The Reggae Box

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731456092928
  • Catalog Number: 560929


Disc 1
  1. 1 Forward March - Derrick Morgan (2:51)
  2. 2 My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small (2:01)
  3. 3 Bank to Bank, Pt. 1 - Baba Brooks (2:07)
  4. 4 Count Ossie Special - Count Ossie (2:43)
  5. 5 Broadway Jungle - The Maytals (2:49)
  6. 6 Carry Go Bring Come - Justin Hinds (2:50)
  7. 7 Eastern Standard Time - Don Drummond (3:13)
  8. 8 Hard Man Fe Dead - Prince Buster (3:22)
  9. 9 Confucius - The Skatalites (2:54)
  10. 10 Tide Is High - The Paragons (2:44)
  11. 11 Take It Easy - Hopeton Lewis (2:49)
  12. 12 Ba Ba Boom - The Jamaicans (3:19)
  13. 13 Tougher Than Tough - Derrick Morgan (2:26)
  14. 14 Queen Majesty - The Techniques (3:31)
  15. 15 Long Shot - The Pioneers (2:45)
  16. 16 Israelites - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (2:35)
  17. 17 54-46 Was My Number - Toots & the Maytals (3:12)
  18. 18 Reggae Hit the Town - The Ethiopians (2:24)
  19. 19 My Conversation - The Uniques (2:38)
  20. 20 Rivers of Babylon - The Melodians (4:16)
  21. 21 Double Barrel - Dave & Ansel Collins (2:50)
  22. 22 Everything I Own - Ken Boothe (3:44)
  23. 23 The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff (3:07)
  24. 24 Stalag 17 - Techniques All Stars (2:58)
  25. 25 Satta Massagana - The Abyssinians (3:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Trench Town Rock - The Wailers (3:27)
  2. 2 Blood and Fire - Niney the Observer (3:06)
  3. 3 Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson (3:01)
  4. 4 Better Must Come - Delroy Wilson (2:44)
  5. 5 Book of Rules - The Heptones (3:27)
  6. 6 Westbound Train - Dennis Brown (3:01)
  7. 7 Baby I Love You So - Jacob Miller (2:30)
  8. 8 No. 1 in the World - U-Roy (2:40)
  9. 9 King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo (2:31)
  10. 10 All Nations Bow - Big Youth (2:52)
  11. 11 Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear (3:25)
  12. 12 Don't Trouble Trouble - Johnny Clarke (3:43)
  13. 13 War and Friction - I-Roy (3:21)
  14. 14 Ballistic Affair - Leroy Smart (3:08)
  15. 15 War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo (4:50)
  16. 16 Roots, Rock, Reggae - Bob Marley & the Wailers (3:38)
  17. 17 1865 (96° in the Shade) - Third World (4:06)
  18. 18 At the Feast - The Congos (3:40)
  19. 19 My Number One - Gregory Isaacs (3:44)
  20. 20 Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin (4:12)
  21. 21 Black Roots - Sugar Minott (2:31)
  22. 22 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - Black Uhuru (6:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 One Love Jam Down - Papa Michigan (4:00)
  2. 2 Entertainment - Triston Palmer (3:26)
  3. 3 Sitting and Watching - Dennis Brown (3:18)
  4. 4 Ganja Smuggling - Eek-A-Mouse (3:51)
  5. 5 Pass the Kouchie - The Mighty Diamonds (3:34)
  6. 6 Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs (4:02)
  7. 7 Zungguzungguguzungguzeng - Yellowman (4:09)
  8. 8 Water Pumping - Johnny Osbourne (3:07)
  9. 9 Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng - Frankie Paul (3:30)
  10. 10 Here I Come - Barrington Levy (3:46)
  11. 11 Under Me Sleng Teng - Wayne Smith (4:09)
  12. 12 Ring the Alarm - Tenor Saw (3:13)
  13. 13 Tempo - Anthony Redrose (3:30)
  14. 14 Greetings - Half Pint (3:35)
  15. 15 Boops - Super Cat (3:59)
  16. 16 Punanny - Admiral Bailey (3:23)
  17. 17 Hol' a Fresh - Red Dragon (3:54)
  18. 18 Rumours - Gregory Isaacs (3:20)
  19. 19 Telephone Love - J.C. Lodge (3:28)
  20. 20 Bandolero - Pinchers (3:31)
  21. 21 Strive - Shinehead (4:13)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers (4:04)
  2. 2 Mr. Loveman - Chevelle Franklin (5:40)
  3. 3 Flex - Mad Cobra (4:01)
  4. 4 Dancehall Queen - Chevelle Franklyn (4:34)
  5. 5 Down in the Ghetto - Bounty Killer (3:30)
  6. 6 Tour - Capleton (3:59)
  7. 7 It's Me Again Jah - Luciano (3:59)
  8. 8 Untold Stories - Buju Banton (4:34)
  9. 9 Fire Pon Rome (3:52)
  10. 10 I and I Saw Them Coming - Starkey Banton (4:10)
  11. 11 Rough Inna Town - Luciano (3:56)
  12. 12 Armagideon Time - Dr. Israel (4:04)
  13. 13 Warning - Tony Rebel (3:37)
  14. 14 Set Yourself Free - Morgan Heritage (3:45)
  15. 15 Ghetto People Song - Everton Blender (3:47)
  16. 16 Party in Session - Stone Love (3:46)
  17. 17 What's the Matter With the World - Bushman (3:50)
  18. 18 I Love Jah - Flourgon (3:47)
  19. 19 Taking Over - Sizzla (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shinehead Track Performer
Wally Badarou Keyboards
The 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
The Heptones Track Performer
Justin Hinds Vocals
John Holt Vocals
Barrington Levy Track Performer
Bob Marley Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rita Marley Background Vocals
The Melodians Track Performer
The Mighty Diamonds Track Performer
Judy Mowatt Background Vocals
Johnny Osbourne Track Performer
Frankie Paul Track Performer
Pinchers Track Performer
Max Romeo Vocals
The Skatalites Band
Steely & Clevie Rhythm
Third World Band
The Aggrovators Band, Rhythm
The 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
Jackie Jackson Bass
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
The Pioneers Track Performer
Taxi Gang Band, Rhythm
Derrick Morgan Vocals
Jacob Miller Track Performer
The 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
Al 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
The 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
The 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
The 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
The 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
Dr. 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
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
Dr. Israel Programming, Producer
Dana Smart Track Notes
Claude Evans Producer, Engineer
Harry Johnson Producer
Bobby "Digital" Dixon Producer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Harry Mudie Arranger, Producer
Dub Organiser Director, Producer
Winston Blake Producer
Linford Roberts 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
V. Ford Composer
Jerome Hines Composer
Robert Spencer Composer
S. McNaughton Composer
E. Williams Composer
Frederick Hibbert Composer
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