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Reggae Box
     

The Reggae Box

 
The natural step for any devoted listener to Bob Marley's brilliant Songs of Freedom box set is to learn more about reggae in general, and this four-CD set presents a panoramic view of Jamaica's greatest pop cultural contribution. As with any collection, connoisseurs can quibble with the selections, but the fact is that no four

Overview

The natural step for any devoted listener to Bob Marley's brilliant Songs of Freedom box set is to learn more about reggae in general, and this four-CD set presents a panoramic view of Jamaica's greatest pop cultural contribution. As with any collection, connoisseurs can quibble with the selections, but the fact is that no four-CD compilation can exhaust this Caribbean island's prodigious output over the past four decades. With its mix of standards and rarities, the Reggae Box is a valuable Rosetta Stone for neophytes and will point them in many directions, from the jazzy ska of Don Drummond to the buoyant blue-beat pop of Millie Small, from the lean rock steady of Desmond Dekker to the JB-styled funk of Dave & Ansel Collins and the overt Rasta consciousness of the Abyssinians -- and that's just the first disc. Each side explores, more or less chronologically, the successive mutations of Jamaican pop, from ska to rock steady to reggae to rockers, dub, and dancehall styles. The presentation plays to the collection's biggest strength as a reference work. It's impossible to say that any one U-Roy track, for example, is his finest, or even most influential, but it's easy to see that the DJ's chatter in the midst of a set of roots reggae is hinting at developments yet to come. Likewise, the computer rhythms of the Wayne Smith classic "Under Me Sleng Teng" set a precedent for the harder electronic sounds of dancehall that dominate the final disc. Speaking of dancehall, Jamaica's famously fickle audiences make choosing "current" material something of a joke -- like mercury, it's too fast to actually get a grip on. Thus the fourth disc is a hodgepodge of post-reggae directions, from the Rasta drum 'n' bass of Brooklyn's Dr. Israel to the dancehall crossover smashes "Murder She Wrote" and "Flex" to the roots revivalists Morgan Heritage and Rasta DJs Sizzla and Anthony B. With a smart booklet of three essays to make sense of it all, this set certainly delivers the "routes" of its title.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard not to think that Hip-O's The Reggae Box will be the definitive word on the genre, not just because it spans four discs, but because Hip-O has open access to the Island vaults, and Island is to reggae as Sun is to rockabilly, meaning it's the defining force and leading light. With that as a base and with cross-licensing as a secret weapon, this could have been a stunner, but instead it just is a very good history that tends to lean toward the contemporary instead of the classic. At first, this doesn't seem to be a problem, particularly because the first disc runs through pre-reggae and early-reggae classics at an engaging clip, something that continues through the second disc. Then, things begin to bog down with good, but not classic songs, and it becomes easy to notice that some big, big songs by the likes of Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Peter Tosh are missing, among many others. What here is hardly bad -- and as a rough history, it's pretty terrific -- but it's hard not to be slightly disappointed that it isn't definitive, given its ambitions and possibilities, especially when compared to the tremendous 1992 set The Story of Jamaican Music: Tougher Than Tough. Still, this is a good, even educational listen, and few sets come as close as this to being truly comprehensive. Still, it's not as comprehensive as it could have been, and it's hard not to wish that it was more sweeping than it is.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0731456092928
catalogNumber:
560929

