Various artists album review
Trojan Tighten Up Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set

Tracking list

    Disc 1
  1. The Untouchables - Tighten Up
  2. Joya Landis - Kansas City
  3. David Isaacs - A Place In The Sun
  4. George A. Penny - Win Your Love For Me
  5. Derrick Morgan - Fat Man
  6. The Kingstonians - Mix It Up
  7. The Uniques - Watch This Sound
  8. Rudy Mills - John Jones
  9. The Soul Sisters - Wreck A Buddy
  10. Clancy Eccles - Fattie Fattie
  11. The Bleechers - Come Into My Parlour
  12. The Soul Mates - Them A Laugh And A Kiki
  13. The Upsetters - Live Injection
  14. Dave Barker & The Upsetters - Shocks Of Mighy
  15. The G.G. All Stars - Man From Carolina
  16. The Kingstonians - Singer Man
  17. Ken Boothe - Freedom Street
   Disc 2
  1. Nora Dean - Barbwire
  2. Niney - Blood & Fire
  3. The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
  4. The Ethiopians - Selah
  5. The Maytals - One Eye Enos
  6. Judy Mowatt - I Shall Shing
  7. The Pioneers - Starvation
  8. Delroy Wilson - Better Must Come
  9. The Dynamics - Hello Mother
  10. Clancy Eccles - Rod Of Correction
  11. Bongo Herman & Bunny - Know Far I
  12. The Chosen Few - Shaft
  13. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Duppy Conqueror
  14. Ernie Smith - Pitta Patta
  15. Mikey Chung- Breezing
  16. Shorty - President Mash Up The Resident
    Disc 3
  1. The Harry J. All Stars - Down Side Up
  2. U Roy - Wet Vision
  3. Slim Smith - The Time Has Come
  4. Geoffrey Chung & The All Stars - U.F.O.
  5. Clancy Eccles - Be Faithful Darling
  6. Johnny Moore - Riot
  7. The Maytones - I Am Feeling Lonely
  8. Hubert Lee - Something On Your Mind
  9. The Mellotones - Haile Selassie
  10. Ken Boothe - Silver Words
  11. Bob Andy - You Don't Know
  12. Zappow - Nice Nice Time
  13. Tito Simon - You Can't Be Serious
  14. Paulette Williams - My Island
  15. Jimmy London - I'll Be Standing By
  16. The Heptones - Meaning Of Life
  17. The Messengers - Crowded City
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The Trojan 'Tighten Up' Box Set contains 50 tracks taken from the eight albums that made up the now legendary 'Tighten Up' series. Trojan Records dominated the UK Reggae market in the late sixties and early seventies. Between 1969 and 1974 they were very successful with over thirty singles in the British Pop Charts and of these, almost half made the top ten, with two reaching the number one spot. At one time the company decided to put together a budget-priced compilation album, although Ska, Rocksteady and early Reggae had always lent itself to the single format. The album featured some of the best sides to have been issued on the first 27 Trojan singles throughout 1968, and was entitled "Tighten Up", after the Perry produced Untouchables' favourite which opened the collection. It proved a winning formula, and following the huge popularity and enormous success Trojan Records went on to compile and release "Tighten Up" sets. Looking back, the impact of this series, and especially the earlier volumes, should not be underestimated as these albums introduced many white kids in the UK to Reggae music. Although the standards of the first compilation sets were not maintained for the entire series, there's no denying that these albums contained enough enjoyable and entertaining efforts that made them worth while checking out.
This triple cd set mainly gathers the best and most anticipated tracks from the 'Tighten Up' series. Included are such great tunes like Judy Mowatt's "I Shall Sing", Dave Barker's "Shocks Of Mighty", Clancy Eccles' scorcher "Rod Of Correction", Bongo Herman & Bunny's cultural delivery "Know Far I" and Bob Andy's wonderful "You Don't Know". Furthermore you can capture the soulful vocals of Ken Boothe in "Freedom Street", harmony group-outings of such great outfits like The Uniques and The Heptones and fine instrumentals from The Upsetters and Harry J. All Stars. Although this box set doesn't have a great deal that hasn't been released on readily available sets, it's still a treat to have them together.

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