Boogu Yagga Gal: Jamaican Mento 1950s

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Mento is the Jamaican music that's never received much attention -- indeed, this is the first compilation to take a look at the style -- coming long before reggae and ska. Its roots are in the dance slaves made to the European quadrille, although it greatly changed over time, becoming more of a folk form, and by the middle of the 20th century resembled calypso (and was sometimes marketed as such, to the extent that most of the backing groups here use calypso in their names, and much of the material here originally appeared on the Kalypso label). If there's one fault here, it's that the record focuses too closely on a small range of artists (Bedasse gets to sing on no less...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Mento is the Jamaican music that's never received much attention -- indeed, this is the first compilation to take a look at the style -- coming long before reggae and ska. Its roots are in the dance slaves made to the European quadrille, although it greatly changed over time, becoming more of a folk form, and by the middle of the 20th century resembled calypso (and was sometimes marketed as such, to the extent that most of the backing groups here use calypso in their names, and much of the material here originally appeared on the Kalypso label). If there's one fault here, it's that the record focuses too closely on a small range of artists (Bedasse gets to sing on no less than 12 tracks out of 22, for example, with Count Lasher getting six more), giving no real account of the music's breadth. But it's out of this that reggae evolved, one of the strands of the future; it's important for that, but it's also vital on its own account, as a piece of Jamaican history that deserves to be heard. Produced, curiously, by Pink Floyd associate Ron Geesin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Heritage Music
  • UPC: 008637504526
  • Catalog Number: 45
  • Sales rank: 170,894

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Calabash - Charlie Six Binger (2:47)
  2. 2 Miss Constance - Charlie Six Binger (2:44)
  3. 3 Dalvey Gal-Parson - Count Lasher (2:57)
  4. 4 Slide Mongoose - Count Lasher (2:50)
  5. 5 Talking Parrot - Charlie Binger (2:51)
  6. 6 Cinemascope - Charlie Binger (3:04)
  7. 7 Dr. Kinsey - Jamaican Calypsonians (3:14)
  8. 8 Etheopia - Jamaican Calypsonians (3:03)
  9. 9 No Money No Music - Local Calypso Sextet (2:57)
  10. 10 Rough Rider - Local Calypso Sextet (3:07)
  11. 11 Boogu Yagga Gal - Chin's Calypso Sextet (3:03)
  12. 12 Depression - Chin's Calypso Sextet (3:02)
  13. 13 Big Boy and Teacher - Chin's Calypso Sextet (3:24)
  14. 14 Red Tomato - Chin's Calypso Sextet (3:20)
  15. 15 Calypso Pepperpot - Chin's Calypso Sextet (3:16)
  16. 16 Woman Tenderness - Chin's Calypso Sextet (3:15)
  17. 17 Walk and Talk - Calypso Quintet (3:09)
  18. 18 Night Food - Calypso Quintet (3:07)
  19. 19 Look Out fe You Tongue - Jamaican Calypsonians (3:05)
  20. 20 Jamaica Gal - Jamaican Calypsonians (3:23)
  21. 21 Mambo La-La - Lord Power & His Calypsonians (2:54)
  22. 22 Special Amber Calypso - Lord Power & His Calypsonians (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
A. Bedasse Banjo, Guitar, Maracas, Vocals, Bamboo Flute, Rumba Box, Bamboo Saxophone
E. Bedasse Banjo, Guitar, Maracas, Vocals, Bamboo Flute, Rumba Box, Bamboo Saxophone
Count Lasher Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Maracas, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Bamboo Flute, Rumba Box
Technical Credits
Dave Wakeling Composer
Ron Geesin Producer, Remastering, Original Idea, Revision
Ranking Roger Composer
Greg Ginn Composer
Prince Buster Composer
Andy Cox Composer
Herbie Miller Revision
Everett Morton Composer
Saxa Composer
John Cowley Revision
Tony Barker Revision
Richard Noblett Lyric Transcription
David Wright Composer
David Steel Composer
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