The Spirit of Adventure:
Second album of The Trojans, released in 1988 in Japan Only
This album is currently out of print in Vinyl and CD format. There are only 6 copies on sale made especially for CDbaby, then it will be available for download only.
'Gary Vincent' Gaz Mayall . . . . . . . . Vocals, Melodica, Piano
Andrew 'Big' Crawford . . . . . . . . . . Bass, Piano, Melodica, Vocals
'Cris' Crispin Gill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guitar, Piano, Melodica, Vocals
'Lucky Pete' Peter Lambert . . . . . . . Drums, Vocals
'Little Paul' Besterman . . . . . . . . . . Harmonica, Vocals, Thin Whistle, trumpet
Johnny T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Violin, Bass, Vocals
Rudy 'Valentino' Jones . . . . . . . . . . Tenor Sax
COLIN 'Kid Rolins'Humphries . . . . . Tenor Sax, Vocals
Mark Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Congas, Vocals
REVIEW - THE TROJANS : THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
By Dell (Backdoor Promotions England).
In 1988 The Trojans released their second album, The Spirit of Adventure. The album was also released in Japan on Sony Records.
The band released Lumpi as a single from the album, & produced a video with shots recorded at Gaz Mayall's home & while they were on stage in London. This upbeat record is still played at ska discos to this day, and the video was shown on a number of TV channels in the UK and in Japan.
The BBC must of also purchased a copy of The Spirit of Adventure, as The Trojans were asked to record a BBC session with two of the album tracks, Acid Rain & Jericho Battle, getting the fully deserved Beeb treatment. The BBC versions were released as a limited edtion 12" single titled Phoenix, which was released with two other tracks on Gaz's Rockin Records, and it quickly became a collectors item.
The Spirit of Adventure was a huge success for The Trojans both at home & abroad, & the band appeared on TV adverts in Japan due its success, and Gaz Mayall became a big star. So much that posters of him & The Trojans could be seen all over Tokyo that particular year !
The eldest son of Blues legend John Mayall (John Mayall's bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton), Gaz was raised on a musical diet of R&B and was dragged around every beat, pop & rock festival and venues throughout the sixties as a child. First becoming a lifelong fan of reggae as a kid on the football terraces in the skin head era circa 1968-72.
Specialising in ska & reggae with a dash of soul, funk, R&B and world roots, The Trojans were formed in late 1986 from the ashes of the premature demise of Gaz Mayall's first band Gaz's Rebel Blues Rockers where brief emergence on the London pub/club scene lasted from early 1982 to mid 83.
Debut gig was the Astoria on Charing Cross road by London's center point on the 23rd December 1986 supporting premier ska band Potato 5 and ska legend Laurel Aitken. Within two and a half years the Trojans headlined the same venue with the above acts supporting them. During the first few years they recorded several albums well received on the UK underground all on Gaz Mayall's own independent label Gaz's Rockin' Records, the first being 'Ala-Ska' featuring the classic single 'Gaelic Ska' launching a whole new genre of Afro-Celtic fusion that has since become a hallmark of The Trojans' sound.
Several albums were licensed to Japan from '88 with 'Spirit of Adventure' on Sony records opening up an avenue of succesive tours with mainstream coverage to a large audience where they are still very popular today.
Some original band members are still regular performers with the band including saxophonist Rudy Jones and drummer Mark Hamilton who began as percussionist. The line-up often features bagpipes, violin, guest female vocalists, on top of the regular two guitars, drum, bass percussion regular touring group with Gaz at the centre stage singing and playing melodica. Occasionally guest horn players and the Trojan's long time founder saxman Colin Humphries appear.
The trojans tour often mainly in Europe and do lots of one-off special shows at festivals, clubs, bars and private parties being popular with the young and old and people of all cultures to suit our multicultural day and age.
More info about the trojans on www.johnjohnrecords.com