Muzik City: The Story of Trojan

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
More of a history lesson than a good listen in total, Muzik City is the story of Trojan, warts and all. Those looking for a good selection of the reggae label's best moments have plenty of other choices and might want to start with the great Tighten Up collections or wait for the 50th release in Trojan's three-CD series a greatest-hits box to be compiled by votes from fans and due in 2004. Anyone who is a die-hard Trojan enthusiast will find plenty of surprises, secrets, and a really well done booklet to paw through. The first two discs of Muzik City are truly some of the greatest moments in rocksteady and roots reggae. But just like a two-CD Motown collection, this is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
More of a history lesson than a good listen in total, Muzik City is the story of Trojan, warts and all. Those looking for a good selection of the reggae label's best moments have plenty of other choices and might want to start with the great Tighten Up collections or wait for the 50th release in Trojan's three-CD series a greatest-hits box to be compiled by votes from fans and due in 2004. Anyone who is a die-hard Trojan enthusiast will find plenty of surprises, secrets, and a really well done booklet to paw through. The first two discs of Muzik City are truly some of the greatest moments in rocksteady and roots reggae. But just like a two-CD Motown collection, this is really just the tip of the iceberg and John Holt, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Big Youth, and others have many more great moments to investigate. If all four CDs had focused on the hits and highlights this would truly be the box to own, but the third CD is hardly meant for repeat listening. Many of the disc's "Rarities & Oddities" are downright embarrassing which the always honest liner notes are happy to point out. Trojan's forays into the worlds of calypso, novelty, and pop music were horribly misguided, and disc three is full of them including a horrific reggae and yodeling matchup. Hard to imagine laughing at the stately Trojan label, but once that's over it's on to disc four's treasure chest of rarities. The hardcore should rightfully drool over the Jah Woosh and Keith Hudson team-up, a dank dub from Thunder, and an I-Roy/John Holt dubplate that includes a bit of studio banter. Great stuff for the serious fan, who probably own most of disc one and two ten times over. So who is this set made for? If your wallet is fat enough to forgive disc three, Muzik City is a fair introduction to the label that, along with Island, dominated reggae's early years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768043220
  • Catalog Number: 80432
  • Sales rank: 117,526

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tighten Up - The Untouchables (2:40)
  2. 2 Donkey Returns - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:36)
  3. 3 Angel of the Morning - Joya Landis (3:03)
  4. 4 Reggae in Your Jeggae - El Dandy (2:58)
  5. 5 Return of Django (2:31)
  6. 6 Red Red Wine - Tony Tribe (2:56)
  7. 7 Ali Baba - John Holt (2:36)
  8. 8 Long Shot Kick de Bucket - The Pioneers (2:48)
  9. 9 Liquidator (2:53)
  10. 10 Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff (3:12)
  11. 11 Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip (3:00)
  12. 12 Elizabethan Reggae - Love People (2:36)
  13. 13 Monkey Man - The Maytals (3:44)
  14. 14 One Way Love - Coloured Raisins (2:30)
  15. 15 Young, Gifted and Black - Bob & Marcia (3:08)
