Everybody loves the story of an underdog bootstrapping their way to better means ... and reggae has been the soundtrack for that story. It's a musical soundtrack for good times, fighting-the-struggle times, even high times. On Out of Many: 50 Years of Reggae Music, you'll find some great throwbacks to the roots of reggae, with tracks from The Skatalites, Junior Byles, Yellowman and more. There's no Bob Marley and the Wailers are off the radar -- maybe this was a conscious choice to avoid the names that are synonymous with mainstream Jamaican reggae as defined by FM radio in lieu of the others, but you will find a great mix of upbeat songs to start your week out right. You'll find the roots of of reggae, ska, rocksteady and dub here, as it tells the story of Jamaica and uprising through music. It's available at NPR Music as a full album stream.
NPR Music tells another tale of how Out of Many: 50 Years of Reggae Music came about: "There's a third story, too: that of VP Records, the label responsible for the compilation itself, and the family behind the label. The "V" and "P" in VP Records are Vincent and Patricia Chin, the Chinese-Jamaican owners of Randy's Records, a shop that opened in Kingston in 1961. Vincent also opened a recording studio called Studio 17 and produced many early ska and rocksteady songs."
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