Reggae

I remember the day I walked into a record shop in Champaign, Illinois, and stopped dead in my tracks at the sound coming out of the speakers: incredible guitar, great bass, a rhythm that was impossible to resist- not that the idea occurred to me. It turned out to be Bob Marley’s Exodus. For about ten years, Jamaica had the strongest claim to making the best music on earth. The anthologies that start this list are heavy on roots reggae from the 60s and 70s; This Is Jamaica carries the story closer to the present. Timothy White’s Catch a Fire, which can’t really be trusted on details, does a great job of capturing the reggae vibe at the moment it broke through to the wider world.

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