Various artists album review
Trojan Soulful Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
10 - 09 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 3/4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
Trojan Records continues to release "limited edition" triple cd box sets, which happen to be nicely packaged selections coming out of their extensive vaults.|
In the late sixties/early seventies the influence of 'the sound of soul' from the US had an enormous impact on the Jamaican music industry. Perhaps this was partly due to the American civil rights movement, which inspired songs of black awareness. However the main reason for covering successful soul tunes was the fact that the Jamaican audience was extremely fond of these tunes, resulting in high sales. This box set collects the tunes from that time which were inspired by the soul movement in the US.
The first disc concentrates on the releases issued by the Tamla motown stable. Derrick Harriot and Lloyd Charmers became leading producers within that genre, and the band that recorded most of these tunes was The Chosen Few, but artists like Barry Biggs, Ken Boothe and John Holt also enjoyed enormous chart suscesses with their renditions of soul classics.
The other two discs feature tunes with a slighty heavier sound. The unmistakable sound of James Brown is covered on Make It Reggae, a rendition of Brown's 'Make It Funky'. Following in similar vein is The Soul Messengers' Do It, and one of the best UK based bands of that time, Matumbi with Reggae Stuff. Other Matumbi tunes found here are the dance orientated Funky Stuff and the Tempations cover Law Of The Land. An historically important tune is Derrick Harriott's Message From A Blackman, and the same goes for the Chosen Few's Am I Black Enough.