Trojan Box Set: Singles

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Showcasing a decade of the Trojan label, from 1968-1978, the sleeve notes claim this three-CD box set is "an ideal introduction to the company's output." However, this is a rather disingenuous statement considering that a number of the label's biggest stars are missing, and there's few enduring hits to be had within. So once again, Trojan offers up a box that is not really what fans want, yet inevitably contains tracks they need, scooping up minor hits and rarities, the crucial and the disposable willy-nilly. As is all too typical, no attention is paid to sound quality, and a number of the tracks are taken off vinyl, with the Silverstars' badly scratched "Old Man Say" ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Showcasing a decade of the Trojan label, from 1968-1978, the sleeve notes claim this three-CD box set is "an ideal introduction to the company's output." However, this is a rather disingenuous statement considering that a number of the label's biggest stars are missing, and there's few enduring hits to be had within. So once again, Trojan offers up a box that is not really what fans want, yet inevitably contains tracks they need, scooping up minor hits and rarities, the crucial and the disposable willy-nilly. As is all too typical, no attention is paid to sound quality, and a number of the tracks are taken off vinyl, with the Silverstars' badly scratched "Old Man Say" reaching a nadir of virtual unlistenability. For non-specialists, the points of entry are the Maytals' exuberant "54-56 That's My Number," Derrick Morgan's inspired reggae remodel of his ska classic "Fat Man," and Ken Boothe's pop-soul delight "Keep My Love From Fading." Most everything else will draw a blank, although the many names of artists and bands will convince fans to take a chance. Disc one, which covers 1968-1969, includes such small masterpieces as Clancy Eccles' devaluation classic "Bangarang Crash," the Silvertones' harmony-laden "Promises," and two excellent numbers from former Paragon vocalist Tyrone Evans. Scintillating instrumental versions are strewn across this disc and the entire box. Disc two, culling from 1970-1973, boasts a pair of soulful singles from the much underrated Joe White, two songs from the always-fabulous Jackie Edwards, and the Deltones' phenomenal cover of "I'll Take You There." By this point in time, Trojan was moving toward a much more mass-market sound, a style that both the Pioneers' offerings amply illustrate. Disc three, which encompasses the remaining five years, takes this style to its obvious conclusion. It's an acquired taste, but for those who like their reggae light and their production slick, there's a treasure trove of tracks here -- and a comedy of errors. John Holt's "Reggae From the Ghetto" is attributed to Marcia Griffiths, while Louise Mark's "Think It Like It Is" is credited to the former Paragon. Regardless, both are standouts, as is B.B. Seaton and Ken Boothe's "Whole World's Down on Me." This entire disc reverberates with sublime examples of phenomenal vocalists imbuing soul into otherwise lifeless songs. Trojan Box Set: Singles illustrates both the strengths and weaknesses of the label during this decade, and while it's far from the ultimate introduction to the company, for those who want to take a walk down a less-traveled road, the set provides an intriguing journey.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Trojan Records Uk
  • UPC: 766126101297
  • Catalog Number: 12

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Our Love Will Last - Jivers (2:29)
  2. 2 Eastern Organ - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:53)
  3. 3 Fat Man - Derrick Morgan (3:12)
  4. 4 South Parkway Rock - Val Bennett (3:09)
