Bob Marley & the Wailers' Trenchtown Days:

Bob Marley & the Wailers' Trenchtown Days: Birth of a Legend and The Real Jamaica Ska provide a liberal sampling of the rude-boy music that was the first love of Jamaicans during the 1960s.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
Trenchtown Days: Birth of a Legend
REISSUE PRODUCER: Jerry Rappaport
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd
Epic/Legacy EK 63588


VARIOUS ARTISTS
The Real Jamaica Ska
REISSUE PRODUCER: Jerry Rappaport
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd
Epic/Legacy EK 62098


PETER TOSH
Live & Dangerous: Boston 1976
PRODUCER: Jerry Rappaport
Epic/Legacy CK 85478


SHABBA RANKS
The Best of Shabba Ranks
COMPILATION PRODUCER:Jerry Rappaport
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: various
Epic/Legacy EK 61423



Bob Marley & the Wailers' Trenchtown Days: Birth of a Legend and The Real Jamaica Ska provide a liberal sampling of the rude-boy music that was the first love of Jamaicans during the 1960s. The 20-track Trenchtown Days is actually a remastering of two albums (Birth of a Legend and Early Music) from the '60s, when Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, and Junior Braithwaithe were bandmates in the Wailers, making ska music. The Real Jamaica Ska highlights the music of formative acts like Lord Creator and Winston Samuel. This 1964 set, originally reissued on CD in '94, now includes two Marley/Wailers tracks—"I Am Going Home" and "Simmer Down"—from Birth of a Legend. Ska birthed reggae, and Tosh's Live & Dangerous: Boston 1976 is the power and glory of reggae in full-bloom. The tracks were recorded during Tosh's first U.S. tour—but, until now, were never made commercially available. With Tosh's top-flight band, which includes the super-fine Sly and Robbie, Live & Dangerous remains a reggae classic. Dancehall became an influential reggae style in the '80s, and Rexton Gordon—aka DJ Shabba Ranks—took the ragamuffin dancehall sound into America's hip-hop mainstream. In the process, he popularized a Jamaica-centric reggae style outside of Jamaica. Ranks' The Best of . . . is a collection of genuinely groundbreaking tracks.—PVV