Reggae Chartbusters Vol. 3
Release Date: 10/08/2009
Launched by Trojan late in 1969, the ‘Reggae Chartbusters’ album series swiftly became one of the best-selling lines in the company’s catalogue.
Following the simple, but effective formula of highlighting a dozen of the biggest Reggae hits of the preceding months, the LPs provided a showcase for both Trojan and the new style from Jamaica.
Released annually, each of the albums topped the Reggae album charts, even out-selling the much vaunted ‘Tighten Up’ collections, yet surprisingly the series only ran for three years before being brought to a sudden stop in 1972.
Now, some 40 years since the release of the first ‘Reggae Chartbusters’ LP, the seminal line has been revived, the original trio of releases augmented by another three volumes, each of which highlights the most popular Reggae sounds from a specific period.
Volume One brings together a selection of favourites from the late sixties, when the genre was still in its embryonic stage, while subsequent collections trace the music’s development, covering all styles from ‘Skinhead Reggae’ through to the Roots, Dub and Lovers music of the close of the following decade.
Included among the 120 classic tracks on these 6 CDs are over 40 major UK chart hits, with every major Reggae artist from the sixties and seventies featured along the way. Also included are a number of one-hit wonders, such as Horace Faith, the Hot Shots and Blue Haze and who enjoyed a spectacularly brief moment in the spotlight.
Never previously made available on CD, each collection faithfully retains the style of their respective period, with booklets jam-packed with relevant ephemera and fascinating commentaries, written by original Trojan employee, Rob Bell, recalling the label’s early history and the recordings that established it as the world’s greatest Reggae label.
With a year passing since the release of the second ‘Reggae Chartbusters’ volume, Trojan issued the third and ultimately final collection of best-selling singles from the preceding 12 months. The LP was arguably the strongest selection yet, with over half of the dozen tracks featured UK Top Ten hits, the highlight being the company’s first ever number one, ‘Double Barrel’. This hugely impressive compilation is now augmented by key recordings from the Trojan catalogue, including the original versions of ‘Trenchtown Rock’, ‘Johnny Too Bad’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’ and ‘Starvation’.
1. The Pioneers - Let Your Yeah Be Yeah 03:08
2. Nicky Thomas - Tell It Like It Is 02:40
3. Dave Barker & Ansel Collins - Monkey Spanner 02:29
4. Follow the Leader 03:00
5. Bob & Marcia - Pied Piper 02:47
6. Bruce Ruffin - One Big Happy Family 02:55
7. Dave Collins & Ansel Collins - Double Barrel 02:47
8. Daniel In The Lion's Den & Carl Douglas - Dancing In the Sun 02:48
9. Greyhound - Black and White 02:49
10. Dandy - Salt of the Earth 03:01
11. Bruce Ruffin - Rain 02:24
12. Desmond Dekker - Where Did It Go? The Song We Used To Sing 03:06
13. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Trench Town Rock 02:59
14. The Chosen Few - Theme from "Shaft" 03:36
15. The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad 03:11
16. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby 03:02
17. The Pioneers - Starvation 02:25
18. Delroy Wilson - Better Must Come 02:45
19. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Small Axe 03:55
20. Count Prince Miller - Mule Train 03:08