Trojan Reggae Legends Box

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Review Text The 50 artists represented on this three-disc collection of tracks from the Trojan vaults are certainly legendary, at least in Jamaica, but the real value of this set lies in the extreme rarity of some of the sides, many of which are seeing their first appearance on CD. Opening with Laurel Aitken's straight R&B (with just the slightest trace of ska) rendition of "Boogie in My Bones" from 1959 and running more or less chronologically through Chaka Demus & Pliers' relentless, ragged, and utterly fascinating cover of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" from 2001, The Trojan Legends Box Set is general enough to interest casual listeners but contains enough left-field tracks to keep serious reggae collectors and scholars happy. The first disc features Justin Hinds' folk wisdom on "King Samuel," Toots & the Maytals' loose-as-a-goose gospel vocal approach on "Fever," Ernest Ranglin's graceful "Felicia," Slim Smith's beautiful and propulsive "Confusion (What a Situation)," and closes with Ken Boothe's odd reggae cover of Neil Young's "Down by the River," which was produced by Lloyd Charmers. Bob Marley's "Keep on Skanking" shows up on disc two, but it is really more producer Lee "Scratch" Perry's show than Marley's in this version. Also on disc two are Leonard Dillon and the Ethiopians' odd "Weekend Cowhead" (one suspects they mean coed, but who knows) and Jackie Mittoo's "Standing Ovation," itself a dub version of Dennis Alcapone's "Ital Girl" (which is also included here) produced by Bunny Lee. The final disc features a crisp version of "Rudie Say Him Bad" by the Wailing Souls, Gregory Isaacs' "Going Downtown," Dennis Brown's "Lost Without You" (which sounds like the Impressions gone Jamaican), and Culture's cautionary "Good Things." The end result is a kind of sideways journey through Jamaican pop music from the pre-ska days through to dancehall, with enough off-the-beaten-path selections to make it revelatory to even veteran reggae hounds. ~ Steve Leggett

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Boogie in My Bones - 3:48
  2. 2. Last Night (I Was Dreaming) - 2:22
  3. 3. King Samuel - 3:33
  4. 4. You're the One I Need - 2:24
  5. 5. Knock out Punch - 3:12
  6. 6. Fever - 2:14
  7. 7. Felicia - 2:51
  8. 8. Wild and Free - 3:44
  9. 9. It Mek - 2:22
  10. 10. Confusion (aka What a Situation) - 3:46
  11. 11. Mother Ritty - 3:10
  12. 12. Stand by Me - 4:42
  13. 13. Life Is Down in Denver - 2:07
  14. 14. Here Comes the Judge - 3:29
  15. 15. Help Me Up - 3:42
  16. 16. King Tubby's Special - 3:52
  17. 17. Down by the River - 3:18

CD: 2

  1. 18. Bagaboo - 3:40
  2. 19. In the Mood - 2:09
  3. 20. Keep on Skanking - 3:29
  4. 21. Weekend Cowhead - 3:36
  5. 22. Thriller - 3:40
  6. 23. Tenement Yard - 3:36
  7. 24. I Don't Want to See You Cry - 3:01
  8. 25. Love of a Woman - 4:33
  9. 26. Blessed Dub - 4:38
  10. 27. Flat Foot Hustling - 3:38
  11. 28. Four Sevens - 3:08
  12. 29. Rasta de Master - 4:10
  13. 30. Disco Devil - 8:52
  14. 31. Ital Girl - 3:51
  15. 32. Standing Ovation - 3:41
  16. 33. Blessed Are They - 3:22
  17. 34. New York City - 3:21

CD: 3

  1. 35. Walls of Jericho - 3:29
  2. 36. Different Fashion - 4:37
  3. 37. Rudie Say Him Bad - 3:03
  4. 38. Going Downtown - 5:16
  5. 39. Dance Hall We Deh - 4:36
  6. 40. For Your Eyes Only - 4:14
  7. 41. Roots with Quality - 4:42
  8. 42. Try a Thing - 5:22
  9. 43. Lost Without You - 6:10
  10. 44. I Create - 4:12
  11. 45. Uni Fe Move - 4:34
  12. 46. Girl It's Over Now - 3:25
  13. 47. All Aboard - 4:58
  14. 48. Good Things - 4:02
  15. 49. Good Times - 4:56
  16. 50. Don't Be Cruel - 4:01

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8/16/05 

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