This is the band of Norman Thomas, better known as Lord Flea.
They were very popular playing in Jamaican nightclubs during
the fifties and moved to the United States of America. While
Trinidadian calypso was upcoming Lord Flea was Capitol’s
trump card, he appeared in tv shows and in films. This
lp was made in 1957, only two years later he was victim
of Hodgkin’s disease and died just 25 years old.
I think this is one of the best mento
albums I ever heard, enjoy..
1 Shake shake sonora
3 Bachelor’s wife
4 I can’t cross over
5 Out de fire
6 Mister, give me de rent
9 Calypso be bop
10 Pretty woman
11 Magic composer
12 Naughty little flea
Track 12, Slide Mongoose, sounds very much like another well
known song. I first heard it as ‘All for you’ by E.T. Mensah,
being Highlife from Ghana. A couple of albums ago we heard Sami
Kamara from Sierra Leone doing it as ‘All for you tete’.
Mento, Calypso and Highlife are very much alike, and with this
song, Sugar Belly demonstrates that fact very nicely.
Although this album is on ‘Port-O-Jam’, we could say it is an
early ‘Studio One’ recording, Clement Coxone Dodd is the man
behind it all.
1 Linstead market
2 Wings of a dove
3 River Ben come down
4 Land of sea and sun
6 Jamaica farewell
9 John Tom
10 Yellow bird
11 My pussin
12 Slide Mongoose