Archive for the Trojan Category

Linval Thompson ‎– She Is Mad With Me / Stop Your War (1979)

Posted in Linval Thompson, Trojan with tags , on March 27, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Thompson was raised in Kingston, Jamaica, but spent time with his mother in Queens, New York, and his recording career began around the age of 20 with the self-released ‘No Other Woman,’ recorded in Brooklyn, New York. Returning to Jamaica in the mid 1970s he recorded with Phil Pratt, only to return to New York to study engineering. … Although he continued to work as a singer, he became increasingly prominent as a producer, working with key artists of the late roots and early dancehall era such as Dennis Brown, Cornell Campbell, The Wailing Souls, Barrington Levy and Trinity, with releases through Trojan Records as well as his own Strong Like Sampson and Thompson Koos record labels. …”
Midnight Raver
YouTube: She Is Mad With Me

Prince Of Darkness – Burial Of Long Shot (1969)

Posted in Ska, Trojan with tags , on June 16, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Burial Of Long Shot

Ken Booth – Everything I own (1974)

Posted in Ken Boothe, Trojan with tags , on May 7, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

You sheltered me from harm
Kept me warm, kept me warm
You gave my life to me
Set me free, set me free
The finest years I ever knew
Was all the years I had with you
YouTube: Everything I own

Dennis Alcapone – My Voice Is Insured for Half a Million Dollars (1970 – 1973)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dennis Alcapone, DJ, Duke Reid, Trojan, U-Roy, Winston "Niney" Holness with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Consisting of tracks recorded between 1970 and 1973, when the young DJ was at the peak of his popularity, this album remains the single best summation of Dennis Alcapone’s art. It’s true that his style owed a deep debt to U Roy, but he managed to improve on his lyricism and melodic interest; although Alcapone was primarily a ‘chatter’ in the established tradition, he frequently lapsed into singing and was also known for his strange whoops and yelps. My Voice has been reissued by Trojan before, but this issue ups the ante considerably by adding ten bonus tracks to the original program. Highlights are numerous and include the spectacular ‘Musical Alphabet,’ ‘Joe Frazier Round 2′ (which continues a popular topic for DJs of the period), and most of all, his brilliant DJ cuts on the Ethiopians’ classic ‘Selah’ (titled ‘Rocking to Ethiopia’) and Augustus Pablo’s deathless instrumental ‘Java’ (‘Mava’). Of course, he’s helped considerably by the consistently high quality of the rhythm tracks, which came to him courtesy of such top producers as Duke Reid, Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, and Bunny Lee. This album should be considered an essential part of any serious reggae collection.”

YouTube: Dennis Alcapone & The Dubcats – Cassius Clay – 29 Oct 2011 – Boss Sounds Festival
YouTube: My Voice Is Insured for Half a Million Dollars, Pop a Version, Fever Teaser, Power Version, Rocking to Ethiopia, Cassius Clay & Joe Frazier (Round 2), Jungle Of Crime, Fine Style, Mava

Nora Dean – Barbwire (1970)

Posted in Byron Smith, Duke Reid, Ska, Treasure Isle, Trojan with tags , , , , on July 8, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In 1967, The Techniques had lamented to their beloved ‘You Don’t Care’ across one of their biggest hits. Maybe their girl didn’t care, but Nora Dean certainly did. She met a boy the other day and he was just full of surprises, as she innocently explains to her mother. This wasn’t the singer’s first venture into rude reggae, but even so, Dean has a tough time delivering her innuendos with a straight face, which is one of the many delights of this single. Overseen by Byron Smith, and cut at Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle studio, ‘Barbwire’ uses the riddim from The Techniques’ smash, which explains why on occasion Reid is given credit (the single was also released on Sonia Pottinger’s High Note label, which saw her grab a piece of the production pie as well). Released in 1970 at the height of the rude reggae boom, this remains the most popular of all Dean’s singles, and was equally feted in Britain, so much so, it was included on the Trojan label’s third Tighten Up compilation. Her disingenuous confusion on just what was down that boy’s pants is a hoot, and twinned with an equally masterful riddim, “Barbwire” snagged reggae fans near and far.”

YouTube: Barbwire

King Tubby’s Special 1973-1976 (1989)

Posted in DJ, Dub, King Tubby, The Aggrovators, Trojan, U-Roy, Winston "Niney" Holness with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This two-disc set brings together some of the finest dub mixes ever produced by the legendary King Tubby. The first disc compiles 13 tracks played by the Observer All Stars and originally produced by Winston ‘Niney’ Holness; the second consists of 17 cuts by the Aggrovators (produced by Bunny Lee) and includes the collection’s title track, a DJ talk-over featuring the great U-Roy. King Tubby’s approach to dub was always distinctive; his mixes are distinguished by a touch that is sweet sounding and endlessly creative, balancing innovation with respect for the original even during the most drastic deconstruction of a song. And unlike some other dub producers, Tubby generally left swatches of the vocal line in place, dropping it in and out of the mix and applying dirty analog echo, sometimes subtly changing the lyrical focus. This collection’s unusually helpful liner notes will assist interested listeners in finding original versions of many of the tracks. A truly essential dub collection.”

