The Trojans (Gaz Mayall) | Ala-Ska

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Ala-Ska

by The Trojans (Gaz Mayall)

London Celtic ska & reggae with a dash of soul, funk, R&B and world roots
Genre: Reggae: Ska
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1. Gaelic Ska
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2. Ride Cowboy Ride
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3. Zulu
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4. When the War Comes
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5. Trojans Warriors
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6. Ringo
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7. Good Friends
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8. This Music Got Soul
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9. Love Forever
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10. Soul & Inspiration
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11. Autographing Cheques
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12. I Don't Like It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ala-Ska:
First album of The Trojans, released in 1987

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.

BAND LINE-UP:

'Gary Vincent' Gaz Mayall . . . . . . . . Vocals, Melodica, Piano
Andrew 'Big' Crawford . . . . . . . . . . Bass
'Lucky Pete' Peter Lambert . . . . . . . Drums, Vocals
'Cris' Crispin Gill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guitar
'Little Paul' Besterman . . . . . . . . . . Harmonica, Flageolet, Vocals
COLIN 'Kid Rolins'Humphries . . . . . Tenor Sax, Flageolet
'J.T.' Rawlinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Violin
Rudy 'Valentino' Jones . . . . . . . . . . Tenor Sax

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REVIEW - THE TROJANS : ALA - SKA
By Dell (Backdoor Promotions England).

The Trojans are one of the most important bands to ever emerge from the UK' s ska scene. Fronted by ska dude Gaz Mayall, the band mix ska with fusions of hot blues & reggae.

Ala Ska was first issued in 1987, and it set so much of an example in Great Britain, that one year later it inspired another ska revival in the country with the band headlining ska festivals & becoming press darlings in leading music papers like the NME and Melody Maker.

Ala - Ska is a quality album, & its mix of uptempo ska, soothing reggae & celtic cuts like Gaelic Ska, make it a must for all music lovers.

The authentic ska blasts of When The War Comes, This Music's Got Soul & Good Friends show just why The Trojans became so famous on the international ska scene, while the more mellow tunes of Trojan Warriors and Soul & Inspiration brings to light Gaz Mayall's capability of producing hit reggae tunes.

Ala - Ska started it all in the United Kingdom, and twenty years on, the album still sounds so fresh and full of life, and justifies why it finds itself firmly cemented in the Classic Ska Album category.
Gaz Mayall:
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.

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GAZ MAYALL:

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.


THE TROJANS:

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


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