Original Riddims
Trojan Records
October 17, 2006

Track list
  1. Ali Baba - John Holt
  2. Cuss Cuss - Lloyd Robinson
  3. The Drifter - Dennis Walks
  4. Slaving - Lloyd Parks
  5. Under Me Sleng Teng - Wayne Smith
  6. Revolution - Dennis Brown
  7. Stalag 17 - Ansel Collins
  8. You Don't Care - The Techniques
  9. My Conversation - Slim Smith & The Uniques
  10. Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
  11. Everyday Wondering - Johnny Clarke
  12. Gunshot - Anthony Johnson
  13. Bam Bam - The Maytals with Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
  14. Ba Ba Boom - The Jamaicans
  15. Solomon - Derrick Harriott
  16. The Lecture - Jo Jo Bennett & The Fugitives
  17. Three Blind Mice - Leo Graham
  18. I Can't Hide - Ken Parker
  19. Stealing, Stealing - John Holt
  20. Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians
  21. Queen Majesty - The Techniques
  22. Take Five (aka The Russians Are Coming) - Val Bennett
  23. Tonight - Keith And Tex
  24. Bangarang - Stranger Cole & Lester Sterling
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5
Trojan's release "Original Riddims" - subtitled 24 of Reggae's most sampled cuts - brings together two-dozen of some of the most popular and influential ska, rocksteady and reggae tracks ever to have seen issue. These tunes are still relevant to the music of today, as they are being versioned over and over again, some for more than 4 decades now!

Lloyd Robinson's 'Cuss Cuss' riddim has been reworked recently by the Riddim Twins Sly and Robbie for their Taxi imprint, check out Junior Kelly's wicked cut on it! Some ten years back producer Barry O'Hare used the 'Bangarang' riddim in full effect, while his friend Bobby 'Digital' Dixon produced several fine pieces across the 'Solomon' and 'The Lecture' riddims, here you'll find the originals!

Probably one of the most enduring riddim ever has to be 'Stalag'. When it was released in the early 70's producer Winston Riley never would have thought it would have such an impact on reggae music. Slim Smith's 'My Conversation' riddim was the first to inspire the popular one riddim album. Also a very BIG riddim is 'Under Mi Sleng Teng'. Here's the original Wayne Smith piece, which caused a sensation in the dance halls when it was released in 1985. It's this tune that, all by itself, gave Jamaican music a new direction. In the first wave of hits there were over 200 versions on the riddim!

This set is filled with all of those riddims you will probably have heard somewhere or sometime and we're sure that this 24 track album will appeal to a cross section of fans - lovers of old school reggae, those into more contemporary sounds, and even the casual buyer interested in sampling some of the greatest and most important Jamaican records ever released.