  16. 16 Love of the Common People - Nicky Thomas (2:21)
  17. 17 You Can Get It If You Really Want - Desmond Dekker (2:38)
  18. 18 Double Barrel - Ansel Collins (2:45)
  19. 19 Black Pearl - Horace Faith (2:36)
  20. 20 Duppy Conqueror - The Wailers (3:44)
  21. 21 Rivers of Babylon - The Melodians (3:25)
  22. 22 Wear You to the Ball - U-Roy (2:31)
  23. 23 54-46 Was My Number - The Maytals (3:12)
  24. 24 Johnny Too Bad - The Slickers (3:10)
  25. 25 Rain - Bruce Ruffin (2:24)
  26. 26 A Place Called Africa - Junior Byles (2:41)
  27. 27 Black and White - Greyhound (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let Your Yeah Be Yeah - The Pioneers (3:08)
  2. 2 Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson (3:02)
  3. 3 Suzanne Beware of the Devil - Dandy Livingstone (2:35)
  4. 4 Money in My Pocket - Dennis Brown (2:31)
  5. 5 Big Seven - Judge Dread (3:17)
  6. 6 S. 90 Skank - Big Youth (2:51)
  7. 7 Don't Think About Me - Earl Flute (2:46)
  8. 8 Help Me Make It Through the Night - John Holt (3:05)
  9. 9 None Shall Escape the Judgement - Johnny Clarke (3:14)
  10. 10 Everything I Own - Ken Boothe (3:46)
  11. 11 Bad Da - Gregory Isaacs (3:02)
  12. 12 Ram Goat Liver - Pluto Shervington (3:07)
  13. 13 Can't Get Used to Losing You - Danny Ray (2:15)
  14. 14 Bush Weed Corntrash - Bunny & Ricky (3:25)
  15. 15 (Under Heavy) Manners - Prince Far I (3:14)
  16. 16 I'm Still in Love With You Girl - Alton Ellis (4:26)
  17. 17 Three Piece Suit and Thing - Trinity (3:47)
  18. 18 I Love Marijuana - Linval Thompson (3:30)
  19. 19 Barberman Bawling - Well Pleased and Satisfied (2:48)
  20. 20 Born Free - Michael Rose (3:31)
  21. 21 Pirate - The Ethiopians (3:12)
  22. 22 Evil Brain Rejecter - Lee "Scratch" Perry (4:26)
  23. 23 Eb@noon - Ernest Ranglin (4:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Judge Sympathy - Duke Reid's All Stars (2:19)
  2. 2 Spinning Wheel - Horace Faith (2:12)
  3. 3 Dirty Dog - Emile Straker (3:14)
  4. 4 Mayfair - Millie (3:11)
  5. 5 Serenade to Summer - Johnny Arthey Orchestra (2:38)
  6. 6 Lucianna - Jubilee Stompers (3:32)
  7. 7 Al Capone - Emperor Rosko (3:34)
  8. 8 It Came from out of the Sky - Rudies (3:02)
  9. 9 Tribute to Jimmy Hendrix - Jimmy Lindsay (2:08)
  10. 10 Suffering in the Land - Clyde McPhatter (3:13)
  11. 11 Brandy - Scott English (3:11)
  12. 12 You Got Me - Miller James (2:38)
  13. 13 Help Yourself - Jimmy James & the Vagabonds (2:40)
  14. 14 I Must Go Back - Jackie Edwards (3:26)
  15. 15 Bouncing (All Over the World) - Tony Gregory (3:10)
  16. 16 Snoopy vs. The Red Baron - The Hotshots (3:09)
  17. 17 Loop de Loop - Happy Junior (2:56)
  18. 18 Sticky Fingers - Jamaica Jam (2:50)
  19. 19 I Wanna Make It With You - Bobbi Houston (3:03)
  20. 20 Stretchin' Out - Doris Troy (3:49)
  21. 21 Reggae Rock Road - King Sporty (3:28)
  22. 22 Fattie Bum Bum Gone a Jail - Laurel Aitken (3:02)
  23. 23 I Say "Super Jaws" - Owen Gray (3:44)
  24. 24 Let's Spend the Night Together - Discolettes (3:41)
  25. 25 Yodel Reggae - Leroy Gibbs (3:30)
Disc 4
  1. 1 You Lied to Me - Slim Smith (3:13)
  2. 2 Power Cut - Aubrey Adams & the Boys (2:35)
  3. 3 Betrayed - The Clarendonians (3:15)
  4. 4 Full Up - Hugh Hendricks (2:14)
  5. 5 Sock It to Me - The Gaylads (3:12)
  6. 6 Bush Tea - Lee "Scratch" Perry (3:03)
  7. 7 What Am I to Do - Tony Scott (2:50)
  8. 8 Strings and Things - Tommy McCook (3:09)
  9. 9 Silhouettes - The Sensations (2:32)
  10. 10 I Can't See Nobody - Nicky Thomas (3:13)
  11. 11 Ten Times Sweeter - Winston Francis (2:48)
  12. 12 I'm Not a King - The Aces (2:45)
