To mark the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, Island Records is releasing a huge box set entitled Sound System – The Story Of Jamaican Music
. The box set will feature 8 CDs and a deluxe hard-backed book written by acclaimed writer Chris Salewicz (author of biographies of Bob Marley and Joe Strummer, and Rude Boy – Once Upon A Time In Jamaica
). It also contains hundreds of photos by legendary photographer Adrian Boot.
Compiled by Ramus (who worked with Chris Blackwell at Island, Mango and Palm Pictures) and Paul ‘Groucho’ Smykle (influential dub producer who worked with PiL, Grace Jones, David Bowie, Jah Wobble, and BAD), Sound System
features 128 songs randomly programmed to replicate the way a Sound System DJ might select his set on any given night. It features a wonderfully eclectic mix of R&B, mento, ska, blue beat, reggae, dub and funk and celebrates the incredible musical gift this small island has given to the world. Sound System
is a snapshot of Jamaican culture, the soundtrack you would hear on jukeboxes, ghetto blasters and on every radio station if you drove across Jamaica. From Althea & Donna’s global hit "Uptown Top Ranking" to Eric Donaldson’s "Cherry O Baby" via Augustus Pablo’s peerless "King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown" and The Royals’ "Free Speech And Movement" there’s something for everyone here.
8CD =Story Of 50 Yrs Jamaican Music + 100P. Hard Back Book=