  5. 5 Old Man Say - Silverstars (2:10)
  6. 6 Promises - Silverstars (2:15)
  7. 7 Bangarang Crash - Clancy Eccles (2:30)
  8. 8 Rahtid - Dynamites (1:51)
  9. 9 If This World Were Mine - Tyrone Evans (2:04)
  10. 10 You Done Me Wrong - Tyrone Evans (1:55)
  11. 11 Double Shot - Beverley's All Stars (2:37)
  12. 12 Banana Water - The Melodians (3:02)
  13. 13 Copy Cat - Derrick Morgan (2:36)
  14. 14 I'll Need You Tomorrow - The Kingstonians (2:50)
  15. 15 Smoke Screen - Beverley's All Stars (2:36)
  16. 16 Lick It Back - The Clarendonians (2:58)
  17. 17 Busy Bee - Beverley's All Stars (2:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Keep My Love from Fading - Ken Boothe (2:26)
  2. 2 Eldora - Techniques All Stars (3:04)
  3. 3 54-46 That's My Number - The Maytals (3:20)
  4. 4 Virgin Soldiers - Hot Rod All Stars (3:29)
  5. 5 I'm Gonna Get There @@Joe White (2:43)
  6. 6 Kinky Funky Reggae - Rupie Edwards All Stars (3:07)
  7. 7 So Much Love @@Joe White (3:08)
  8. 8 Be Yours - Beverley's All Stars (3:18)
  9. 9 Darling Please Return - The Barons (2:22)
  10. 10 Take Me as I Am - Jackie Edwards (2:04)
  11. 11 One Big Happy Family - Bruce Ruffin (2:55)
  12. 12 Come on Girl - Jackie Edwards (3:07)
  13. 13 Help Me Make It Through the Night - Joyce Bond (2:35)
  14. 14 You Don't Know Like I Know - The Pioneers (2:39)
  15. 15 I'll Take You There - The Deltones (3:37)
  16. 16 At the Discotheque - The Pioneers (2:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 What About You - Pat Rhoden (3:02)
  2. 2 Check Out Yourself - Cimarons (2:43)
  3. 3 Reggae from the Ghetto - Marcia Griffiths (2:46)
  4. 4 Whole World's Down on Me - B.B. Seaton (2:42)
  5. 5 I'm Lonely No More - Teddy Brown (2:40)
  6. 6 Time Is the Master - Tito Simon (3:17)
  7. 7 Being in Love - Derrick Harriott (3:20)
  8. 8 Help Me - Freddie McKay (2:26)
  9. 9 Reverend Lee - Lorna Bennett (3:49)
  10. 10 Let Go - Ken Boothe (3:43)
  11. 11 Run Away Pet - Donna Hinds (3:09)
  12. 12 Keep It Like It Is - John Holt (2:40)
  13. 13 Why Must You Cry - Barry Biggs (3:23)
  14. 14 Come Back Girl - Nicky Thomas (3:13)
  15. 15 Strange Thoughts - Honey Boy (3:57)
  16. 16 Pie in the Sky - Eugene Paul (2:48)
  17. 17 Love Don't Love Nobody - Ken Boothe (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Boothe Track Performer
John Holt Track Performer
The Melodians Track Performer
Barry Biggs Track Performer
Cimarons Track Performer
The Deltones Track Performer
Jackie Edwards Track Performer
Honey Boy Track Performer
Freddie McKay Track Performer
B.B. Seaton Track Performer
Nicky Thomas Track Performer
Clancy Eccles Track Performer
The Pioneers Track Performer
Derrick Morgan Track Performer
The Maytals Track Performer
Lorna Bennett Track Performer
Val Bennett Track Performer
Marcia Griffiths Track Performer
The Clarendonians Track Performer
Dynamites Track Performer
Derrick Harriott Track Performer
The Kingstonians Track Performer
Bruce Ruffin Track Performer
Tyrone Evans Track Performer
Brother Dan All-Stars Track Performer
Joyce Bond Track Performer
Eugene Paul Track Performer
Donna Hinds Track Performer
Tito Simon Track Performer
Teddy Brown Track Performer
Pat Rhoden Track Performer
Beverley's All Stars Track Performer
Rupie Edwards All Stars Track Performer
Hot Rod All Stars Track Performer
Techniques All Stars Track Performer
Silverstars Track Performer
Jivers Track Performer
The Barons Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ken Boothe Composer
David Foster Composer
Jackie Edwards Composer
Clancy Eccles Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Toots Hibbert Composer
Leslie Kong Composer
David Porter Composer
Chris Prete Liner Notes
Alvertis Isbell Composer
Robert "Dandy" Thompson Composer
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