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Interesting, But Strangely Unnecessary,
This review is from: The History Of Blue Beat - The Birth Of Ska (B1-BB25 A & B Sides) (Audio CD)
Anyone with even a vague interest in the history of Jamaican music would be aware that Blue Beat label was integral to the success of the island's music in the UK and beyond, so highlighting the best of its earliest output is undoubtedly a fine idea.
The trouble with this set is that the label's origins have already been explored in great detail earlier in 2011 with the excellent and exhaustive Sunrise 2CD compilation, 'The Story Of Blue Beat: The Best In Ska', which featured every track issued on the label during its first year of operation.
Bearing in mind this collection presents nothing that is not featured on the Secret title, one cannot help but wonder why this less comprehensive set has been issued, unless Not Now Records hoped by splitting the content into 3 discs, buyers would be duped into thinking it featured more tracks, when it fact it features fewer.
In truth, aside from the fact it is less thorough in terms of content, it is inferior in both presentation and aurally, but where Not Now have been canny is the double vinyl edition - and for that, they should be applauded, although a 7" vinyl box set version would have been even better!