“A highly regarded set for old school dub fans in general and King Tubby fans in particular, King Tubby’s Special is a 2-CD set, the first being a re-release of a 1975 Niney the Observer album (name withheld due to the fact that I don’t know it) mixed by Tubby and the second a collection of Bunny Lee productions from 1974 to 1976. The first disc features as its core dubs a few tunes from Dennis Brown, with whom Niney forged his most successful partnership.”
Reggae Reviews

YouTube: King Tubby’s Special 1973-1976 (Full Album / Both Disks) – A1 Rebel Dance A2 Cassanova Dub A3 Silver Bullet A4 Rasta Locks A5 Dubbing With The Observer A6 Sir Nineys Rock B1 Jam Down B2 Parade Dub B3 Youth Man B4 Turntable Dub B5 Corn Man B6 Mister D. Brown Skank B7 Rema Dub C1 King Tubby’s Special Featuring — U-Roy C2 Another Version C3 Straight To Brad’s Head From New York C4 Dancing Version C5 Straight To Trojan Head C6 Straight To The Boy Niney Head C7 Gorgon Speaks Version C8 I Trim The Barber D1 More Warning D2 A Rougher Version D3 Straight To Babylon Boy’s Head D4 Straight To The Capitalist Head D5 Cool Down Version D6 Cool Down Version D7 A Serious Version D8 Crisp Version D9 King Tubby’s Special (Reprise) Featuring — U-Roy

Duke Reid

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, DJ, Duke Reid, Ska, Treasure Isle, Trojan with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Duke Reid was one of the founding fathers of the Jamaican music business, perhaps second in importance only to his chief rival, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, both as a record producer and entrepreneur. Much like Dodd, Reid started his career in music as a DJ, then a sound system owner, then a label head (most notably of Trojan and Treasure Isle), then a highly accomplished producer who masterminded some of the greatest Jamaican music of the ’60s. His career spanned the earliest days of ska to the rocksteady era, and on through the early ’70s, when he helped lay the groundwork for the DJ/toaster era. In his prime, Reid cut a striking, flamboyant profile and was notorious for his tough-guy persona, the product of his previous career as a policeman. He usually carried a loaded revolver and ammunition belt, all prominently displayed, and sometimes a hand grenade or a machete for extra effect. His business tactics could be similarly hard-nosed, but Reid was no mere thug; his genuine skill as a producer remains the cornerstone of his legacy, in particular his work during rocksteady’s heyday.”

“Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid CD (1915–1975) was a Jamaican record producer, DJ and label owner. He ran one of the most popular sound systems of the 1950s called Duke Reid’s the Trojan after the British-made trucks used to transport the equipment. In the 1960s, Reid founded record label Treasure Isle, named after his liquor store, that produced ska and rocksteady music. He was still active in the early 1970s, working with toaster U-Roy. He died in early 1975 after having suffered from a severe illness for the last year. … He made his way into the music industry first as a sound system (outdoor mobile discothèque) owner, promoter and disc jockey. He quickly overtook Tom the Great Sebastian and his sound system as the most popular sound system in Jamaica. Soon he was also sponsor and presenter of a radio show, Treasure Isle Time. A jazz and blues man at heart, Reid chose ‘My Mother’s Eyes’ by Tab Smith as his theme tune. Other favourites of his included Fats Domino, a noticeable influence on the early Reid sound.”

“… Wanting music to attract customers, the Duke arranged through a sponsorship deal to host his own radio show ‘Treasure Isle Time’. The people would listen to the latest American R&B tunes on 78rpm, interspersed with liquor deals going down at his store. This in time would lead to the starting of his own Sound System, where he could take his liquor to the dances via his Trojan truck. He used a large van to transport this equipment around Jamaica to dance halls and open air events. Due to the nature of the van it became known as the Trojan. With shouts of ‘Here comes the Trojan’, Duke Reid’s now named Trojan Sound System was born. It proved such a success that he was crowned King of Sound and Blues three years in a row 1956, 1957 and 1958. 1958 also saw the store which was out growing itself, move to its legendary premises, 33 Bond Street, as Treasure Isle Recording Studio. Duke Reid was a formidable character in the music business. His guns from his policing days were ever present and always on show, striking a menacing cord.”

YouTube: Sweet Lorna, Judge Sympathy, Caught You, Stolen Stolen, Pink lane shuffle, The Joker, Duke’s Cookies, Soul Style, Sunday Walking, Our Man Flint, Bawling People, Moody Dub, Man May Go Man May Come, What Makes Honey