“TROJAN RARE GROOVE BOX SET”
“TROJAN RARE GROOVE BOX SET”: With “Trojan Rare Groove Box Set” Trojan Records adds a new title to their anticipated series of “Limited Edition” box sets. The term “rare groove” makes one normally think of Soul Music, but also in Reggae music there are enough records which can be regarded as “rare”. In Trojan’s back catalogue alone one can find hundreds of extremely hard to find and, by now, very expensive singles from the sixties and seventies. This compilation set draws on no less than 22 of Trojan’s original subsidiary labels – of which there were more than fifty – to collect 50 of these rarities, ranging from Rocksteady to Reggae.
The first disc opens with a classic rude boy tune from the Pioneers, originally released in the UK on the “Blue Cat” label. Sir Harry & Ansel Collins’ “Bigger Boss” is a rare cut to the “Everything Crash” riddim, whilst Andy Capp’s tune “Poppy Show” is a further take on Derrick Morgan’s “Fat Man” riddim. Rolando Alphonso’s Music House” happens to be a cut to Pat Kelly’s “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”. The same singer’s song “How Long Will It Take” is used for “Sweet Like Candy” performed by Winston Williams. “Tea House From Emperor Rosko” by Dice The Boss was released on the “Joe” label and is the next cut to Reco’s “The Bullet”. Furthermore Disc 1 contains the Jay Boys’ instrumental “Tilly”, the extremely rare original riddim to Bob Andy’s “You Don’t Know”.
The first 8 tracks on Disc 2 cover the year 1971, whilst the remaining 8 tunes were released in 1972. In this period the basic beat slowed down and new producers like Herman Chin-Loy, Fud Christian, Keith Hudson, Phil Pratt, Lloyd Daley and Winston Riley – all represented on this disc – gained a much wider audience in the UK through licensing deals with Trojan. Ansel Collins’ “Nuclear Weapon”, released only as a 7″ single on “Techniques”, is an alternative cut to the smash hit “Double Barrell”. Production work by Harry J. includes “Chairman Of The Board” (another cut to “Liquidator”) and “African Breakfast” which versions Lorna Bennett’s “Breakfast In Bed”. Two interesting Joe Gibbs productions are King Smiley’s “Tipatone”, over a riddim also used by Augustus Clarke for Big Youth’s “Tippertone Rock” the same year, and “Medicine Man”. The latter features an uncredited Melodica, possibly from Augustus Pablo, over a riddim track that alternates between Nicky Thomas’ “If I Had A Hammer” and “Time Is Tight”. Horace Andy covers Delroy Wilson’s Studio One classic “Feel Good All Over” and Ken Parker delivers the next cut to “Burning Fire” by Joe Higgs. Keith Hudson rounds off with the heavyweight “True True To My Heart”, performed over the riddim track also used for the first track of Disc 3 : Earl Flute & Horace Andy’s killer tune “Peter And Judas” a.k.a. “Satan’s Side”.
The final selection features many deejay and version tracks, including a number of cuts that are connected to producer Augustus “Gussie” Clarke and the deejays I Roy and Big Youth, who both recorded an excellent album for the aforementioned producer. “Gussie” Clarke produced K.C. White’s “Anywhere But Nowhere” which provided the basis for Big Youth’s “Solomon A Gundy” and “Lee A Law”. The original vocal appears here, complete for the first time, with the backing track. I Roy’s awesome “High Clapping”, complemented by its bare riddim track, features the “Skylarking” riddim. Further I Roy contributions are the rare “Clapper’s Tail” and “Great Great Great”, which he recorded for Rupie Edwards. Bongo Herman & Bingy Bunny’s “Ration” is another cut to Dennis Brown’s “Money In My Pocket”. Finally two more examples of Keith Hudson’s work, his own “Melody Maker” and Big Youth’s version “Can You Keep A Secret”.
This “Trojan Rare Groove Box Set” collects not only “rare grooves”, but also quality music from the late sixties and early seventies. Very interesting and well worth checking out !! (Reggae Grooves)THE TERM ‘RARE GROOVE’ is one normally associated with Soul music, although why this should be is something of an enigma. There are enough ‘rare’ Reggae records in Trojan’s back catalogue alone, to fill a dozen or more box sets. With that in mind, we proudly present 50 of those extremely hard to find, and expensive singles from the late Sixties and early Seventies. Intended as a companion to the Trojan Singles Box Set, which presents sides issued on Trojan, this set draws on no less than twenty two of the company’s original subsidiary labels (of which there were more than fifty!). However, rarity value alone was not the over riding factor in the track selection. Instead, we have placed the emphasis squarely on good music, from some of Jamaica’s premier record producers. Whatever your personal taste, from Rock Steady to hard Reggae, you’re sure to enjoy this sampler.
The first set of tracks covers the period between 1968 and 1970, opening with the Pioneers, who turn in a classic rude boy outing over a menacing rhythm track, originally released in the UK on Blue Cat. The next two cuts are also Rock Steady, issued on Explosion, and Duke respectively. Bigger Boss, featuring Sir Harry, is a rare cut to the Everything Crash rhythm, whilst Poppy Show is a further take on Derrick Morgan’s Fat Man rhythm. Other versions appear in the form of Music House, a cut to Pat Kelly’s Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, followed by Sweet Like Candy which uses the same singers How Long Will It Take, and the superb Tea House From Emperor Rosko – a next cut to Reco’s The Bullet, released on the Joe Label. Disc 1 closes with the extremely rare original rhythm to Bob Andy’s You Don’t Know, and finally Sweet Musille, one of the theme tunes used by Steve Bernard on his Reggae Time radio show.
