Jamaica Is The Place To Go: An Invitation To Jamaican Mento

Various Artists
GENRE: ,
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
£8.99
Release date: 10 Jul 2015

"Whatever the themes, the bouncing, banj0-and-percussion-laced music is guranteed to put a smile on your lips and a beat in your feet" **** Record Collector

"Here's another fascinating collection of vintage Jamaican music...take my advice and accept the invitation" Blues & Rhythm

"A true musical postcard" Reggae.FR

CAT No: FVDD221UPC TEXT: 5055311002217

Full details

Drawing mainly on recordings from the genre’s golden age of the 1950s, the 48-track Jamaica Is The Place To Go explores Mento, the island’s original popular music. Together with the American R&B favoured by local sound systems, Mento represents the origins of modern Jamaican music. History lesson aside, Jamaica Is The Place To Go offers over two hours of infectious fun: the perfect soundtrack to your summer!

When Fantastic Voyage released Mento, Not Calypso! The Original Sound Of Jamaica in 2013, it was a journey into uncharted waters for the label, but one that has proved so popular that, two years on, we are proud to present Jamaica Is The Place To Go, another 2CD survey of Jamaica’s most popular form of indigenous music pre-ska. Though often erroneously regarded as simply a variation of calypso, Jamaican mento is a distinct musical style that developed independently from its similarly styled Trinidadian cousin. Its roots can be traced to both African and European musical traditions, with its rhythmic structure and lyrical content (generally focusing on current news and carnal relations) having a profound influence upon the subsequent development of reggae.

Like its predecessor, Jamaica Is The Place To Go: An Invitation To Jamaican Mento can be viewed as an instalment in Fantastic Voyage’s exploration of the origins of reggae, and follows on from the release of four highly successful volumes in the Jamaican Sound System Classics series, exploring the American rhythm & blues which was so influential on Jamaican musicians, and Youths Boogie, Mash It! and the vinyl-only Feel So Fine, all compilations of ska and the American R&B-influenced “Jamaican boogie” that predated ska.

 

Tracklist

CD1

  1. Invitation To Jamaica (Lord Tanamo and Charlie Binger’s Six)
  2. Island In The Sun (Count Owen and His Calypsonians)
  3. Mama No Want No Rice, No Peas (Lord Lebby with The Jamaican Calypsonians)
  4. Hold ’Em Joe (Lord Foodoos and His Calypso Band)
  5. Baba Kill Me Goat (Laurel Aitken and The Boogie Cats)
  6. Referendum Calypso (Lord Laro)
  7. Chico Chico (Count Sticky and His Calypsonians)
  8. Rough Rider (Alerth Bedasse with Local Calypso Quintet)
  9. Naughty Little Flea (Lord Flea and His Calypsonians)
  10. Rum And Coconut Water (Hubert Porter with The Jamaican Calypsonians)
  11. Charlie’s Song (Clyde Hoyte’s Manor House Mentones)
  12. Hool-A-Hoop Calypso (Count Owen and His Calypsonians)
  13. Maintenance (Cobra Man with Ganny Gabbison and His Calypso Band)
  14. Back To Back, Belly To Belly (Lord Foodoos and His Calypso Band)
  15. Strip Tease (Lord Power with Trenton Spence Quartet)
  16. Banana (Arthur Knibbs with Cecil Knott and His Joybell Orchestra)
  17. Wicked Woman (Lord Tanamo)
  18. Calypso Rock N Roll (Laurel Aitken)
  19. Bed-Bug (Count Zebra and The Seasiders)
  20. Love, Love Alone (Unidentified)
  21. Aye, Aye, Aye (Count Owen and His Calypsonians)
  22. Wheel And Tun Me (Bertie King)
  23. Lousy Mother In Law (Lord Foodoos and His Calypso Band)
  24. Little Boy (Marie Bryant and Mike McKenzie Quintet)

CD2

  1. Sweet Jamaica (Lord Lebby with The Jamaican Calypsonians)
  2. Chambolina (Lord Power with Calypso Quintet)
  3. Lawd Some Man Could A Smart (Count Owen and His Calypsonians)
  4. Nebuchnezer (Laurel Aitken)
  5. Drive Her Home (Lord Foodoos and His Calypso Band)
  6. Cat-O-Nine (Count Zebra and The Seasiders)
  7. Animal Instinct (Lord Tanamo and His Calypsonians)
  8. Old Firesticks (Clyde Hoyte’s Manor House Mentones)
  9. Bam Celiena (Count Sticky and His Calypsonians)
  10. Mama Look Tea (Lord Tickler and The Jamaican Calypsonians)
  11. The Weed (Count Owen and His Calypsonians)
  12. Let’s Do It (Lord Power with Trenton Spence Quartet)
  13. Stone Cold Dead In The Market (Lord Foodoos and His Calypso Band)
  14. Rege Dege Ding (Laurel Aitken and His Calypso Band)
  15. Wrong Impressions Of A Solder (Lord Laro)
  16. Little Fist (Lord Tanamo and His Calypsonians)
  17. Honey Bee (Alerth Bedasse with Chin’s Sextet)
  18. Not Me (Hubert Porter with The Jamaican Calypsonians)
  19. The Lost Watch (Count Owen and His Calypsonians)
  20. Miss Constance (Count Lasher and Charlie Binger's Six)
  21. Jamaica Is The Place To Go (Harold Richardson with Charlie Binger and His Quintet)
  22. Jamaica Farewell (Lord Foodoos and His Calypso Band)
  23. The Mermaid (The Wigglers)
  24. Tomato (Marie Bryant and Mike McKenzie Quintet)