Hayes Composer
Ralph Walker Composer
John Taylor Composer
Roger Lewis Composer
Lawrence Lindo Producer
A.G. Murphy Composer
Joseph Bonner Composer
"Deadly" Headley Bennett Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
Mikey Campbell Producer
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar Producer, Executive Producer
Michael Anthony Composer
Winston Jones Composer
THOMAS MCCOOK Composer
Phillip Fullwood Composer
Johnny Roberts Composer
Weldon Irving Jr. Composer
Frederick Hibbert Composer
James McNaughton Composer
Dennis Anthony Robinson Composer
Brinsley Allen Ford Composer
Vincent Robert Gordon Composer
Roy Livingstone Plummer Composer
Howard Anthony Barrett Composer
Eric Morris Composer
Lloyd "Gitsy" Oliver Willis Composer
Winston Solomon Composer
Brent Dowe Composer
William Alexander Clarke Composer
Stephen Haldane Coore Composer
John McMorris Composer
Robert Thompson Composer
Robert Spencer Composer
Keith Rowe Composer
Warwick Lynn Composer
Chris Salewicz Text
Michael Riley Composer
Edward O'Sullivan Lee Composer
Michael Kenneth Cooper Composer
Dave Kelly Composer, Producer
Johnny Green Composer
Lloyd Brivett Composer
Winston Delano Riley Composer, Producer
N.A. Davis Composer
Michael Williams Composer
Theo Beckford Composer
Ogilvie Fitzroy Simpson Composer
Konrad "Konny" Amberg Producer
Keith Linberg Hudson Composer
Jerome Haymes Composer
Edgar Clinton Gordon Composer
William Clark Composer
Dave Bloxhom Producer
Bubblers Levy Producer
Chung & Harvey Producer
Pete King Executive Producer
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