THE TROJAN BOX SET STATISTICS

As of September 2007, 69 Box Sets have been released, giving a total of 3,436 tracks. 67 of these Box Sets contain 50 tracks each, whilst the Trojan 12” Box Set contains only 35 tracks and the Trojan Reggae Rarities Box Set has 51 …the extra one being the hidden Emperor Rosko track (the cover of Whistling Jack Smith's "I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman").

67 are titled "Trojan <something> Box Set", 2 are not: Creole Reggae Box Set and RAS Reggae Box Set.

Some more basic statistics...

NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TRACKS - 3103
EARLIEST YEAR - 1956
LATEST YEAR - 2005
MOST TRACKS IN A YEAR - 301
WHICH YEAR? - 1970
LEAST TRACKS IN A YEAR - 0
WHICH YEAR? - 1959


 Given there are 3103 different tracks, then there are 333 duplicates - a rate of 10.73% - thus, 89.27% are not duplicated in box sets...

Of these 3436 tracks...
Appear once - 2806
Appear 2 times - 262 (an extra 262 tracks)
Appear 3 times - 34 (an extra 68 tracks)
Appear 4 times - 1 (an extra 3 tracks)
Giving a TOTAL - 3103 (an extra 333 tracks)

Desmond Dekker & the Aces' classic Rocksteady workout 007 (SHANTY TOWN) remains the only tune that appears on 4 box sets...

Originals Box Set
Rude Boy Box Set
Ska Box Set
U.K. Hits Box Set

...while these 34 tunes appear on 3 box sets...

1) Bob Andy (O.D.) - GAMES PEOPLE PLAY (Country Reggae Box Set / Jamaican Hits Box Set / Sixties Box Set)
2) Ken Boothe O.D. - EVERYTHING I OWN (Originals Box Set / Seventies Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
3) Baba Brooks - GUNS FEVER (Instrumentals Box Set / Mod Reggae Box Set / Rude Boy Box Set)
4) Susan Cadogan - FEVER (Lovers Box Set / Reggae Sisters Box Set / Upsetter Box Set)
5) Susan Cadogan - HURT SO GOOD (12in. Box Set / Reggae Sisters Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
6) Cimarons (aka Maroons) - CHECK OUT YOURSELF (Club Reggae Box Set / Reggae Rarities Box Set / Singles Box Set)
7) Daniel in the Lion's Den - DANCING IN THE SUN (British Reggae Box Set / Carnival Box Set / Sunshine Reggae Box Set)
8 ) Ronnie Davis - KAYA (Bob Marley Covers Box Set / Ganja Reggae Box Set / Tribute To Bob Marley Box Set)
9) Ethiopians - TRAIN TO SKAVILLE (Originals Box Set / Ska Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
10) Fabulous Flames - HOLLY HOLY (Club Reggae Box Set / Originals Box Set / Producer Series Box Set)
11) Sharon Forrester - SILLY WASN'T I? (Lovers Box Set / Lovers Rock Box Set / Reggae Sisters Box Set)
12) Marcia Griffiths - DON'T LET ME DOWN (Beatles Tribute Box Set / Bob Marley And Friends Box Set / Reggae Sisters Box Set)
13) Marcia Griffiths - FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE, THE (Bob Marley And Friends Box Set / Lovers Box Set / Reggae Chill-Out Box Set)
14) Harry J. All Stars - LIQUIDATOR, THE (Instrumentals Box Set / Originals Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
15) John Holt - REGGAE FROM THE GHETTO (Carnival Box Set / Singles Box Set / Suedehead Box Set)
16) John Holt - STICK BY ME (Jamaican Hits Box Set / Jamaican Superstars Box Set / Originals Box Set)
17) John Holt - YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE (12in. Box Set / Lovers Box Set / Lovers Rock Box Set)
18 ) Pat Kelly - BEST TIME OF MY LIFE (Carnival Box Set / Club Reggae Box Set / Jamaican Superstars Box Set)
19) King Stitt - HERBSMAN (D.J. Box Set / Ganja Reggae Box Set / Producer Series Box Set)
20) Peter & Paul Lewis - ETHIOPIAN LAND (Reggae Duets Box Set / Roots Reggae Box Set / Upsetter Box Set)
21) Dandy Livingstone - MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY, A (Originals Box Set / Rude Boy Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
22) Bob Marley & the Wailers - SUN IS SHINING (Reggae Chill-Out Box Set / Sunshine Reggae Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
23) Derrick Morgan - FAT MAN (RE-RECORDING) (Mod Reggae Box Set / Singles Box Set / Tighten Up Box Set)
24) Judy Mowatt - EMERGENCY CALL (Bob Marley And Friends Box Set / Reggae Sisters Box Set / Suedehead Box Set)
25) Judy Mowatt - I SHALL SING (Bob Marley And Friends Box Set / Reggae Sisters Box Set / Tighten Up Box Set)
26) Roy Shirley - HOLD THEM (Carnival Box Set / Jamaican Hits Box Set / Producer Series Box Set)
27) Skatalites - GUNS OF NAVARONE (Originals Box Set / Ska Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
28 ) Slickers - JOHNNY TOO BAD (Originals Box Set / Rude Boy Box Set / Tighten Up Box Set)
29) Symarip - SKINHEAD MOON STOMP (Originals Box Set / Skinhead Reggae Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
30) Nicky Thomas - LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE (Country Reggae Box Set / Originals Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
31) Tony Tribe & the Rudies - RED RED WINE (Originals Box Set / Skinhead Reggae Box Set / U.K. Hits Box Set)
32) Paulette Williams - MY ISLAND (Jamaica Box Set / Reggae Sisters Box Set / Tighten Up Box Set)
33) Neville Willoughby - I LOVE JAMAICA (Carnival Box Set / Club Reggae Box Set / Jamaica Box Set)
34) Winston & George - DENHAM TOWN (Reggae Duets Box Set / Rude Boy Box Set / Ska Box Set)


