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Trojan Roots Box Set
Trojan Box Set
Trojan Roots Box Set
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50 great reggae tracks from the vaults of Trojan Records that focus on the roots of the genre. Includes cuts by Heptones, Prince Far I, Sugar Minott, Horace Andy, Silvertones, Big Youth, Peter Tosh, Abyssinians, Ethiopian...  more »

      
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All Artists: Trojan Box Set
Title: Trojan Roots Box Set
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Trojan
Original Release Date: 4/21/1999
Re-Release Date: 5/11/1999
Album Type: Box set, Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music
Styles: Ska, Reggae
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 766126100825

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50 great reggae tracks from the vaults of Trojan Records that focus on the roots of the genre. Includes cuts by Heptones, Prince Far I, Sugar Minott, Horace Andy, Silvertones, Big Youth, Peter Tosh, Abyssinians, Ethiopians, Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson and many others. Comes packaged in a full color CD-sized brilliant box with each disc in a separate slipcase. 1999 release.

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CD Reviews

Roots n'culture see how they grow!
switchmassive | 02/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a soccer fan good ska, rocksteady and general forms of reggae are vital to my Saturday and this Roots compilation from Trojan pure hits the spot! Roundabout track 5 on the first CD you'll be aching for some herbal relief to enhance your music pleasures even more. By this stage you'll already heard the exceptional "Cool Rasta," "Rise in the Strength Jah," and "Rise Jah Jah Children." Just when you thought it couldn't get any better up pops "History" by Carlton Jackson, my speakers clearly aren't big enough!The whole mood is one of mellow enlightenment; with the musical arrangements so clear you can almost touch the sandy beaches and clear blue skies of warmer climes. I can't believe some of these tracks are older than me!!!To be honest I would pay this price for just one CD let alone 3! Buy this and refuse to get distressed otherwise 'tings will go missing, Jah bless"
Great but...
Dries | 03/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"yes i really like this set, but i have to tell the potential buyers that the tracklisting is a mess: "I Man A African" by the Sons of Selassie isn't on it, although it's supposed to be song 2 on disc 1; and on disc 3 "African Dub"" is just another version (not a dub version) of "Rejoice Jah Jah Children". Then there was one more track that was listed wrongly, can't remember which. Anyway, this set is essential because of the song "History" (the 8-minute discomix, btw); also "Rejoice Jah Jah Children", "Brother Noah" and "African People"... If you don't own these tracks already buy without hesitation."
Strong ROOTS.
Big Wheel | Los Angeles | 04/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Not all Trojan Box Sets are winners. I get the feeling sometimes with some of the Box Set releases that someone is cleaning out the basement at Trojan, dumping whatever they find onto three discs, slapping a vague title on it, and shipping it out. A lot of bad music gets mixed in with the good. The Roots Box Set is a definite exception. Most Reggae fans know that the birth of the "Roots" style (my favorite of the styles under the umbrella of Reggae: ie. Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Dub, D.J., Dancehall, Ragga, etc.) came about in the very late 60's and flourished in the early 70's with a slower beat and lyrics focusing mostly on religious, political, and cultural concerns of the Jamaican artists/audience of the time. This is a fine collection of very strong material from that period (70's) with hardly any weak tracks. Many of the songs in the set I first heard as Dub versions from other collections and on a couple of the selections you actually get the original version followed up by the Dub version, a nice little bonus. Of course while the Roots era is far too vast a period for any compilation to be considered comprehensive, this is an excellent vehicle to exose yourself to some Roots music and it would make a proper addition to the collections of current Roots fans. Perhaps Trojan should consider a "Roots Part II" like they did with their Dub Box Set releases."