*excerpts of this article originally published in The Sunday Gleaner by Yasmine Peru
The Reggae Podclash is giving away the Vinyl Box Set Down In Jamaica: 40 Years of VP Records
Four decades of the evolution of the music that has been dubbed ‘the heartbeat of the people’ have been chronicled by VP Records in a box set so exquisite that noted reggae historian and author Roger Steffens has called it “the most extraordinary project in reggae history”.
The box set, curated by Carter Van Pelt of VP Records, is nominated for a GRAMMY in three different categories: Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, Best Album Notes, and Best Historical Album.
“This is one of the few times ever in the history of Jamaican music that a box set is competitive on a global scale, and the value of this for the genre can’t be overstated,” Van Pelt told The Sunday Gleaner. He stressed that there is much more for reggae and dancehall in the GRAMMY world than just the reggae category. “One of the most important concepts to make clear is that this release is not in competition with any other reggae release up for nomination this year. It’s reggae competing against all other special packaging and historical releases in other categories, so GRAMMY voters can vote for this and vote for Best Reggae Album separately,” he pointed out. The GRAMMY first-round voting period opened on September 30 and runs through to October 12.
The box set includes:
-Four 7” vinyl singles
-Four 12” vinyl singles