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Trojan Sounds & Pressure: Mod-Reggae Import

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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.

Track Listings

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
  11. River Bank Coberley - Top Grant
  12. Hoop - Errol Dixon
  13. Boof Ska - Tony Washington & The D.C's
  14. Too Late - The Rulers
  15. Soul Ska - Ken Lazarus, The Dragonaires
  16. How Sweet It Is - The Blues Busters
  17. Sounds And Pressure - Hopeton Lewis
  18. Yeh Yeh - Rico And The Rudies
  19. Do The Screw - Falcon Prince
  20. The Harmonica Twist - Ernest Ranglin & The G.B.s

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
  11. I Feel So Bad - Jackie Edwards
  12. Why Dont You Change - The Rulers
  13. Rock Steady Party - Glen Miller
  14. The Rock Steady Train - Ewan & Jerry with the Caribbeats
  15. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Llans Thelwell And His Celestials
  16. I Don't Want - Errol Dixon
  17. Venus - Winston Francis & Aubrey Adams Quintet
  18. Let Me Love You - Rupie Edwards
  19. Watermelon Man - Jamaica's Own Vagabonds
  20. Jerk Time - Tommy McCook & The Supersonics

Product Details

  • 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: #360,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 8, 2010
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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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