  13. 13 Same Thing - The Upsetters (3:20)
  14. 14 Nowhere - Keith Hudson (3:03)
  15. 15 Don't Give Up - Tony Brevett (3:18)
  16. 16 This World - Hortense Ellis (3:03)
  17. 17 Loving Feeling (2:28)
  18. 18 A Darker Shade of Black (Norwegian Wood) - Willie Lindo (3:13)
  19. 19 Solid Sounds - Jackie Bernard (2:49)
  20. 20 Stigma - Jah Woosh (2:25)
  21. 21 Thunder Dub - Thunder (3:17)
  22. 22 I Don't Want to Be Lonely - John Holt (3:01)
  23. 23 Untitled Instrumental - Soul Syndicate (3:02)
  24. 24 Fattie Fattie - Zoot "Skully" Sims (2:19)
  25. 25 In the Room - Lee "Scratch" Perry (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy London Group Member
Billy Dyce Group Member
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Tony Scott Producer
Dennis Brown Composer
Johnny Clarke Composer
Jimmy Cliff Composer, Producer
Alton Ellis Composer, Producer
John Holt Composer
Bob Marley Composer
José Feliciano Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Earl Robinson Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
David Clayton-Thomas Composer
Brenton Dowe Composer
Jackie Edwards Composer, Producer
David Gates Composer
Joe Gibbs Composer, Producer
Weldon Irvine Composer
Richard Kerr Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Cecil Campbell Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Boris Gardiner Producer
Linval Thompson Composer, Producer
Eric Donaldson Composer
Keith Hudson Producer
Laurel Aitken Producer
Duke Reid Composer, Producer
Barry Gibb Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Dave Bloxham Producer
Lloyd Charmers Producer
Leonard Dillon Composer, Producer
Scott English Composer
Phil Gernhard Composer
Toots Hibbert Composer
Winston "Niney" Holness Composer, Producer
Clive "Azul" Hunt Producer
John Hurley Composer
Gregory Isaacs Composer
Lloyd James Producer
Paul Johnson Producer
Leslie Kong Producer
Bunny Lee Producer
Irwin Levine Composer
David Paramor Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer, Producer
Doc Pomus Composer
Michael Rose Composer
Frank Slay Composer
Phil Wainman Producer
Ronnie Wilkins Composer
Noel Williams Producer
Toni Wine Composer
Teddy Vann Composer
Trevor McNaughton Composer
Danny Ray Producer
Freddie Notes & The Rudies Producer
David Arkin Composer
Winston Riley Composer, Producer
Bert Russell Composer
Terence Wilson Composer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett Creative Coordinator
Derrick Harriott Composer
Roy Woosh Composer
Harry Johnson Composer, Producer
Dawn Agard Composer
Tony Ashfield Producer
Toddy Auston Composer
Mark Barkan Composer
Sydney Crooks Composer
Phillip Swern Producer
Phil Pratt Producer
Winston "Shadow" Bailey Composer
Floyd Lloyd Seivright Composer, Producer
Herb Shapiro Composer
Ney Smith Composer
Hylton Beckford Composer
Ronald Binge Composer
Vincent "Randy" Chin Producer
Gary William Friedman Composer
Roy Reid Producer
Johnny Arthey Producer
Dick Holler Composer
Mark LaMarr Liner Notes
Herman Chin-Loy Producer
Joe Sinclair Producer
Robert "Dandy" Thompson Producer
Sidney "Luddy" Crooks Producer
Dwight Sibblies Composer
Joe Smith Producer
Keith Bonsoir Producer
Sidney Bucknor Producer
Eddie Airey Producer
Stan Biederbeck Producer
Junior Chung Producer
Clive Crawley Producer
Brian Daley Producer
Doug Mew Producer
Count Prince Miller Producer
Hugh Hendricks Producer
Dave Paramour Producer
Desmond Rowe Producer
Rudies Producer
Leighton Shervington Producer
Mark Wesley Producer
Eddie Wolfram Producer
Paul K. Johnson II Producer
Mike Atherton Liner Notes
Barry Howard Producer
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