2007 sees the 40th Anniversary of this musical institution and there's a host of surprise guests dropping by for the celebrations

In 1967 Trojan Records released its first record in Jamaica by Duke Reid. Some time later, the legendary Chris Blackwell, always a vocal supporter of reggae, officially took the reigns of the fledging label and set up distribution through Island Records. Sanctuary Records took control of Trojan in 2001 and continued to cultivate the rich history of the label. Over the past 40 years, Trojan has given birth to some of the world's most creative, soulful and eccentric musical talent. The Trojan label has proudly become synonymous with reggae.

Travel back in time and its clear how reggae's influence soon made itself known via the genre's adoption by both skinhead culture and the punk revolution. From early Ska and Rocksteady right through to Dancehall, the spirit of Trojan is very much alive. The sound and impression of reggae can be found in modern music from the likes of Sean Paul to No Doubt to Radiohead to Shaggy to Sublime.

So how do you celebrate forty years of all that musical goodness?

Kicking it all off is a unique release from the undisputed Godfather of reggae himself, Lee "Scratch" Perry. Selecting his favorite tracks from his own prolific and highly experimental career, Perry takes us on a journey through reggae that includes chart topping hits, collaborations and his own personal high points.

Perry's jukebox collection is just one in a successful, curated series. DJ SPOOKY PRESENTS Lee "Scratch" Perry paved the way last summer followed by JONNY GREENWOOD IS THE CONTROLLER from Radiohead's discerning guitarist and the upcoming FURRY SELECTION, LUXURY CUTS OF TROJAN CHOSEN BY A SUPER FURRY ANIMAL (bassist Guto Pryce). Later this summer we'll see a double mix collection by The Orb featuring unreleased material by the Mad Professor.

In addition to Trojan's Jukebox Series, Trojan has mined numerous Definitive Collections and Anthologies, over 60 eye-catching Trojan Box Sets and a host of seminal Classic albums. Coming this summer are great classics by I Roy, King Tubby, and Lee "Scratch" Perry's original Jamaican mix of SUPER APE will finally make its US debut.

To continue in the festivities, Trojan Records has also entered into a partnership with Starbucks for a compilation to be available in all stores across North America as of August 1. With a forward written by Lee "Scratch" Perry, this collection will celebrate Trojan at its best and most accessible.

The influence that reggae has had both musically and culturally is world renowned, with the Trojan label playing host to some of its most legendary performers such as Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Dennis Brown, Desmond Dekker, Horace Andy and Gregory Isaacs. This year will be devoted to TROJAN 40, a celebration of not only the music and the artists, but the history that has made Trojan Records the foremost reggae label in the world.

[Published on: 5/2/07]

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All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/2/2007 11:04AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Lee Scratch Perry is the man. Although I heard that back in the day he was quite erratic to work with becasue not only did he purposly burn down one of his own studios and drank bottles of tape head cleaning fluid. Either way the man is a genuis. Be sure to check out works by him along with King Tubby, and Augustus Pablo. These men are the triumveriate of dub!

soulink starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/2/2007 12:18PM
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Yeah, Augustus Pablo is where its at... he was the first to incorporate the signature melodica sound into dub.

être Wed 5/2/2007 01:51PM
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Trojan and Studio 1 have the best reggae artists period. I highly recommend Dennis Alcapone, The Pioneers, and John Holt releases on Trojan and any Studio 1 "rock steady" compilation.

Trojan + Studio 1 = Heart and Soul of Jamaica

Cleofus Wed 5/2/2007 03:44PM
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Lee Perry is the shit. I've seen him twice live (both times at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta) and he rocked it. He had a spliff between his fingers the entire show (as did a majority of the crowd). Mad Professor was on the soundboard kicking some truly wicked dub.
The story goes that Lee Perry had a nervous breakdown due to rum soaked ganja and destroyed his Black Ark Studio however this varies and perhaps the truth will never be known.
The best bet is to pick up the Arkology box set for a taste of the Upsetter.

cuttyfives Thu 5/3/2007 09:29AM
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4 comments about trojans records and 150 comments about sci? please remove your dready heads from your arses. Lee Perry is good, pablo is good...If you like reggae, may i suggest Hugh Mundell, Horace Andy, Linval Thompson and for a great sampling of all reggae i suggest Madlibs, Blunted in the Bombshelter...i dont see myself puttin on a 15 minute "jambase" (dead not included) jam when im a little older but i know i'll be playin my reggae until i die. Lee Perry is overrated, Pablo is not. Rum soaked ganja? i doubt that lead to his breadown....Oh yeah, one more thing, Check out this movie "ROCKERS" its an oldschool movie about horsemouth and jacob miller tryin to sell reggae records...its a classic....seriously, check out Rockers

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 5/3/2007 02:52PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Ha Ha, Chris Blackwell. Didn't he rip off a bunch of people? I seem to remember reading where one prominent reggae artist called him Chris Whiteworst.

gabus! starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/4/2007 06:20AM
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More reggae for I...