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

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/1996
  • Label: Trojan Records Uk
  • UPC: 766126190024
  • Catalog Number: 900

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Them a Fe Get a Beatin' - Peter Tosh (1:58)
  2. 2 This Beautiful Land - The Melodians (2:29)
  3. 3 Addis Ababa - Delroy Wilson (2:49)
  4. 4 (Festival) Da Da - Junior Byles (3:28)
  5. 5 Merry Up @@God Sons (3:13)
  6. 6 Keep on Moving - Bob Marley & the Wailers (3:09)
  7. 7 All That We Need Is Love - Alton Ellis (2:29)
  8. 8 S90 Skank - Big Youth (3:03)
  9. 9 The Time Has Come - Slim Smith (4:20)
  10. 10 Yim Mas Gan - The Abyssinians (3:25)
  11. 11 Lorna Banana - Prince Jazzbo (3:04)
  12. 12 Money in My Pocket - Dennis Brown (2:31)
  13. 13 Salvation Train - Scotty (3:42)
  14. 14 Loving Pauper - Gregory Isaacs (3:46)
  15. 15 Pauper and the King - I-Roy (3:50)
  16. 16 African Queen - Augustus Pablo (2:21)
  17. 17 Words of My Mouth @@Gatherers (3:22)
  18. 18 Purify Your Heart - Johnny Osbourne (3:22)
  19. 19 Higher the Mountain - U-Roy (2:31)
  20. 20 Stranger on the Shore - David Isaacs (3:07)
  21. 21 John Devour - Dillinger (2:26)
  22. 22 Have I Sinned - Lloyd Charmers (3:07)
  23. 23 Hail Rasta Brother Hail - The Ethiopians (3:19)
  24. 24 Everything I Own - Ken Boothe (3:48)
  25. 25 Help Me Make It Through the Night - John Holt (3:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fire Burning - Bob Andy (3:33)
  2. 2 Sweet Bitter Love - Marcia Griffiths (3:13)
  3. 3 Stalag 17 - Ansel Collins (3:03)
  4. 4 Here I Am Baby - Al Brown (4:16)
  5. 5 None Shall Escape the Judgement - Johnny Clarke (3:14)
  6. 6 Ire Feelings - Rupie Edwards (3:47)
  7. 7 Play de Music - Tinga Stewart (3:14)
  8. 8 Forward Jah Jah Children - Inner Circle (2:53)
  9. 9 Jah Jah Bless the Dreadlocks - The Mighty Diamonds (2:51)
  10. 10 Hurt So Good - Susan Cadogan (3:07)
  11. 11 Duke of Earl - Cornell Campbell (3:34)
  12. 12 Duke of Earl Dub - Tommy McCook (3:32)
  13. 13 Soldering - The Starlights (3:02)
  14. 14 Keep Cool Babylon - Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus (3:17)
  15. 15 Baby Hang up the Phone - Lloyd Parks (3:13)
  16. 16 Dreadlocks - The Heptones (3:30)
  17. 17 Ram Goat Liver - Pluto Shervington (3:11)
  18. 18 Heavy Manners - Prince Far I (3:16)
  19. 19 Key of Keys - Michael Rose (2:53)
  20. 20 The People Got to Know - Sugar Minott (3:23)
  21. 21 Love the Dread - Mikey Dread (2:56)
  22. 22 I Am a Madman - Lee "Scratch" Perry (5:48)
  23. 23 You Are the Sun - Frankie Paul (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The Heptones Track Performer
John Holt Track Performer
I-Roy Track Performer
Inner Circle Track Performer
The Melodians Track Performer
The Mighty Diamonds Track Performer
Johnny Osbourne Track Performer
Frankie Paul Track Performer
Prince Far I Track Performer
Ras Michael Track Performer
Slim Smith Track Performer
Dillinger Track Performer
Scotty Track Performer
Al 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
The 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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