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  • Belafonte, Harry-Calypso- LP- mono-RCA LPM 1248 - 1956 33 1/3 RPM LP release by Harry Belafonte. Classic early album in which he explores his Jamaican roots in Calypso. This was the music which originally made him famous! Tracks include "Jamaica Farewell", "Man Smart (Woman Smarter), and the hit, "Day-O". Belafonte is accompanied by Jazz artist Tony Scott and orchestra, with one Millard Thomas on guitar. Cover and disc (black label with silver print-"Long Play" at bottom) are both seemingly unused after all these years-both are stone MINT! Perfect original copy!
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  • Benjamin, Heartsille-Virgin Island Steel Band- LP- Stereo-Philips PHS 600-015 - Approx. 1963 release. According to notes, this steel band originated in the Virgin Islands, then began playing in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St.Croix, and were finally invited to play the US. Played the Dinah Shore & Dave Garroway TV shows & were featured at the Sugar Hill club in San Francisco. Music is very well recorded, authentic steel band music in classic style. Tunes include "Johnny Cake", "Peanut Vendor" & "Jamaica Farewell". Cover is still shrinkwrapped & disc appears unplayed!
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  • Daville, Russell, with Bill LaMotta Orchestra & Chorus-Carnival in the West Indies- LP- mono-Rainbow RA 003 - 1950's original US Calypso LP-33 1/3 RPM. Issued on the Rainbow label, which was mostly known for US Rhythm & Blues. Singer Daville is from Martinique, according to liner notes. Tracks include "Hurricane Hannah", "Bombs Negra", and "Ugly Woman". LP is listed among "relatively authentic Calypso" LP's on the Hyp Records Vinyl Safari site (this is their top grade). Handsome glossy cover depicts island beach scene. Cover is extremely clean-2 small yellow (marker) spots on back cover at top right-seam split at top right has been neatly repaired from the inside. Disc is clean glossy and Near Mint.
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  • English Beat/The Beat-What Is Beat?: The Best of The Beat (UK Original LP)- LP- stereo-Go Feet/Arista (UK) Beat 6 - 1983 33 1/3 UK LP release by The English Beat (listed on this LP as "The Beat"). The following is quoted from the All Music website: "Little surprise that the Beat (or English Beat, depending on what country the band found itself in) quickly achieved a cult status that has yet to die. A perfect blend of Madness' warm, winning spin on ska and the early Specials' tenser, darker sound, the septet created pop/rock/ska fusions that were instantly memorable and rewarded repeated listens. This compilation showcases many of the band's strongest points, including its two biggest American hits in the incipient alternative scene. "Mirror in the Bathroom" is a crisp, to-the-point picture of self-doubt with great, unnerving sax on the breaks, while "Save It for Later" remains one of the few pop songs about holding off on sex instead of taking the plunge. The latter appears in its fine 12" remix version, one of several rarities making What is Beat? of interest to hardcore fans. Glossy UK cover is super clean, showing minor edge wear and some creasing along the spine (almost inevitable with these think UK covers). Disc is clean, glossy and MINT. Disc plays MINT with almost no surface noise and super rich sound.
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  • Rolfo's Trinidad Steel Band-Mrs. Robinson- LP- Stereo-Capitol ST 223 - Green label, approx. 1968, Trinidad steel band recorded in England plays hits of the sixties. (Bacharach, Beatles, Spector tunes!!), cool record, top condition! - (NM/NM) - $5.99- Order

  • Trinidad Steel Band-Trinidad Steel Band- LP- mono-Audio Fidelity AFLP 1809 - (Approx) 1956 release. Pure Trinidad Steel Band style-excellent playing! Tracks include: "Papa Loves Mambo," "Green-Faced Man," and "Dragon Song." Cover has 1" seam split and slight crease at bottom right-nice, clean, glossy front-grades EXC+. Disc is Near Mint. Excellent vintage steel band LP!
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