Calypso 78rpm Album – Art in Shellac form?


Sometimes the object is enough in it’s own right

 

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Musical Artifact no1 – Stanley Motta MRS 78rpm Record Sleeve


There is so much you can learn..

There is so much you can learn from just one object, one step in your collecting and accumulation. This sleeve is just one such object. (Pictured Below), it was very kindly sent to me by a seller on eBay, gratis, thanks Phil, you know who you are!

Tab Smith and the Duke

To begin with; it came with a 78rpm single of Tab Smith’s ‘My Mother’s Eyes’ on Down Beat in it. This tune was Duke Reid’s sign on tune for his Treasure Isle Time radio show in Jamaica in the early days of Jamaica’s self-produced musical excursions, it is also on an interesting record label – Down Beat.

Down-Beat

Down Beat was the label owned by Dada Tewari a wealthy immigrant to Jamaica of Indian extraction. He owned this label and the Caribou label; which alongside a staple diet of Mento and Calypso featured some of the earliest self-produced Jamaican Shuffle Blues, Boogie and Ska productions, notably those featuring Cuban Laurel Aitken, later to be the Skinheads Reggae and Ska artiste of choice.

Down Beat as far as I am aware exclusively licensed and released U.S. music, mainly American Shuffle Blues, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues, the Tab Smith tune, being an example of this. The records were as far as I am aware, pressed in Jamaica.

Motta and MRS

Stanley Motta was Jamaica’s first producer to release a record recorded in Jamaica, in Jamaica. By that I mean, the song was both recorded in a studio in Jamaica and then given release there, up until this release. ‘DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    MEDLY OF JAMAICAN MENTO on MRS SSS.2033X / 01A released 1952 (probably recorded late ’51) nothing recorded in the actual country had been released there as far as is known. There are some people, notably Ernest Ranglin, who claim that Jamaican Mento was recorded in New York, sometime before this ’52 release and of course there were people recording in Jamaica, like Ken Khouri around this time, just that they had not at this point actually released anything commercially. The sleeve you see contained one of the single 78rpm discs produced by Motta and his company.

Further useful information can be gleaned as to exactly where his operation was located and what songs had up to the point of this sleeve’s printing, been released from the sleeve.

One small simple and rather tattered object can tell you so much about musical history.

Studio One Lp Cover Art Book from Soul Jazz


Collected for your viewing pleasure

Just out from Soul Jazz, most recent purveyors of all that is Studio One related in the UK (music and otherwise) comes this coffee table booky wook, collecting some of the covers from Studio One’s catalogue for your viewing pleasure, though if you collect the Lps, you’ll have a significant amount of the artwork already.

No surprise there then?

It’s nice to have and there are a few you may not have seen before, such as the Tabernacle Gospel Lp covers or the Sri Chimnoy Lp (now legendary as a rarity) but there isn’t a lot here to stun an enthusiast for the label. Frankly that’s been the case with most of Soul Jazz’s output of Studio One material musically and so it is visually, also.

Odd

They (SJ) I think have missed a complete trick, in that on occasion they mention the sleeve notes and quote from them, they could have included many more, for the quirky nature of them are well-known and often amusing or enlightening. Including the cover of the Lp Pirates Choice (which has never it seems been reproduced as anything but a muddy turdish greeny brown of a poorly registered example of what NOT to do if you are a Litho printer) seems odd too. There are more Lps they could have chosen from, with more to offer the viewer, casual or otherwise.

I hoped for more

There is no logic or rhyme to the choices made and to the inclusion of some of the more recent Lp covers, which have little or no individually distinctive style whatsoever.

The forward by Steve Barrow is little more than yet another introductory level run through of Jamaican music history, though generally accurate for all that and still an engaging read for the newly converted. Though it should be mentioned that no Mento was ever to my knowledge released by Tewari on Down-Beat, only on sister label Caribou.

 

Hey More Bogumils!


More nicey works of Terrible bad Lp and album artworks

Hi Bogumils here to see pretty. I have more, more complete documentation so great ugliness Turbo Power for my friends to see, I hope you enjoy them as much as Bogumil and his farm hands to do?

Urinate eyeball bloods, you need turn down volume
Demis, it mean half a Roussos?, he look like Anthony Worrel Thomplinsons, all stinky.
I not want know your world Glenda Wright, I think you maybe murderer me?
Who let people in suits inside Casino, in Poland all Casino peoples looks like potato businessman and wear raincoat
All Polish farming women breed good, this is USA Farm woman Mamma Cass, she have later sandwich mystery and very big ass. Yum.

This album cover is bad… and I don’t mean good!


DEVON RUSSEL AND THE FIREHOUSE CREW PRESENTS – SOMETHING SPECIAL    Vinyl Lp    KJLP 003 – A1

A1    DADDY FREDDIE AND PRINCE LINCOLN    LOVE SWEET JAMAICA
A2    JUNIOR DAN AND GENERAL LEVY    GIMME LITTLE LOVE
A3    MIKEY GENERAL AND D.C. NINGA    I AM SURE
A4    DEVON RUSSELL    RAM DANCE HALL
A5    DANNY COXON    BADNESS NO PAY
B1    JUNIOR DAN AND GENERAL LEVY    WILD ANIMAL
B2    LUKIE D    WHEY YOU COME FROM
B3    NITTY GRITTY    TWYLIGHT GATES
B4    TENNESSEE BROWN    TEN TO ONE
B5    DEVON RUSSELL AND CULTURAL ROOTS    SOMETHING SEPCIAL

Rare Mento and Calypso Singles


I’d looked for something on Caribou and this National Calypso 7″ Single for years,

I love it when the hens come home to roost! Also, I found this MINT copy of Dread A Go Dread by Pipe and the Piper, which is actually a great harmony group Roots vocal  by the Wailing Souls as Doorpeeper kindly reminded me.