Trojan Records Presents: Freedom Sounds. CD Box Set Review.

Reviewed for Listomania

Released on 6th August, to coincide with fifty years of Jamaican independence, Freedom Sounds is a five-disc trawl through the decades since, and through the history of this most celebrated of islands, from one of the world’s most celebrated record labels.

We’ve all heard the accusation that Jamaica punches above its weight, in terms of its impact on the international music scene, with a relatively small population producing a quite staggering number of superstars. These days the analogy tends to be used with regards to the nation’s prowess in the sporting arena – for Usain Bolt surely is to athletics what Bob Marley is to Reggae – and well this may be true in both cases, the possible reasons as to why are far more interesting than the statement itself. Read more . . .