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Trojan Box Set: Rude Boy
     

Trojan Box Set: Rude Boy

 
Jamaica's independence in 1964 started in motion a complex series of interrelated cultural changes, one of which, the migration of thousands of Jamaicans from the country to the city of Kingston, led to massive joblessness in the city. Nothing is more desperate than an angry young man with no job, no money, no future (and thus no attainable dreams), and tons of time

Overview

Jamaica's independence in 1964 started in motion a complex series of interrelated cultural changes, one of which, the migration of thousands of Jamaicans from the country to the city of Kingston, led to massive joblessness in the city. Nothing is more desperate than an angry young man with no job, no money, no future (and thus no attainable dreams), and tons of time on his hands, and by the long, turbulent summer of 1966, the rude boy (as such young men were named) phenomenon was at high tide. Drawing iconic style and identity from spaghetti Westerns and James Bond films, the rude boys were on an unavoidable collision course with the Kingston police, and a remarkable series of records documenting the exchange began appearing in 1966 just as ska was beginning to morph into early rocksteady. This delightful three-disc, 50-track box set collects a number of these rude boy anthems, including enduring classics like the Heptones' "Gunman Coming to Town" (with its odd "William Tell" intro), Desmond Dekker's "007 (Shanty Town)," Alton Ellis' "Cry Tough," the Slickers' "Johnny Too Bad," and Lee "Scratch" Perry's "Set Them Free." A good deal of the rebel righteousness and outsiders' view that came to be identified with reggae in Jamaica really starts with these tough little tunes, which represented a very public forum on the relative merits -- pro and con -- of the rude boy stance. A well-chosen set, full of wall-to-wall classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768035126
catalogNumber:
80351

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Desmond Dekker   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Nils Lofgren   Composer
Jackie Edwards   Producer
Joe Gibbs   Producer
Clancy Eccles   Producer
Duke Reid   Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Producer
Leslie Kong   Producer
Bunny Lee   Producer
Sonia Pottinger   Producer
Alvin Ranglin   Producer
Slickers   Composer
Lloyd Daly   Producer
Bobby Aitken   Producer
Sydney Crooks   Producer
Blondel Calnek   Producer
Robert "Dandy" Thompson   Producer
Harry Hawke   Liner Notes
Sidney Bucknor   Producer
Amiel Moodie   Producer
Charles Ross   Producer
A. Ellis   Composer
Galnek   Composer

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