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The Trojan Story

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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, Webster Shrowder 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 set is further enhanced by a highly illustrated 50-page booklet in which Bell relates the stories behind the release and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.

Tracklist

3LP Vinyl

LP 1

Side A
1.  Invitation To Jamaica – Lord Tanamo
2. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan
3. Tell Me Darling – Jackie Edwards
4. Running Around – Owen Gray
5. Miss Jamaica – Jimmy Cliff
6. Housewife’s Choice – Derrick And Patsy
7. Give Me All Of Your Love – The Continentals
8. Darling Patricia – Owen Gray

Side B
1. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole 
2. Man To Man – Kentrick Patrick
3. Uno-Dos-Tres – Stranger & Ken
4. Slow Boat – Al T. Joe
5. Rude Boy – Duke Reid’s Group
6. Gone Is Yesterday – Higgs & Wilson
7. I'm In The Mood For Ska – Lord Tanamo
8. Virginia Ska – The Baba Brooks Band
9. Satan – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

LP 2
Side A
1. One Eyed Giant – Baba Brooks & His Band
2. Every Night – Joe White and Chuck
3. King Size – Baba Brooks & His Band
4. Syncopate – The Astronauts
5. Keep The Pressure On – Winston & George
6. Oh Babe – The Techniques
7. Train To Skaville – The Ethiopians
8. Rudy, A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone

Side B
1. Dreader Than Dread – Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
2. It's Raining – The Three Tops
3. The Whip – The Ethiopians
4. Pretty Africa – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
5. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis & The Flames
6. Rock Steady Train – Ewan & Jerry
7. King Without A Throne – Sugar Simone
8. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon

LP 3
Side A
1. Musical Train – Roy Shirley
2. Do The Beng Beng – Derrick Morgan
3. Way Of Life - Lynn Taitt & The Jets
4. Second Fiddle – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
5. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
6. I've Got To Get You Off My Mind – The Tennors
7. Do The Reggay – The Maytals
8. Nana – The Slickers

Side B
1. Tell Me Baby – Delano Stewart
2. Mama Look Deh – The Reggae Boys
3. Hong Kong Flu – The Ethiopians
4. Pressure Drop – The Maytals
5. Them A Laugh And A Ki ki – The Soul Mates
6. Walking In The Rain – The Melodians
7. Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins
8. Black And White – The Maytones
9. Rasta Never Fails – The Charmers

3CD 

Disc 1
1. Invitation To Jamaica – Lord Tanamo
2. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan
3. Tell Me Darling – Jackie Edwards
4. Running Around – Owen Gray
5. Miss Jamaica – Jimmy Cliff
6. Housewife’s Choice – Derrick And Patsy
7. Give Me All Your Love – The Continentals
8. Darling Patricia – Owen Gray
9. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole 
10. Man To Man – Kentrick Patrick
11. Uno-Dos-Tres – Stranger & Ken
12. Slow Boat – Al T. Joe
13. Rude Boy – Duke Reid’s Group
14. Gone Is Yesterday – Higgs & Wilson
15. I'm In The Mood For Ska – Lord Tanamo
16. Virginia Ska – The Baba Brooks Band
17. Satan – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

Disc 2
1. One Eyed Giant – Baba Brooks & His Band
2. Every Night – Joe White and Chuck
3. King Size – Baba Brooks & His Band
4. Syncopate – The Astronauts
5. Keep The Pressure On – Winston & George
6. Oh Babe – The Techniques
7. Train To Skaville – The Ethiopians
8. Rudy, A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone
9. Dreader Than Dread – Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
10. It's Raining – The Three Tops
11. The Whip – The Ethiopians
12. Pretty Africa – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
13. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis & the Flames
14. Rock Steady Train – Ewan & Jerry
15. King Without A Throne – Sugar Simone
16. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon

Disc 3
1. Musical Train – Roy Shirley
2. Do The Beng Beng – Derrick Morgan
3. Way Of Life - Lynn Taitt & The Jets
4. Second Fiddle – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
5. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
6. I've Got To Get You Off My Mind – The Tennors
7. Do The Reggay – The Maytals
8. Nana – The Slickers
9. Tell Me Baby – Delano Stewart
10. Mama Look Deh – The Reggae Boys
11.  Hong Kong Flu – The Ethiopians
12. Pressure Drop – The Maytals
13. Them A Laugh And A Ki ki – The Soul Mates
14. Walking In The Rain – The Melodians
15. Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins
16. Black And White – The Maytones
17. Rasta Never Fails – The Charmers

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MK
07/03/2021
Michael K.
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I recommend this product
The Trojan story ii

I do like old school reggae and although I have already got some of the tracks here it was good to hear some lesser known tracks and artists plus Owen grey is always a great listen

DM
06/24/2021
Daniel M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Trojan

It’s a great package box set anthology and book , excellent service