Various Artists

Too Good to Be Forgotten

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Packing a generous 30 rare singles on to a single disc, this set is a delightful example of how amazing and vigorous the Jamaican music scene was during the peak roots reggae years of the mid-'70s, and stands as further proof that there was a lot more to reggae on the island than just Bob Marley, pivotal as he may have been in the long run. Among the treasures included here are Cornel Campbell's gorgeous and joyous "Music Keep on Playing," Max Romeo's somber "Jordan River," Keeling Beckford's funky and bouncing "Groove Me," the Maytones' "Born to Be Loved," Gary Ranglin's light, ethereal and fascinating "Watch It," and a minor classic from the Heptones called "Old Timer." Fun, varied, and a joy to listen through, these tracks are indeed, as the title states, too good to be forgotten.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:59
2 2:19
3 2:44
4 2:12
5 2:06
6 2:04
7
2:02
8
2:35
9
2:47
10
2:46
11 3:16
12 3:07
13 3:16
14 2:06
15 2:25
16
2:22
17 2:32
18 2:39
19 2:49
20 2:46
21 2:47
22 2:42
23
2:27
24 2:49
25 2:54
26 2:13
27 2:08
28
2:48
29 2:40
30 2:23
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