Monday, 4 June 2018
Trojan Original Reggae
Just as all this Trojan series are, this album of 60s/70s reggae classics is wonderfully remastered, the songs are as good as I have heard them. Check out "Sweet Sensation" as proof.
This compilation takes over where "Trojan Classic Reggae - The Sound Of Jamaica" left off. Many of the tracks I would have liked to have seen on that album are on here - every schoolboys' favourite "Wet Dream" by Max Romeo; the mighty "Pressure Drop" from Toots & The Maytals; the beautiful, uplifting "Sweet Sensation" by The Melodians; The Slickers' excellent "Johnny Too Bad"; Lord Creator's lovely "Kingston Town"; Nicky Thomas's inspirational "Love Of The Common People"; also the same artist's "Have A Little Faith"; Eric Donaldson's "Cherry Oh Baby" and The Heptones' "Book Of Rules". All great stuff. Lesser known but killer cuts are the skanking "Bangarang" by Stranger Cole, "Cuss Cuss" by Lloyd Robinson and the soulful "Everybody Needs Love" by Slim Smith. Ken Boothe's "Freedom Street" is also a favourite of mine and there is also Bob Marley's original cut of "Duppy Conqueror". Lorna Bennett's "Lovers Rock" groove of "Breakfast In Bed" is excellent, too.
Many more, of course, from the ska/bluebeat/rocksteady years to the commercial pop reggae of the 1970s. An essential compilation. If you want some more from the same era, but slightly more obscure, try Trojan's "Boss Reggae" compilation.