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Muzik City: The Story of Trojan [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1: TIGHTEN UP TIME-THE EARLY YEARS, 1968 TO 1971:
    1. Tighten Up - The Untouchables
    2. Donkey Returns - Brother Dan All-Stars
    3. Angel (Of the Morning) - Joya Landis
    4. Reggae in Your Jeggae - El Dandy
    5. Return of Django - The Upsetters
    6. Red Red Wine - Tony Tribe
    7. Ali Baba - John Holt
    8. Long Shot Kick de Bucket - The Pioneers
    9. Liquidator - Harry J All-Stars
    10. Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
    11. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
    12. Elizabethan Reggae - Boris Gardiner & The Love People
    13. Monkey Man - The Maytals
    14. One Way Love - Coloured Raisins
    15. Young, Gifted and Black - Bob & Marcia
    16. Love of the Common People - Nicky Thomas (Jamaican mix)
    17. You Can Get It If You Really Want - Desmond Dekker
    18. Double Barrel - Dave & Ansel Collins
    19. Black Pearl - Horace Faith
    20. Duppy Conqueror - Bob Marley & the Wailers
    21. Rivers of Babylon - The Melodians
    22. Wear You to the Ball - U Roy & John Holt
    23. 54 46 Was My Number - The Maytals
    24. Johnny Too Bad - The Slickers
    25. Rain - Bruce Ruffin
    26. Pied Piper - Bob & Marcia
    27. Black and White - Greyhound
    0. DISC 2: NONE SHALL ESCAPE THE JUDGEMENT-THE FALL AND RISE OF THE TROJAN EMPITE, 1971 TO 2003:
    1. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah - The Pioneers
    2. Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
    3. Suzanne Beware of the Devil - Dandy Livingstone
    4. Money in My Pocket - Dennis Brown (original version)
    5. Big Seven - Judge Dread
    6. S. 90 Skank - Big Youth
    7. Don't Think About Me - Horace Andy/Earl Flute
    8. Help Me Make It Through the Night - John Holt
    9. None Shall Escape the Judgement - Johnny Clarke
    10. Everything I Own - Ken Boothe
    11. Bad Da - Gregory Isaacs
    12. Ram Goat Liver - Pluto Shervington
    13. Can't Get Used to Losing You - Danny Ray
    14. Bush Weed Corn Trash - Bunny & Ricky
    15. Heavy Manners, (Under) - Prince Far I
    16. I'm Still in Love With You Girl - Alton Ellis
    17. Three Piece Suit and Thing - Trinity
    18. I Love Marijuana - Linval Thompson
    19. Barberman Bawling - Well, Pleased & Satisfied
    20. Born Free - Michael Rose/Black Uhuru
    21. Pirate - The Ethiopians
    22. Evil Brain Rejector - Lee "Scratch" Perry
    23. E.B. @ Noon - Ernest Ranglin
    0. DISC 3: LOOP DE LOOP-RARITIES & ODDITIES:
    1. Judge Sympathy - The Duke Reid All Stars
    2. Spinning Wheel - Horace Faith
    3. Dirty Dog - Emile Straker & The Merrymen
    4. Mayfair - Millie
    5. Serenade to Summer - Johnny Arthey Orchestra
    6. Luciana - Jubilee Stompers
    7. Al Capone - Emperor Rosko
    8. It Came Out of the Sky - Freddie Notes & The Rudies
    9. Tribute to Jimmy Hendrix - Jimmy Lindsay
    10. Suffering in the Land - Clyde McPhatter
    11. Brandy - Scott English
    12. You Got Me - James Miller
    13. Help Yourself - Jimmy James
    14. I Must Go Back - Jackie Edwards
    15. Bouncing (All Over the World) - Tony Gregory
    16. Snoopy Versus the Red Baron - The Hotshots
    17. Loop-de-Loop - Happy Junior & The I.Q.s
    18. Sticky Fingers - Jamaica Jam
    19. I Want to Make It With You - Bobbi Houston
    20. Stretchin' Out - Doris Troy
    21. Reggae Rock Road - King Sporty
    22. Fatty Bum Bum Gone a Jail - Laurel Aitken
    23. I Say 'Super Jaws' - Owen Gray
    24. Let's Spend the Night Together - Teddy Brown & The Discolettes
    25. Yodel Reggae - Leroy Gibbs
    0. DISC 4: SOLID SOUNDS-RARE & UNRELEASED GEMS FROM THE VAULTS:
    1. You Lied to Me - Slim Smith
    2. Power Cut - Aubrey Adams & Boys
    3. Betrayed - Clarendonians
    4. Full Up - Hugh Hendricks & The Buccaneers
    5. Sock It to Me - The Gaylads
    6. Bush Tea - Lee "Scratch" Perry & the Upsetters
    7. What Am I to Do - Tony Scott
    8. Strings and Things - Tommy McCook & The All Stars
    9. Silhouettes - The Sensations
    10. I Can't See Nobody - Nicky Thomas
    11. Ten Times Sweeter - Winston Francis
    12. I'm Not a King - The Aces
    13. Same Thing - Teddy & The Upsetters
    14. Nowhere - Keith Hudson
    15. Don't Give Up - Tony Brevett
    16. This World - Hortense Ellis
    17. Loving Feeling - I-Roy/John Holt
    18. Darker Shade of Black, A (Norwegian Wood) - Willie Lindo
    19. Solid Sounds - Jackie Bernard
    20. Stigma - Jah Woosh
    21. Thunder Dub - Thunder
    22. I Don't Want to Be Lonely - John Holt
    23. Untitled Instrumental - Soul Syndicate
    24. Fattie Fattie - Zoot Sims
    25. In the Room - Lee "Scratch" Perry
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80432

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    More of a history lesson than a good listen in total, Muzik City is the story of Trojan, warts and all. Those looking for a good selection of the reggae label's best moments have plenty of other choices and might want to start with the great Tighten Up collections or wait for the 50th release in Trojan's three-CD series (a greatest-hits box to be compiled by votes from fans and due in 2004). Anyone who is a die-hard Trojan enthusiast will find plenty of surprises, secrets, and a really well done booklet to paw through. The first two discs of Muzik City are truly some of the greatest moments in rocksteady and roots reggae. But just like a two-CD Motown collection, this is really just the tip of the iceberg and John Holt, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Big Youth, and others have many more great moments to investigate. If all four CDs had focused on the hits and highlights this would truly be the box to own, but the third CD is hardly meant for repeat listening. Many of the disc's "Rarities & Oddities" are downright embarrassing (which the always honest liner notes are happy to point out). Trojan's forays into the worlds of calypso, novelty, and pop music were horribly misguided, and disc three is full of them (including a horrific reggae and yodeling matchup). Hard to imagine laughing at the stately Trojan label, but once that's over it's on to disc four's treasure chest of rarities. The hardcore should rightfully drool over the Jah Woosh and Keith Hudson team-up, a dank dub from Thunder, and an I-Roy/John Holt dubplate that includes a bit of studio banter. Great stuff for the serious fan, who probably own most of disc one and two ten times over. So who is this set made for? If your wallet is fat enough to forgive disc three, Muzik City is a fair introduction to the label that, along with Island, dominated reggae's early years. ~ David Jeffries

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