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‘This Is Trojan’ serves as a wonderful introduction to the legendary heavyweight Jamaican music label. The set includes no fewer than sixty ska, rock steady and reggae classics across six 180 gram vinyl LPs housed in high quality card box, with hits from Desmond Dekker, Ken Boothe, John Holt, Bob & Marcia, The Maytals and more. The beautiful design features original Trojan images and DJ-historian Don Letts provides extensive notes.
- Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (4050538302745)
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The inimitable Trojan Records turns fifty in 2018. To celebrate the occasion they’ve had a documentary made to tell their tale. You don’t need us to inform you that the accompanying soundtrack LP for Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records is chock-full of classic tunes. Toots And The Maytals’ ‘54-46 Was My Number’ and ‘Pressure Drop’, Desmond Dekker’s ‘Israelites’ and ‘007 (Shanty Town)’, The Harry J All Stars’ ‘Liquidator’ and many more God-tier bangers feature here.
- Vinyl Double LP (4050538413342)
Limited to only 1000 pressings is this exclusive compilation of reggae classics is Spirit of 69: The Boss Reggae Sevens, which is compiled with a range artists including Lloyd Robinson, Drumbago & The Dynamites and Derrick Harriott. An absolute essential for fans of 60s/70s reggae, and only available from independent retailers.
- Vinyl 7" box set (4050538199345)
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With Trojan Records turning 50 this year, it seems a good time to cast an eye back over the label’s history. An employee of the company since the early 90s and author of previous Trojan tome Young, Gifted and Black, Laurence Cane-Honeysett has put together this lavish coffee-table book. Through articles, photographs and sleeve art, he tells the tale of the label which has arguably done more than any other to bring Jamaican music to the world.
With Trojan Records celebrating a half-century in 2018, we reckon they’re allowed to indulge in a little gloating. This nifty release sees some of the label’s early smashes pressed on a double-picture disc - iconic helmet logo on one side, 50th birthday image on the other. Every tune on here went UK top-ten on release, with four of them claiming number 1 spot. Desmond Dekker’s ‘The Israelites’, Ken Boothe’s ‘Everything I Own’, The Upsetters, Harry J All Stars - the Trojan cup really do runneth over.
Coming straight from paws of the Trojan selectors, this compilation is as authoritative as can be on the subject of early skinhead music. Original Skinhead Reggae Classics is a twelve track collection of quality UK reggae, featuring acts like The Hot Rod All Stars, Lloyd Charmers and Desmond Riley. Vinyl release.
Israelites is a classic 1969 release by major reggae player Desmond Dekker. The album is notable for containing the first ever UK ska number one. It has, however, been mostly unavailable since the 60’s due to a lack of reissuing. Thankfully, Trojan have at last stepped up, remastering the audio and presenting it in an imitation of the original UK sleeve artwork.
John Holt’s snappily named 1974 album 1000 Volts of Holt is a particularly fine example of the legendary vocalist’s poppy reggae style. The instrumental arrangements are luscious and smooth, with generous swathes of orchestral overdubs placing the music in a special place. The covers Holt chooses to sing here are fully Holtified. LP reissue from
When the demand for the various original formats of reggae grows, only the guys at Trojan can serve it with justice. A massive box set of 10 7”s that covers all your boss reggae needs. Grab them boots and braces. Including tracks from The Kingstonians, The Maytals, The Pioneers, The Upsetters and Desmond Dekker.
- Vinyl 7" box set (4050538254334)
Coming straight from paws of the Trojan selectors, this compilation is as authoritative as can be on the subject of reggae / R&B crossover music. Original Soul Reggae Classics is a twelve track collection of the most soulful Jamaican music circa the mid-70s, featuring acts like Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and Derrick Harriott. Vinyl release.
Classic reggae from festival favourites The Maytals (featuring Toots). Released in 1969, Monkey Man had a bit of an impact in the UK, pricking ears up to this Jamaican sound. Money Man has been unavailable on vinyl for too damn long, but now Trojan are reissuing it, with remastered audio but original artwork.