Various artists album review
Trojan Instrumentals Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
27 - 03 - 1999

Tracking list

    Disc 1
  1. Harry J. All Stars - Liquidator
  2. The Crystallites - James Ray
  3. The Hippy Boys - Capo
  4. Lyn Taitt & The Jets - Napoleon Solo
  5. Joe Gibbs & The Love Generation - Fat Dog
  6. Baba Brooks - One Eyed Giant
  7. G.G. All Stars - Champion
  8. Herman Maquis - Tom's Version
  9. Lester Sterling - Tribute To King Scratch
  10. Augustus Pablo - East Of The River Nile
  11. Don Drummond - Eastern Standard Time
  12. John "Dizzy" Moore - Reflections Of Don D
  13. Los Cabbeleros Orchestra - Make Yourself Comfortable
  14. Tommy McCook & His Band - The Rooster
  15. Lloyd Chambers - In The Spirit
  16. Val Bennett - Tons Of Gold
  17. The Upsetters - For A Few Dollars More
   Disc 2
  1. Val Bennett - The Russians Are Coming (Take Five)
  2. Boris Gardiner - Scarface
  3. Carl "Cannonball" Bryan - Soul Scorcher
  4. Winston Wright - Top Secret
  5. The Upsetters - Return To Django
  6. Roy Richards - Contact
  7. Baba Brooks - Guns Fever
  8. J.J. All Stars - Memphis Underground
  9. The Hippy Boys - The Hippy's Are Here
  10. Neville Hinds - Tit For That
  11. Roland Alphonso - El Torro
  12. Lloyd Charmers - Death A Come
  13. Tommy McCook - The Saint
  14. Harry J. All Stars - My Cherie Amour
  15. Lyn Tait & The Jets - El Casino Royale
  16. The Crystallites - Bombshell
    Disc 3
  1. The Upsetters - Clint Eastwood
  2. Carl Bryan - Way Of Life
  3. Winston Wright - Heads Or Tails
  4. The Silverstars - Last Call
  5. Roland Alphoso - El Pussy Cat Ska
  6. Boris Gardiner - Memories Of Love
  7. The Blenders - Decimal Currency
  8. Tommy McCook - Eight Years After
  9. Val Bennett - Jumping With Mr. Lee
  10. The Beverly All Stars - The Monster
  11. Baba Brooks - Seven Guns Alive
  12. The Hippy Boys - Cloud Burst
  13. Gladdy Anderson & Lyn Taitt & The Jets - Love Me Forever
  14. Harry J. All Stars - Don't Let Me Down
  15. Don Drummond - Green Island
  16. G.G. All Stars - Barabus
  17. The Crystallites- Stop That Man
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4

Instrumental releases have always been very popular among the Jamaican record buying public. Especially in the sixties and early seventies - a time when the sounds of ska, rocksteady and early reggae played a dominating role in Jamaican music - non-vocal records were in demand. "Trojan Instrumentals Box Set" is a fine three-cd sampler that collects the work of some of the great virtuosos and instrumental groups from this hugely creative and productive period, which still inspires producers and musicians today regarding the many reworked riddims that find their origin in the aforementioned period.
Influential musicians like Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond (all three founder members of the original Skatalites) and Augustus Pablo are represented with some noteworthy contributions. But also saxofonist Val Bennett, bassist Boris Gardiner, organist Lloyd Charmers and trumpeter Johnny "Dizzy" Moore deliver some of their finest efforts. When it comes to instrumental groups it is sometimes hard to find out "who's who" as the line-up of these outfits not only could change from time to time, but also got different names depending on the producer they worked with. Take for example the Dynamites (the core consisting of Gladdy Anderson, Hux Brown, Jackie Jackson, Winston Grennon, Neville Hinds and Wallace Wilson) who were respectively credited as Beverley's All Stars (Leslie Kong), Harry J. All Stars (Harry Johnson), G.G. All Stars ( Alvin Ranglin) and The Upsetters (Lee Perry). It becomes even more confusing when we draw in the Hippy Boys (with brothers Aston Familyman Barrett and Carlton Barrett), who also had issued their material as The Upsetters.
However, these are details... so let us stick to the most important thing which is their excellent musicianship as can be witnessed by listening to this very enjoyable set of instrumentals !

Teacher & Mr. T.