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shinehead   Track Performer
Wally Badarou   Keyboards
Abyssinians   Track Performer
Big Youth   Track Performer
Black Uhuru   Track Performer
Ken Boothe   Track Performer
Dennis Brown   Track Performer
Burning Spear   Track Performer
Johnny Clarke   Track Performer
Desmond Dekker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Heptones   Track Performer
Justin Hinds   Vocals
John Holt   Vocals
Barrington Levy   Track Performer
Bob Marley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Melodians   Track Performer
Mighty Diamonds   Track Performer
Judy Mowatt   Background Vocals
Johnny Osbourne   Track Performer
Frankie Paul   Track Performer
Pinchers   Track Performer
Max Romeo   Vocals
Skatalites   Band
Steely & Clevie   Rhythm
Third World   Band
Aggrovators   Band,Rhythm
Congos   Track Performer
Brenton Dowe   Vocals
Don Drummond   Trombone
Cedric Myton   Falsetto
B.B. Seaton   Keyboards
Leroy Smart   Track Performer
Super Cat   Track Performer
Barry Reynolds   Guitar
Millie Small   Track Performer
Mad Cobra   Track Performer
Leroy Sibbles   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Admiral Bailey   Track Performer
Roland Alphonso   Tenor Saxophone
Capleton   Track Performer
Cocoa Tea   Track Performer
Ansel Collins   Organ,Keyboards
Boris Gardiner   Bass
Sly & Robbie   Rhythm
Wayne Smith   Track Performer
Tenor Saw   Track Performer
Yellowman   Track Performer
Eric Donaldson   Track Performer
Pioneers   Track Performer
Taxi Gang   Band,Rhythm
Derrick Morgan   Vocals
Jacob Miller   Track Performer
Maytals   Track Performer
Roots Radics   Band,Rhythm
Beenie Man   Track Performer
Beres Hammond   Track Performer
Rockers All Stars   Band,Rhythm
Richard Ace   Keyboards
Aubrey Adams   Keyboards
Glen Adams   Keyboards
Lloyd "Tinleg" Adams   Drums
Yasha Anderson   Guitar
Gladstone Anderson   Keyboards
Tony Asher   Rhythm
Noel Sowell Bailey   Guitar
Aston Barrett   Bass
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Drums
Howard Barrett   Vocal Harmony
Theophilus Beckford   Keyboards
Val Bennett   Tenor Saxophone
Winston Bowen   Guitar
Lloyd Brevett   Bass
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Drums,Rhythm
Danny Browne   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Rhythm
Hux Brown   Guitar
Lennox Brown   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dalton Browne   Guitar
Glen Browne   Guitar
Radcliffe Bryan   Guitar
Watty Burnett   Baritone
Harold Butler   Keyboards
Leslie Butler   Keyboards
Tony Chin   Guitar
Geoffrey Chung   Guitar
Bunny Rugs   Guitar
Fish Clarke   Drums
Michael "Ibo" Cooper   Percussion,Keyboards,Marimbas,Vocals
Steven "Cat" Coore   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Cowan   Vocals
Basil "Benbow" Creary   Drums
Firehouse Crew   Rhythm
Dick Cuthell   Trumpet
Glen DaCosta   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Daley   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Santa Davis   Drums
George Dekker   Background Vocals
Donald Dennis   Bass
Leonard Dillon   Vocals
Paul Douglas   Drums
Val Douglas   Bass
Sly Dunbar   Drums,Rhythm
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
Ethiopians   Track Performer
Lloyd Ferguson   Vocal Harmony
Flourgon   Track Performer
Chevelle Franklin   Track Performer
Dean Fraser   Alto Saxophone
Eric Frater   Guitar
George Fullwood   Bass
Raleigh Gordon   Vocal Harmony
Neville Grant   Drums
Winston Grennan   Drums
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Dirty Harry Hall   Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Harper   Trumpet
Bernard Touter Harvey   Keyboards
Toots Hibbert   Vocals
Neville Hinds   Keyboards
Delroy Hines   Vocal Harmony
Gregory Isaacs   Track Performer
Jamaicans   Track Performer
Irvin Jarrett   Percussion
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Keyboards
Junior Murvin   Track Performer
Bobby Kalphat   Keyboards
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Denzel Laing   Percussion
Earl Lindo   Keyboards
Willie Lindo   Guitar
Barry Llewellyn   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
London Session Orchestra   Rhythm
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
David Madden   Trumpet
Albert Malawi   Drums
Hugh Malcolm   Drums
Herman Marquis   Alto Saxophone
Julian Marvin   Guitar
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone,Rhythm
Larry McDonald   Percussion
Peter Tosh   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Melbourne Miller   Drums
Jackie Mittoo   Keyboards,Alto Saxophone
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Trumpet
Earl Morgan   Vocal Harmony
Niney the Observer   Track Performer
Augustus Pablo   Keyboards
Triston Palmer   Track Performer
Lloyd Parks   Bass
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Percussion
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Red Dragon   Track Performer
Jimmy Riley   Vocal Harmony
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Trombone
Winston Rodney   Vocals
Lincoln Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Rhythm
Noel "Scully" Simms   Percussion
Fitzroy Simpson   Vocal Harmony
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Keith Sterling   Keyboards
Lester Sterling   Alto Saxophone
Lyn Taitt   Guitar
Ruddy Thomas   Percussion
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Handel Tucker   Percussion,Keyboards
Franklyn Waul   Keyboards
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Guitar
Delroy Wilson   Track Performer
Ian "Willy" Winter   Keyboards
Winston Wright   Keyboards
