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Island 40th Anniversary 5
Various Artists
Island 40th Anniversary 5
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
 
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Volume 5 in the 40 Years of Island Records series contains 18 tracks, most of which have appeared on various previous compilations. This should not be a deterrent, however, as this is about as solid a collection of reggae ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Island 40th Anniversary 5
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Island
Original Release Date: 1/26/1999
Release Date: 1/26/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
Styles: Ska, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731457248621, 0731457248621

Synopsis

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Volume 5 in the 40 Years of Island Records series contains 18 tracks, most of which have appeared on various previous compilations. This should not be a deterrent, however, as this is about as solid a collection of reggae as you could wish to have. Each one of the cuts is regarded as a classic, and it is a testament to the impeccable talent spotting of Chris Blackwell and his crew that one label has such a powerful roster. Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Lee Perry, Toots and the Maytals, Third World, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, Augustus Pablo, Gregory Isaacs, and more recent artists like Buju Banton and Luciano are just some of those represented, all with killer tracks, not album fillers. If ever there were a perfect reggae primer, this would fit the bill, as it also covers many stylistic variations. Although a single CD cannot hope to be comprehensive, this is a highly recommended one-stop buy for the cream of the crop. --Derek Rath
 

CD Reviews

A great intro to reggae
John A Castelo | Alexandria, VA United States | 04/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I recently got interested in reggae music and wanted to expand my horizons beyond the great Bob Marley. This compilation of tracks from Island Records artists is a terrific sampler and it exposed me to a lot of great reggae artists that I was otherwise not familiar with (Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and many others.) The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is that some of the newer tracks (from the 1990s) are a little weak in my opinion. If you are looking to explore reggae though, this is a good place to start."