The Trojan Story 50th Anniversary Box set (3LP) Trojan Records

One of the most significant collections in Trojan’s immense catalogue, the ‘The Trojan Story’ album dramatically changed the perception of Jamaican music among the general British public outside of the country’s Afro-Caribbean population. Prior to its release in 1971 there had never been an attempt to present a comprehensive anthology of the island’s musical development, with vintage ska, rock steady and reggae widely regarded as obsolete and of precious little merit. The treble disc set, which became an instant best-seller, had been the brainchild of Trojan’s label manager and Black Music fan, Rob Bell, who, assisted by Trojan stalwarts, Dandy, Webster Shrowder and Joe Sinclair, produced arguably the most significant Jamaican music retrospectives of all time. Now, 50 years following its original release, this hugely influential album has been revisited by Bell, along with reggae musician, Rusty Zinn, who have succeeded in improving what was already an almost perfect collection. Presented in the original eye-catching artwork, the set is further enhanced by a highly illustrated 50-page booklet in which Bell relates the stories behind the release and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.
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Tracklisting - 

Disc: 1. Side A

  1. Invitation to Jamaica - Lord Tanamo & Charlie Binger's Six
  2. Fat Man - Derrick Morgan & Smith's Sextet
  3. Tell Me Darling - Wilfred 'Jackie' Edwards & The Caribs
  4. Running Around - Owen Gray & The Kenneth Richard Band
  5. Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff & The Beverley's All Stars
  6. Housewives Choice (with The Beverley's All Stars) - Derrick & Patsy
  7. Give Me All Your Love - The Continentals
  8. Darling Patricia - Owen Gray & The Beverley's All Stars

Disc: 1. Side B

  1. Rough and Tough (Ruff and Tuff) - Stranger Cole & Duke Reid's Band
  2. Man to Man - Lord Creator & Randy's All Stars
  3. Eunodus (Uno-Dos-Tres) [with The Baba Brooks Band] - Stranger Cole & Ken Boothe
  4. Slow Boat - Al T. Joe
  5. Rude Boy - Roland Alphonso & Duke Reid's Group
  6. Gone Is Yesterday (with The Baba Brooks Band) - Joe Higgs & Roy Wilson
  7. I'm In the Mood for Love - Lord Tanamo
  8. Ska Virginia (Virginia Ska) - The Baba Brooks Band
  9. Satan (with Baba Brooks & His Band) - Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

Disc: 2. Side A

  1. One Eyed Giant - The Baba Brooks Band
  2. Every Night - Joe White, Chuck Joseph & Baba Brooks and His Recording Band
  3. King Size - Baba Brooks and His Recording Band
  4. Syncopate - The Astronauts
  5. Keep the Pressure On (with The Beverley's All Stars) - Winston Weir & George Agard
  6. Oh Babe (Sick and Tired) - The Techniques
  7. Train to Skaville (with The Supersonics) - The Ethiopians
  8. Rudy, a Message to You - Dandy

Disc: 2. Side B

  1. Dreader Than Dread (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) - Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
  2. It's Raining (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) - The Three Tops
  3. The Whip (with Lyn Taitt & The Jets) - The Ethiopians
  4. Pretty Africa (with The Beverley's All Stars) - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  5. Rock Steady (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) - Alton Ellis & The Flames
  6. Rock Steady Train (with The Carib Beats) - Ewan & Jerry
  7. King Without a Throne - Sugar Simone
  8. Perfidia (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) - Phyllis Dillon

Disc: 3. Side A

  1. Musical Train - Roy Shirley
  2. Do the Beng Beng - Derrick Morgan
  3. Way of Life - Lyn Taitt & The Jets
  4. Second Fiddle - Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
  5. People Funny Boy - Lee 'King' Perry
  6. I've Got to Get You Off My Mind (Cleopatra) - The Tennors
  7. Do the Reggay - The Maytals
  8. Nana (Na Na) - The Slickers

Disc: 3. Side B

  1. Tell Me Baby - Delano Stewart
  2. Mama Look Deh (feat. The Blenders) - The Reggae Boys
  3. Hong Kong Flu - The Ethiopians
  4. Pressure Drop - The Maytals
  5. Them a Laugh an a Kiki (Them a Laugh and a Kiki ) - The Soulmates
  6. Walking in the Rain - The Melodians
  7. Satisfaction - Carl Dawkins
  8. Black and White - The Maytones
  9. Rasta Never Fails - The Charmers

Label: Trojan Records

Format: 3xLP Boxset with 50 Page booklet.

Date of Release: 18/06/2021

Technical specifications

Brand Trojan Records
Condition New
Weight 0.85kg