Everton Blender   Track Performer
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Tony Brevett   Vocal Harmony
Paul Crossdale   Keyboards
Lawrence Lewis   Keyboards
Trevor McNaughton   Vocal Harmony
Sidney Mills   Keyboards
Bernard Collins   Vocals
Donald Manning   Vocal Harmony
Lynford Manning   Vocal Harmony
Sizzla   Track Performer
Cleon Douglas   Guitar
Winston Riley   Percussion,Vocal Harmony
Bounty Killer   Track Performer
Alva Lewis   Guitar
Chaka Demus & Pliers   Track Performer
Desmond Dekker & the Aces   Track Performer
Dave Barker   Vocals
Israel   Vocals
Hopeton Lewis   Track Performer
Soul Syndicate   Band,Rhythm
Rico Rodriguez   Trombone
Chevelle Franklyn   Track Performer
Bobby Aitken   Guitar,Rhythm
Tyrone "Organ D" Bownie   Keyboards
Oswald "Baba" Brooks   Trumpet
Sydney Crooks   Vocals
Junior Dan   Bass
Nathaniel "Jerry" McCarthy   Vocal Harmony
Arkland "Drumbago" Parks   Drums
Bushman   Track Performer
Starkey Banton   Track Performer
Jackie Robinson   Vocals
Stone Love   Track Performer
Herman Davis   Percussion
Tyrone Evans   Vocal Harmony
Norris Weir   Vocals
Busters All Stars   Rhythm
Dennis Campbell   Tenor Saxophone
Mark West   Alto Saxophone
Joe White   Keyboards
Black Disciples   Band,Rhythm
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson   Keyboards
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics   Band,Rhythm
Ron Wilson   Trombone
Chris Meredith   Bass
High Times   Band,Rhythm
Robert "Billy" Johnson   Guitar
Baba And His Band Brooks   Band
Gramps   Vocal Harmony
Carl Masters   Trombone
Beverley's All Stars   Band,Rhythm
Techniques All Stars   Band,Rhythm
Junior Menz   Vocals
Carl Bryan   Alto Saxophone
Harry Haughton   Guitar
Roydel Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Hector Williams   Guitar
Max Asher   Drums
Bongo Les   Percussion
Tony Anderson   Background Vocals
Joe Isaacs   Drums
Vincent "Trommie" Gordon   Trombone
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont   Guitar
Bobby Gaynair   Tenor Saxophone
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson   Percussion
Fil Callender   Drums
Divaship   Vocals
Junior Dixon   Vocal Harmony
Donald "Tabby" Shaw   Vocals
Stephen Taylor   Vocal Harmony
Barry Howard   Vocal Harmony
Michael Bennett   Background Vocals
Christopher Blake "Sky Juice"   Percussion
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Guitar
Mikey "Boo" Richards   Drums
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Alto Saxophone
Bryan Atkinson   Bass
William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke   Vocals,Mu-Tron
Jackie Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Dennis Brown   Composer
Jimmy Cliff   Producer
Third World   Producer
Soothsayer   Producer
Brenton Dowe   Composer
Don Drummond   Composer
David Gates   Composer
Leroy Smart   Composer
Glen Brown   Producer
Jah Screw   Producer
Wayne Smith   Composer
Jah Thomas   Producer
Prince Jammy   Producer
King Tubby   Producer
Duke Reid   Producer
Tony Rebel   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Doctor Overton Brown   Engineer
Errol Brown   Engineer
Stuart Brown   Arranger,Producer
Syd Bucknor   Engineer
Bunny Tom Tom   Engineer
Philip "Fatis" Burrell   Producer
Prince Buster   Producer
Lloyd Charmers   Producer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer
David Katz   Track Notes
Sly Dunbar   Producer
Hugo Dwyer   Remixing
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall   Producer
Donovan Germain   Producer
Joel Gibson   Producer
Toots Hibbert   Composer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer
Lloyd James   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Junior Murvin   Composer
Leslie Kong   Producer
Bunny Lee   Producer
Carlton Lee   Engineer
Morris Levy   Composer
Tommy McCook   Arranger
Sugar Minott   Arranger,Producer
Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Composer
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Augustus Pablo   Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer,Producer
Karl Pitterson   Engineer
George Phang   Producer
Alvin Ranglin   Producer
Ernest Ranglin   Orchestra Director
J. Roberts   Composer
Robbie Shakespeare   Producer
Byron Smith   Engineer
Steven Stanley   Engineer
Errol Thompson   Engineer
Karl Toppin   Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Producer,Engineer
Mikey Bennett   Producer
Barnabas Stanley Brian   Engineer
Clifton Dillon   Producer
Henry "Junjo" Lawes   Producer
Trevor McNaughton   Composer
Sidney Mills   Engineer
Bernard Collins   Producer
Winston Riley   Producer
Bob Marley & the Wailers   Producer
Israel   Programming,Producer
Dana Smart   Track Notes
Claude Evans   Producer,Engineer
Harry Johnson   Producer
Bobby "Digital" Dixon   Producer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Harry Mudie   Arranger,Producer
Dub Organiser   Director,Producer
Winston Blake   Producer
Linford Roberts   Composer
Horace Swaby   Composer
Jeff Willens   Master Transfers
Janet Enwright   Producer
Justin Yap   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Christopher Ramos   Tape Research
Solgie Hamilton   Engineer
Richard "Bello" Bell   Producer
R. Price   Composer
Keiron McGarry   Master Transfers
Brendan Morris   Tape Research
David Mucci   Master Tape Assembly
Lily Salinas   Tape Research
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo   Producer
Dwight Duncan   Composer
Nkrumah Manley Thomas   Composer
Jerome Hines   Composer
Robert Spencer   Composer
E. Williams   Composer
Frederick Hibbert   Composer

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