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The Bahamas: Islands of Song

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
A collection of songs from the various islands of the Bahamas. The music is almost always vocal, with accompaniment only by a few musicians, either self-accompanying on guitar/banjo or with a small trio (accordion, drum, saw). The songs are based either in religion, in children's game-songs, or on simple happenings within the town. The recording quality is quite nice throughout, though the music can at times drag on at a far too low tempo for anyone's good (case in point: "Roll a Pin"). Despite an occasional drop, the music is however generally pretty good. There are three- and four-part harmonies thrown everywhere in this collection, usually to good effect. On top of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
A collection of songs from the various islands of the Bahamas. The music is almost always vocal, with accompaniment only by a few musicians, either self-accompanying on guitar/banjo or with a small trio (accordion, drum, saw). The songs are based either in religion, in children's game-songs, or on simple happenings within the town. The recording quality is quite nice throughout, though the music can at times drag on at a far too low tempo for anyone's good (case in point: "Roll a Pin"). Despite an occasional drop, the music is however generally pretty good. There are three- and four-part harmonies thrown everywhere in this collection, usually to good effect. On top of this, the saw player in Thomas Cartwright's group (Huelon Newbold) shows off some level of virtuosity in his rhythmic accompaniment on the tool. The album overall presents a nice look at a music culture generally not thought of along with the other Caribbean genres that have overshadowed it, and not often grouped in with the Southern U.S. traditions which it shares so many features with. Pick up the album for such a look into the vocal traditions in their simplicity, but don't go in expecting grandiose instrumentation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/1997
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074040522
  • Catalog Number: 40405
  • Sales rank: 352,044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Ain't Hurryin' Me - The Dicey Doh Singers (2:31)
  2. 2 Girl, If I Write You (2:34)
  3. 3 Watermelon Is Spoilin' on the Vine - Thomas Cartwright & The Boys (2:44)
  4. 4 Rain Children - Sons of Andros (2:10)
  5. 5 When I Get Inside - Cat Island Mites (1:31)
  6. 6 I'm Going Home on the Morning Train - Israel Forbes (2:46)
  7. 7 Big Belly Man Polka - Ed Moxley's Rake 'N Scrape (2:22)
  8. 8 All in the Woods (3:19)
  9. 9 Let the Church Roll On - The Dicey Doh Singers (2:08)
  10. 10 Lynn (2:45)
  11. 11 Went to the Bight - Cat Island Mites (1:36)
  12. 12 Nobody's Darling But Mine - Thomas Cartwright & The Boys (2:37)
  13. 13 Christian's Automobile - Sons of Andros (2:15)
  14. 14 Let Me Call You Sweetheart - Israel Forbes (2:25)
  15. 15 Sloop John B. - The Dicey Doh Singers (2:10)
  16. 16 Jimmy Bend a Tree While It's Young - Thomas Cartwright & The Boys (2:45)
  17. 17 Round and Round the Bar Room - Orlando Turnquest (3:30)
  18. 18 Roll of Pin (4:29)
  19. 19 Dry Bones - Sons of Andros (3:01)
  20. 20 Bid You Goodnight - The Dicey Doh Singers (2:59)
  21. 21 The Timestable - Ed "Rake 'N Scrape" Moxey (2:14)
  22. 22 God Sent Jonah - Israel Forbes (2:50)
  23. 23 Liar - The Dicey Doh Singers (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Frazier Group Member
Nat Saunders Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
Harrington "Zippy" Frazier Vocals, Group, Group Member
Almeda Campbell Vocals, Track Performer
Avis Armbrister Vocals, Track Performer
Dwayne Curtis Group Member
Garland Dean Group Member
Kermit Strachan Group Member
Tex Turnquest Group Member
Patricia Bazard Vocals, Group, Soloist, Group Member
Thomas Cartwright Accordion, Group
Technical Credits
Brian Wilson Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Anthony Seeger Producer
Pete Reiniger Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Amy Horowitz Producer
Amos Ferguson Art Direction, Cover Art
Dave Glasser Mastering
Traditional Composer
Eric Minns Composer
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