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History of Trojan Records, Vol. 2: 1972-1995
     

History of Trojan Records, Vol. 2: 1972-1995

 
This 150-minute, two-disc set is one of the best overviews of classic reggae available. Volume 1 focused on ska and rock steady tracks from the 1960s, and this one consists primarily of material from the '70s and '80s, reggae's classic period. Though Trojan has a reputation for mediocre production quality and shady business dealings with its artists, the sound

Overview

This 150-minute, two-disc set is one of the best overviews of classic reggae available. Volume 1 focused on ska and rock steady tracks from the 1960s, and this one consists primarily of material from the '70s and '80s, reggae's classic period. Though Trojan has a reputation for mediocre production quality and shady business dealings with its artists, the sound on these two discs is consistently quite good (and the company does attempt, though not entirely convincingly, to defend itself against its critics in the extensive liner notes). The 48 songs that make up this collection cover the whole range of classic reggae, from the sing-jay stylings of Big Youth ("S90 Skank") to Gregory Isaacs at his lonely best ("Loving Pauper") and the stentorian pronouncements of the immortal Prince Far I ("Under Heavy Manners"). The material is divided about equally between cultural and romantic tunes and steers clear of beat-heavy dancehall, which will please some and disappoint others. There is the occasional misstep -- John Holt's yucky version of "Help Me Make It Through the Night" is completely unnecessary, and Cornel Campbell's fine cover of "Duke of Earl" is unfortunately followed up by an ersatz dub version (it's really just an instrumental with sax solo). Overall, though, this set is excellent and cannot be recommended too strongly, especially as an introduction for newcomers to reggae.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/1996
Label:
Trojan Records Uk
UPC:
0766126190024
catalogNumber:
900

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Abyssinians   Track Performer
Bob Andy   Track Performer
Big Youth   Track Performer
Ken Boothe   Track Performer
Dennis Brown   Track Performer
Johnny Clarke   Track Performer
Mikey Dread   Track Performer
Alton Ellis   Track Performer
Heptones   Track Performer
John Holt   Track Performer
I-Roy   Track Performer
Inner Circle   Track Performer
Melodians   Track Performer
Mighty Diamonds   Track Performer
Johnny Osbourne   Track Performer
Frankie Paul   Track Performer
Prince Far   Track Performer
Ras Michael   Track Performer
Slim Smith   Track Performer
Dillinger   Track Performer
Scotty   Track Performer
Brown   Track Performer
Cornell Campbell   Track Performer
Dennis Alcapone   Track Performer
Junior Byles   Track Performer
Rupie Edwards   Track Performer
Tinga Stewart   Track Performer
Prince Jazzbo   Track Performer
Lloyd Charmers   Track Performer
Marcia Griffiths   Track Performer
Gregory Isaacs   Track Performer
David Isaacs   Track Performer
Tommy McCook   Track Performer
Peter Tosh   Track Performer
Sugar Minott   Track Performer
Augustus Pablo   Track Performer
Lloyd Parks   Track Performer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Track Performer
Michael Rose   Track Performer
Starlights   Track Performer
Delroy Wilson   Track Performer
Bob Marley & the Wailers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

David Gates   Composer
Leonard Dillon   Composer
Bunny Lee   Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer
Laurence Cane   Liner Notes

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