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4th October 2015

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LINSTEAD MARKET
Sugar Belly Combo (1971)

Port O Jam L/P 107
matrix: WIRL CS-LP 1564-A1/B1

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Linstead Market; Wings Of A Dove; River Ben Come Down; Land Of Sea And Sun; Soldering; Jamaica Farewell // Archie; Rucumbine; John Tom; Yellow Bird; My Pussin; Slide Mongoose

Original Jamaican issue (the first press being on the Port O Jam label). The cover is designed by CURWIN, and the re-cycled sleeve is printed by Brice Printing Limited. Like several other sleeves from this time it is first printed onto white paper before being stuck onto thick brown card. The original cover is still just visible beneath the sleeve notes. ((Click to enlarge.))

Sugar Belly (real name Wilfred Walker) is Jamiaca's most famous player of the bamboo saxophone. This instrument was hand-made from a piece of bamboo with a reed lashed to one end and a bell-shaped piece of aluminium or wood at the other.

Sugar Belly began his recording career in the mid-1950s when he appeared as an uncredited sideman on some of the early Jamaican 78rpm records. Several singles were recorded at Studio One in the early 1970s, which mostly found release on the Port O Jam label (often credited to Sugar Belly and the Canefields), as well as two LPs - LINSTEAD MARKET in 1971 and SUGAR MERENGUE the following year.

This first LP features Sugar Belly leading a group of traditional musicians (double bass, acoustic and electric guitar, slap drums and tin whistle) playing an entertaining selection of mento and calypso favourites. Sadly, Sugar Belly died in 1990, possibly the last exponent of the bamboo saxophone.

Check out Michael Garnice's excellent Mento Music site, which includes an informative page devoted exclusively to Sugar Belly.

LINSTEAD MARKET
Sugar Belly Combo (2006)

Port O Jam L/P 107
matrix: POJ-107-A/B Sugar Belly

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Linstead Market; Wings Of A Dove; River Ben Come Down; Land Of Sea And Sun; Soldering; Jamaica Farewell // Archie; Rucumbine; John Tom; Yellow Bird; My Pussin; Slide Mongoose

Reissue with facsimile sleeve and label.

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