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Trojan Box Set: Ska, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
If Trojan's first ska box was the main course, think of their second as a splendid buffet. While its predecessor was more heavily weighted towards stars and their hits, this one is stuffed with lesser-known gems, with only a handful of tracks that will immediately leap out at the general fan. As with the first volume, the sound quality is poor in places, and many tracks were obviously taken off vinyl, but one can live with that to hear such legendary singers as Lord Tanamo and Jackie Estick. But surely somewhere there was a better copy of Lee Perry's "Give Me Justice." Again, the box boasts another three discs, with 50 songs tossed willie nillie across them. Boogies are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
If Trojan's first ska box was the main course, think of their second as a splendid buffet. While its predecessor was more heavily weighted towards stars and their hits, this one is stuffed with lesser-known gems, with only a handful of tracks that will immediately leap out at the general fan. As with the first volume, the sound quality is poor in places, and many tracks were obviously taken off vinyl, but one can live with that to hear such legendary singers as Lord Tanamo and Jackie Estick. But surely somewhere there was a better copy of Lee Perry's "Give Me Justice." Again, the box boasts another three discs, with 50 songs tossed willie nillie across them. Boogies are strewn about, the odd mento skips by, swing songs spill across the discs, jazzy instrumentals are salted everywhere, and chronology is meaningless as the set skanks madly across the years from the earliest days to ska's slowing gasp into rocksteady. There's big names a plenty (mostly paired with lesser-known songs) -- Derrick Morgan, Justin Hinds, and the Maytals amongst them -- along with a handful of now-forgotten names. There's a slew of fabulous bands including the Skatalites, Lynn Taitt & the Comets, Val Bennett, Baba Brooks, and Raymond Harper & the Carib Beats. In fact, there's something for everybody here; slower scorchers, out an out jumpers, shufflers, and pure skankers, upbeat party songs, and more down-tempo moodier numbers, American-style pop, pure Jamaican vocal trios, sublime duos, and great solo singers. Derrick Morgan pretty much steals the show with his exuberant "The Hop" and hilarious "Don't Call Me Daddy." However, the Maytals and Lloyd Robinson & Glen Brown run him a close second and third. The instrumentals are all so high caliber it's virtually impossible to pick between them, but for sheer exhilaration, Baba Brooks' "Girl's Town Ska" is just about unbeatable. Like it's predecessor, this box set is a winner, and one can only hope a third volume is in the works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768032224
  • Catalog Number: 80322

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hop - Derrick Morgan (2:32)
  2. 2 Dragon Weapon - Beverley's All Stars (2:35)
  3. 3 Discipline - Raymond Harper (2:28)
  4. 4 Too Late - Lloyd Robinson (2:23)
  5. 5 Hey Bartender - Laurel Aitken (2:35)
  6. 6 What a Good Woodman - Lee "Scratch" Perry (3:15)
  7. 7 My Bride to Be - Winston Samuels (2:17)
  8. 8 You Belong to My Heart - Lord Tanamo (2:28)
  9. 9 Derrick! - Derrick Harriott (2:06)
  10. 10 Sinners Got a Moaning Heart - Ewan McDermott (2:31)
  11. 11 Yeah Yeah - The Riots (2:19)
  12. 12 Daisy I Love You - Jackie Estick (2:31)
  13. 13 Shufflin' @@Sounds (2:45)
  14. 14 Really Now @@Dreamletts (2:20)
  15. 15 Girls's Town Ska - Baba Brooks (2:52)
  16. 16 True Confession - The Silvertones (2:42)
  17. 17 Hurry Up - Lord Creator (2:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mattie Rag (A.K.A. Ol' Matilda) - Lord Tanamo (2:34)
  2. 2 Out of Space - Tommy McCook (2:43)
  3. 3 The Ark - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (2:29)
  4. 4 Blues - Baba Brooks (3:08)
  5. 5 Uno Dos Tres - Stranger Cole (2:46)
  6. 6 Let's Jump - The Maytals (2:13)
  7. 7 Chatty Chatty Woman @@Amos Clarke (2:35)
  8. 8 Garden of Love - Don Drummond (3:03)
  9. 9 You Are Mine - Clive & Naomi (2:02)
  10. 10 The Girl Next Door @@Blue Benders (2:28)
  11. 11 Penny Reel - Morris (2:31)
  12. 12 Calling - Ken Boothe & Roy Shirley (2:32)
  13. 13 Don't Call Me Daddy - Derrick Morgan (2:32)
  14. 14 Tender Loving Care - The Comets (2:22)
  15. 15 Butterfly @@Horrell Dawkins (2:24)
  16. 16 Don't Bring Me Your Dreams - Ewan McDermott (3:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 If You Were Mine - Lord Tanamo (3:05)
  2. 2 Atlas - Val Bennett (2:29)
  3. 3 Look Before You Leap - Derrick Morgan (2:29)
  4. 4 Man in the Street - Don Drummond (3:24)
  5. 5 My Day Are Lonely - Frank Cosmo (2:35)
  6. 6 Yours - Raymond Harper (3:19)
  7. 7 Street Corner - The Skatalites (3:02)
  8. 8 Give Me Justice - Lee "Scratch" Perry (3:15)
  9. 9 Darling Patricia - Owen Gray (2:53)
  10. 10 On the Move - Roland Alphonso (3:19)
  11. 11 The Ska - Jackie Estick (2:34)
  12. 12 Honky Tonk Ska - Granville Williams (2:54)
  13. 13 King of Ska - Desmond Dekker (2:44)
  14. 14 Ska Jam - Tommy McCook & the Supersonics (2:48)
  15. 15 Monkey Ska - Derrick Harriott (2:16)
  16. 16 Wayward Ska - Lloyd Brevett (2:56)
  17. 17 Candy Ska - Ewan McDermott (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Boothe Track Performer
Desmond Dekker Track Performer
Roy Shirley Track Performer
The Skatalites Track Performer
Don Drummond Track Performer
The Silvertones Track Performer
Roland Alphonso Track Performer
Glen Brown Track Performer
Laurel Aitken Track Performer
Derrick Morgan Track Performer
The Maytals Track Performer
Val Bennett Track Performer
Baba Brooks Track Performer
Stranger Cole Track Performer
Owen Gray Track Performer
Raymond Harper Track Performer
Tommy McCook Track Performer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Track Performer
Lloyd Robinson Track Performer
Lyn Taitt Track Performer
Derrick Harriott Track Performer
Lord Creator Track Performer
Lord Tanamo Track Performer
Granville Williams Track Performer
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics Track Performer
Morris Track Performer
Beverley's All Stars Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Skatalites Composer
Stranger Cole Composer
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