“It’s an uncannily good time to be a record collector. These days it seems like nearly every record on your wantlist has been, or is in the process of being, reissued. So it goes with reggae, a genre full of labels both high profile and expansive and smaller and boutique dedicated to reissuing its classics, overlooked gems, and oddities.
I am by no means any kind of reggae expert, but I do listen to a lot of it and know a few things. Take this, then, not as any kind of definitive list, but as just a handful of personal favorites among many. I’m choosing one reissue from some of the major reggae threads throughout the early ’70s to the early ’90s in order to provide some breadth, but getting to really know each style (and the others I don’t touch on here) are lifetime pursuits in themselves….”
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