Trojan Country Reggae Box CD (2007)

Artist: Various

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Specifications

Label Sanctuary/red
SKU 205116096
UPC 060768057920
UPC 14 00060768057920
Format CD
Release Date 9/4/2007
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Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID 06076805792
Lable Name Trojan
Released 09/04/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 151m : 41s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00060768057920
Album Notes and Credits
With 50,000-watt clear channel American radio stations bouncing signals off the ocean, the moon, and the stratosphere, Jamaican musicians in the 1960s and early '70s were as up on the latest American pop music as any kid listening to radio late at night in Delaware or Detroit, which explains the heavy influence of R&B, Motown, and soul on the island's own wonderfully skewed pop music. Everything got filtered through that upside-down rhythm sense that led to the creation of ska, rocksteady, and reggae, so Jamaican covers of American hits often had little in common with the original versions save for a handful of lyric phrases and maybe the hint of a shared melody. Even country music had an impact on Jamaican musicians, and as this three-disc, 50-track collection shows, they rushed to add Caribbean rhythms and an ocean lilt to any number of country hits and created in the process an odd hybrid that usually defied categorization. Often the results were simply bizarre, like the version here of "Tennessee Waltz" by the Carib Beats, who manage to take a straight waltz into ska time without a single thought as to whether they should. Then there's the case of the mariachi horns from Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." Originally arranged by producer Jack Clement, the "Ring of Fire" horn chart seemed to have spoken deeply to Jamaican musicians, and it turns up in countless singles, including the one here called "Occupation" by the legendary Skatalites. Some of the cuts included in this box are so singular, like Count Prince Miller's insane and possibly demonic wailings on a cover of Frankie Laine's "Mule Train"-that they defy internalization. What should one make of Pluto Shervington's rocksteady do-over of Hank Williams' "Jambalaya," itself a faux homage to life on the Louisiana bayous? Crawfish pie? Irie, very irie. Not everything here is strange Franken-music, though. Hopeton Lewis' clattering take on "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" actually comes out pretty wry and poignant, particularly given Kingston's infamous Gun Court. Likewise Nicky Thomas' rendition of "Love of the Common People" (originally done by Waylon Jennings, although Thomas is more likely to have learned the song from the soul version by the Winstons), which is presented here in the no-strings version that was only issued in Jamaica, manages to retain the emotional nuance of the American hit while also seamlessly translating it into a Jamaican realm. Mostly, though, the tracks collected in this box set are more curious than necessary, and even though someone convinced Willie Nelson to do an ill-advised reggae album a couple of years back, there's probably little danger of Jamaica going all new country anytime soon, which is no doubt a good thing. It could only lead to dancehall country and the world sure isn't ready for that. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Occupation (Ring Of Fire) - The Skatalites,Mule Train - Count Prince Miller,Take Me Home Country Roads - Toots & The Maytals
2 Tennessee Waltz - The Carib Beats/Ewan & Jerry,Help Me Make It Through The Night - Ken Parker,For the Good Times - Mikey Chung & The Now Generation
3 Sad Movies - Gloria Crawford,Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Bob Andy,Wolverton Mountain - Roman Stewart
4 Please Help Me I'm Falling - Hazel Wright,Snowbird - Dennis Walks,Don't Take Your Guns To Town - Hopeton Lewis
5 Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On - The Bleechers,Working Kind (Chokin' Kind) - John Holt,Sunshine On My Shoulders - Pat Kelly
6 Sweet Dreams - The Pioneers,Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On) - David Isaacs,Jambalaya - Pluto Shervington
7 Bye Bye Love - The Inventors,Missing You - Max Romeo,Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Ken Parker
8 My Last Date - Hortense Ellis,Don't Touch Me - Nicky Thomas,Drift Away - Hopeton Lewis
9 Games People Play - Bob Andy,Kiss An Angel Good Morning - Ken Parker,She Wears My Ring - Cornel Campbell
10 Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You - Anonymously Yours,In The Ghetto - Rip & Lan,Before The Next Teardrop Falls - John Holt
11 I'm Gonna Change Everything (Burn Them) - Willie Francis,Sylvia's Mother - Eric Donaldson & The West Indians,Green, Green Grass Of Home - Delroy Wilson
12 Stand by Your Man - Merlene Webber,Is It Really Over - Max Romeo,Wasted Days And Wasted Nights - John Holt
13 My Elusive Dreams - Ernest Wilson,Crying In the Chapel - Mikey Chung & The Now Generation,Last Thing On My Mind, The - Dennis Brown
