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Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music
Various Artists
Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
 
  •  Track Listings (27) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (25) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #4

Over the course of four CDs, this is the essential musical history of the loudest island in the world, with the emphasis on essential. It starts in the time before ska, and brings it all up to the dominance of dancehall in...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mango
Original Release Date: 11/16/1993
Release Date: 11/16/1993
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
Styles: Ska, Caribbean & Cuba, Jamaica, Reggae, By Decade, 1960s, 1970s, Soul
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPC: 016253993525

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Over the course of four CDs, this is the essential musical history of the loudest island in the world, with the emphasis on essential. It starts in the time before ska, and brings it all up to the dominance of dancehall in the '90s. Along the way there's ska, rocksteady, reggae, and dub; 95 great tracks, every single one a classic. About the only major artist not represented is Lee Perry, and his productions sneak in there. Steve Barrow's notes will carry you through the story. This is about as perfect as they come, in both form and content. Chris Nickson

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CD Reviews

Essential
08/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Even a crazy baldhead like me feels the intensity of spirit and groove coming off this unmissable set! How on earth do you compress such an unbelievably diverse and rich musical heritage onto 4 CDs? By going for the absolute, no-arguments stone-cold classics, that's how. In truth, some categories (especially dub and ragga) are barely covered, but this was inevitable given the restrictions. For a definitive dub excursion, you'd probably be better off with Lee Perry's "Arkology". Regarding these limitations though....so what? What you get is awesome, vibe-packed SONGS fom end to end, and every smokin' riddim you ever skanked to in one version or another. I play this a LOT when visitors are over - frequently I return to theirs weeks later and find they've picked up their own copy. 'Nuff said. An awesome set. Roll up ;-)and check it. You won't be disappointed."
Can I give this six stars?
Tom Tuerff | That there Phoenix place | 03/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is my favorite box set of all time. I don't think a week goes by where at least one of these four CDs doesn't get a workout in my player. Too many highlights, but here's a few:My Boy Lollipop: Millie Small's big hit was also Rod Stewart's debut record (that's him on Harmonica); Here I Come: Barrington Levy. what a great song! And I don't even know what the hell he's saying...The beautiful voice of Gregory Isaacs. The "rude boy" attitude of Desmond Dekker. The first recordings of the Wailers, Toots, Dennis Brown, just amazing.No Eek-a-Mouse, but other than that, I can't quibble. I LOVE this record. And you will, too."
Tough Iyah
Garth D Hendricks | Coral Springs, FL United States | 12/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bought this CD in 1994 as a birthday Present to myself and buying it again because I had to give mine to a friend, who would not leave my house without it. A definitive collection, an absolute cannot do without, for cozy gatherings, subtle for background and in your face for a party mix. A must have for any home sick Jamaican far from the Beautiful shores of the origination of this mix. Yes Iyah."