Album Details

May 11, 1999
Reggae, Rocksteady, Ska

Album Review

Guaranteed to drive the purists around the bend, this budget-priced box set skimps on the packaging, but does make up for it with 50 tracks spread across three CDs. As the cynical have learned to expect, although advertised as a ska compilation, it does indeed stray repeatedly into rocksteady. Once upon a time, Trojan knew the difference, but apparently no longer. Admittedly though, it is classic rocksteady -- the Paragons, the Tamlins, the Valentines, with their sensational "Blam Blam Fever," and a clutch of other sublime vocal groups -- but let's get back to the ska. And here's the bit that will really infuriate collectors: Trojan has trawled through their archives and come up with enough gems to make listeners grit their teeth and buy this set regardless of the genre faux pas. Forget the bundle of big hits like "Get Up Edina" and "Carry Go Bring Come," it's tracks like Lord Tanamo's "I'm in the Mood for Ska" and Chuck & Dobby's "I Don't Need Your Love" that will make listeners drool. There's a host of steaming instrumentals from Baba Brooks, sundry Skatalites, and other equally talented players; sizzling duets from the likes of Lloyd & Glen, the battling Stranger & Patsy, Winston & George, and Clive & Naomi; and seminal offerings from Eric Morris, Derrick Morgan, Stranger Cole, a stunner from the Techniques, and a pair of gems from the Ethiopians. So, two-and-a-half hours of phenomenal music -- with that, one can put up with the occasional non-ska track.
Jo-Ann Greene, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I'm in the Mood for Ska
  2. Next Door Neighbour
  3. Watermelon Man
  4. Get Up Edina
  5. Silver Dollar
  6. Doctor Dick
  7. When I Call Your Name
  8. Blackberry Brandy
  9. Jezebel
  10. Baby I Love You
  11. Happy Go Lucky Girl
  12. No Raise No Praise
  13. Carry Go Bring Come
  14. Blessings of Love
  15. I Don't Need Your Love
  16. Congo War
  17. Don D Lion
  18. Rough and Tough
  19. Free Man
  20. Strongman Sampson
  21. Duck Soup
  22. Wrong Embryo
  23. Sudden Destruction
  24. What Can I Say
  25. I'm So in Love With You
  26. 007 (Shanty Town)
  27. Want Me Cock
  28. Iron Bar
  29. Miss Jamaica
  30. Jezebel
  31. Pheonix Ciry
  32. One Eyed Giant
  33. Rub and Squeeze
  34. Let George Do It
  35. Over the River
  36. If I Didn't Love You
  37. The Tide Is High
  38. Guns of Navarone
  39. Blazing Fire
  40. Doctor Zhivago
  41. Rudie Gets Plenty
  42. Train to Skaville
  43. Open the Door
  44. Musical Store Room
  45. Blam Blam Fever
  46. Sammy No Dead
  47. Storm Warning
  48. Girl I've Got a Date
  49. The Third Man Theme
  50. Denham Town