Trojan Box Set: Lovers

Trojan Box Set: Lovers

     
 
Take note of the title Trojan Box Set: Lovers. It was carefully chosen to avoid the amorphous lovers rock tag, and thus allows Trojan to dodge the genre bullet and its chronological mid- to late-'70s straightjacket. In reality, this box is an object lesson in just how meaningless the lovers rock label is. The majority of the songs are drawn from the late '60s through

Overview

Take note of the title Trojan Box Set: Lovers. It was carefully chosen to avoid the amorphous lovers rock tag, and thus allows Trojan to dodge the genre bullet and its chronological mid- to late-'70s straightjacket. In reality, this box is an object lesson in just how meaningless the lovers rock label is. The majority of the songs are drawn from the late '60s through the early '70s, and their reggae-light stylings, pop inflections, and relatively lush production are a strong indicator of how long "lovers rock" had been on the Jamaican scene before the British media came up with a name for it. So, Lovers it is, and Trojan rounds up romance across three CDs and 50 tracks, the perfect way to inflame a candlelit night of passion. All the emotional touchstones are brought to bear, pain and pleasure, the lovelorn and the loving, heartache and hearts joined, love is indeed a many splendored thing, and love lost is desolation. The vocal groups included are Jamaica's crème de la crème -- the Paragons, the Uniques, the Heptones, the Melodians. The singers are some of the best -- Alton Ellis, John Holt, Slim Smith, Pat Kelly, Ken Boothe, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and so many more. By and large, the songs are equally exemplary, although there are a full clinkers, poorly conceived covers like Brown's "Silhouette" and Smith's "Turning Point (Where Do I Turn)," although there's no faulting the actual performance, just the choice of song. However, the masterpieces far outweigh the dross, with Jackie Edwards' "In Paradise," Ellis' "I'll Be Waiting," Boothe's "Now I Know," Keith & Tex's "Tonight," and B.B. Seaton's "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" just a handful of the many memorable moments found within. In a few years, many of these same artists will be churning out Euro-fied horrors smothered in strings, with only the syncopated beat a dim reminder of their roots. Lovers box stands as a monument to how sublime Jamaican pop sounded before the British stamped their imprint all over it.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/1999
Label:
Trojan Records Uk
UPC:
0766126100528
catalogNumber:
1005

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Living in the Footsteps
  2. Put a Little Love in Your Heart
  3. In Paradise
  4. Why Baby Why
  5. Lips of Wine
  6. Stay a Little Bit Longer
  7. Ring of Gold
  8. Memories by the Score
  9. Our Day Will Come
  10. Lonely Man
  11. Have You Seen Her?
  12. Daddy's Home
  13. Sad News
  14. I'll Be Waiting
  15. Thin Line Between Love and Hate
  16. All I Have Is Love
  17. Love Me for a Reason

Disc 2

  1. Turning Point (Where Do I Turn)
  2. Til I Can't Take It Anymore
  3. My Jamaican Girl
  4. I'm So Proud
  5. Silly Wasn't I
  6. Please Stay
  7. Here I Am Baby
  8. Riding for a Fall
  9. It Must Be True Love
  10. No More Heartache
  11. That's When It Hurts
  12. Tonight
  13. One Woman
  14. Never Found a Girl
  15. Left With a Broken Heart
  16. Fever

Disc 3

  1. Your Eyes Are Dreaming
  2. Silhouette
  3. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  4. Now I Know
  5. You Don't Need Me
  6. It Hurts
  7. You Make Me Feel Brand New
  8. Rich in Love
  9. Darling Ooh
  10. Let Me Hold Your Hand
  11. Soulful Love
  12. You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine
  13. Since I Lost My Baby
  14. Things of the Past
  15. Honey Child
  16. You'll Lose a Precious Love
  17. Just as Long as You Need Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Andy   Track Performer
Ken Boothe   Track Performer
Dennis Brown   Track Performer
Alton Ellis   Track Performer
Toots & the Maytals   Track Performer
John Holt   Track Performer
Inner Circle   Track Performer
Slim Smith   Track Performer
Brown   Track Performer
Cornell Campbell   Track Performer
Errol Dunkley   Track Performer
Jackie Edwards   Track Performer
Sharon Forrester   Track Performer
B.B. Seaton   Track Performer
Horace Andy   Track Performer
Glen Adams   Track Performer
Susan Cadogan   Track Performer
Phyllis Dillon   Track Performer
Marcia Griffiths   Track Performer
Gregory Isaacs   Track Performer
David Isaacs   Track Performer
Delano Stewart   Track Performer
Delroy Wilson   Track Performer
Dave Baker   Track Performer
Derrick Harriott   Track Performer
Busty Brown   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dorian Burton   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Harry Johnson   Composer

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