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Boomkat Product Review:
"Before the advent of Ska in the early Sixties Jamaican music was dominated by two other indigenous music styles - Mento and Jamaican Blues or Blues Beat. The calypso flavoured sound of Mento prevailed on the local music scene during the years immediately following World War 2 and remained the most popular homegrown style until the development of Jamaican R&B or blues beat in the late Fifties. This new sound was at first indiscernible from old style American R&B but soon developed a sound of its own that ultimately led to Ska. Despite their importance in the development of modern Jamaican music both Mento and Jamaican R&B have been largely overlooked but this 2CD set redresses the balance by presenting 40 of the most popular tracks in the respective styles. The compilation features Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians, Lord Tickler, Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan, Jimmy Sinclair and more."