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  • Audio CD (29 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0059DOJ7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Return Of Django - The Upsetters
2. Red Red Wine - Tony Tribe
3. Long Shot Kick De Bucket - The Pioneers
4. Liquidator - Harry J Allstars
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Stir It Up - Bob Marley & The Wailers
2. Sentimental Reasons - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
3. You Didn't Answer - The Ethiopians
4. Watermelon - The Maytals
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Bumble Bee - Ike Bennett, The Crystalites
2. Have You Time - Trevor Brown, The Maytones
3. I Am Getting Old - The Lyrics
4. Mannix (B'wa Nina) - The Rhythm Rulers
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Disc: 4
1. Every Little Thing I Do - Carlton Brown
2. I Am Losing You (aka I Can't Understand) - Austin Faithful
3. Chicken Lickin' (aka Night Fall) - Lloyd Charmers, The Hippy Boys
4. Black Panther - Sir Collins, The Black Diamonds
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Disc: 5
1. Where Did The Russians Go - Val Bennett, The Carib Beats
2. Lick It Back - Winston Samuels
3. Death Rides A Horse - The Hippy Boys
4. Stagger Lee - Anonymously Yours
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

A deluxe 5 disc boxset with almost 100 recordings new to CD--these are the hits, artists, producers and labels that established Trojan as one of the greatest reggae labels of all time. The package includes:

• 123 tracks across five themed CDs, showcasing the hits, the artists, producers and labels as well as a disc of unreleased gems and rarities.

• 87 tracks new to CD. 69 of which are on CD for the first time, many unavailable since their original release in Jamaica, and 20 of which completely unreleased and unheard until now.

• 50 page book with a foreword from Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/The Special AKA). Telling the label’s history from its birth in the late 60s to its chart topping hey-day in the late 60s early 70s, right up to now. Embellished with original photography, memorabilia and other ephemera.

• 4 original reproduction double-sided postcards. Lovingly recreated, fliers, and original promotional material.

• Trojan Window Sticker.

• Plus exclusive 12 track bonus digital album (disc 6) when you register this box set with the Trojan Appreciation Society.

BBC Review

There was a time in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the UK top 40 was rarely without a couple of reggae singles - and, invariably, they were on Trojan. This five-CD box set affords the label appropriate veneration with a sumptuous package: a lavishly illustrated book telling the label's history; reproductions of original publicity postcards; a Trojan window sticker; and, of course, 123 of their finest tunes.

Curated by Trojan expert Laurence Cane-Honeysett, the set is driven by the label's narrative. While the hits - Liquidator, Return of Django, Red Red Wine and so on - are covered by disc one, three CDs go deeper to explore the themes Artists, Producers and Labels; and the final disc is devoted to Rarities.

The Artists disc is a virtual who's who of Jamaican music, although the song choices aren't always what might be expected. Dennis Brown's Meet Me at the Corner and U Roy's Black Heart are featured, alongside less-than-obvious cuts from Augustus Pablo, Gregory Isaacs and Lee Perry. The Producers set is equally star-studded, running through a roll call including Derrick Harriott, Bunny Lee, Harry J, Rupie Edwards, Phil Pratt, Byron Lee, Joe Gibbs and, naturally, Lee Perry again. UK producers are represented to: Joe Mansano, Lambert Briscoe and Webster Shrowder. The disc showcases tracks that, understandably, include a high proportion of instrumentals.

Because Trojan would so often give individual producers their own label, as the fourth CD runs through the myriad of imprints - Jackpot, Clandisc, High Note, Big Shot, Amalgamated etc - it naturally subdivides into producers, too. Not that this is a complaint about a tracklisting that includes Mash Up by The Mighty Diamonds, Rocking Chariot by Tommy McCook, Music Alone Shall Live by The Meditators, and Brett Dowe's Freedom Train. The Rarities collection is a real treasure trove - not only of unexpected versions (Double Barrel without Dave Barker; Gladstone Anderson's organ-led I Shot the Sheriff), but among the 22 previously unreleased tracks are jewels like Val Bennett's Where Did the Russians Go, Al Berry's I'm Not a King and Marcia Griffiths' My Love.

Importantly, The Story of Trojan Records lays waste to the notion the label never understood Rasta, as there are plenty of proto-roots tracks here. And that is just part of it demonstrating what enormous diversity there was within this music at the time.

--Lloyd Bradley

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Sept. 2011
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First off, I am not a proffessional music reviewer, I am just an ordinary music buyer. When I first heard about this set on David Rodigan's, now ended Radio 2 show, my ears pricked up. It is strange that as a teenager I loved Reggae music, especially the type that got played by Steve Barnard on BBC Radio London and Tony Curtis on BBC Radio Birmingham in the mid seventies. This set however is something very different. Yes, the first CD contains all the regular reggae favourites that most people who have heard of Trojan Records will kow and love. In fact, many appeared on a 25th anniversary 4 CD set, Celebration of Reggae which I got back in the nineties.

The other four discs have been an ear opener and have given me many hours of pleasure since my set arrived last Tuesday. I can't pass judgement on the sound quality, my ears are not up to that. However the content is varied and evokotive of the late sixties and early seventies sound that this set is intended to capture. If you do as others have suggested, and register with the Trojan Appreciation Society and stuff CD1 into you computer's CD ROM you can get a FREE bonus digital album of 12 rare tracks. So you get 135 tracks in all.

