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