The Trojan Story 3LP & Book Box Set

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Historic Collection Of Jamaican Music On 3LP Box Set!
Featuring Lee Perry, The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff & More!

One of the most significant collections in Trojan's immense catalog, 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 Livingstone, Webster Shrowder, Des Bryan 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 and Zinn relate the stories behind the release life at Trojan in the '60s and early '70s and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.

It is without hyperbole to say that without the existence of Trojan Records, the last 50 years of U.K. music would not at all be the same. Rob Bell's label tapped into the hunger for reggae, ska and rocksteady from both the growing West Indian population and the white hipsters enraptured by the music's bounce and groove. Trojan fed them dozens of 45s and compilations featuring the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and the Maytals. They proved enormously influential on the men and women that would form groups like the Selecter, UB40 and Matumbi. And as those acts garnered worldwide acclaim, compilations like The Trojan Story, originally released in 1971, spread the good word even farther. This welcome reissue of that collection fleshes out the story even more with extensive liner notes delving into the story of each track and some crucial memories from Bell himself. At the same time, this pressing is incredibly noisy. To be fair, the original version was, in part, mastered by using vinyl drops of the singles being compiled. So having the sound diminished that much further on this new edition is forgivable. And the joy of having all this amazing material in one easy to use set cannot be understated. I'll suffer through a bit of surface noise to hear the Three Tops' 'It's Raining' and Lynn Taitt's 'Way of Life' whenever I care to.
-Robert Ham, Paste Magazine


  • 3LP Box Set
  • Original Artwork
  • 50-Page Illustrated Booklet - Commentary by Rob Bell & Rusty Zinn
  • Housed in a 12"x12" hardback book
  • Manufactured in the Czech Republic


LP 1

Side A:
  1. Invitation To Jamaica - Lord Tanamo
  2. Fat Man - Derrick Morgan
  3. Tell Me Darling - Jackie Edwards
  4. Running Around - Owen Gray
  5. Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff
  6. Housewives' Choice - Derrick And Patsy
  7. Give Me All Your Love - The Continentals
  8. Darling Patricia - Owen Gray
Side B:
  1. Rough And Tough - Stranger Cole
  2. Man To Man - Kentrick Patrick
  3. Uno-Dos-Tres - Stranger & Ken
  4. Slow Boat - Al T. Joe
  5. Rude Boy - Duke Reid's Group
  6. Gone Is Yesterday - Higgs & Wilson
  7. I'm In The Mood For Ska - Lord Tanamo
  8. Virginia Ska - The Baba Brooks Band
  9. Satan - Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

LP 2

Side A:
  1. One Eyed Giant - Baba Brooks & His Band
  2. Every Night - Joe White and Chuck
  3. King Size - Baba Brooks & His Band
  4. Syncopate - The Astronauts
  5. Keep The Pressure On - Winston & George
  6. Oh Babe - The Techniques
  7. Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians
  8. Rudy, A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone
Side B:
  1. Dreader Than Dread - Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
  2. It's Raining - The Three Tops
  3. The Whip - The Ethiopians
  4. Pretty Africa - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  5. Rock Steady - Alton Ellis & The Flames
  6. Rock Steady Train - Ewan & Jerry
  7. King Without A Throne - Sugar Simone
  8. Perfidia - Phyllis Dillon

LP 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 'Scratch' Perry
  6. I've Got To Get You Off My Mind - The Tennors
  7. Do The Reggay- The Maytals
  8. Nana - The Slickers
Side B:
  1. Tell Me Baby - Delano Stewart
  2. Mama Look Deh - The Reggae Boys
  3. Hong Kong Flu - The Ethiopians
  4. Pressure Drop - The Maytals
  5. Them A Laugh And A Ki Ki - The Soul Mates
  6. Walking In The Rain - The Melodians
  7. Satisfaction - Carl Dawkins
  8. Black And White - The Maytones
  9. Rasta Never Fails - The Charmers

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