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Early Jamaican Music - The Best Of Mento & Calypso
Early Jamaican Music - The Best Of Mento & Calypso
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mento from the 50s, 18 Mar. 2012
This album is only available as an MP3 download which is a little disappointing for someone like me who appreciates the extra information that usually comes with a CD. Some of the tracks do not list the performers, even though it's possible to work this out by searching on youtube or comparing with 'Jamaïca-Mento 1951-1958'. However the album includes all of the 36 tracks on the more expensive 'Jamaïca-Mento 1951-1958'CD( an additional 19. The recordings are of a decent quality for the time and, in most cases, far better than early ska recordings available on the Trojan label.

Although mento is from Jamaica and calypso is from Trinidad and Tobago, the genres are quite similar and on this album it can sometimes be hard to distinguish one from the other, especially as Jamaican artists were adopting the more popular calypso style at the time.

Some of the tracks here were popularised by Harry Belafonte on his early albums, including 'Day Dah Light' (aka The Banana Boat Song) and 'Man Smart, Woman Smarter'and though his versions are certainly alot better produced and have very slick arrangements, the tracks on this album have a more Jamaican feel.

As a whole, the songs on this album are upbeat and often contain a fair bit of sexual inuendo. There are clever lyrics and beautiful tunes (Linstead Market for example). I would strongly recommend it to people who like calypso, and anyone who is interested in the origins of ska and reggae, but I would supplement it with 'Calypso In Great Britain'( which has some brilliant songs by Jamaican artists like Lord Beginner and Ben Bowers.

Lagrimas Y Gozos
Lagrimas Y Gozos
Price: £7.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lagrimas Y Gozos, 4 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Lagrimas Y Gozos (Audio CD)
Every track on this album is a winner. As the band's name suggests, it's a mixture of ska and punk, heavy hitting and melodic throughout. Particular favourites are Crimen Sollicitationis (about the sex scandals in the Catholic Church)and Wild Spain (an anti-bullfighting song). Don't let the fact that the songs are in Spanish put you off - the tunes stand up by themselves, and if your politics are left of centre you're not going to disappointed by the sentiments of the songs. If this band were english-speaking they would be better known than The Mighty Mighty Bosstones or Reel Big Fish.

Generation Indigo
Generation Indigo
Price: £17.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Generation Indigo, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Generation Indigo (Audio CD)
I love this album. It's probably the best thing Poly has ever done. Every song is catchy and has meaning. The overall feeling is overwhelmingly positive, despite the seriousness of the issues covered. It's hard to pick out stand-out tracks because they're all so varied and any one of them could be a single - not that decent music stands a chance in the charts. As a cautionary note, not all X-Ray Spex fans will enjoy this as much as I do: IT IS NOT PUNK. But then, Poly was unique and, like most great artists, did not belong to a genre. I went for the deluxe edition as it was only a few pennies more. I also bought the 'Virtual Boyfriend' EP, which is available as a download for £2.07: worth it for the 'Creep' mix alone, which is hauntingly beautiful. RIP Poly - I feel devastated that you're gone. Thankyou for leaving us 'Generation Indigo'.

Roadrunner Records - Amazon Sampler
Roadrunner Records - Amazon Sampler

4.0 out of 5 stars Psychosocial etc, 5 Mar. 2011
Some great songs here and free too! Psychosocial (Slipknot) and Sick Bubblegum (Rob Zombie) are particularly great. Usually I wouldn't have given these bands much credit but having a free sampler gave me a chance to see what they're actually like without forking out any cash.

Marcus Garvey / Garvey's Ghost
Marcus Garvey / Garvey's Ghost
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £3.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggae Classic, 5 Sept. 2010
Unfortunately due to some inexplicaple long-standing, deep-rooted prejudice against reggae music in the mass media, reggae for most people begins and ends with Bob Marley. The situation is so weird that reggae/ska tunes often do very well when covered by white English or American artists - e.g. The Tide Is High, Love of the Common People. As any reggae enthusiast is aware this is a must-have classic, featuring original and dub versions of the tracks. At under a fiver why wouldn't you buy it?

Pan Poetry
Pan Poetry
Offered by BigLrecords
Price: £10.32

4.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated artist, 5 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Pan Poetry (Audio CD)
I only became aware of the Mighty Terror a few months ago thanks to Youtube and was disappointed to find so little of his music was available to buy. Thank goodness for Eddy Grant's Ice Records label which features some of the finest music from the Caribbean. Unfortunately, they only have two CDs by this prolific artist, whose career spanned about six decades. Any compilation CD under these circumstances is going to have some critical ommissions, which explains the four-star instead of five-star review. If you like Calypso music you have to buy this. The best tunes for me are Steelband Jamboree and Chinese Children.

Front Parlour Ballads
Front Parlour Ballads
Price: £13.25

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his finest albums, 17 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Front Parlour Ballads (Audio CD)
I bought this album as soon as it came out, as I am a great RT fan. I was a little apprehensive as his previous album Old Kit Bag took a while to get into and is not one of his best. However, I was delighted to see he's back on top form. Every song is a gem, both lyrically and musically

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