Down in Jamaica: 40 Years of VP Records [Box Set] Image
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  • Summary: The 94-track compilation box set features reggae songs selected by VP Records' Carter Van Pelt.
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 5, 2019
    100
    Eight long-deleted vinyls 45s and EPs bring back prized gems by The Congos, Linval Thompson and Freddy McKay, the 24-page large-format booklet putting everything into perspective. [Jan 2020, p.104]
  2. Dec 5, 2019
    80
    It takes a while to get through this collection, but it’s time well spent. This collection is full of songs that will get your head bobbing and your body moving. On top of that, it is a must-have for collectors due to the rarity of some of the tracks and the presentation of the box set.
  3. Q Magazine
    Dec 5, 2019
    80
    A thrilling joyride through reggae's golden era and beyond. [Jan 2020, p.117]
  4. Dec 5, 2019
    78
    P’s vast catalog could have accommodated a more balanced mix. Despite these issues, the compilation stands as a grand monument to the dancehall era and the triumphant efforts of an enterprising family to share Jamaican music with the world.