Various Artists

Hot Bomb! A Classic Reggae Compendium 1971-1974

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An interesting collection of rare reggae 45s built around rhythms produced by Bunny Lee between 1971 and 1974, Hot Bomb! (the title comes from the track by toaster I-Roy that leads off the set) has a wonderfully ragged feel to it, highlighted by Big Joe, Augustus Pablo, and King Tubby's "Rasta Train," the Cables' beautiful "Be Wise," and I-Roy's spunky "Whisky Chest," showing once again the astounding wealth and range of material that issued from Jamaica in the early '70s.

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