Out Of Many, One Music! Songs That Shaped Jamaica

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 15 Jun 2015

"Totally fascinating" Blues & Rhythm

"original and influential versions of tunes that later became Jamaican classics...If you want to know where all those favourite Jamaican tunes started life, this is an informative and entertaining listen" Record Collector

Featured in Office Ambience #378, Wire Magazine

CAT No: FVTD218UPC TEXT: 5055311002187

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Jamaica’s national motto, ‘Out Of Many One People’, could well be applied to the music that shaped the island’s national sound, with modern reggae the result of many different musical forms coalescing to form a wonderfully unique ‘one’. Fantastic Voyage’s highly popular Sound System Classics series has already celebrated the American jump blues favoured at Jamaican dances in the pre-ska era, but contrary to widespread belief, US rhythm & blues and the indigenous style of mento were not the only types of music enjoyed across the island prior to the development of Shuffle Blues and Ska. In fact, the diversity of sounds that exerted a direct influence on popular Jamaican music throughout the 20th Century is astonishing, taking in gospel, blues, jazz, vocal groups, country, pop, film music and exotica, hailing from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Southern Africa and the British Isles, as well as America. Now the full extent of these influences is demonstrated by this 81-track 3CD set Out Of Many, One Music! which features original or key versions of songs that have played a significant role in shaping the development of Jamaican music.

But of course the small West Indian island has not just taken from others musically. Its pioneering use of talk-over DJs and stripped down ‘version’ rhythm tracks has been key to the development of the now globally dominant music form, hip hop. Over the years, the Jamaican music-loving public has demonstrated a keen ear for sweet and sentimental music and that factor is far more important than the musical genus to which any given recording belongs. What becomes apparent from the music featured on this set is the Jamaican talent for reinvention. Rather than simply attempt to copy ‘foreign’ recordings, as ‘do over man songs’, performers and musicians have taken elements of the original and reshaped them into something entirely different.

And to prove this point, as you experience this extremely diverse and satisfying musical journey, consider the Jamaican versions that resulted from these recordings. There is no doubting of course that they provided the original source of inspiration, but the Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae that followed were far from simple, straight-forward covers, as we are sure you will agree.

Out Of Many, One Music! is also available as a 28-track 2LP vinyl set with annotated insert (FVDV218).



  1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Fisk University Jubilee Quartet)
  2. See See Rider Blues (Ma Rainey)
  3. El Manisero (Rita Montaner)
  4. Karabali (Ernesto Lecuona)
  5. Caravan (Barney Bigard)
  6. Oh! Red (Harlem Hamfats)
  7. Do I Worry? (Ink Spots)
  8. In A Mellotone (Duke Ellington)
  9. Perfidia (Xavier Cugat)
  10. Take The A Train (Duke Ellington)
  11. Blues In The Night (Cab Calloway)
  12. Straighten Up And Fly Right (King Cole Trio)
  13. Just A Riff (Big Sid Catlett and Ben Webster)
  14. Tippin’ In (Erskine Hawkins)
  15. Now’s The Time (Charlie Parker)
  16. Rum And Coca-Cola (Andrews Sisters)
  17. Since I Fell For You (Buddy and Ella Johnson)
  18. Prisoner Of Love (Ink Spots)
  19. Ol’ Man River (The Ravens)
  20. Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps) (Bobby Capo)
  21. Skokiaan (African Dance Band of the Cold Storage Commission)
  22. Barbados (Charlie Parker)
  23. I Want A Roof Over My Head (Steve Gibson and The Red Caps)
  24. Got You On My Mind (John Greer)
  25. The Glory Of Love (The Five Keys)
  26. I Only Have Eyes For You (Eddie Davis)


  1. Time Marches On (Louis Jordan)
  2. Ling, Ting, Tong (The Five Keys)
  3. South Of The Border (Lynn Hope)
  4. Sincerely (The Moonglows)
  5. That’s All I Want From You (Jaye P. Morgan)
  6. Won’t You Sit Down (The Staple Singers)
  7. She’s Fine, She’s Mine (Bo Diddley)
  8. St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins)
  9. You Gave Me Peace Of Mind (The Spaniels)
  10. Treasure Of Love (Clyde McPhatter)
  11. Eddie My Love (The Teen Queens)
  12. It’s All In The Game (Nat King Cole)
  13. What Can I Do (Donnie Elbert)
  14. You Send Me (Sam Cooke)
  15. Silhouettes (The Rays)
  16. Leona (Donnie Elbert)
  17. China Clipper (Arthur Lyman)
  18. Here I Stand (Wade Flemons)
  19. I May Never (See My Baby Anymore) (Jimmy Scott)
  20. The Happy Organ (Dave Baby Cortez)
  21. Little Boy (Rosita Rosano)
  22. Tears On My Pillow (Little Anthony and The Imperials)
  23. Secretly (Jimmie Rodgers)
  24. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)
  25. Take Five (Dave Brubeck Quartet)
  26. Mama (Can I Go Out Tonight) (Jo-Ann Campbell)
  27. Sea Cruise (Frankie Ford)


  1. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights (Freddy Fender)
  2. He’ll Have To Go (Jim Reeves)
  3. Try Me (I Need You) (James Brown)
  4. Sea Of Love (Phil Phillips)
  5. Teensville (Chet Atkins)
  6. A Rockin’ Good Way (Dinah Washington and Brook Benton)
  7. Nobody Loves Me Like You (The Flamingos)
  8. A Cup Of Coffee (Then I’ll Go) (Bill Brock)
  9. Bluesville (Sonny Red)
  10. Valarie (Starlites)
  11. Time And The River (Nat King Cole)
  12. Please Stay (The Drifters)
  13. Let ’Em Try (Rosco Gordon)
  14. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) (Solomon Burke)
  15. Gypsy Woman (The Impressions)
  16. Exodus (Eddie Harris)
  17. A Thing Of The Past (The Shirelles)
  18. Echo Four-Two (Laurie Johnson Orchestra)
  19. You Can’t Sit Down (Philip Upchurch Combo)
  20. Comin’ Home Baby (Dave Bailey Quintet)
  21. James Bond Theme (John Barry)
  22. Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)
  23. Theme From Dr. Kildare (Stan Getz)
  24. God Is Standing By (Soul Stirrers)
  25. The Prophet (Chuck Jackson)
  26. Minstrel And Queen (The Impressions)
  27. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (Lonnie Donegan)
  28. What’s Your Name (Don and Juan)