Various artists album review
Trojan Soulful Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
10 - 09 - 2000

Tracking list

    Disc 1
  1. Tears Of A Clown-Chosen Few
  2. My Guy-Joy White
  3. You Keep Me Hanging On-Mike Dorane
  4. Let's Get It On-Ken Boothe
  5. I Second That Emotion-Chosen Few
  6. I Can't Get Next To You-Jay Boys
  7. It's All In The Game-Gaylads
  8. I'll Be There-Barry Biggs
  9. Touch Me In The Morning-John Holt
  10. Midnight Train To Georgia-Teddy Brown
  11. Ain't No Sunshine-Ken Boothe
  12. You Are My Everything-Chosen Few
  13. Since I Lost My Baby-Derrick Harriott & The Chosen Few
  14. One Bad Apple-Barry Biggs
  15. Living For The City-Pat Rhoden
  16. Just My Imagination-Lloyd Charmers
  17. Boogie On Reggae Woman-Pat Rhoden
   Disc 2
  1. Make It Reggae-Shark Wilson & The Basement Heaters
  2. Do It (Till Your Satisfied)-Soul Messengers
  3. Reggae Stuff-Matumbi
  4. Children Of The Night-Chosen Few
  5. Crowded City-Messengers
  6. Shaft-Chosen Few
  7. Ooh Child-Bruce Ruffin
  8. Stop The War Now-Lloyd Parks
  9. Law Of The Land-Matumbi
  10. Am I Black Enough-Chosen Few
  11. Brown Baby-Derrick Harriott
  12. Do Your Thing-Chosen Few
  13. Message From A Blackman-Derrick Harriott & The Chosen Few
  14. People Make The World Go Round-Chosen Few
  15. Breezin'-Mickie Chung
  16. Papa Was A Rolling Stone-Pioneers
    Disc 3
  1. Everybody Plays The Fool-Chosen Few
  2. Lean On Me-B.B.Seaton
  3. Break Up To Make Up-Leroy Sibbles
  4. Homely Girl-Inner Circle
  5. You're A Big Girl Now-Chosen Few
  6. If You Don't Know Me By Now-Zap Pow
  7. Me And Mrs Jones-Joe White
  8. Kung Fu Fighting-Lloyd Parks
  9. Have You Seen Her-Derrick Harriott & The Chosen Few
  10. Rock The Boat-Inner Circle
  11. Stoned In Love-Chosen Few
  12. You Make Me Feel Brand New-Boris Gardiner
  13. Love On A Two Way Street-Lewis Sisters
  14. Brother Louie-Matumbi
  15. In The Rain-Chosen Few
  16. T.S.O.P.-Inner Circle
  17. Love And Happiness-Al Brown
Rating : 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.

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