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Trojan Sounds & Pressure: Mod-Reggae [Import]

Trojan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B003JZT298
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jamaica Ska - Keith & Ken
2. Canteloupe Rock - Jo Jo Bennett
3. Shook, Shimmy & Shake - Owen Gray
4. Sammy Dead - Eric Morris, The Dragonaires
5. All You - Sonny Burke Outfit
6. Brixton Lewisham - Tony And Louise
7. Last Night - The Dragonaires, Byron Lee
8. Endless Memory - Roy Panton
9. The Philly Dog - The Granville Williams Orchestra
10. Sausage - Roland Alphonso & The Beverleys All Stars
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Honky Tonk Ska - Granville Williams Orchestra
2. I'd Rather Be Lonely - David Isaacs
3. Soul Finger - Roland Alphonso & The Beverleys All Stars
4. Choo Choo Train - Sonny Burke
5. So Fine - The Gladiators
6. Help Me - Owen Gray
7. Summertime - Ernest Ranglin
8. Green Onions - Byron Lee, The Dragonaires
9. Show Me How (You Milk The Cow) - Tony Washington & The D.C's
10. Musical Pressure - Jo Jo Bennett
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Editorial Reviews

2010 two CD collection from the world's most iconic Reggae label. Jamaican music has long since been popular on the Mod scene. In the '60s, Ska along with R&B, Soul and Jazz 45s were the staple musical diet of the original stylists, while in the late '70ss, a second generation Mods added Rock Steady and Reggae to the menu. Today, the underground Mod fraternity continues to flourish, with vintage Jamaican music at its core. Mod Reggae features an eclectic mix of 40 vintage tracks popular among both latter-day Mods and their predecessors - and with 14 of these sides making their CD debut, this set is sure to also appeal to anyone with a taste for classic Jamaican sounds. Spectrum.

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Two discs 55,54 minutes each approximately. The sound is good with some slight compression which is found on all early reggae music, and actually seems to benefit the overall sound and feel of the music. The booklet gives a short synopsis of the Mod movement and the Jamaican music that was popular at the time. There are track listings with performer and producer, along with the recording date.

This set is part of a series spotlighting various musical genres of Jamaican music. The Mod era was originally popular in Britain in the 50's, and reached its peak in the 60's. There was a resurgence in the 70's, using the same style of music and dress. The music was a combination of soul, jazz, and r & b-all mixed in with a Jamaican beat. There was also a combination of vocals and instrumentals, all designed for either listening or dancing.

This set brings together a number of good examples of Mod-Reggae, including a number of tracks that haven't seen the light of day for many years. The style of music is upbeat and is subtly relentless. This style of music has something in common with its predecessor, ska music. The accent on Mod-Reggae is the beat which is usually in 3/4 or sometimes 4/4 time. Jamaican artists would take a soul or jazz record (for instance) from America and put their own spin on it, usually accenting the beat. "Summertime", by the great Jamaican guitarist Ernest Raglin is a good example. The beat has been increased along with Raglin's jazzy guitar and some equally jazzy organ. "Green Onions" is another great example. This tune was originally a soul tune, but here its given a more insistent beat and a jazz arrangement, complete with trombone solo along with organ and guitar.
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