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Rare Mento 78 Album Set – Lord Flea / Ken Khouri / Times Store


78rpm ALBUM THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA

This is a rare 3 x 78rpm album produced in Jamaica, pressed in the UK and sold in a store called Times Store in Kingston Jamaica. The records are on the Times Store label and were produced by Ken Khouri at Federal. They date from the 1950s, but the exact release date or year of release is not known.

There are to date only three of these album sets known to be in existence, Dan Neely, Jeremy Collingwood and I own them. If you have any questions regarding the set, then fee free to get in touch.

The single 78s within have the following songs on them and details follow.

The version of Wheel and Turn Me is particularly fine and finishes unusually with some rather adventurous trap drum playing. You can hear a copy of it here > http://hftvj.podomatic.com/enclosure/2010-11-03T05_22_38-07_00.mp3

TIMES RECORD    JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    TIME SO HARD / OLD LADY    (JAM 101) UD. 1003
TIMES RECORD    JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    SOLAS MARKET / WATER COME FROM ME EYE    (JAM 102) UD. 1003

TIMES RECORD    JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    WHEEL AND TURN ME    (JAM 103) UD. 1002

TIMES RECORD    JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    MATTIE RAG / BROWN SKIN GAL    (JAM 104) UD. 1002
TIMES RECORD    JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    DONKEY CITY    (JAM 105) UD. 1003
TIMES RECORD    JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    RUN MONGOOSE / LINSTEAD MARKET    (JAM 106) UD. 1003

Calypsos from Jamaica on Ritmo


Calypsos from Jamaica – Ritmo / Sounds of the Caribbean

Calypsos from Jamaica is an album worth having for the cover alone. It has been released at least twice, on two different labels and with differing cover art. I believe the Sounds of the Caribbean release is the second of the two. From memory it does not mention that it is recorded in Jamaica B.W.I. (British West Indies), only that it is from ‘Jamaica’, which may infer that it was released after independence. The second release has a rather plain cover and is nowhere near as colourful and attractive as this classic of album art. Perhaps times had changed since it’s first release and a cover that featured artwork that has more than a dash of racism about it’s artwork was considered inappropriate?

The lack of any track listing on both Lps makes it difficult to work out exactly which singers should be attributed to the songs that are shown. I have attempted to create one here, utilising Roots Knotty Roots the guide to Jamaican single releases compiled by Bob Shoenfeld and Mike Turner and my own knowledge such as it is. I hope that those of you who either own the Lp or wish to will find it easier now to match the singers, with the songs.

Bob unfortunately is no longer with us, but Mike’s work continues with Algoriddim and the creation of an online Jamaican Single Release Discography. Those of us who regularly leaf through the paper copy will certainly enjoy the prospect of an online resource.

The rear of the Lp lists a few artists that are on the Lp, but un-helpfully, not all of them. Those artists are – Lord Flea, Hubert Porter, Wigglers and Lord Lebby, all well-known Mento’ists and Calypsonians.

Details of the two different issues are thus:

1st Issue (Above)

VINYL    LP    VARIOUS ARTISTES, LORD FLEA, HUBERT PORTER, LORD LEBBY    – CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA  –  Label =   RITMO    Catalogue number – 12-503    LP  A Side Matrix 12 503 A1 Producer? (Ken Khouri) / Released in the U.S.A.

2nd Issue

VINYL    LP    VARIOUS ARTISTES – CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA – Label = SOUNDS OF THE CARIBBEAN  –  A Side Matrix slp 734 a 1-14-71    Producer? (Ken Khouri) – Released in the U.S.A.

Tracklisting:

A1    HUBERT PORTER    – RUM AND COCONUT WATER
A2    LORD TICKLER    – LIMBO DANCE
A3    HUBERT PORTER & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – NOT ME
A4    LORD LEBBY    – DR. KINSEY
A5    LORD FLEA & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – SOLAS MARKET / WATER COME FROM ME EYE
A6    HUBERT PORTER & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – MARY’S LAMB
B1    WIGGLERS    – LINSTEAD MARKET / DAYO
B2    HUBERT PORTER & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – OLD LADY YOU MASH ME TOE
B3    WIGGLERS    – JAMAICA MERMAID
B4    LORD LEBBY & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – MAMA DON’T WANT NO PEAS NO RICE
B5    HUBERT PORTER    – TEN PENNY NAIL
B6    HUBERT PORTER    – MISS GOOSIE

All the songs appear to have been originally recorded by one producer Ken Khouri, and most of them originally released on 78rpm on the Jamaican ‘Kalypso’ label and also on the U.K. based ‘Times’ label, and one or two also in the USA on ‘Ritmo’, which would tie in nicely with the 33rpm Lp release and possibly help to confirm it as the 1st of the two known pressings.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Jamaican Mento / Calypso then Mike Garnice’s web site Mento Music is an excellent place to find out more. http://www.mentomusic.com/