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Edward Seaga selects Origins Of Jamaican Music tracks

Former Jamaican Prime Minister (1980-89) Edward Seaga has picked out 100 songs for Origins of Jamaican Music which will be released via VP Records.

The four-CD box set will be launched with a promotion tour in late October and officially released on 6 November.

The set includes:

  • extensive liner notes and track-by-track notations in a 64-page booklet
  • A preface from VP Records president Christopher Chin with a foreword from radio personality Dermot Hussey and writer and music historian John Masouri
  • iconic photographs and imagery from Jamaica’s first 50 years

The compilation kicks off with the original version of THEOPHILIUS “BOOGSIE” BECKFORD's “Easy Snapping”, recorded in 1956 by Clement Dodd and released on his Coxsone and Studio One labels in 1959, and ends with JIMMY CLIFF's “The Harder They Come” released by Island Records in 1972.

British reggae is represented with JANET KAY’s “Silly Games”, “Pass The Dutchie” from Birmingham’s MUSICAL YOUTH and MAXI PRIEST’s “Wild World”.

More recent dancehall artists include BUJU BANTON, SEAN PAUL, MAVADO and DAMIAN MARLEY.

Seaga, who is the only surviving member of the legislature that drafted Jamaica's 1962 constitution, said:  “It is something that I always wanted to do because of my love for the music,” however he added: "I didn't get everything I wanted for the compilation, but I think it was as good as I could get.”

The full tracklisting is:

Disc One

1. Easy Snapping (Original Version) – THEOPHILUS BECKFORD

2. Dumplings – BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONAIRES

3. Manny Oh – HIGGS & WILSON

4. Oh Carolina – THE FOLKES BROTHERS

5. They Got To Go – PRINCE BUSTER

6. Independent Jamaica – LORD CREATOR

7. Black Head Chinaman – PRINCE BUSTER

8. Blazing Fire – DERRICK MORGAN

9. Wash Wash – PRINCE BUSTER

10. Sammy Dead – ERIC "MONTY" MORRIS

11. My Boy Lollipop – MILLIE SMALLS

12. Carry Go Bring Come – JUSTIN HINDS & THE DOMINOES

13. Occupation – DON DRUMMOND & THE SKATALITES

14. Little Did You Know - THE TECHNIQUES

15. Dancing Mood – DELROY WILSON

16. Rough And Tough – STRANGER COLE

17. Take It Easy – HOPETON LEWIS

18. Every Night – CHUCK & JOE WHITE

19. Rock Steady – ALTON ELLIS

20. Tougher Than Tough (Rudie In Court) – DERRICK MORGAN with DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES

21. No More Heartaches – THE BELTONES

22. The Tide Is High – THE PARAGONS

23. Trench Town Rock – BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS

24. Israelites (a.k.a. Poor Me Israelites) – DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES

25. Sweet And Dandy – THE MAYTALS

26. Everything Crash – THE ETHIOPIANS

27. Satta Massa Gana – THE ABYSSINIANS

28. Fire Corner – KING STITT

29. Java Dub – IMPACT ALL STARS

30. Hypocrite – THE HEPTONES

Disc 2

31. Wear You To The Ball – U-ROY & THE PARAGONS

32. Cherry Oh Baby – ERIC DONALDSON

33. 54-46 Was My Number (Stick It Up Mister) – TOOTS & THE MAYTALS

34. Them A Fi Get A Beatin’ – PETER TOSH

35. Many Rivers To Cross – JIMMY CLIFF

36. The Sun Shines For Me – BOB ANDY

37. Marcus Garvey – BURNING SPEAR

38. Fade Away – JUNIOR BYLES

39. Lady With The Star Light – KEN BOOTHE

40. Right Time – MIGHTY DIAMONDS

41. Police And Thieves – JUNIOR MURVIN

42. Ram Goat Liver – PLUTO SHERVINGTON

43. We De People/The Power And The Glory – ERNIE SMITH

44. Two Sevens Clash – CULTURE

45. It’s Alright – BOB MARLEY

46. Forward Ever – JACOB MILLER

47. My Number One – GREGORY ISAACS

48. Money In My Pocket – DENNIS BROWN

49. Kaya – BOB MARLEY

50. Rub-A-Dub Style – MICHIGAN & SMILEY

51. Uptown Top Ranking – ALTHEA & DONNA

52. Land Of My Birth – ERIC DONALDSON

53. Silly Games – JANET KAY

54. Someone Loves You Honey – JUNE "J.C." LODGE

55. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – BLACK UHURU

56. Arlene – GENERAL ECHO

Disc 3

57. Over Me – YELLOWMAN

58. One Two – SISTER NANCY

59. Pass The Dutchie – MUSICAL YOUTH

60. I’m Getting Married In The Morning – YELLOWMAN

61. Try Jah Love – THIRD WORLD

62. Push Comes To Shove – FREDDIE MCGREGOR

63. Love Has Found Its Way – DENNIS BROWN

64. Cottage In Negril – TYRONE TAYLOR

65. Every Time A Ear De Soun’ – MUTABARUKA

66. Electric Boogie – MARCIA GRIFFITHS

67. Under Me Sleng Teng – WAYNE SMITH

68. Greetings – HALF PINT

69. No Way Better Than Yard – ADMIRAL BAILEY

70. Wild World – MAXI PRIEST

71. Cover Me – TINGA STEWART & NINJAMAN

72. Wild Gilbert – LOVINDEER

73. Pocomania Day – LOVINDEER & CHALICE

74. Good Thing Going – SUGAR MINOTT

75. One Blood – JUNIOR REID

76. Twice My Age – SHABBA RANKS & KRYSTAL

77. Hello Africa – GARNETT SILK

78. Murder She Wrote – CHAKA DEMUS & PLIERS

Disc 4

79. Putting Up A Resistance – BERES HAMMOND

80. You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) – DAWN PENN

81. Murderer – BUJU BANTON

82. Tour – CAPLETON

83. Lord Give Me Strength – LUCIANO

84. Untold Stories – BUJU BANTON

85. Fed Up – BOUNTY KILLER

86. Sycamore Tree – LADY SAW

87. Black Woman & Child – SIZZLA

88. Who Am I (Sim Simma) – BEENIE MAN

89. Down By The River – MORGAN HERITAGE

90. Virtuous Woman – WARRIOR KING

91. Gimme The Light – SEAN PAUL

92. Pon De River, Pon De Bank – ELEPHANT MAN

93. Welcome To Jamrock – DAMIAN "JR. GONG" MARLEY

94. She’s Royal – TARRUS RILEY

95. True Reflections – JAH CURE

96. Roots – ETANA

97. Boombastic – SHAGGY

98. Lioness On The Rise – QUEEN IFRICA

99. On The Rock – MAVADO

100. The Harder They Come – JIMMY CLIFF

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