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Club Reggae Re-release

Club Reggae Re-release

Club Reggae Re-release

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Out again one of Trojan's best selling reggae collections.


Club ReggaeIn 1969 Trojan Records, having failed to make the same kind of impact on the UK albums market that they had on the UK singles one, decided to take the brave decision of releasing a compilation, titled ‘Tighten Up’. Priced at around the cost of two singles the album collected together some of their biggest selling singles and put them all together in one nice big package. The album was a great success, but with the hits still coming thick and fast, they soon realised that further similar album ranges could be as equally successful. And so it was that early in 1971 Trojan launched ‘Club Reggae’, a compilation series that would run for a further six volumes and go on to become the company’s most commercially successful series of all-time.

Now for the first time ever that original album is being re-released on CD. It has been mastered from the original tapes and uses original artwork plus at the budget-busting price of £3.99 and with the CD having that vinyl look about it this is as close to the original as you are possibly ever going to get.

It may not be one of the strongest collections from Trojan or as revered as the 'Tighten Up' series, but it is till a good collection that includes the rousing ‘54-46 Was My Number’ from Toots & The Maytals, the UK #1 single from Dave Barker and Ansel Collins ‘Double Barrel’ and the clip-clop of Andy Capp’s (Lynford Anderson) spaghetti western flavoured ‘The Law’. It also captures some of the diversity in reggae styles of the era with The Fabulous Flames almost hymn like ‘Holly Holy’, the calypso steel drum, swing of Selwyn Baptiste’s ‘Mo' Bay’ and touches of funkiness and soul on The Pioneers ‘I Need Your Sweet Inspiration’ and Hopeton Lewis and The Chosen Few ‘Boom Shaka Lacka’.

If you owned this album the first time around then it’s a no brainer way to update one of your prized assets and if you didn’t it still makes for a solid compilation that captures a thriving time in UK reggae history when just about every teenager in the UK had at least one of reggae record in their musical collection.

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