Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Long Time Gal/Boy
Here are two vastly different versions of the same calypso tune:
"This Long Time Gal A Never See You" - Monty Reynolds & the Shaw Park Calypso Band
(available on Mento Madness: Motta's Jamaican Mento, 1951-1956)
"Long Time Boy" - Nadia Cattouse
(available on Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up)
The first version is by Monty Reynolds & the Shaw Park Calypso Band. Technically, Monty Reynolds is a mento artist - mento being a distinctly Jamaican form of Caribbean folk music. His version of the song is upbeat - manic, even - especially in comparison to contemporary mento artists like the Jolly Boys.
In constrast, Nadia Cattouse's take on the song is slow, romantic, and folky. I love the flautist's emulation of birdsong throughout the recording. Go buy the entire Numero Group catalog - seriously.