Trojan - Tighten Up Reggae Volume 1
One of five LP’s in a series of newly created Trojan Records compilations celebrating the 2015 re-launch of the label. When reggae burst onto the Jamaican music scene late in 1968, the style was anything but the cool, laid-back sound many people now associate with the genre. These early recordings were notable for their pulsating, rapid tempo, and acquired a title of its own, ‘Boss’ or ‘Tighten Up’ reggae. Trojan Records Presents The Best Of Tighten Up Reggae Volume 1 features 12 classic tracks from John Holt, The Beltones, Max Romeo, Richard Ace and more.
Launched in the summer of 1968, Trojan dominated the UK reggae scene throughout the late sixties and early seventies, issuing the best new sounds that both Jamaican and British music makers had to offer. Between 1969 and 1975, the company released well over two thousand 7” singles, of which no less than 28 breached the UK Top 50 chart. During the same period, it issued some 300 albums, highlighting the latest Reggae chart toppers, such as Desmond Dekker, John Holt, Toots & the Maytals and Ken Boothe, along with music from lesser-known artists, whose number included future legends, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs.
Trojan’s astounding success during this period was instrumental in introducing reggae to a global audience and in so doing provided the foundations upon which Jamaican music has since been able to develop and prosper. Today, more than four decades after its launch, Trojan remains one of the most iconic music labels in the world, continually attracting new fans with its vast catalog of music that encompasses a wide range of styles from sixties ska and rock steady to the more recent sounds of roots, dub, lovers rock and dancehall.
Trojan Records Presents The Best Of Tighten Up Reggae Volume 1 Track Listing:
1. No More Heartaches - The Beltones
2 Tighten Up - The Inspirations
3. Wet Dream - Max Romeo
4. Bangarang - Stranger Cole & Lester Sterling
5. Cuss Cuss - Lloyd Robinson
6. John Jones - Rudy Mills
7. Sufferer - The Kingstonians
8. Right Track - Phyllis Dillon & Hopeton Lewis
9. Fatty Fatty - Clancy Eccles
10. Ali Baba - John Holt
11. Hang ‘Em High - Richard Ace
12. Mama Look Deh - The Reggae Boys