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Trojan Presents: Roots CD


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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B004WDPWUE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. None Shall Escape The JudgementJohnny Clarke 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Fire BurningBob Andy 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Curly LocksJunior Byles 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. HumanityTHE ROYAL RASSES 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Guess Who's Coming To DinnerMichael Rose 2:45Album Only
Listen  6. I And I Survive (Slavery Days)Burning Spear 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mr. CopGregory Isaacs 3:56Album Only
Listen  8. Tenement YardJacob Miller & Inner Circle 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prophecy Must FulfilJustin Hinds & The Dominoes 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dreadlocks In The MoonlightLee Perry 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jah Bring Us Joy In The MorningBobby Melody 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rockers Nuh CrackersSylford Walker 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Black Wa-Da-Da (Invasion)Jackie Edwards 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Two Sevens ClashCulture 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rainbow CountryBob Marley 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. War Ina BabylonThe Upsetters 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Wolf And LeopardDennis Brown 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Row Fisherman RowThe Congos 6:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. His Majesty Is ComingThe In Crowd 3:14Album Only
Listen20. Last War (Jah Jah Children Arise)Zap Pow 4:47Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sufferer's Time [feat. The Upsetters]The Heptones 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Wrong ThingsThe Congos 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chase The Devil / Devil DiscoThe Upsetters 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Roots Train Number OneJunior Murvin 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ballistic AffairLeroy Smart 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Set The Captives FreeGregory Isaacs 3:03Album Only
Listen  7. Standing FirmJacob Miller 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Same SongIsrael Vibration 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Peace And Love In The GhettoJohnny Clarke 3:49Album Only
Listen10. Tribal WarGeorge Nooks 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sons Of SlavesJunior Delgado 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Lift Up Your ConscienceIsrael Vibration 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Think SoThe Meditations 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Back A YardThe In Crowd 4:27Album Only
Listen15. Zion GateCulture 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Love MarijuanaLinval Thompson 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Children Of IsraelDennis Brown 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Lightning And ThunderBim Sherman 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Born FreeBlack Uhuru 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Bredda GraviliciousWailing Souls 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By L. Kelly on 3 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
An unashamedly populist collection of Jamaican roots reggae circa 1974-79; this release, with its ubiquitous tracks that seem to pop up everywhere, offers absolutely nothing new to reggae collectors and little for anyone who may own more than one Trojan box-set; but as an introductory sampler for the novice newcomer this is really quite impeccable, and is certainly the best all-round retrospective of the period Trojan have ever released. The reason this 2CD set is such a resounding success is that its superb track list features material licensed from other record labels (notice the familiar Island Records logo on the back cover). This album boasts pivotal tracks from Max Romeo, Leroy Smart, Burning Spear, The Congos and Culture; which when combined with Trojan's already heavyweight roster of roots classics (from Johnny Clarke, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Jacob Miller et al), makes this compilation a nearly-definitive account of the genre...or as near as a 2CD set is ever going to get.

Every major stylistic trait of the roots reggae era is covered on this album very satisfactorily: the shuffling, skanking early-reggae grooves (Junior Byles' "CURLY LOCKS"); the upbeat and exuberantly melodic (Bobby Melody's "JAH BRING I JOY"); the mystical, brooding and deep (Burning Spear's "INVASION"), the tough, militant "rockers" style (Leroy Smart's "BALLISTIC AFFAIR"); there's even some sublime examples of surreal dub remixing with The Congos' and Burning Spear tracks presented in their 6-minute extended versions with dub conclusions.

The mastering quality throughout is pretty-much faultless; though George Nooks' "TRIBAL WAR", seems to have a mix which only comes out of one channel (this is only a very noticeable problem while listening on headphones, however).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. C. Thackray on 8 Nov 2012
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I have other Trojan Presents - Dancehall, Djs, Lovers' Rock, Ragga, Foundation Dub - and I wasn't sure about purchasing "Roots", as I wasn't really sure what they would define as roots music; whereas I know what areas of reggae the other titles cover. However as I have been impressed with the other titles in my collection and I love the reggae genre I decided to add this one to my collection as well. And I am glad I did. This another excellently curated collection of soulful songs that, whilst being relatively commercial, do seem to fall between "Dancehall" and "Lovers' Rock" and hence warrant their own grouping. All the tracks, though not readily recognisable cross over hits, are of the straightforward pop/reggae type though with more substance in the lyrics and generally without reliance on simple hooks. I don't think there are any weak tracks here and a good time span has been covered. In all I would say if you like reggae but feel you have a fairly limited knowledge of it and want to venture "a little off the beaten track"(but not into any of the sub-genres), subsequently adding to your collection of reggae tunes then this is an excellent product for just that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun 2012
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Reggae is a bit of a specialist genre for me but when the right track comes on, it is the most delicious sound imaginable. Many in my position face the proposition of the same old tracks that seem to get regurgitated on each and every of the many Reggae compilations out there, of which I have 3 or 4.

Earnestly trying to get into a more authentic stream of reggae - the sort that reggae musicians might listen to, not what the pop-charts and record labels tell us to - I did some research on Amazon.

It is my understanding that Trojan is to reggae what Motown is to soul - a deeply respected movement in its own right. Therefore - and along with the other excellent review here on Amazon, I could do no wrong in purchasing this 40 track compilation - and for about a VERY reasonable fiver.

Since buying it, it hasn't been played as much as it should have, or deserves to be. A few tracks I have heard before and these are always welcome - Max Romeo's 'Chase the Devil' being an excellent example, but generally this is a solidly good and consistent couple of hours plus (I've not timed it) of mellow music that you can either really get into or just let melt away into the background.

Though I cannot (or pretend to) speak with any authority, on either reggae, nor Trojan, this double album really does speak of summer, IF we had a flipping summer in Britain to actually have!
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By frannieflute on 24 Jun 2014
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wow noce to hear this music again its a great record and great tracks and sure to cheer you up
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good sound quality and lots and lots of new (to me) stuff covering the roots of the genre. great value for money
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I grew up listening to the originals and those old 45 and 12ins are well scratched. Thanks Trojan for these classic originals. Doing my ironing is now pure pleasure!
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