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In Fine Style: DJ Spooky - 50,000 Volts of Trojan

DJ SpookyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Sweet Like CandyWinston Williams 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Nice NiceThe Kingstonians 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 007 Shanty TownDesmond Dekker 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Funky, Funky ReggaeDave Barker 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Shades of HudsonDennis Alcapone 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. SummertimeB.B. Seaton 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Disco DevilLee Perry 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Jah Jah ManSly & Robby 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lama LavaAugustus Pablo 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Come TogetherIsraelites 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Old Fashioned WayKen Boothe 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. RainBruce Ruffin 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Your Ace From Outer SpaceU Roy 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The RoosterTommy McCook 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Trial of Parma DiceLloyd, Dice, & His Mum 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ba Ba BoomThe Jamaicans 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. FeverSusan Cadogan 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Morning SunAl Barry 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. DJ's ChoiceWinston Williams 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Screaming TargetBig Youth 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Great Musical BattleDerrick Morgan 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Russians Are Coming (Take Five)Val Bennett 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. PopcornThe Upsetters 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Brother NoahThe Shadows 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Reform InstituteGregory Isaac'S All Stars 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bridgeport DubThe Blackbeard All Stars 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. King Tubby's Explosion DubKing Tubby 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dynamic Fashion WayU Roy 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. A Yah We DehBarrington Levy 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Here Comes the JudgePeter Tosh 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Flat Foot HustlingDillinger 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Hot Sauce (AKA The Agro Man Is Back)Dave Barker 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rudy a Message to YouDandy Livingstone 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Rough Rider (Live)The Special Beat 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000FMGTO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

If you were expecting some airy, intellectual double disc dissertation on reggae by "arguably DJ culture's most intellectual turntablist," the Derrida-quoting DJ Spooky, you'd thankfully be very wrong here. In fact, of the many, many collections of Trojan's amazing trove of Jamaican music, this is easily one of the best, seamlessly blending the tightest and deepest ska, roots reggae, dub, and rocksteady tracks from the label's vast archives. Obscurities hold their own next to the most well-known tracks, making it a superb gift for both the reggae neophyte and the total "head." In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records is so good, you're surprised it's not on Soul Jazz--all this from "the only DJ on the scene with degrees in philosophy and French culture," who happens also to have spent much of his youth visiting family and friends in Jamaica. That familiarity shows, and this mix never disappoints. Huzzah! --Mike McGonigal

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DJ Spooky Pays Tribute to Jamaican Dancehall Culture. December 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
DJ Spooky pays tribute to the earliest of the deejay cultures, the reggae dancehall selectors in his newest cd, "In Fine Style." In the 70s, a real authentic underground culture of Jamaican deejays, toasters and sound engineers pioneered roots consciousness style of the earliest reggae music. Spooky's selections are from the massive vaults of Trojan records founded by Duke Reid, a prominent deejay and music producer from the earliest days of the dancehall sound system in Jamaica. In addition to the superlative remix album, a bonus album of unremixed reggae classics is included.

The Jamaican deejay culture had a big impact on the emerging New York hip hop scene when Jamaican performers like Big Youth and U-Roy brought the technique of toasting (rhyming lyrics over a vinyl riddim track of music) in the mid-Seventies. Long before rap music mogul Russell Simmons' first protege, Curtis Blow, emerged as one of the earliest rap artists in 1980, the Harlem and Bronx hip-hop dance scene was inundated with the sound of Jamaican toasters rapping in the Trenchtown native tongue patois of the Queen's English.

Hip hop expanded the horizon by adopting Trenchtown rapping to a uniquely American "ghetto-style" treatment. Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC rhymed their street poetry to the music of planetary funk masters like James Brown, Afrika Bambaataa and George Clnton's Parliment-Funkdelic bands. In essence those early years of Trojan Records and the emergence of reggae defined the direction of American pop music for the next thirty years.

Producers like King Tubby, Duke Reid and the Mad Professors created drum n' bass heavy dub plates of popular reggae dancehall hits, especially designed for toasting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Compilation...Did You Know There Is A Second One? November 20, 2006
By mike
Format:Audio CD
I agree with all the others, just a great compilation of early ska, dub, reggae, etc. not mixed, but it still has a great flow. However some people may not know, but Spooky recently released another 2 disc set called "DJ Spooky Presents: Riddim Come Forward 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records". I think it is a strictly UK thing. I couldn't find it on here, but you can find it at the Amazon UK site. Really worth checking out, just order it from them, it really doesn't cost much more than anything bought from this amazon either. The first disc on the second version is a "mix", not totally manipulated like Spooky can do, but it still is a continuous mix with Spooky throwing in his own flare. The second disc is just another compilation (not the same songs as the first disc mix). So you get two more discs full of great music. Just listening to it for the first time, but it is in the same vein as this release, just lots of classic tunes. Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Reggae Compilation of All Time? October 18, 2006
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A case could surely be made that this is the best reggae compilation of all time. Not only is it "heavy" and "funky" and "soulful," it also has a sense of fun. Don't worry that DJ Spooky merely collected these tunes without applying his remixing magic. That doesn't matter. He should be thanked for putting together such a top-shelf compilation. Lots of tracks could be discussed, but I wish to call attentioin to one track in particular. I think it's track 7 on disc one: DISCO DEVIL. This, in my opinion, is the true gem of the entire compilation. If you're familiar with that Lee Perry produced song, "Chase the Devil," you know, "I'm gonna put on an iron shirt, and chase Satan out of Earth..." Well DISCO DEVIL is another version of that song that Lee Perry put together and it is absolutely brilliant, I can't stop listening to it, it's so cool. So I thank you, Mr. Spooky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Selection July 16, 2006
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Dj Spooky has done this great music service by simply compiling and sequencing it into a fabulous mix. The first disc especially is incredibly diverse and richly satisfying for neophytes and seasoned reggae lovers alike. Highly recommended.
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