Various artists album review
Trojan Ska Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
27 - 10 - 1998
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3/4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3||Sleeve : 3/4|
Throughout the 50s by far the most popular music among Jamaican audiences was the hard hitting New Orleans style of R & B, as performed by artists such as Smiley Lewis, Roy Brown and Fats Domino. As a result of a number of events -the popularity of the jukebox, the switch to more polished sounds, and direct import of singles from the US- the soundsystems started creating the music themselves. Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd turned their hands to producing home-grown talent, emphasizing the back beat. The music evolved from Jamaican Boogie (or Blues Beat) into Ska. Until the blistering spring of 1966 the island rocked to the driving riddims of Ska. During that summer the tempo of ska decreased and the music transmutated into an entirely new genre called Rocksteady.|
This box set contains 50 tracks -not all of them ska tunes !-, and present some of the highlights of the genre such as Lord Tanamo's ska anthem I'm In The Mood For Ska, The Skatalites' all time classic Guns Of Navarone, Derrick Morgan's Blazing Fire, Train To Skaville and Free Man by the Ethiopians, the much versioned Sammy No Dead by Clancy Eccles, Miss Jamaica by a young Jimmy Cliff, Justin Hinds' Carry Go Bring Come, Roland Alphonso's immortal Phoenix City and Desmond Dekker's 007 Shanty Town.
Next to these well known tunes the collection comprises lesser known outings by Justin Hinds -Over The River, the humorous Open The Door by Clive & Naomi, the Leslie Kong produced pre-rocksteady tune Rudie Gets Plenty, One Eyed Giant by Baba Brooks and the jazzy Blackberry Brandy performed by Roland Alphonso.
The 50 recordings on this set provide a fine overview of the ska years and will ensure that the popularity of ska remains on the ascendant for many years to come.