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Review Text A superlative introduction to the world of Jamaican music, Tougher Than Tough is a treasure trove of information, filled with unforgettable music. Across four discs and 95 songs, this set spans the entire history of the island's vibrant music scene, hitting all the major stylistic bases along the way, and rounding up many of Jamaica's greatest artists. It's evident that a great amount of thoughtful time and effort went into this package and, although collectors will howl at the many omissions and some of the selections, this set wasn't intended for them, but for a general audience interested in beginning to explore the music more deeply. With that in mind, the package includes a lushly illustrated 65-page booklet written by Steve Barrow (author of The Rough Guide to Reggae), who provides an exceptionally lucid historical overview. The rest of the booklet offers information on every track, including producer, composer, and release date. The music itself is sequenced chronologically, allowing the listener to chart the myriad of stylistic changes over the years. Disc one begins in 1958 with the Folkes Brothers' "Oh Carolina," arguably the first ever proto-ska release, cut during producer Prince Buster's first ever recording session. It continues through the rise of pure ska and through the shift to rocksteady. Disc two concentrates on the reggae years and the rise of the DJs, while the third is given over entirely to roots. The final disc brings things bang up to date, following the trajectory of the dancehalls. The set comes full circle with the final track, Shaggy's smash hit cover of "Oh Carolina." From rude reggae to ragga, dulcet vocal groups to dueling DJs, The Story of Jamaican Music is indeed just that. Of course, there's a wealth of equally masterful music that didn't make the cut, and the booklet discusses a multitude of songs not included. But this is history 101; hopefully, students will continue their studies on their own. ~ Jo-Ann Greene

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Oh Carolina - 3:40
  2. 2. Boogie in My Bones - 3:47
  3. 3. Midnight Track - 2:27
  4. 4. Easy Snappin' - 3:50
  5. 5. Housewives Choice - 3:40
  6. 6. Forward March - 3:50
  7. 7. Miss Jamaica - 2:25
  8. 8. My Boy Lollipop - 2:01
  9. 9. Six and Seven Books of Moses - 2:25
  10. 10. Simmer Down - 3:48
  11. 11. Man in the Street - 3:23
  12. 12. Carry Go Bring Come - 3:51
  13. 13. Guns of Navarone - 2:28
  14. 14. Al Capone - 3:56
  15. 15. Hard Man Fe Dead - 3:22
  16. 16. Tougher Than Tough - 2:26
  17. 17. Girl I've Got a Date - 2:24
  18. 18. Happy Go Lucky Girl - 3:06
  19. 19. Dancing Mood - 3:51
  20. 20. Train Is Coming - 3:20
  21. 21. Take It Easy - 3:49
  22. 22. Ba Ba Boom - 3:20
  23. 23. 007 (Shanty Town) - 3:42
  24. 24. I've Got to Go Back Home - 3:05
  25. 25. Queen Majesty - 4:31
  26. 26. Loving Pauper - 3:15
  27. 27. Don't Stay Away - 3:31

CD: 2

  1. 28. Israelites - 3:48
  2. 29. 54-46 That's My Number - 3:54
  3. 30. Reggae Hit the Town - 2:25
  4. 31. Wet Dream - 3:48
  5. 32. My Conversation - 4:38
  6. 33. Bangarang - 3:09
  7. 34. Return of Django - 2:25
  8. 35. Liquidator - 3:52
  9. 36. Rivers of Babylon - 4:16
  10. 37. Harder They Come - 4:40
  11. 38. Young Gifted and Black - 3:06
  12. 39. Wake the Town - 2:27
  13. 40. How Long - 4:54
  14. 41. Double Barrel - 3:47
  15. 42. Blood & Fire - 3:05
  16. 43. Cherry Oh Baby - 3:02
  17. 44. Better Must Come - 3:33
  18. 45. Money in My Pocket - 3:33
  19. 46. Stick by Me - 3:19
  20. 47. Teach the Children - 3:30
  21. 48. $.90 Skank - 3:50
  22. 49. Everything I Own - 4:44
  23. 50. Westbound Train - 3:07
  24. 51. Move Out of Babylon - 4:38
  25. 52. Curly Locks - 3:22

CD: 3

  1. 53. Country Boy - 3:58
  2. 54. Welding - 4:48
  3. 55. Marcus Garvey - 3:24
  4. 56. Right Time - 3:15
  5. 57. Natty Sing Hit Songs - 3:18
  6. 58. Ballistic Affair - 3:06
  7. 59. Tenement Yard - 3:37
  8. 60. War Ina Babylon - 4:04
  9. 61. Police & Thieves - 4:46
  10. 62. Two Sevens Clash - 3:29
  11. 63. I'm Still Waiting - 4:04
  12. 64. No Woman, No Cry - 4:04
  13. 65. Uptown Top Ranking - 4:54
  14. 66. Number One - 4:43
  15. 67. Bredda Gravalicious - 4:51
  16. 68. River Jordan - 3:08
  17. 69. Armagideon Time - 5:08
  18. 70. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - 5:54
  19. 71. Fort Augustus - 4:06
  20. 72. Joggin' - 4:42
  21. 73. Sitting and Watching - 3:28

CD: 4

  1. 74. Night Nurse - 4:05
  2. 75. Mad Over Me - 3:13
  3. 76. Diseases - 4:31
  4. 77. Water Pumping - 3:06
  5. 78. Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng - 3:08
  6. 79. Here I Come (Broader Than Broadway) - 4:37
  7. 80. Ring the Alarm - 3:13
  8. 81. Under Me Sleng Teng - 4:07
  9. 82. Tempo - 4:30
  10. 83. Boops - 4:59
  11. 84. Greetings - 4:36
  12. 85. Punanny - 3:27
  13. 86. Hol' a Fresh - 4:54
  14. 87. Rumours - 4:09
  15. 88. Cover Me - 3:23
  16. 89. Legal Rights - 4:04
  17. 90. Wicked Inna Bed - 3:58
  18. 91. Bandolero - 4:32
  19. 92. Yuh Dead Now - 4:49
  20. 93. Bogle - 3:01
  21. 94. Murder She Wrote - 4:05
  22. 95. Oh Carolina - 3:10

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