There are 941 different artists represented across the 69 box sets. The 50 or so most-represented (and accounting for 1169 or 34.02% of the total) are as follows (in descending order of number of tracks):

1= 1.51% 52 John Holt
1= 1.51% 52 Upsetters
3= 1.16% 40 Dennis Brown
3= 1.16% 40 Gregory Isaacs
5= 1.02% 35 Cornell Campbell
5= 1.02% 35 Derrick Morgan
7= 0.99% 34 Delroy Wilson
8= 0.96% 33 Ken Boothe O.D.
9= 0.90% 31 Alton Ellis O.D.
10= 0.87% 30 Lee 'Scratch' Perry
11= 0.84% 29 Derrick Harriott
12= 0.76% 26 Desmond Dekker
12= 0.76% 26 Pat Kelly
14= 0.70% 24 Johnny Clarke
15= 0.67% 23 Maytals
16= 0.61% 21 I Roy
16= 0.61% 21 Pioneers
18= 0.58% 20 Max Romeo
19= 0.55% 19 Observer All Stars/Observers
20= 0.52% 18 Ethiopians
20= 0.52% 18 Byron Lee & the Dragonaires
20= 0.52% 18 Revolutionaries (with or without Sly Dunbar)
20= 0.52% 18 Lloyd 'Charmers' Terrell
24= 0.49% 17 Roland Alphonso
24= 0.49% 17 Baba Brooks
24= 0.49% 17 Barry Brown
24= 0.49% 17 Crystalites
24= 0.49% 17 Owen Gray
24= 0.49% 17 Heptones
24= 0.49% 17 Roots Radics Band
31= 0.47% 16 Horace Andy
31= 0.47% 16 Chosen Few (Original)
31= 0.47% 16 Marcia Griffiths (O.D.)
31= 0.47% 16 Tommy McCook
31= 0.47% 16 Silvertones
36= 0.44% 15 Aggrovators
36= 0.44% 15 Big Youth
36= 0.44% 15 Jimmy Cliff O.M.
36= 0.44% 15 Clancy Eccles
36= 0.44% 15 Jackie Edwards
36= 0.44% 15 Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
36= 0.44% 15 Melodians
36= 0.44% 15 Sugar Minott
36= 0.44% 15 Paragons
36= 0.44% 15 Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus
36= 0.44% 15 Nicky Thomas
36= 0.44% 15 U Roy
36= 0.44% 15 Joe White
49= 0.41% 14 Boris Gardiner (O.D.)
49= 0.41% 14 Inner Circle
49= 0.41% 14 Freddie McGregor O.D.
49= 0.41% 14 Judy Mowatt
49= 0.41% 14 Augustus Pablo
49= 0.41% 14 Slim Smith
49= 0.41% 14 Techniques
49= 0.41% 14 Linval Thompson

...and some producer STATISTICS...notice there are still 100 marked as Unspecified - listed in the next reply - any definitive info on these is welcomed.