DISC 2 covers the period between 1971 (tracks 1 to 8) and 1972 (tracks 9 to 16), a time in which the basic beat slowed down, and a number of newer producers gained a much wider audience in the UK through licensing deals with Trojan. These include the likes of Herman Chin-Loy at Aquarius, Fud Christian, Keith Hudson, Phil Pratt, Lloyd Daley, and Winston Riley. All of the aforementioned are represented here by sides which have mostly never appeared on album before. And like Disc 1, we have included a number of originals, alongside a selection of rhythm versions for your enjoyment. Amongst these, Nuclear Weapon will be instantly recognisable as an alternative cut to Double Barrel, released only as a 7″ on Techniques. In addition, Chairman Of The Board is another cut to Liquidator, whilst African Breakfast versions the Lorna Bennett hit Breakfast In Bed – both produced by Harry J.
Looking at the remaining tracks, we have included two interesting Joe Gibbs productions from the Pressure Beat subsidiary. Medicine Man features an uncredited Melodica, possibly from Augustus Pablo, over a rhythm track that alternates between Nicky Thomas’s If I Had A Hammer, and Time Is Tight. The second Gibbs cut comes from a previously unknown DJ called King Smiley, over a rhythm track also used by Augustus Clarke for Big Youth’s Tippertone Rock the same year. Phil Pratt was the producer for Horace Andy’s cover of Delroy Wilson’s Studio One classic Feel Good All Over, while Rupie Edwards produced Ken Parker’s Genuine Love, a next cut to Burning Fire by Joe Higgs (both of the latter were originally issued on Big. Winston Heywood’s Never Fall In Love done for Fud Christian, was versioned a number of times, with Jet747 being the fourth cut. We close with a heavyweight number from Keith Hudson.
THE FINAL SELECTION of tracks, were issued during 1973, and will provide a delightful feast for all DJ/Version addicts. Although U. Roy pioneered the recording of DJ music in 1969, it wasn’t until 1973 that the style reached it’s peak in terms of popularity, and to this writer’s mind, quality. Big Youth and I. Roy both came through with excellent albums, recorded for Augustus Clarke, and released in the UK by Trojan that year (although Big Youth’s Screaming Target set was issued at home in 1972). A number of cuts featured here are connected to the aforementioned artists and producer. In addition, we also include three shining examples of Keith Hudson’s work. The first, Peter And Judas, is the next version of True True To My Heart which closed Disc 2, whilst Big Youth’s Can You Keep A Secret (issued on the second series of Pyramid releases) can be found alongside Melody Maker, from the Summit subsidiary.
Looking at those Gussie Clarke sides, K. C. White’s Anywhere But Nowhere provided the basis for Big Youth’s Solomon A Gundy and Lee A Low. The original vocal appears here, complete for the first time, with the backing track. Likewise, I. Roy’s cut to the Skylarking rhythm (High Jacking), is complemented by it’s bare rhythm track as well. Joining these, we also have the Pablo version of Cowtown Skank, plus I. Roy’s rare Clappers Tail, and Great Great Great (recorded for Rupie Edwards), all on album for the first time. Added to these, check out Delroy Wilson’s much sought after vocal Trying To Wreck My Life (issued on Smash), Cornell Campbell’s superb Girl Of My Dreams (Duke), and Jerry Lewis’s cut to Slim Smith’s Stand Up And Fight, produced by Bunny Lee. Finally, Ration will be instantly recognisable as another cut to Dennis Brown’s Money In My Pocket.
Chris Pete (Let’s Catch The Beat)
trax CD 1:
1. Some Having A Bawl – The Pioneers 2. Slippery – The Crystalites 3. Help Wanted – Stranger Cole 4. Lover Boy – Roland Alphonso 5. Bigger Boss – Sir Harry & Ansel Collins 6. Belittle Me – Carlton Alphonso 7. Reggae Dance – Owen Gray 8. I Like Your Smile – Roy Shirley 9. Poppy Show (Part 2) – Andy Capp 10. Music House – Roland Alphonso 11. Sweet Like Candy – Winston Williams 12. Do It Madly – Chuck Jnr 13. Why Why Why – Betty Sinclaire 14. Teahouse From Emporer Rosko – Dice The Boss 15. Jennifer – Junior Soul 16. Tilly – The Jay Boys 17. Sweet Musille – The Corporation
trax CD 2:
1. Love Brother – Herman 2. Love Uprising – The Jamaicans 3. I’ll Never Fall In Love With You Again – Winston Heywood 4. Jet 747 (Version 4) – The Jet Scene 5. Genuine Love – Ken Parker 6. Nuclear Weapon – Ansell Collins 7. Uganda – Herman 8. Bongo Man – The Linkers 9. Repatriation – Audley Rollins 10. Repatriation Version – Hugh Roy Junior 11. Chairman Of The Board – Bongo Herman 12. Medicine Man – Love Generation 13. Feel Good All Over – Horace Andy 14. Tipatone – King Smiley 15. African Breakfast – Bongo Herman 16. True True To My Heart – Keith Hudson
trax CD 3:
1. Peter And Judas – Earl Flute 2. Rhythm Pleasure – Jerry Lewis 3. Doctor Seaton – The Aggrovators 4. High Jacking – I Roy 5. The Murderer – The Simplicity People 6. Anywhere But Nowhere – KC White 7. Nowhere – The Simplicity People 8. Cowtown Skank Version 2 – Augustus Pablo 9. Clappers Tail – I Roy 10. Pity The Children – The Eternals 11. Trying To Wreck My Life – Delroy Wilson 12. Girl Of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell 13. Ration – Bongo Herman 14. Great Great Great – I Roy 15. Great Great Great Version – Rupie Edwards All Stars 16. Melody Maker – Keith Hudson 17. Can You Keep A Secret – Big Youth
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