20-06-2018

Music On Vinyl celebrates Trojan's 50th anniversary

Music On Vinyl celebrates Trojan's 50th anniversary

Music On Vinyl celebrates Trojan's 50th anniversary
Music On Vinyl celebrates Trojan's 50th anniversary

It's been five decades ago when the iconic reggae label Trojan was founded by Lee Gopthal. During the years the label became known for bringing the reggae and dub music to a wider audience. By promoting the Jamaican music in the right markets, the label rapidly expanded and the artists received the attention they deserved. Last year Music On Vinyl released many of these superb records on high quality coloured vinyl. Among those issued were albums by Duke Reidthe Kingstoniansthe UpsettersKen Boothe and Sly & the Revolutionaries.

Scheduled for release over the coming months are further amazing Trojan titles, the first of which is a ground-breaking collection by Jamaican record producer Harry Zephaniah Johnson, better known as Harry J.  Originally released early in 1970, What Am I To Do features a dozen boss reggae classics, including the title track by Tony Scott, which provided the rhythm of the producer's classic hit instrumental, 'Liquidator'. This album will be released this Friday.

Subsequent albums from us will include Woman a Capture Man by the Ethiopians, one of Jamaica's most popular and influential vocal groups during the Sixties and Seventies. The LP also dates from 1970, a time when reggae was shifting from a rough, high-tempo sound towards a smoother and more considered metre. This title will be available 27 July.

Finally, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Trojan label we will be giving away four Trojan classic albums in a package offer to our newsletter subscribers.

The first of these is Duke Reid Rock's Steady, which showcases the soulful productions of legendary Treasure Isle Records boss, Arthur 'Duke' Reid. The second is one of Trojan's biggest selling long players of all time: Long Shot by the Pioneers - one of the first Jamaican acts to achieve international success with their UK hit, 'Long Shot Kick The Bucket'. The third album is named after one of the biggest tunes from the skinhead or boss reggae era of the late sixties, namely Sufferer by the Kingstonians. Aside from the best-selling title track, other sizable early reggae hits on the collection include 'Singer Man', 'Hold Down', 'Nice Nice'. The fourth and final fantastic Trojan album that you can win is the Lee 'Scratch' Perry-produced Prisoner of Love by Dave Barker & the UpsettersAt the time of its original release in 1970, Barker was widely regarded as one of the most promising and versatile talents on the reggae scene and the following year achieved his potential with the international chart busters, 'Double Barrel' and 'Monkey Spanner', partnering keyboard maestro, Ansel Collins.

Just sign up for our newsletter, set the preferences to your favourite music genres and who knows you'll listening soon to these fantastic four Trojan titles. You can participate in this contest until June 26. Stay tuned for more contests regarding the celebration of Trojan's 50th anniversary.
Exclusive
THE ETHIOPIANS - WOMAN CAPTURE MAN
The Ethiopians was one of Jamaica's most popular bands during the late ska, rocksteady and early reggae periods. Their third album Woman a Capture Man is a quieter record than their first releases.        
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Limited edition of 750 copies on orange colored vinyl
THE KINGSTONIANS - SUFFERER
Sufferer was one of the classic tunes from the skinhead or boss reggae era of the late sixties, with its popularity, along with a number of subsequent follow-ups, leading to a debut album of the same name by the vocal trio who had burst upon the Jamaican music scene in 1967.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
VARIOUS ARTISTS - DUKE REID ROCKS STEADY
The first of a series of classic albums from the legendary Trojan catalogue that will see issue throughout the year, the erroneously titled 'Duke Reid Rock's Steady' was originally released by Island Records to promote their new Trojan label, an imprint launched to specifically showcase the productions of legendary Treasure Isle Records boss, Arthur 'Duke' Reid.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Trojan's first release !
THE PIONEERS - LONG SHOT

One trio that not only succeeded, but blossomed following the onset of reggae, is the Pioneers, who in 1969 became one of the first Jamaican acts to achieve international success with their UK hit, 'Long Shot Kick The Bucket'.

The success of the single was swiftly followed by what became one of Trojan's biggest selling long players of all time, the aptly titled 'Long Shot'.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
Exclusive
DAVE BARKER & THE UPSETTERS - PRISONER OF LOVE
One of Trojan's best -selling long-players from the golden age of reggae, the album can finally be acquired again at a price that won't burn a hole in the pocket!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
Exclusive
VARIOUS ARTISTS - WHAT AM I TO DO? (MONO)
The Jamaican reggae record producer Harry Zephaniah Johnson, better known under his stage-name Harry J, started working as a producer at the end of the 60s. He combined some of his recordings on the 1970 album What Am I To Do?. 
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Mono recording
  • Limited edition of 750 copies on orange colored vinyl

20-06-2018