Trojan Seventies

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
People who complain that all reggae sounds the same are missing the point. It's supposed to sound the same, mining the idea that a good rhythm is worth ten good songs, at least in the dancehall, where familiarity with micro alterations breeds success. Reggae in this regard has much more in common with rap and hip-hop than it does rock or pop. Stripping a song away from a proven rhythm and sticking an entirely new song over the top of it is a recipe for the dancefloor, not the radio, and reggae rhythms are amazingly cosmopolitan and adaptable in this regard, as this three-disc 50-song set of 1970s pop covers from Trojan/Sanctuary makes clear. Some of these versions are ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
People who complain that all reggae sounds the same are missing the point. It's supposed to sound the same, mining the idea that a good rhythm is worth ten good songs, at least in the dancehall, where familiarity with micro alterations breeds success. Reggae in this regard has much more in common with rap and hip-hop than it does rock or pop. Stripping a song away from a proven rhythm and sticking an entirely new song over the top of it is a recipe for the dancefloor, not the radio, and reggae rhythms are amazingly cosmopolitan and adaptable in this regard, as this three-disc 50-song set of 1970s pop covers from Trojan/Sanctuary makes clear. Some of these versions are laughable, but even then, they're also danceable, which is always the point with Jamaican music. Some of the highlights here are a chugging version of James Taylor's "Fire and Ice" done by the Gaylads, Max Romeo's credible and sexier rendition of the Partridge Family's "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" Romeo also turns in an are-you-kidding-me take on Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie", and a sturdy instrumental romp on Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally" by the Now Generation. Toots & the Maytals take John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads" to church, while Skin, Flesh & Bones pull off an eerie, dub-laced version of another Diamond song, "Solitary Man." The best adaptation here, though, is Derrick Harriott's delightful cover of session pianist Pete Wingfield's brilliant doo wop parody "Eighteen With a Bullet." The song manages to be both reverent to the genre and wickedly mocking of it at the same time. Like all the Trojan box sets, this one contains rare and hard to find singles, and if the set list comes off as a little surreal and goofy, it hardly matters, because reggae can co-opt any pop song to its own purposes as long as you can dance to it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768048928
  • Catalog Number: 80489

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fire and Rain (2:54)
  2. 2 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (3:47)
  3. 3 You've Got a Friend - Irving Brown (3:02)
  4. 4 It's Too Late (3:34)
  5. 5 Rock and Roll Lullaby (3:34)
  6. 6 Laughter in the Rain - Pluto Shervington (3:16)
  7. 7 Play Me (3:10)
  8. 8 Cracklin' Rosie (3:23)
  9. 9 Solitary Man - Skin, Flesh & Bones (2:24)
  10. 10 Cecilia - Keeling Beckford (2:10)
  11. 11 Why Don't You Write Me (2:41)
  12. 12 Keep the Customers Satisfied (2:59)
  13. 13 Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Honey Boy Martin (3:01)
  14. 14 Midnight Rider - Paul Davidson (3:20)
  15. 15 Put Your Hand in the Hand (3:01)
  16. 16 Joy to the World (3:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Make It With You - Little Roy (3:01)
  2. 2 Baby I'm a Want You - John Holt (2:17)
  3. 3 Everything I Own (3:45)
  4. 4 Listen to the Music - Irving Brown (3:55)
  5. 5 Mighty Clouds of Joy (3:07)
  6. 6 For the Good Times (3:34)
  7. 7 Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) (3:36)
  8. 8 Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me (2:50)
  9. 9 Words (Are Impossible) (3:53)
  10. 10 Kiss an Angel Good Morning - Ken Parker (2:45)
  11. 11 Beautiful Sunday - Thorough-Breds (2:44)
  12. 12 Sylvia's Mother (2:39)
  13. 13 Candida (3:24)
  14. 14 Knock Three Times (3:12)
  15. 15 What Are You Doing Sunday - Bobby Davis (3:14)
  16. 16 I Woke Up in Love This Morning (4:01)
  17. 17 I'd Love You to Want Me - Ernie Smith (2:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 One Bad Apple (2:48)
  2. 2 Love Me for a Reason (3:59)
  3. 3 Everything Is Beautiful - Harris Seaton (3:10)
  4. 4 Close to You - Yvonne & Lisa (3:29)
  5. 5 Yesterday Once More - Beverley (3:30)
  6. 6 (Sitting On) Top of the World (2:50)
  7. 7 City of New Orleans (3:16)
  8. 8 Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast - The Sensations (2:28)
  9. 9 Mammy Blue (5:43)
  10. 10 Take Me Home, Country Roads (3:22)
  11. 11 Tonight - Vic Taylor (3:00)
  12. 12 Alone Again, Naturally - Now Generation (3:58)
  13. 13 Eighteen With a Bullet (3:42)
  14. 14 Candle in the Wind (2:15)
  15. 15 The Last Farewell - Jackie Edwards (5:14)
  16. 16 United We Stand - Cynthia Richards (3:19)
  17. 17 In the Summertime - Tomorrow's Children (2:36)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Hoyt Axton Composer
Mac Davis Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Ray Stevens Composer
Roger Whittaker Composer
Steve Goodman Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Max Romeo Producer
Neil Sedaka Composer
Byron Lee Producer
Gregg Allman Composer
John Denver Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Elton John Composer
Carole King Composer
Paul Simon Composer
James Taylor Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Ray Dorset Composer
Jackie Edwards Producer
David Gates Composer
Joe Gibbs Producer
Tom Johnston Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Richard Carpenter Composer
Eric Donaldson Producer
George Jackson Composer
Duke Reid Producer
Daniel Boone Composer
Phil Cody Composer
John Bettis Composer
Russell Brown Composer
Buddy Buie Composer
Peter Callander Composer
Lloyd Campbell Producer
Lloyd Charmers Producer
Geoffrey Chung Producer
Tommy Cowan Producer
Lloyd Daley Producer
Bill Danoff Composer
Hal David Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
David Jones Composer
Leslie Kong Producer
Bunny Lee Producer
Irwin Levine Composer
Warrick Lyn Producer
Taffy Nivert Composer
Robert Nix Composer
Robert Payne Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
Sonia Pottinger Producer
Alvin Ranglin Producer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Vicki Taylor Producer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Pete Wingfield Composer
Toni Wine Composer
Danny Janssen Composer
Kent LaVoie Composer
Michael Atherton Liner Notes
Maclellan Composer
Fabulous 5 Producer
Derrick Harriott Producer
Harry Johnson Producer
Tony Ashfield Producer
Winston Blake Producer
Enrico Riccardi Composer
Harris Seaton Producer
Toni Stern Composer
John Bristol Composer
Wade Bowen Composer
Ron Webster Composer
Hubert Giraud Composer
Leighton Shervington Producer
McQueen Composer
Paul Khouri Producer
Dickie Wong Producer
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