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Tuesday, 24 March 2009
“Tighten Up Volume 2: Deluxe Edition” by VARIOUS ARTISTS (March 2009 Universal/Sanctuary/Trojan CD Set of Remasters) - A Review by Mark Barry...
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"...No Matter What The People
Say…These Sounds Lead The Day…"
Complete with their risqué
sleeves – the iconic "Tighten Up" series of vinyl albums on Trojan
Records began in Britain in January 1969 and ended 8 volumes later in early
1973 when sales simply fizzled out. Warmly remembered to this day as fantastic
party music - these budget-priced LP compilations introduced wonderfully
evocative Jamaican Reggae and Ska to British youngsters ravenous for it.
Available in every Woolworths up and down the land - these cheap and cheerful
compilations were bought up in truckloads. Time to celebrate the nation in
irritation and let the h-action begin…
UK Released 16 March 2009 - "Tighten
Up Volume 2: Deluxe Edition" by VARIOUS ARTISTS on Universal/Sanctuary/Trojan 1797062 (Barcode
02517970625) is a 2CD set that massively expands the original budget LP. So
here are the Long Shots Kicking De Buckets and the Reggae In Your Jeggae (if you know what I'm saying)…
Disc 1 (66:47 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 12 make up the
album “Tighten Up Volume 2” issued on Trojan Records TTL 7 in November 1969.
Like Volume 1 from January 1969, the 2nd in the series was made up of the
label’s hottest singles from the preceding months– they’re listed below…
1. Long Shot Kick De Bucket –
THE PIONEERS - Trojan 672 [A] (August 1969)
2. John Jones – RUDY MILLS -
Big Shot BI 509 [A] (January 1969)
3. Fire Corner – KING STITT -
Duke DU 30 [A] (June 1969) [lyrics are the title of this review]
4. Wreck A Buddy – THE SOUL
SISTERS - Amalgamated AMG-839 [A] (May 1969)
5. Reggae In Your Jeggae –
DANDY - Downtown DT-410 [A] (February 1969)
20. Dark End Of The Street –
PAT KELLY - Jackpot JP-701 [A] (July 1969)
21. Doctor No Go – THE HIPPY
BOYS - High Note HS-021 [A] (August 1969)
22. Get On The Right Track –
PHYLLIS DILLON & HOPETON LEWIS - Trojan TR-671 [A] (August 1969)
23. Red Ash – KARL BRYAN with
TOMMY McCOOK & THE SUPERSONICS - Trojan TR-673 [A] (August 1969)
24. Liquidator – HARRY J ALL
STARS - Trojan TR-675 [A] (August 1969)
NICK BOURNE has coordinated
the project for Trojan and Universal-
while the hugely detailed 28-page booklet has an essay by LAURENCE CANE-HONEYSETT
on the album and the scene surrounding it. The crammed booklet pictures most of
the 7" labels featured alongside rare snaps of the singers and bands. LCH
penned the truly fantastic book "Young, Gifted & Black - The Story Of
Trojan Records" (see separate review) - so his knowledge goes deep - it's
literally track-by-track annotation. The 4-foldout-flaps reproduce adverts and
press releases from 1969 - the CDs themselves reflect the original vinyl
colouring and there's the now trademark DELUXE EDITION outer plastic wrap - all
Again the set is mastered by
TIM DEBNEY and the results are fabulous one moment, woeful the next. This is
60's Reggae and it was recorded in Auntie Flo's outside loo - so audiophile is
not order of the day here. Although I would quickly add that to my ears - the
improvement of sound quality is 'immense' all round - far better that the 2002
set that I've been living with these last few years. That alone is worth it for
But then there’s also the
clever track choices made – I’ve loved hearing the B-sides again – in fact
they’re often better than the A. The instrumental “Last Call” (aka “Tribute To
Drumbago”) is typical – a fabulous trumpet led Ska shuffle that’s as infectious
as a fit of the giggles. Disc 2 is simply a wad more of the same – I’ll be
discovering tracks on this for years to come. Love it – love it – love it.
Another triumph is this increasingly superb series…