14 He'll Have To Go (Put Your Sweet Lips) - Raphael Stewart & The Hot Tops,Guilty - Ken Parker,Statue Of A Fool - Jimmy Riley
15 Walk Through This World With Me - Doreen Scheaffer,Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) - Lloyd Charmers,Funny Familiar Forgotton Feelings - Pat Kelly
16 Love Of the Common People - Nicky Thomas (Jamaican Mix),Little Green Apples - Dennis Brown,Someone Loves You Honey - Jackie Edwards
17 Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms) - John Hold,I Wanna Wake Up With You - Boris Gardiner
Disc 2
1 Occupation (Ring Of Fire) - The Skatalites,Mule Train - Count Prince Miller,Take Me Home Country Roads - Toots & The Maytals
2 Tennessee Waltz - The Carib Beats/Ewan & Jerry,Help Me Make It Through The Night - Ken Parker,For the Good Times - Mikey Chung & The Now Generation
3 Sad Movies - Gloria Crawford,Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Bob Andy,Wolverton Mountain - Roman Stewart
4 Please Help Me I'm Falling - Hazel Wright,Snowbird - Dennis Walks,Don't Take Your Guns To Town - Hopeton Lewis
5 Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On - The Bleechers,Working Kind (Chokin' Kind) - John Holt,Sunshine On My Shoulders - Pat Kelly
6 Sweet Dreams - The Pioneers,Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On) - David Isaacs,Jambalaya - Pluto Shervington
7 Bye Bye Love - The Inventors,Missing You - Max Romeo,Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Ken Parker
8 My Last Date - Hortense Ellis,Don't Touch Me - Nicky Thomas,Drift Away - Hopeton Lewis
9 Games People Play - Bob Andy,Kiss An Angel Good Morning - Ken Parker,She Wears My Ring - Cornel Campbell
10 Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You - Anonymously Yours,In The Ghetto - Rip & Lan,Before The Next Teardrop Falls - John Holt
11 I'm Gonna Change Everything (Burn Them) - Willie Francis,Sylvia's Mother - Eric Donaldson & The West Indians,Green, Green Grass Of Home - Delroy Wilson
12 Stand by Your Man - Merlene Webber,Is It Really Over - Max Romeo,Wasted Days And Wasted Nights - John Holt
13 My Elusive Dreams - Ernest Wilson,Crying In the Chapel - Mikey Chung & The Now Generation,Last Thing On My Mind, The - Dennis Brown
14 He'll Have To Go (Put Your Sweet Lips) - Raphael Stewart & The Hot Tops,Guilty - Ken Parker,Statue Of A Fool - Jimmy Riley
15 Walk Through This World With Me - Doreen Scheaffer,Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) - Lloyd Charmers,Funny Familiar Forgotton Feelings - Pat Kelly
16 Love Of the Common People - Nicky Thomas (Jamaican Mix),Little Green Apples - Dennis Brown,Someone Loves You Honey - Jackie Edwards
17 Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms) - John Hold,I Wanna Wake Up With You - Boris Gardiner
Disc 3
1 Occupation (Ring Of Fire) - The Skatalites,Mule Train - Count Prince Miller,Take Me Home Country Roads - Toots & The Maytals
2 Tennessee Waltz - The Carib Beats/Ewan & Jerry,Help Me Make It Through The Night - Ken Parker,For the Good Times - Mikey Chung & The Now Generation
3 Sad Movies - Gloria Crawford,Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Bob Andy,Wolverton Mountain - Roman Stewart
4 Please Help Me I'm Falling - Hazel Wright,Snowbird - Dennis Walks,Don't Take Your Guns To Town - Hopeton Lewis
5 Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On - The Bleechers,Working Kind (Chokin' Kind) - John Holt,Sunshine On My Shoulders - Pat Kelly
6 Sweet Dreams - The Pioneers,Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On) - David Isaacs,Jambalaya - Pluto Shervington
7 Bye Bye Love - The Inventors,Missing You - Max Romeo,Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Ken Parker
8 My Last Date - Hortense Ellis,Don't Touch Me - Nicky Thomas,Drift Away - Hopeton Lewis
9 Games People Play - Bob Andy,Kiss An Angel Good Morning - Ken Parker,She Wears My Ring - Cornel Campbell
10 Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You - Anonymously Yours,In The Ghetto - Rip & Lan,Before The Next Teardrop Falls - John Holt
11 I'm Gonna Change Everything (Burn Them) - Willie Francis,Sylvia's Mother - Eric Donaldson & The West Indians,Green, Green Grass Of Home - Delroy Wilson
12 Stand by Your Man - Merlene Webber,Is It Really Over - Max Romeo,Wasted Days And Wasted Nights - John Holt
13 My Elusive Dreams - Ernest Wilson,Crying In the Chapel - Mikey Chung & The Now Generation,Last Thing On My Mind, The - Dennis Brown
14 He'll Have To Go (Put Your Sweet Lips) - Raphael Stewart & The Hot Tops,Guilty - Ken Parker,Statue Of A Fool - Jimmy Riley
15 Walk Through This World With Me - Doreen Scheaffer,Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) - Lloyd Charmers,Funny Familiar Forgotton Feelings - Pat Kelly
16 Love Of the Common People - Nicky Thomas (Jamaican Mix),Little Green Apples - Dennis Brown,Someone Loves You Honey - Jackie Edwards
17 Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms) - John Hold,I Wanna Wake Up With You - Boris Gardiner
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