There is a great thread started by Jackie P on "Crucial Reggae" that now has over 30,000 views and 1,000 replies. It's refreshing to see reggae getting so much interest on the Forum, and the knowledge of its contributors is amazing. It made me wonder where I would suggest starting a reggae collection to someone who wanted to go beyond Bob Marley's "Legend" greatest hits compilation, but didn't want to take the plunge into something like Heart of the Congos or Blackheart Man straight off. What is really good, but accessible too ? Here's a starter for five: The Harder They Come movie soundtrack. A compilation for the 1972 movie, this contains several tracks by Jimmy Cliff, the title track, You Can Get it if You Really Want, Sitting In Limbo, Many Rivers to Cross. Also features various other Jamaican singles from 67-72, including Desmond Dekker's 007, the Maytals, and the Melodians Rivers of Babylon. Some classics, great variety. RS Top 500. Night Nurse by Gregory Isaacs. Considered by some to be the best reggae vocalist, known as the "Cool Ruler" for his lovers rock style, Night Nurse is arguably Gregory's best known album, not least due to the success of the title track as a single, but it stands up strongly across the other tracks too. Exodus by Bob Marley and the Wailers. One of the group's later albums, it contains great tracks like Jamming, Waiting in Vain, Three Little Birds, and One Love. The long version of the title track is worth the admission money itself. Legend has all the hits, but this album contributes the most, and captures them at arguably their peak. Time magazine album of the 20th century, a critical (RS Top 500) and commercial success (gold in US and UK etc). Funky Kingston by Toots and the Maytals. Issued in the UK in 72, that version was considerably reworked for US release in 1975, replacing several of the UK original tracks with cuts from the follow up album, and including instead hits like Pressure Drop and Toots' version of John Denver's Country Roads. Highly regarded by various US critics (11th best album of 75 by Pazz and Jop, RS Top 500), the 1975 US version is probably held to be the best by most. Chill Out by Black Uhuru. They made a series of great reggae albums on Island from about 1980 to 83/84, Sinsemilla, Red, Chill Out, and Anthem, fronted by the Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson, and Puma Jones line up, and backed/produced by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Dub/roots style. Anthem won the first Grammy for a reggae album in 85, and you could easily start with this instead, or Sinsemilla or Red, but I like Chill Out for consistency. Let me say straight off that I like reggae a fair bit but I'm not fanatical or even hugely knowledgeable about it. And I don't mean to cut across the other thread, or to suggest that selections on it aren't accessible. But maybe there are some colleagues who would like to get into reggae a bit more, and would like ideas on where to start. I remember asking the same question myself a few years back about African music and was delighted with ideas like Youssou N'Dour. Please take this in the helpful spirit in which it is intended. If colleagues have other or better suggestions on where to start, that's fine. (I own and enjoy stuff like Heart of the Congos also BTW...). I'm glad to learn too.