First ever CD issue of one of Trojan Records’ best-selling albums. Features three major UK hits: ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’, ‘Pickney Gal’ and ‘Sing A Little Song’. Desmond Dekker tribute act regularly performing live at significant venues around the UK through-out the year.
Led by the dynamic Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, the Maytals were at the vanguard of the reggae explosion of late 1969/early 1970, with their anthemic ‘Monkey Man’ among Trojan Records’ earliest UK chart successes.
Expanded version of one of the most popular reggae albums of all time. The seminal boss reggae instrumental collection is
now further enhanced with a dozen bonus tracks from Harry Johnson’s eponymously named All Stars band.
Expanded version of one of the Trojan’s most popular long players, Includes recordings new to CD. Featured on this expanded version of the best-selling Trojan LP from 1971, are the UK Number One title track, the duo’s Top 10 follow-up, ‘Monkey Spanner’, and an array of sought after vocal and instrumental sides for the sessions with leading producer, Winston Riley.
This long overdue set comprises the popular duo’s two Trojan albums from the early 1970s, including the two best-selling title tracks plus a host of superior early reggae sides, including the rare Jamaican mix of ‘Young Gifted & Black’.
Now, almost 50 years after the original release of these historically important long-players, they have been brought together to form this immensely fascinating and hugely enjoyable CD collection.
Annotated by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry biographer, David Katz, this is a must for all fans of both the producer and vintage reggae sounds.
CD debut for seminal Treasure Isle album
Many tracks new to CD
One of the most popular and influential Jamaican
groups of all time
Previously unissued digitally, the LP forms the basis of this collection, with the original dozen tracks bolstered by a further 14 recordings, many of which appear on CD for the first time.
First CD issue of one of Trojan’s most collectable
Features tracks new to CD
At the close of 1968, the best of their Tramp recordings to date were gathered on the long player, “Absolutely”, but within months of its issue, the trio had disbanded with its three members all going on to achieve substantial solo success on the Jamaican music scene.
In the autumn of 1970, Trojan Records released ‘Hot Shots Of Reggae’, showcasing a dozen of the producer’s most popular recordings from the preceding months.
The strikingly designed album swiftly became one of the company’s best sellers, yet despite its popularity has remained unissued in any format since its original release.
That oversight has finally been addressed and here, at long last, is the glorious LP in its entirety, with the original dozen tracks augmented by a further 13 Kong- produced recordings from the glorious, golden age of reggae.
• Hot Milk make a welcome return with an essential reissue of an underappreciated West London UK reggae gem from 1983. • Hot Milk make a welcome return with an essential reissue of an underappreciated West London UK reggae gem from 1983.
• Self-composed, produced and financed by Alex Robertson aka I Benjahman, Fraction Of Jah Action, originally a 7 track album, and the handful of 12” singles that preceded were graced by the hands of some of the highest reggae royalty and courtiers. Alpha Boys School alumni trombonist and The Specials affiliated Rico Rodriguez, drummer extraordinaire Horsemouth Wallace, bassist of smooth liquidity Larry Silvera, veteran engineer Sid Bucknor, the finest fingers in UK reggae production Dennis Bovell as well as West London band Zabandis, to name a few.
• Reissued for the very first time, this has the bulk of I Benjahman’s early 80’s output, originals of which are very rare indeed. 12” single versions (including the Jah Shaka favourite ‘Give Love A Try’), dubplate mixes, dubs, unreleased material (including a song that was slated for use on the film Countryman) and sleeve notes detailing the life and career of I Benjahman.
Mixed by renowned sound engineer, Errol Brown at Treasure Isle studio in Kingston, the albums that comprise this crucial collection have long since been widely regarded as being among the finest dub sets to see issue during the mid-to-late seventies.
Originally released in strictly limited numbers on Sonia Pottinger’s celebrated High Note label, at a time when dub was reaching its creative peak, ‘Dubb Everlasting’ and ‘Dub Expression’ feature the cream of Jamaica’s session players, including future Riddim Twins, Sly & Robbie.
With both albums on this essential celebration of dub unavailable in any format since their original release, long deprived fans can now at last enjoy some of the hardest and heaviest sounds ever to see issue, at a price that won’t burn a hole in their pockets.
First ever re-release of classic Trojan LP
Many tracks new to CD
Includes many of Jamaica’s biggest hits from 1967 to 1970
During the late 1960s, a select number of independent Jamaican music makers successfully challenged the island’s recording industry giants and of these, few proved more talented or influential than Derrick Harriott.
Widely heralded as the ‘Empress of Reggae’, Marcia Griffiths has remained at the forefront of her profession for a period spanning over half a century, consistently reinforcing her status as the most popular female vocalist in Jamaican music. This long overdue release provides ample evidence of why Marcia Griffiths has been held in such high regard for so long.