Various artists album review
Trojan Ska Box Set Volume 2 ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
27 - 05 - 2000

Tracking list

    Disc 1
  1. Derrick Morgan - The Hop
  2. Don Drummond - Dragon Weapon
  3. Raymond Harper & The Carib Beats - Discipline
  4. Lloyd Robinson & Glen Brown - Too Late
  5. Laurel Aitken - Hey Bartender
  6. Lee Perry - What A Good Woodman
  7. Winston Samuels - My Bride To Be
  8. Lord Tanamo - You Belong To My Heart
  9. Derrick Harriott - Derrick !
  10. Ewan McDermott & The Vibrators - Sinners Got A Moaning Heart
  11. The Riots - Yeah Yeah
  12. Jackie Estick - Daisy I Love You
  13. The Sounds - Shufflin'
  14. The Dreamletts - Really Now
  15. Baba Brooks & His Band - Girl's Town Ska
  16. The Silvertones - True Confession
  17. Lord Creator - Hurry Up
   Disc 2
  1. Lord Tanamo - Mattie Rag
  2. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Out Of Space
  3. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - The Ark
  4. Baba Brooks & His Band - Blues
  5. Stranger Cole & Ken Boothe - Uno Dos Tres
  6. The Maytals - Let's Jump
  7. Amos Clarke - Chatty Chatty Woman
  8. Don Drummond - Garden Of Love
  9. Clive & Naomi - You Are Mine
  10. Blues Blenders - The Girl Next Door
  11. Eric Morris - Penny Reel
  12. Roy Shirley & Ken Boothe - Calling
  13. Derrick Morgan - Don't Call Me Daddy
  14. Lyn Taitt & The Comets - Tender Loving Care
  15. Horrell Dawkins - Butterfly
  16. Ewan McDermott & The Vibrators - Don't Bring Me Your Dreams
    Disc 3
  1. Lord Tanamo - If You Were Mine
  2. Val bennett & His Selected Group - Atlas
  3. Derrick Morgan - Look Before You Leap
  4. Don Drummond - Man In The Street
  5. Frank Cosmo - My Days Are Lonely
  6. Raymond Harper & The Carib Beats - Yours
  7. The Skatalites - Street Corner
  8. Lee Perry - Give Me Justice
  9. Owen Gray - Darling Patricia
  10. Roland Alphonso - On The Move
  11. Jackie Estick - The Ska
  12. Granville Williams Orchestra - Honky Tonk Ska
  13. Desmond Dekker & The Cherry Pies - King Of Ska
  14. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Ska Jam
  15. Derrick Harriott - Monkey Ska
  16. Lloyd Brevett - Wayward Ska
  17. Ewan McDermott & Primo Davidson - Candy Ska
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

UK based Trojan Records continues to release "limited edition" triple cd box sets, which happen to be nicely packaged selections coming out of their extensive vaults. This compilation picks up where the previous volume left off, featuring 50 vintage recordings from the late fifties and early sixties, performed by an array of vocal and instrumental talent.
In the late fifties the sound operators on the island started producing their own music using local singers and musicians. Initially, producers relied upon the limited facilities available at the handful of small basis recording studios scattered around Kingston, but in response to the increase in demand, more sophisticated set-ups such as those ate Federal and later W.I.R.L. were soon created. At first records were pressed in limited numbers, but as demand to make them widely available grew producers like Duke Reid, Coxsone Dodd and Prince Buster started selling them directly to the Jamaican public.
The early releases had little to distinguish them from American R&B, but as time went by the off-beat became increasingly accentuated by the rhythm section, eventually creating a shuffle style known as 'Jamaican Boogie' or 'Blues Beat'. Over the ensuing months the trend continued until the music became ska which was to dominate the island's music scene untill the summer of 1966 when ska was finally supplanted by the slower, more lilting style of rocksteady.
Featured here are household names like Don Drummond -Man In The Street, Dragon Weapon-, Baba Brooks -Girl's Town Ska-, Derrick Harriott -Monkey Ska, Derrick !, Lord Tanamo -Mattie Rag, If You Were Mine, You Belong To My Heart-, along a number of lesser known artists with tunes appearing for the first time on compact disc.
This box set is a wonderful collection of classic ska tunes from way back !

Teacher & Mr. T.