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Trojan Country Reggae Box CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 205116096
UPC: 060768057920
UPC 14: 00060768057920
Release Date: 9/4/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Occupation (Ring Of Fire) - The Skatalites ~ Various Artists
2. Tennessee Waltz - The Carib Beats/Ewan & Jerry ~ Various Artists
3. Sad Movies - Gloria Crawford ~ Various Artists
4. Please Help Me I'm Falling - Hazel Wright ~ Various Artists
5. Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On - The Bleechers ~ Various Artists
6. Sweet Dreams - The Pioneers ~ Various Artists
7. Bye Bye Love - The Inventors ~ Various Artists
8. My Last Date - Hortense Ellis ~ Various Artists
9. Games People Play - Bob Andy ~ Various Artists
10. Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You - Anonymously Yours ~ Various Artists
11. I'm Gonna Change Everything (Burn Them) - Willie Francis ~ Various Artists
12. Stand by Your Man - Merlene Webber ~ Various Artists
13. My Elusive Dreams - Ernest Wilson ~ Various Artists
14. He'll Have To Go (Put Your Sweet Lips) - Raphael Stewart & The Hot Tops ~ Various Artists
15. Walk Through This World With Me - Doreen Scheaffer ~ Various Artists
16. Love Of the Common People - Nicky Thomas (Jamaican Mix) ~ Various Artists
17. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms) - John Hold ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Mule Train - Count Prince Miller ~ Various Artists
2. Help Me Make It Through The Night - Ken Parker ~ Various Artists
3. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Bob Andy ~ Various Artists
4. Snowbird - Dennis Walks ~ Various Artists
5. Working Kind (Chokin' Kind) - John Holt ~ Various Artists
6. Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On) - David Isaacs ~ Various Artists
7. Missing You - Max Romeo ~ Various Artists
8. Don't Touch Me - Nicky Thomas ~ Various Artists
9. Kiss An Angel Good Morning - Ken Parker ~ Various Artists
10. In The Ghetto - Rip & Lan ~ Various Artists
11. Sylvia's Mother - Eric Donaldson & The West Indians ~ Various Artists
12. Is It Really Over - Max Romeo ~ Various Artists
13. Crying In the Chapel - Mikey Chung & The Now Generation ~ Various Artists
14. Guilty - Ken Parker ~ Various Artists
15. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) - Lloyd Charmers ~ Various Artists
16. Little Green Apples - Dennis Brown ~ Various Artists
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Take Me Home Country Roads - Toots & The Maytals ~ Various Artists
2. For the Good Times - Mikey Chung & The Now Generation ~ Various Artists
3. Wolverton Mountain - Roman Stewart ~ Various Artists
4. Don't Take Your Guns To Town - Hopeton Lewis ~ Various Artists
5. Sunshine On My Shoulders - Pat Kelly ~ Various Artists
6. Jambalaya - Pluto Shervington ~ Various Artists
7. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Ken Parker ~ Various Artists
8. Drift Away - Hopeton Lewis ~ Various Artists
9. She Wears My Ring - Cornel Campbell ~ Various Artists
10. Before The Next Teardrop Falls - John Holt ~ Various Artists
11. Green, Green Grass Of Home - Delroy Wilson ~ Various Artists
12. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights - John Holt ~ Various Artists
13. Last Thing On My Mind, The - Dennis Brown ~ Various Artists
14. Statue Of A Fool - Jimmy Riley ~ Various Artists
15. Funny Familiar Forgotton Feelings - Pat Kelly ~ Various Artists
16. Someone Loves You Honey - Jackie Edwards ~ Various Artists
17. I Wanna Wake Up With You - Boris Gardiner ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/04/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 06076805792
Music Label Name Label : Trojan
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 3
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00060768057920

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