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Trojan Mod Reggae, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Britain's mods loved their Motown and American R&B in the early '60s, and for a little bit of an exotic change of pace, they also embraced the Jamaican ska and rocksteady sides that were being released in the U.K. for the local West Indies communities, and since so much of this Jamaican music was in turn based on American R&B, it all formed a crazy, delightful little circle on the mod dancefloors. It also gives Trojan a historical reason to go even deeper into their licensing vaults for this three-disc set of relatively obscure ska and early rocksteady sides. The first disc is probably the strongest, with Byron Lee's skewed cover of Booker T. & the MG's' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Britain's mods loved their Motown and American R&B in the early '60s, and for a little bit of an exotic change of pace, they also embraced the Jamaican ska and rocksteady sides that were being released in the U.K. for the local West Indies communities, and since so much of this Jamaican music was in turn based on American R&B, it all formed a crazy, delightful little circle on the mod dancefloors. It also gives Trojan a historical reason to go even deeper into their licensing vaults for this three-disc set of relatively obscure ska and early rocksteady sides. The first disc is probably the strongest, with Byron Lee's skewed cover of Booker T. & the MG's' "Green Onions," the Techniques' "Little Did You Know," the Dingle Brothers' horn-happy "This Is Thunder," Desmond Dekker's classic "Honor Your Mother and Father," the Muskyteers' actually the Silvertones posing as another group "Kidd-O," and Babba Brooks' instrumental "Baby Elephant Walk" all well worth a listen. Highlights on the second disc include Roy Bennett's eerie and rather discordant "I Dangerous," Ansel Collins' equally bizarre "Cock Robin," and the reverbed-to-the-moon "Double Wheel" by the Upsetters, produced, of course, by Lee "Scratch" Perry. The third disc offers Derrick Harriott's "Mama Didn't Lie," which is as about as pop as things get here, Roland Alphonso's interesting interpretation of Jimmy Smith's "The Cat," and the Ethiopians' wry "Hong Kong Flu." Casual listeners may find three discs of this stuff to be a bit much, but fans of early Jamaican pop music will already know what to expect and will be delighted at some of these rarities. Is it mod? Not really, but it sure is Jamaican, with truckloads of horns and cheap organs on quirky tracks that could only have come from Kingston -- or the moon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768054523
  • Catalog Number: 80545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green Onions - Dragonaires (2:51)
  2. 2 Little Did You Know - The Techniques (2:33)
  3. 3 This Is Thunder - Dingle Brothers (2:53)
  4. 4 Nuclear Weapon - Dave & Ansel Collins (2:42)
  5. 5 The Whip - The Ethiopians (2:58)
  6. 6 Doctor Jekyll - Dave Barker (2:10)
  7. 7 Kiddy-O - Muskyteers (3:01)
  8. 8 Doctor Who - The Crystalites (3:00)
  9. 9 Come on Little Girl - The Melodians (2:23)
  10. 10 Happy Go Lucky Girl - The Paragons (3:10)
  11. 11 Honour Your Mother and Father - Desmond Dekker (2:24)
  12. 12 Blazing Fire - Derrick Morgan (2:57)
  13. 13 Baby Elephant Walk - Baba And His Band Brooks (2:54)
  14. 14 Come Down - Lord Tanamo (2:17)
  15. 15 Let's Have Some Fun - Devon (2:17)
  16. 16 Song for My Father - Roland Alphonso (3:02)
  17. 17 Can I Get a Witness - Owen Gray (2:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Choo Choo Ska - Llans And His Celestials Thewell (2:39)
  2. 2 Vacation - The Melodians (2:16)
  3. 3 Latin Goes Ska - The Skatalites (3:02)
  4. 4 River to the Bank - Derrick Morgan (2:11)
  5. 5 I'm Your Man - John Holt (2:23)
  6. 6 I Dangerous - Roy Bennett (2:53)
  7. 7 Prisoner of Love - Dave Barker (2:25)
  8. 8 Cock Robin - Ansel Collins (2:38)
  9. 9 No More Heartaches - Beltones (2:30)
  10. 10 Ghost Chicken - Music Doctor (2:54)
  11. 11 King of Kings - Jimmy Cliff (2:39)
  12. 12 Sun Rises - Dotty & Bonny (2:29)
  13. 13 True Confession - The Silvertones (2:41)
  14. 14 Heartbeat - Ernest Ranglin (1:45)
  15. 15 I Like Your World - The Gaylettes (2:59)
  16. 16 Double Wheel (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Watermelon Man - Baba Brooks (2:50)
  2. 2 Get Up Edina - Desmond Dekker (2:39)
  3. 3 Don de Lion - Don Drummond (2:07)
  4. 4 Mama Didn't Lie - Derrick Harriott (1:57)
  5. 5 My Desire - Yard Brooms (2:31)
  6. 6 Workman Song - Pat Kelly (2:02)
  7. 7 Splash Down - The Crystalites (2:48)
  8. 8 Each Time - Ebony Sisters (3:10)
  9. 9 Cat Woman - Bunny Lee All Stars (4:04)
  10. 10 The Cat - Roland Alphonso (2:56)
  11. 11 Dance Crasher - Alton Ellis (2:38)
  12. 12 Night Train (Ska) - Dragonaires (2:21)
  13. 13 Miss Universe - Jimmy Cliff (2:40)
  14. 14 Devil's Lead Soup - Rudies (3:03)
  15. 15 Hong Kong Flu - The Ethiopians (2:17)
  16. 16 Death Rides a Horse - Roy Richards (3:15)
  17. 17 Bronco - Sir Lord Comic (2:31)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Byron Lee Producer
Steve Cropper Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Notes from the Underground Composer
Ansel Collins Producer
Clancy Eccles Producer
Derrick Morgan Producer
Duke Reid Producer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Lloyd Charmers Producer
Leonard Dillon Composer
J.J. Johnson Producer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Leslie Kong Producer
Bunny Lee Producer
David Mancini Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
Sonia Pottinger Producer
Lewis Steinberg Composer
Tony Brevett Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Winston Riley Producer
Luther Dixon Composer
Derrick Harriott Producer
Harry Johnson Producer
Ronnie Nasralla Composer, Producer
Llans And His Celestials Thewell Composer
Joe Sinclair Producer
Robert "Dandy" Thompson Producer
Richard Khouri Producer
Linden Pottinger Producer
Ken Khouri Producer
Dave Edwards Liner Notes
Tony Shabazz Producer
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