Caribbean Carnival


My first thought when I spotted this baby was “Exotica!!”. But closer inspection reveals that this is an early example of British exploitation of the burgeoning West Indian market, triggered by the immigration explosion in the early part of the sixties.

The music is performed by Russ Henderson and his Caribbean Boys. Apparently, London-resident Russ got the gig because he was originally from Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad and “had no difficulty in finding artists from his country with the right feeling and rhythm necessary to produce an authentic recording”.

Included are standards we know and love like “Walking The Dog”, “Yellow Bird” and a steel band rendition of “Peanut Vendor”, along with the energetic ska of “Sammy Dead Oh!” and equally morbid “Stone Cold Dead In De Market” (another version of which featured on our mixtape) and finishing with an instrumental rhythmic orgy called simply “West Indian Drums”.


Best Of Caribbean Steel Drums


Caribbean Steel Drums…straight outta Lambeth! According to the brief biography, Lambeth Community Youth Steel Orchestra (LCYS) came a respectable, um, fifth in the Panorama 1990 Competition, made TV appearances on T.V.A.M. and Good Morning Britain, and toured France and Italy.


Their version of “Yellow Bird” is lovely, with just the right hint of pathos, and their interpretation of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” is very fine indeed. Respec’!


20th Century Steel Band – Yellow Bird is Dead

UAS 29980 Stereo – 1976

Ilminster -, Somerset, Sue Ryder, 50 pence – 2pm  09-09-09 …
Picked this up thinking it must be some 70s prog-rock thang – in the vain of  Yes or Uriah Heep etc etc – due to the Roger Dean-esque sleeve (turns out to be Rodney Matthews no less!) -on spinning it up – it turns  out to be some mean-funk beaten out on steel-drums – blistering stuff … looks like I stumbled upon a scorcher here – that I somehow feel I should already know  …   classic stuff – and a sample-favorite of the hip-hop community it would seem …..