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WEEK STARTING 18 Jun

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Trojan Story by Various Artists.

Various Artists

The Trojan Story

    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.


    TRACK LISTING

    3LP Vinyl  tracklisting:
    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 Tracklisting:
    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

    Blackbeard (Dennis Bovell)

    I Wah Dub (RSD21 EDITION)

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


      Born in Barbados in 1953, reggae guitarist Dennis Bovell (aka Blackbeard) was one of the key figures on the London reggae scene of the late '70s and early '80s, not only as a solo artist but also as a producer. I Wah Dub was released in 1980, carrying on Bovell's eclectic sensibilities and is an example of a classic British dub album which has long since been out of print on vinyl although it was remastered and reissued CD and released on Zonophone in 2003. Bovellís huge influence on black British music cannot be underestimated. It will be available on vinyl once again, exclusively for RSD 2021. 

      TRACK LISTING

      Side 1 
      1. Electrocharge, 2. Steadie, 3. Jazzz, 4. Reflections

      Side 2
      1. Blaubart, 2. Oohkno, 3. 'nough, 4. Binoculars

      Desmond Dekker

      King Of Ska - The Ska Singles Collection (RSD21 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


        A 10 x 7" box set of his ska singles (1963 to 1966) to celebrate Desmond Dekker's 80th birthday in 2021. Faithful reproductions of Desmonds first 10 singles. 

        TRACK LISTING

        SINGLE 1 Honour Your Mother And Father / Madgie
        SINGLE 2 Happy Birthday Jamaica / Sinners, Prepare!
        SINGLE 3 Parents / Labour Of Learning
        SINGLE 4 Dracula / Spitfire ñ Don Drummond
        SINGLE 5 Jeserine / Take Your Time ñ Theo Beckford
        SINGLE 6 King Of Ska / Boof Ska - Tony Washington & The D.C.s (as The Beverleyís All Stars)
        SINGLE 7 Get Up Adina / Sleepwalk ñ Sonny Burke & His Group (as The Beverleyís All Stars)

        Owen Gray

        Sings (RSD21 EDITION)

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          180 gram vinyl reissue of 1961 album. This was the first Jamaican album to be manufactured and released in the UK. This re-issue commemorates the 60th anniversary of its release.

          Jah Wobble & Family

          Guanyin (RSD21 EDITION)

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


            I thought it was time that I worked with the family again....my wife Zi-Lan , and sons John and Charlie, ( Tianqi and GZ Tian, respectively ). The last time we recoded together was on ëChinese Dubí, back in 2008 which sold very well and this could be seen as a sequel to Chinese Dub. On this album Zi-Lan plays Chinese Harp, flute and sings, John (Tianqi) my eldest boy plays drums and percussion, keys and Chinese dulcimer and Charlie (GZ TIan) , my younger son plays Chinese Violin and sings. Guanyin is the Great Female bodhisattva. The Goddess of Mercy. This album has a unique mix of Chinese and Western styles. I am back playing a Fender Precision , which is the type of bass that I first played , when I started playing in the 70ís. Itís a real ëHi-Fií record . I wanted this record to have high production standards. Red Vinyl LP.

            Freddie McGregor

            Never Run Away (RSD21 EDITION)

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              Two sought after 12-inch roots reggae sides in first pairing, HD remasters from reel-to-reel tapes. Freddie McGregor is a cover of Burning Spear "Swell Headed" and Dennis Walks 1980s update of his own hit "The Drifter" (also popularized by Dennis Brown) is a thick rub-a-dub featuring the Roots Radics band and a Scientist mix.

              Wailers & U-ROY

              My Cup Runneth Over (RSD21 EDITION)

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                IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


                In 1976, U Roy was the new attraction in Jamaican music. With his first hit Wake the Town six years earlier, he had imposed a new style on the Kingston soundsystems, which consisted of taking up local hits by speaking in ìvoice overî around the choruses. That year he took on the Wailers' Soul Rebel, which he transformed into the Natty Rebel, which would become his absolute hit until today. Fifty years later, U Roy, who is approaching 80, delivers an entire album around the Wailers discography. A project initiated by the American producer Gary Himelfarb alias Doctor Dread, who arrived in Jamaica in 1977 and who signed the biggest names of the time on his label RAS Records, from Black Uhuru to Jimmy Cliff via Bunny Wailer, Inner Circle or Gregory Isaacs. In the fold of Sanctuary Records, which also owns reggae reissue giant Trojan Records, Doctor Dread has obtained permission to use the Wailers tracks recorded by Lee Perry in the early 1970s. He then locked himself in a Kingston studio with U Roy, who recorded 14 songs in four hours (!), Freestyle as in the great times. Bunny Wailer, the last survivor of the original trio, was also present to witness this historic session, which pits two icons of Jamaican reggae from the 70's against each other.


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