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On 28th July 1967, British-based Jamaican music company, Island Records launched a label to showcase the output of one of the most popular and successful producers of the ska and rock steady eras – Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid.
Trojan’s rapid growth during its first years was due in no small part to the development of a working class youth movement that embraced Jamaican music as part and parcel of its culture: skinheads.
Much has changed since the summer of 1968, yet despite the rise and fall of numerous music trends and the development of new formats on which music can be acquired, Trojan Records has consistently maintained a significant and relevant presence.
Our stores are now stacked with a great selection of records from Trojan, see some of our choice cuts below, along with the full list of albums.
Desmond Decker & The Aces 007: Shanty Town
Desmond Dekker & The Aces hugely collectable rock steady set, 007 Shanty Town first saw issue on the revered Doctor Bird imprint shortly after the title track stormed the UK Pop charts in 1967.
Featuring of the groups finest work for Leslie Kongs Beverleys label from the period it sees issue for the first time in its original form, with artwork and mastering faithfully restored to suit the CD format.
The Upsetters The Good, The Bad & The Upsetters
As the ’60s drew to a close, the British charts were rocked by an explosion of Reggae sounds that established the genre and Trojan Records as a credible force in the mainstream music Industry. Among the most popular of these pioneering hits was a pumping instrumental entitled `Return Of Django’ by the mysteriously named Upsetters. The single’s success led to a promotional tour of the UK and while on British shores, the quartet were taken into the studio by enterprising promoters-come-producers, Bruce White and Tony Cousins, who had them record a series of driving instrumental tracks that ultimately saw issue on the Trojan LP, The Good, the Bad & The Upsetters.
Hugely popular on the thriving Skinhead scene, the album became an instant best seller, yet despite its popularity, it has never been reissued on CD in its original form. Now, at long last, the situation has been redressed and fans can finally hear this must-have set.
Bob & Marcia Young Gifted & Black
1970 album from Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths, a collaboration with Bob Andy. Produced by Harry J and featuring the title track ‘Young Gifted and Black’, Bob and Marcia’s version of Nina Simone’s classic, which was a smash hit across Europe reaching #5 in the UK charts.
Marcia Griffiths is arguably the biggest female star in the history of Reggae music. Scoring her first hit in 1969, Griffith remained a consistent presence on the Reggae charts, keeping up with the music’s evolving sound and image. In 1974, Griffith joined Bob Marley & the Wailers as a member of the female backing trio the I-3s, and in 1989 she scored a huge hit with ‘Electric Boogie’, the song that inspired the Electric Slide dance craze.
Big Youth Screaming Target
“Achieving his first success on wax with “S 90 Skank” for producer Keith Hudson in 1972, Big Youthrecorded Screaming Target, his debut full-length, one year later for Gussie Clarke. That album, along with a handful of 45s from the period, was largely responsible for bringing the DJ art form forward after U-Roy’s innovations. Here, in place of hip, jive-derived phrases, listeners find Big Youth ruminating on themes that exemplified the new consciousness of the 1970s.” – Allmusic
The Maytals Monkey Man
First released by Trojan in the wake of the Maytals 1969 UK hit, Monkey Man, the appropriately-titled album quickly became a must-have for all British fans of the exciting new reggae sound that had emerged from Jamaica.
Ken Boothe Everything I Own
also in the offer
Horace Andy – Best Of: 2cd
Ken Boothe – Best Of: 2cd
Dennis Brown – Best Of: 2cd
Dennis Brown – Super Reggae & Soul Hits
Susan Cadogan – Hurt So Good Plus: Bonus Tracks
Dave Collins & Ansel Collins – Double Barrel
Desmond Dekker – This Is Desmond Dekkar
Don Drummond – Memorial Album
Clancy Eccles – Freedom: Anthology 1967 – 1973: 2cd
Jackie Edwards – This Is My Story: Anthology: 2cd
Marcia Griffiths – Play Me Sweet & Nice
Hippy Boys – Reggae With The Hippy Boys
John Holt – 1000 Volts Of Holt
Harry J: Allstars – Liquidator
King Tubby – Best Of: 2cd
Dandy Livingstone – Best Of Dandy Livingstone: 2cd
Lord Tanamo – Im In The Mood For Ska
The Maytals – Best Of: 2cd
Candy Mckenzie – Lee Scratch Perry Presents Candy Mckenzie
Lee Perry & Upsetters – Trojan Albums Collection: 1971-1973: 2cd
Pioneers – Best Of The Pioneers: 2cd
Sly & Robbie – Riddim: Best Of 1978 – 1985: 2cd
Nicky Thomas – Love Of The Common People
Upsetters – Scratch The Upsetter Again
Va – Copasetic: The Mod Ska Sound:2cd
Va – Lee Scratch Perry & Friends The Black Ark Years (The Jamaican 7s): 2cd
Va – Melody Life: Trojan Sisters: 2cd
Va – Monkey Business: The Definitive Skinhead Reggae Collection: 2cd
Va – Original Boss Reggae Classics
Va – Original Dub Classics
Va – Original Reggae Classics
Va – Oriinal Rock Steady Classics
Va – Original Ska Classics
Va – Rebel Music: Reggae Anthology
Va – Reggae Girl
Va – This Is Trojan Boss Reggae: 2cd
Va – This Is Trojan Reggae: 2cd
Va – This Is Trojan Rock Steady: 2cd
Va – This Is Trojan Ska: 2cd
Va – Tighten Up Volume 2
Va: Duke Reid – Rock Steady: 2cd
Va: Trojan Presents – Boss Reggae: 2cd
Va: Trojan Presents – Dub: 40 Deep & Heavy Hits: 2cd
Va: Trojan Presents – Lovers Rock: 40 Romantic Classics: 2cd
Va: Trojan Presents – Mento & R&B: 40 Roots Of Reggae Classics: 2cd
Va: Trojan Presents – Mod Ska: 2cd
Va: Trojan Presents – Ragga: 40 Modern Dancehall Classics: 2cd