There are 383 different producers represented across the 69 box sets. The 50 or so most-represented (and accounting for 2615 or 76.69% of the total) are as follows (in descending order of number of tracks):

1 10.42% 358 Edward 'Bunny' Lee Production
2 7.13% 245 Arthur 'Duke' Reid Production
3 6.64% 228 Lee 'Scratch' Perry Production
4 4.22% 145 Leslie Kong (or Beverley's) Production
5 3.11% 107 Lloyd 'Charmers' Terrell Production
6 2.91% 100 Unspecified
7 2.74% 94 Derrick Harriott Production
7 2.74% 94 Winston Holness (Niney) Production
9 2.42% 83 Sonia Pottinger (O.D.) Production
10 2.36% 81 Joe Gibbs Production
11 2.33% 80 Harry Johnson Production
12 1.69% 58 Alvin 'G.G.' Ranglin Production
13 1.57% 54 Clancy Eccles Production
14 1.37% 47 Winston Riley Production
15 1.28% 44 Dandy Livingstone Production
15 1.28% 44 Tapper Zukie Production
17 1.22% 42 Nkrumah Jah Thomas Production
18 1.14% 39 Linval Thompson Production
19 1.08% 37 Tommy Cowan Production
20 0.99% 34 Studio One Production
21 0.96% 33 Richard Khouri Production
21 0.96% 33 Roger Lomas Production
23 0.87% 30 Bush, Grape, Swan etc. Production
24 0.84% 29 Henry 'Junjo' Lawes Production
25 0.81% 28 Dr. Dread Production
25 0.81% 28 Karl 'J.J.' Johnson Production
27 0.79% 27 Byron Lee Production
28 0.76% 26 Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke Production
28 0.76% 26 Lloyd 'The Matador' Daley Production
30 0.70% 24 Sidney Crooks Production
31 0.67% 23 W.I.R.L. Production
32 0.61% 21 Rupie Edwards Production
33 0.55% 19 Sly & Robbie (or Taxi) Production
34 0.52% 18 Lynford 'Andy Capp' Anderson Production
35 0.49% 17 Federal Records Production
35 0.49% 17 Gregory Isaacs Production
37 0.47% 16 Ken Lack (Blondel Calnek) Production
38 0.44% 15 Graeme Goodall / Philligree Production
38 0.44% 15 Keith Hudson Production
38 0.44% 15 Tony Ashfield Production
41 0.38% 13 Prince Tony Robinson Production
41 0.38% 13 Scientist (Hopetown Brown) Production
41 0.38% 13 Warwick Lyn Production
44 0.35% 12 Dynamic Sound (or Dynasounds) Production
44 0.35% 12 Edmund 'Mikey' Brooks Production
44 0.35% 12 Shelley Production
47 0.32% 11 Bad Manners Production
47 0.32% 11 Charles Ross Production
47 0.32% 11 Ian & Roger Lewis Production
47 0.32% 11 Jammy's (Prince/King) Production
47 0.32% 11 Linden Pottinger Production
47 0.32% 11 Ossie Hibbert Production


There are a variety of musical styles across the box sets (remember these are my subjective judgments):

Calypso / Soca 35 1.02%
Jamaican R&B 133 3.87%
Mento 1 0.03%
Northern Soul 1 0.03%
Pop 1 0.03%
Ragga 51 1.48%
Reggae 2628 76.48%
Rocksteady 324 9.43%
Ska 202 5.88%
Ska (not 60s) 50 1.46%
Soul (Straight) 9 0.26%
Soul Instrum. 1 0.03%
TOTAL 3436 100.00%

…and I reckon there are this number of these tracks:

D.J. (Toasting) 226 6.58%
Dub (Reggae) 190 5.53%

…and…

Instrumentals 564 16.41%
Non-Instrumentals 2872 83.59%
TOTAL 3436 100.00%

…and…

Live 37 1.08%
Not live 3399 98.92%
TOTAL 3436 100.00%

…and…

Re-recordings 24 0.70%
Not re-recordings 3412 99.30%
TOTAL 3436 100.00%

…and…

Alternative title 180 5.24%
No alternative title 3256 94.76%
TOTAL 3436 100.00%

All statistics compiled by Joe Lawrance and used with kind permission. For previous statistical counts visit www.trojanrecords.co.uk/forum/

 

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