Various Artists

The Original Labour of Love Collection: 25 Trojan Reggae Classics

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The title of The Original Labour of Love Collection: 25 Trojan Reggae Classics might lead reggae fans familiar with UB40's all-covers Labour of Love albums to believe that this set collects similar material. While it does contain versions of Motown classics, Neil Diamond tunes, and so on, this isn't exclusively a covers compilation; the "labour of love" in the title simply refers to the label's work in releasing ska, rock-steady, and reggae records over the years. And it is a very good collection, drawing material from throughout reggae's history and making up for its sometimes incoherent stylistic juxtapositions by choosing high-quality songs. Artists present include Ken Boothe, the Melodians, Bob Marley & the Wailers, U-Roy, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff, and more.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:03
2 3:07
3 3:29
4 3:12
5 3:03
6 2:56
7
2:54
8
3:02
9 2:38
10 4:13
11 2:45
12 2:31
13 3:00
14
3:12
15
3:16
16 3:20
17 3:06
18 3:17
19 2:48
20 3:19
21 2:30
22 3:06
23 2:20
24 4:21
25 3:32
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