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Tighten Up, Vol. 1-6: Trojan Reggae Classics 1968-1974

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Tighten Up, Vol. 1-6: Trojan Reggae Classics 1968-1974 Review

by Stephen Cook

The six original Tighten Up albums are now available as a two-disc, 52-track package. Credited with really selling the English public on reggae, the series featured now-classic work by the Maytals, Delroy Wilson, the Upsetters, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Slim Smith, the Uniques, and the Pioneers. The British skinheads were particularly impressed, especially by such stomping anthems as Clancy Eccles' "Fattie, Fattie" and the Upsetters' "Return of Django." And for those favoring a slower pace, this mix of 1968-1974 sides includes plenty of smoky relaxants by the likes of Judy Mowatt, Johnny Clarke, and Nicky Thomas, among many others. Not a bad way to start your reggae collection, really.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Untouchables 02:38
2 Joya Landis 02:51
3 Val Bennett 03:05 Amazon
4 David Isaacs 02:45
5
George A. Penny 02:49
6 Derrick Morgan 03:09
7 Joya Landis 02:53 Amazon
8 The Uniques 02:23 Amazon
9 The Kingstonians 03:26
10 Clancy Eccles 02:41
11 Rudy Mills 03:09 Amazon
12 Joya Landis 02:27
13 The Pioneers 02:47
14 Clancy Eccles 02:49 Amazon
15 The Upsetters 02:30
16
The Soul Sisters 02:30
17 The Bleechers 03:07
18
Soulmates 02:38
19 The Maytals 03:45 Amazon
20 Dave Barker 02:47
21 Ken Boothe 02:59
22 The GG All-Stars 02:57
23 The Kingstonians 03:03
24 Andy Capp / King Stitt 02:38
25 Nora Dean 02:20
26 Delano Stewart 02:20 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Niney the Observer 03:08
2 The Slickers 03:10
3 The Pioneers 02:25
4 Delroy Wilson 02:47
5 Jackie Edwards / Judy Mowatt 03:02
6 The Ethiopians 03:05
7 Clancy Eccles 02:24
8
Bunny / Bongo Herman 02:39
9 Jimmy London 03:24
10 Chosen Few 03:39
11 Bob Marley & the Wailers 03:16
12 Harry J All-Stars 03:05
13 Toots & the Maytals 03:09
14
I Roy & The Jumpers 02:29
15 Shorty the President 02:51
16 U-Roy 02:51
17 Slim Smith 03:02
18 Nicky Thomas 03:35
19 Ken Boothe 02:37
20
Bob Andy 03:18
21 Zap Pow 02:55
22 The Heptones 03:18
23 Al Brown 04:14
24 Judy Mowatt 03:10
25 Johnny Clarke 03:15
26 Cynthia Richards 02:41
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