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Greatest Reggae Album of All Time [Dressed to Kill]

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Of course it's not nearly as good as its title would have you believe, leaving out any number of seminal tracks, but for new listeners The Greatest Reggae Album of All Time still offers a decent introduction to the genre. A three-disc set compiling 50 original tracks, its focus is primarily on vintage recordings, with nothing from latter-day giants like Sly & Robbie, Black Uhuru or Mad Professor in earshot; similarly, while its hard to quibble with the inclusion of artists like Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Desmond Dekker and Toots & the Maytals, the song selections are occasionally rather dubious. Longtime collectors will certainly already own everything included, but for new fans, the set offers any number of good suggestions for where to go from here.

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