The Best Of Trojan Ska Vol. 1 - Various Artists on LP
First wave in a series of LPs celebrating the re-launch of Trojan Records in the US. The national sound of Jamaica throughout the first half of the 1960s, ska first swept the world in 1964 before eventually fading altogether from the musical landscape after another two hugely productive years. The Best Of Trojan Ska Vol. 1 features a dozen of the biggest original Jamaican hits of the genre from the early 60’s, including tracks from The Skatalites, Alton Ellis & The Flames, Desmond Dekker & The Aces 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 Ska Vol. 1 Track Listing:
1. (Music is My) Occupation - The Skatalites
2. Dance Crasher - Alton Ellis & The Flames
3. Bonanza Ska - Carlos Malcolm & His Afro Jamaican Rhythms
4. Carry Go Bring Come - Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
5. Storm Warning - Lyn Taitt & The Comets
6. Get Up Edina - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
7. I'm In The Mood For Love - Lord Tanamo
8. Watermelon Man - Baba Brooks
9. Housewife's Choice - Derrick & Patsy
10. Honky Tonk Ska - The Granville Williams Orchestra
11. Renegade - The Zodiacs
12. Rought and Tough - Stranger Cole