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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


1974 Reggae classic. Everything I Own was the seventh studio album by Jamaican artist Ken Boothe. The most famous track from this album is the title track, Everything I Own (originally recorded by Bread). Boothe achieved an international reputation as one of Jamaica’s finest vocalists through a series of crossover hits that appealed to both reggae fans and mainstream audiences.

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


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