The Best Of Trojan Rock Steady Vol. 1 - Various Artists on LP
First wave in a series of LPs celebrating the re-launch of Trojan Records in the US. During the long, hot summer of 1966, Jamaica’s national sound underwent a dramatic transformation, culminating in the rapid tempo of ska ultimately supplanted by the slower, more soulful sound of rock steady. The Best Of Trojan Rock Steady Vol. 1 collects 12 of the most influential records from the original rock steady era, performed by Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, The Upsetters and more!
Launched in the summer of 1968, Trojan dominated the UK reggae scene throughout the late sixties and early seventies, issuing the best new sounds that both Jamaican and British music makers had to offer. Between 1969 and 1975, the company released well over two thousand 7” singles, of which no less than 28 breached the UK Top 50 chart. During the same period, it issued some 300 albums, highlighting the latest Reggae chart toppers, such as Desmond Dekker, John Holt, Toots & the Maytals and Ken Boothe, along with music from lesser-known artists, whose number included future legends, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs.
Trojan’s astounding success during this period was instrumental in introducing reggae to a global audience and in so doing provided the foundations upon which Jamaican music has since been able to develop and prosper. Today, more than four decades after its launch, Trojan remains one of the most iconic music labels in the world, continually attracting new fans with its vast catalog of music that encompasses a wide range of styles from sixties ska and rock steady to the more recent sounds of roots, dub, lovers rock and dancehall.
The Best Of Trojan Rock Steady Vol. 1 Track Listing:
1. Rock Steady - Alton Ellis & The Flames
2. 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
3. Ba Ba Boom - The Jamaicans
4. Stop That Train - Keith & Tex
5. My Conversation - The Uniques
6. Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians
7. The Tide Is High - The Paragons
8. (I Am) The Upsetter - Lee Perry
9. The Loser - Derrick Harriott
10. Perfidia - Phyllis Dillon
11. Hard To Confess - The Gaylads
12. Return Of Django - The Upsetters