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In the months leading up to 1971, Trojan Records enjoyed a period of commercial success that has yet to be equalled by any Jamaican music label.
The company had an almost continual presence in the UK Pop charts, while its singles dominated the Reggae listings and thriving club scene across the country.
To capitalise on this phenomenal success, the company launched the hugely popular ‘Tighten Up’ LP series in 1969, but with the hits coming thick and fast, there was soon the realisation that further album ranges were required. So it was that early in ‘71, Trojan launched what would be the company’s most commercially successful series of all-time: ‘Club Reggae’.
Highlighting the most popular tracks on the club scene of the day, the first volume created the formula that was to be repeated for a further six volumes, with its dramatic yet simply designed sleeves becoming iconic images of the period.
Now, over 40 years since the ‘Club Reggae’ range was launched, the best- selling first volume is finally made available on CD, with the original tape masters and artwork ensuring the release remains as true to the original vinyl release as possible. What better way to start the 50th year of Jamaican independence?
1. Holly Holy - The Fabulous Flames
2. 54 46 Was My Number - Toots & The Maytals
3. Double Barrel - Dave Barker & Ansel Collins
4. Groovy Situation - Derrick Harriott
5. Take A Letter Maria - Dandy Livingstone
6. Wear You To The Ball - U Roy
7. Rivers Of Babylon - The Melodians
8. The Law - Andy Capp
9. Hitchin' A Ride - Al T. Joe
10. (I Need Your) Sweet Inspiration - The Pioneers
11. Mo' Bay (Montego Bay) - Selwyn Baptiste
12. Boom Shaka Laka (Boom Sha-Ka-La-Ka) - Hopeton Lewis & The Chosen Few