“Linstead Market” by Sugar Belly Combo - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1966Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

The liner notes tell: “The name of Sugar Belly has been associated with most Calypsonians for over a decade now. It was not long after the group was formed that they started performing for tourists at the Victoria Crafts Market and then the door to success began opening for Sugar Belly and his combo. This recording contains some of the most remembered Calypsos and Studio 1 salutes the many listeners of this album 'Authentic Calypsos by Sugar Belly and his Combo' and wishes you pleasant listening.” The big thing about Sugar Belly (William Walker) was that he built bamboo saxophones for a hobby, literally hollowing them out and punching the holes himself. As you can hear throughout this mainly instrumental LP, he could get a decent tune out of them too! He's accompanied here by trap drums, electric guitar, bass and flute. It's a good fun listen, beginning and ending strongly with a couple of mento classics, “Linstead Market” and “Slide Mongoose”. In-between, the ska number “Wings Of A Dove” swings good style, love the drumming. All in all, gotta love this guy's uninhibited approach.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:16] 6.5.png Sugar Belly Combo - Linstead Market (Traditional) Caribbean
A2 [03:07] 7.3.png Sugar Belly Combo - Wings Of A Dove (Traditional) Ska / Rocksteady
A3 [02:09] 5.9.png Sugar Belly Combo - River Ben Come Down (Traditional) Caribbean
A4 [03:12] 3.7.png Sugar Belly Combo - Land Of Sea And Sun (Irving Louis Burgie) Orchestra Dance
A5 [01:55] 5.8.png Sugar Belly Combo - Soldering (Carlos Malcolm) Caribbean
A6 [02:48] 4.2.png Sugar Belly Combo - Jamaica Farewell (Traditional) Caribbean
B1 [02:25] 5.5.png Sugar Belly Combo - Archie (Archie Thomas) Caribbean
B2 [02:13] 5.7.png Sugar Belly Combo - Rucumbine (Carlos Malcolm) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B3 [04:01] 5.6.png Sugar Belly Combo - John Tom (Traditional) Caribbean
B4 [04:07] 3.1.png Sugar Belly Combo - Yellow Bird [album version ’66] (Michel Mauleart Monton, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith, Norman Luboff) Orchestra Dance
B5 [02:40] 6.4.png Sugar Belly Combo - My Pussin (Aldwyn Roberts) Caribbean
B6 [02:00] 6.7.png Sugar Belly Combo - Slide Mongoose (Traditional) Caribbean
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