Tuesday, October 16, 2007

MUST HAVE! Various Artists - Trojan Explosion (MP3 Podcast Review)


WWW, October 2007 - Coming with extensive liner notes from the selector, this complication of Roots Reggae from Trojan Records is an excellent presentation of the essential Reggae label.

Trojan Explosion provides the raw sound of 1970's Rockers Reggae, with styles and disciplines galore. Singers and DJ's, Players of Instruments and DUB engineers all give acte d' presence.

DJ Dr. Tahl produced an excellent compilation, and not just because of the crucial music. His in-depth liner notes on Trojan Records provides that extra dimension, while the mix itself provides that non-stop pleasure which you average compilation just won't give you.

Enjoy the fullness!

BROADCASTER'S COMMENTS: Trojan records, founded in 1968, was one of many labels in the United Kingdom that fed the ska, rocksteady and reggae craze sweeping the country. Founder Lee Gopthal had collaborated with Chris Blackwell of Island Records on mail order sales, which prompted Gopthal to start a record store called Musicland (which became part of the Muzik City Record Shops chain). Trojan's name comes from the Leyland trucks that were used by Duke Reid in Jamaica, which had Duke Reid - The Trojan King of Sounds painted on the sides. Reid's sound system became known as the Trojan Sound, which became synonymous with the new and hip music.

By 1970, Trojan artists that were making headway into the pop music charts included: Lee Perry's Upsetters, Bob & Marcia, The Cimarons, Desmond Dekker, Bruce Ruffin, Nicky Thomas and Dave & Ansel Collins. (Note: a common misconception is that Dave & Ansel Collins were brothers, although Dave Barker was a stand-alone artist and not related to Ansel Collins.)

Trojan's main function was not to develop new artists, but to serve as a sister label for Island Records. Monetary success came from releasing Jamaican music supplied by producers such as Duke Reid, Byron Lee and Leslie Kong into a series of popular, budget-priced compilations such as, Tighten Up, Club Reggae and Reggae Chartbusters.

Also included are the numerous sub-label's. Upsetter, Moodisc, Jackpot, Summit, Treasure Isle, etc.


01 Dillinger,King Tubbys & The Aggrovators - Jah Jah Dub
02 Dennis Brown - Concentration (Produced by Derrick Harriot)
03 Ronnie Davis - The Power of Love (Produced by Lyodie Slim & Bunny Lee)
04 Dennis Brown - Changing of Times
05 Barry Brown - Living As A Brother (Produced by Barrington Levy)
06 Johhny clarke - Don't Trouble Trouble (Produced by Bunny Lee)
07 Tristan Palma - How Can A Man Be Happy
08 Johnny Clarke - Blood Dunza
09 The Abbyssinians - Yim Mas Gaan
10 Big Joe - Mas Gan
11 Delroy Wilson - Better Must Come
12 Prince Alla - Daniel (Produced by Tapper Zukie)
13 Tommy Mccook & The Upsetters - Cloak & Dagger (Produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry



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