I noticed the smudgy cover and the tainted background of the booklet and even though I have eyesight problems it did not affect readability> I know I am being pedantic here, but I did spot a couple of spelling errors, words printed twice and they somehow managed to move Evesham into Wiltshire. But hey I am being picky. Actually, it really would have been the icing on the cake if they could have got someone like David Rodigan to have read the booklet and then put that audio version on a CD or made it available to registered users, just a thought.

All in all, a cracking collection that has nearly 7 hours of music of the finest quality for you to enjoy.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
UK released 29 August 2011 - "The Story Of Trojan Records" is a Book-Sized Box Set on Universal UMC/Sanctuary 2775354 (Barcode 602527753546) containing 123 tracks across 5 discs. 87 are new to CD and you can also use CD1 in your PC or MAC to register the set after purchase thereby entitling you to a further 12 tracks exclusive to download. This fabulous Box Set has been compiled by people with knowledge and a passion for their chosen brand of rhythmic poison - REGGAE. It breaks down as follows (all tracks are UK 7" singles unless otherwise noted)...

Disc 1: "25 Big Ones - UK Hits"
(Red & White Trojan Records CD Label, 25 from 1969 to 1974, 74:56 minutes)
1. The Return Of Django - THE UPSETTERS (January 169, Upsetter US-301)
2. Red Red Wine - TONY TRIBE (April 1969, Down Town DT-419)
3. Longshot Kick De Bucket - THE PIONEERS (August 1969, Trojan TR-672)
4. Liquidator - HARRY J ALL STARS (August 1969, Trojan TR-675)
5. Elizabethan Reggae - BORIS GARDNER & THE LOVE PEOPLE (September 1969, Treasure Isle TI-1205/Duke DU-39)
6. Wonderful World, Beautiful People - JIMMY CLIFF October 1969, Trojan TR-690)
7. Sweet Sensation - THE MELODIANS (December 1969, Trojan TR-695)
8. (To Be) Young, Gifted & Black - BOB & MARCIA (February 1970, Harry J HJ-6605)
9. Monkey Man - THE MAYTALS (February 1970, Trojan TR-7711)
10. Love Of The Common People - NICKY THOMAS (May 1970, Trojan TR-7750)
11. You Can Get It If You Really Want It - DESMOND DECKER (August 1970,Trojan TR-7777)
12. Double Barrel - DAVE & ANSEL COLLINS (August 1970, Techniques TE-901)
13. Black Pearl - HORACE FAITH (September 1970, Trojan TR-7790)
14. Rain - BRUCE RUFFIN (April 1971, Trojan TR-7814)
15. Pied Piper - BOB & MARCIA (May 1971, Trojan TR-7818)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SM_Funkateer on 6 Sept. 2011
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The specific boxset is one of the greatest reggae collection i've ever purchased with tons of unreleased tracks and rarities. Disc one includes some of the very best and well known records of Reggae Hits (actually big UK Hits), propably known to the most reggae music lovers. Though the best part follows within the next four discs which they contain hidden gems and unknown to the most people extremely rare songs from the vaults of Trojan Records.
I still listening to them but the conclusion till now is that we have to do with the boxset of the year;it surely deserves every pound to spend!

A small update:I noticed that the second track on disc 3 has a small gap at 2:23min.If you hear the track in stereo headphones, you notice it better.

ps:Don't forget to register you record on TrojanRecords site and claim a digital album with 12 reggae gems!
So, the total number of tracks is... 135! What a collection!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Wright VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2011
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Disc: 1
1. Return Of Django - The Upsetters
2. Red Red Wine - Tony Tribe
3. Long Shot Kick De Bucket - The Pioneers
4. Liquidator - Harry J Allstars
5. Elizabethan Reggae - Boris Gardiner, The Love People
6. Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
7. Sweet Sensation - The Melodians
8. Young Gifted And Black - Bob & Marcia
9. Monkey Man - The Maytals
10. Love Of The Common People - Nicky Thomas
11. You Can Get It If You Really Want - Desmond Dekker
12. Double Barrel - Dave Barker, Ansell Collins
13. Black Pearl - Horace Faith
14. Rain - Bruce Ruffin
15. Pied Piper - Bob & Marcia
16. Black And White - Greyhound
17. Monkey Spanner - Dave Barker, Ansell Collins
18. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah - The Pioneers
19. Moon River - Greyhound
20. Suzanne Beware Of The Devil - Dandy Livingstone
21. Big Seven - Judge Dread
22. Everything I Own - Ken Boothe
23. Help Me Make It Through The Night - John Holt
24. Crying Over You - Ken Boothe
25. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
Disc: 2
1. Stir It Up - Bob Marley & The Wailers
2. Sentimental Reasons - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
3. You Didn't Answer - The Ethiopians
4. Watermelon - The Maytals
5. Me Want Man - Max Romeo
6. Together - Delroy Wilson
7. Sha La La I Need You - The Pioneers
8. A Little Loving - Alton Ellis
9. Take Me - Bob & Marcia
10. How Do You Do It - Jackie Edwards & Del Davis
11. A Little Bit Of Soap - Jimmy Cliff
12. Stars - Lloyd Parks & Dennis Alcapone
13. French Connection - Lee Perry And The Upsetters
14. Meet Me At The Corner - Dennis Brown
15. Black Heart - U-Roy
16. Soul Sister - The Heptones
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