How does the idea of 75 tracks of classic ska and reggae for just over £5 grab you? That's what you get with the upcoming Blue Beat box set.
It looks like a cheap and cheerful set in terms of packaging and (we would guess) in terms of sleevenotes. If you want an in-depth critique of the label, you perhaps need to look elsewhere.
But if you just want to hear some of the classic Jamaican R&B and ska released by the London-based label in the 1960s, this could be for you. It isn't exhaustive. After all, the label produced around 400 singles and a few albums in its time. But the pick is definitely here, kicking off with the very first release from the label, which was Laurel Aitken’s Boogie Rock, should you want to know.
As we said, this is an absolute bargain at £5.82 and should serve as a great introduction to the genre or if you are a collector, a way of saving wear and tear on your vinyl! Amazon has this on pre-order now ahead of a 26th May shelf date. More details here, as well as a full tracklisting.