Shanty Town Determination: 1976-1978

Performers Trinity

Blood And Fire | April 4, 2000 | Compact Disc

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Formulating a distinctive dancehall style in the'80s, Trinity has remained a steadfast fixture on the Jamaican and Caribbean circuit. His latest effort, Shanty Town Determination, originally a 1,000 copy pressing in the mid'70s, is a cultural journey through some of the finest roots and rhythms, revamped for the'90s with five additional tracks on the Blood And Fire label. With a remix of the prophets "How Long Jah" and an exciting remake of Slim Smith's "The Beatitude," Trinity remains an important part of the Caribbean and Reggae scene.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 4, 2000

Genre: Dancehall/Ragga

Style: Reggae

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Blood And Fire

UPC: 783564003129

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Shanty Town Determination: 1976-1978

Performers Trinity

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 4, 2000

Genre: Dancehall/Ragga

Style: Reggae

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Blood And Fire

UPC: 783564003129


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Title Track Time
1.Rasta Determination --
2.Tradition --
3.Fire Down A Town --
4.Hold Them Jah Jah (Extended) --
5.Quarter Pound A Ishens --
6.Promise Is A Comfort To A Fool --
7.Natty Dread A No Bandooloo --
8.Samson The Strongest Man --
9.Z 90 (Extended) --
10.How Long Jah (Extended) --
11.Peace Conference In A Western Kingston --
12.Fight It To The Top/Lively Tribulation --
13.Blessed Are The Meek (Discomix) --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Trinity (vocals); Earl "Chinna" Smith, Albert Griffiths, Bertram "Ranchie" McClean (guitar); Tommy McCook (saxophone); Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Vin Gordon (trombone); Bernard "Touta" Harvey (piano); Aston "Family Man" Barrett (organ, bass); Paul "Pablo Black" Dixon, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Earl "Bagga" Walker (organ); Robbie Shakespeare, Clinton Fearon (bass); Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Carlton "Santa" Davis, Lowell "Sly" Dunbar, Benbow Creary (drums); Uziah "Sticky" Thompson (percussion).
Reissue producer: Steve Barrow.
Recorded at King Tubby's Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. Includes liner notes by Steve Barrow.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Metcalf (2000, The Soundmasters, London, England.)
This is a reissue of an obscure classic from the late 1970s, an album made by the young reggae deejay Trinity under the aegis of the great roots singer and producer Yabby You (Vivian Jackson). Trinity was just 22 when he recorded this album, and at this point he owed a tremendous stylistic debt to Big Youth; still, his delivery is original enough and his lyrics clever enough that he sounds less like an imitator than a respectful disciple. Although by this time in his career Trinity had already begun anticipating the materialistic orientation of dancehall reggae (most notably with his huge hit "Three Piece Suit"), Shanty Town Determination consists entirely of "cultural" lyrics -- most of the songs are religious numbers like "Rasta Determination" and "Samson the Strongest Man," but there is also an herb anthem (the archetypal "Quarter Pound a Ishens") and some political material, all of it chanted over Yabby You's finest rhythms and dubbed up by the inimitable King Tubby. This reissue adds five additional selections, including extended mixes of "Z 90," Trinity's personal tribute to Big Youth, and an excellent deejay cut on Slim Smith's "The Beatitude," here titled "Blessed Are the Meek." Fans of the art of chatting should run, not walk, to their local reggae outlet to pick up this one. ~ Rick Anderson
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