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