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Boomkat Product Review:
**Beautifully presented as miniature books, saddle-stitched, with 40 pages of photographs and in-depth commentary accompanying 2 CDs** "Proper Brit Pop" from London a long time ago, collecting 39 contemporary calypsos, highlife, mento, jazz and Afro-cubisms from fifties & sixties young Black London. All tracks were taken from HMV's GV label, a series intended for export to Africa, and showcase the inestimable talents of characters such as the legendary Lord Kitchener or Ambrose Campbell's West African Rhythm Brothers with handfuls of aces proportionate to their respective influences, alongside stacks of popular and one-off notes from the city courtesy of King Timothy, Eric Hayden, Lili Verona and many others. As observations on London life from a new, exotic perspective, you'll find commentary on the devaluation of the pound through to girlfriends what do jiu jitsu, to rival football factions and the sexual allure of England's dibble femme, all set to a musical backdrop cross-breeding fruits of the Black Atlantic's sonic spectrum to purpose - whether as calypso's tabloid bawdiness for radio, or as club fuel for the bars of Soho or innumerable blues in back rooms and the like which would irrevocably, wonderfully alter the UK's musical landscape. And thanks to the always dapper art and design from Will Bankhead, and the superb fidelity of the recordings, this album is certifiably fresh for the next 50 years. Highly recommended.