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Boomkat Product Review:
28 track Vinyl Edition. "Before the development of its own recording industry, Jamaican music fans predominantly found musical fulfillment in the raw 'Shuffle Blues' music that emanated from mainland USA. This no-nonsense style of R&B dominated the island's sound system dances from the dawn of the Fifties, with operators aggressively competing with each other for 'exclusive' discs. This collection draws together the most popular of these influential sound system favourites, many of which were later covered by some of Jamaica's biggest names, from early pioneers such as Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan and the Skatalites to internationally successful acts that include Ken Boothe, John Holt and U Roy. This is the music that provided the inspiration for Ska and all that followed - and with many of these 85 essential and hugely influential recordings making their first official release on CD, this 3 disc set is sure to appeal to both Jamaican music fans and followers of hard-hitting Fifties R&B alike."