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Saturday, August 8, 2009

iTunes launches a special reggae promotion

If you're a lover of classic reggae straight from the islands, and is one of those people whose always on the lookout for rare collectibles. then check this out:

From Aug. 4 through Aug. 17, iTunes will be running The Island 50th Anniversary Reggae promotion which will feature special offers for fans. As part of the promotion, the online music retailer's offering some older, out-of-print reggae albums, compilations and tracks that were previously unavailable in any form for the last 30 years. The new selection also includes Bob Marley & The Wailers album I Know A Place.

The I Know A Place EP offers five tracks from Bob Marley & The Wailers that were recorded with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. Fans can download "Who Colt The Game" that was previously only released on the bonus disc that accompanied the U.K. edition of One Love and has been out of print since. "Punk Reggae Party" (Jamaican 12" version) can also be found.

Other music added includes six songs from the Congoes, Zap Pow and others, plus 10 out-of-print albums. Previously unavailable digitally, music from the Heptones, Wailing Souls, George Faith, Sugar Minott, Augustus Pablo and Justin Hinds & The Dominoes can also be found in the new additions.

The new additions are part of the 50th anniversay celebration of Island Records, which was started by British producers in Jamaica. It was based in England for many years, but is now owned by Universal Music Group and is operated in the United States through The Island Def Jam Music Group and in the UK through Island Records Group.


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