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Like Lee "Scratch" Perry, Coxsone Dodd, The Skatalites or King Tubby, the name of Joe Gibbs is synonymous with classic Jamaican music. As the story goes, Gibbs studied electronics in the USA and after a brief stint working for the US army at Guantanamo Bay he returned to JA and set up a TV repair shop with his savings. The shop soon began to sell records alongside the TV spares and shortly after Joe was recording tracks in the back of the shop onto a 2-track recorder. He was soon able to challenge the supremacy and monopoly of Prince Buster, Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd who ran music on the island at the time, and along with a well picked selection of in-house producers ranking Niney the Observer and Lee Perry among them, Gibbs was scoring hit on his amalgamated label from 1967 onwards, scoring immediately with Roy Shirley's 'Hold Them'. Joe would continue to be a powerful force in Jamaican music for many years to come, but this compilation looks at the mass of early productions between 1967 and 1973 that came to define this era of Reggae music. Starting chronologically with Shirley's aforementioned hit, the set moves through 40 classics from Errol Dunkley, Keith Blake, Lynn Taitt's The Pioneers, Alton Ellis, Peter Tosh, Nicky Thomas and Cornell Campbell besides many many more.