Title : The Trojan Story. Format : 3LP Vinyl Record Box Set. Label : Trojan Records / Warner. Cat Num / Barcode : 4050538665796.
Release Date : June 18th 2021
One of the most significant collections in Trojan’s immense catalogue, the “The Trojan Story” album dramatically changed the perception of Jamaican music among the general British public outside of the country’s Afro-Caribbean population. Prior to its release in 1971 there had never been an attempt to present a comprehensive anthology of the island’s musical development, with vintage ska, rock steady and reggae widely regarded as obsolete and of precious little merit. The treble disc set, which became an instant best-seller, had been the brainchild of Trojan’s label manager and Black Music fan, Rob Bell, who, assisted by Trojan stalwarts, Dandy Livingstone, Webster Shrowder, Des Bryan and Joe Sinclair, produced arguably the most significant Jamaican music retrospectives of all time.
Now, 50 years following its original release, this hugely influential album has been revisited by Bell, along with reggae musician, Rusty Zinn, who have succeeded in improving what was already an almost perfect collection. Presented in the original eye-catching artwork, the 3CD and 3LP sets are further enhanced by a highly illustrated 28-page booklet in which Bell and Zinn reveal the stories behind the release and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.
1. Lord Tanamo & Charlie Binger’s Six – Invitation to Jamaica / 2. Derrick Morgan & Smith’s Sextet – Fat Man / 3. Wilfred ‘Jackie’ Edwards & The Caribs – Tell Me Darling / 4. Owen Gray & The Kenneth Richard Band – Running Around / 5. Jimmy Cliff & The Beverley’s All Stars – Miss Jamaica / 6. Derrick & Patsy – Housewives Choice (with The Beverley’s All Stars) / 7. The Continentals – Give Me All Your Love / 8. Owen Gray & The Beverley’s All Stars – Darling Patricia / 9. Stranger Cole & Duke Reid’s Band – Rough and Tough (Ruff and Tuff) / 10. Lord Creator & Randy’s All Stars – Man to Man / 11. Stranger & Ken – Eunodus (Uno-Dos-Tres) [with The Baba Brooks Band] / 12. Al T. Joe – Slow Boat / 13. Roland Alphonso & Duke Reid’s Group – Rude Boy / 14. Joe Higgs & Roy Wilson – Gone Is Yesterday (with The Baba Brooks Band) / 15. Lord Tanamo – I’m in the Mood for Ska / 16. The Baba Brooks Band – Ska Virginia (Virginia Ska) / 17. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes – Satan (with Baba Brooks & His Band)
1. Baba Brooks & His Band – One Eyed Giant / 2. Joe White & Chuck & Baba Brooks and His Recording Band – Every Night / 3. Baba Brooks and His Recording Band – King Size / 4. The Astronauts – Syncopate / 5. Winston & George – Keep the Pressure On (with The Beverley’s All Stars) / 6. The Techniques – Oh Babe (Sick and Tired) / 7. The Ethiopians – Train to Skaville (with The Supersonics) / 8. Dandy – Rudy, a Message to You / 9. Honey Boy Martin & The Voices – Dreader Than Dread (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) / 10. The Three Tops – It’s Raining (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) / 11. The Ethiopians – The Whip (with Lyn Taitt & The Jets) / 12. Desmond Dekker & The Aces – Pretty Africa (with The Beverley’s All Stars) / 13. Alton Ellis & The Flames – Rock Steady (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) / 14. Ewan & Jerry – Rock Steady Train (with The Carib Beats) / 15. Sugar Simone – King Without a Throne / 16. Phyllis Dillon – Perfidia (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics)
1. Roy Shirley – Musical Train / 2. Derrick Morgan – Do the Beng Beng / 3. Lyn Taitt & The Jets – Way of Life / 4. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics – Second Fiddle / 5. Lee ‘King’ Perry – People Funny Boy / 6. The Tennors – I’ve Got to Get You Off My Mind (Cleopatra) / 7. The Maytals – Do the Reggay / 8. The Slickers – Nana (Na Na) / 9. Delano Stewart – Tell Me Baby / 10. The Reggae Boys – Mama Look Deh / 11. The Ethiopians – Hong Kong Flu / 12. The Maytals – Pressure Drop / 13. The Soulmates – Them a Laugh an a Kiki (Them a Laugh and a Kiki ) / 14. The Melodians – Walking in the Rain / 15. Carl Dawkins – Satisfaction / 16. The Maytones – Black and White / 17. The Charmers – Rasta Never Fails