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It's hard not to think that Hip-O's The Reggae Box will be the definitive word on the genre, not just because it spans four discs, but because Hip-O has open access to the Island vaults, and Island is to reggae as Sun is to rockabilly, meaning it's the defining force and leading light. With that as a base and with cross-licensing as a secret weapon, this could have been a stunner, but instead it just is a very good history that tends to lean toward the contemporary instead of the classic. At first, this doesn't seem to be a ...

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  1. Forward March
  2. My Boy Lollipop
  3. Bank to Bank, Pt. 1
  4. Count Ossie Special
  5. Broadway Jungle
  6. Carry Go Bring Come
  7. Eastern Standard Time
  8. Hard Man Fe Dead
  9. Confucius
  10. Tide Is High
  11. Take It Easy
  12. Ba Ba Boom
  13. Tougher Than Tough
  14. Queen Majesty
  15. Long Shot
  16. Israelites
  17. 54-46 Was My Number
  18. Reggae Hit the Town
  19. My Conversation
  20. Rivers of Babylon
  21. Double Barrel
  22. Everything I Own
  23. The Harder They Come
  24. Stalag 17
  25. Satta Massagana
  26. Trench Town Rock
  27. Blood and Fire
  28. Cherry Oh Baby
  29. Better Must Come
  30. Book of Rules
  31. Westbound Train
  32. Baby I Love You So
  33. No. 1 in the World
  34. King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown
  35. All Nations Bow
  36. Marcus Garvey
  37. Don't Trouble Trouble
  38. War and Friction
  39. Ballistic Affair
  40. War Ina Babylon
  41. Roots, Rock, Reggae
  42. 1865 (96 in the Shade)
  43. At the Feast
  44. My Number One
  45. Police and Thieves
  46. Black Roots
  47. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  48. One Love Jam Down
  49. Entertainment
  50. Sitting and Watching
  51. Ganja Smuggling
  52. Pass the Kouchie
  53. Night Nurse
  54. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng
  55. Water Pumping
  56. Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng
  57. Here I Come
  58. Under Me Sleng Teng
  59. Ring the Alarm
  60. Tempo
  61. Greetings
  62. Boops
  63. Punanny
  64. Hol' a Fresh
  65. Rumours
  66. Telephone Love
  67. Bandolero
  68. Strive
  69. Murder She Wrote
  70. Mr. Loveman
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