An excellent, wide-ranging reggae sampler, Out of Many One: Jamaican Music 1962-1975, in fact, covers a span that saw the incredible flowering of ska, rudeboy, rocksteady, reggae, DJ, and dub music from the early '60s to the mid-'70s. The mix draws from Trojan's solid array of compilation releases, including roundups spotlighting both the figures behind the board -- like producer Duke Reid (the Tennors' "Hopeful Village" from the Producer Series title Ba Ba Boom Time) -- and stars like DJ innovator U-Roy (I-Roy's "Space Flight," heard on the U-Roy showcase With a Flick of My Musical Wrist...). And the names and juicy compilations roll on: Lee Perry's Give Me Power (Neville Grant's "Sick and Tired"), the all-instrumental Blow Mr. Hornsman (Carl Bryan's "Jumping Jack"), and singer/producer Keith Hudson's Studio Kinda Cloudy (his own "Satan Side"). Clancy Eccles, Joe Gibbs, Derrick Harriott, Niney the Observer, and Harry Mudie join the party, too. A reggae dance party of epic and rarefied proportions.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook