Baba Boom: musically Intensified Fest CD (2004)

Artist: Various Artists

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Specifications

Label Sanctuary Records Group
SKU 61011756
UPC 060768046825
UPC 14 00060768046825
Format CD
Release Date 7/13/2004
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Laurence Cane-Honeysett (Compilation)
CatalogID 80468
Lable Name Trojan
Released 07/13/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00060768046825
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Harry Hawke.
Arts competitions have always been a part of Jamaica's history, dating back to the late 1800s, but they took on special meaning after 1962, the year that the island nation became independent. A sudden swell in national pride and Jamaican identity swept the country, an electricity that is captured on Baba Boom!, a collection of festival songs from the contest's inception in 1966 until 1974, the latter date probably chosen more out of necessity due to the running time -- both discs are jam-packed with 27 cuts each! Baba Boom! includes the winners from each year, with a handful of runner-ups as well. There are certified classics here, including the Maytals with the 1962 winner, "Bam Bam," the Jamaicans with the 1967 title cut winner, "Baba Boom," and the 1971 champion, "Cherry Oh Baby," which is probably the ultimate festival song, from Eric Donaldson. Donaldson was a recording veteran with little success going into the competition; the vicious Kingston crowd reportedly chanted "Go home country man!" before he began and erupted into an ecstatic frenzy after hearing his song, making him a folk hero throughout the nation. Of the 54 cuts on Baba Boom!, only eight are actual winners and the other 46 tracks are runner-up songs that are more revealing about the festival and Jamaica than their better-known counterparts. Reggae and rocksteady may have been the order of the day as dominant styles, but there are examples of calypso, mento, and even some nyahbinghi drums during some of the numbers, proving that Jamaicans and their musical tastes are far more complex than some outside the island would think. If there's any problem with these festival songs, it's that the songs were largely written exclusively for the festival and the constant stream of references to the festival, 25 in the titles alone, can be tiring. Still, there's a giddy energy to the proceedings, even in the most pedantic of the entries, that shines through in these recordings and makes for an enjoyable listen. ~ Wade Kergan
Disc 1
1 Bam Bam - The Maytals,Boom-Sha-Ka-La-Ka - Hopeton Lewis & The Chosen Few
2 Our Time Fe Celebrate - Derrick Harriott,Sing Freedom - The Jamaicans
3 Baba Boom - The Jamaicans,You Can Do It Too (Shu Be Do) - Twinkle Brothers
4 Unity - Desmond Dekker & The Aces,Hopeful Village - The Tennors
5 Move Up (Festival Time) - Al & The Vibrators,Feel All Right - The Cables
6 I'm A Big Man - The Maytals,Another Festival - The Maytones
13 Great '68 - Marva Moore & The Gaysters,Peace (In Jamaica) - Chenley Duffus & The Soul Avengers
14 Festival '68 - Clancy Eccles,Blue Boot - Eric Donaldson
15 Sweet And Dandy - The Maytals,Festival Wise - U-Roy
16 Feel The Festive Spirit - The Jamaicans,King Man Is Back, The - The Hoffner Brothers
27 Pound Get A Bow - The Soul Twins,Joyful Festival - Johnny Clarke
7 Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
8 Don't Be Prejudice - Max Romeo
9 Pomps And Pride - Toots & The Maytals
10 Festival Da Da - Junior Byles
11 Festival 10 - Derrick Morgan
12 Unity Is Love - Billy Dyce/The Untouchables
17 Festival Power - Lional "Shorty" James
18 Festival Time (Jump In Line) - Murvin Brooks
19 What A Festival - Eric Donaldson
20 Version Festival - I-Roy
21 Love I Festival - Adina Edwards
22 Festival Rock - Dillinger
23 Play Da Music - Tinga Stewart
24 Irie Festival - Turnell McCormack & The Cordells
25 Hooray Festival - Roman Stewart
26 This Is Another Festival - Jackie Edwards
Disc 2
1 Bam Bam - The Maytals,Boom-Sha-Ka-La-Ka - Hopeton Lewis & The Chosen Few
2 Our Time Fe Celebrate - Derrick Harriott,Sing Freedom - The Jamaicans
3 Baba Boom - The Jamaicans,You Can Do It Too (Shu Be Do) - Twinkle Brothers
4 Unity - Desmond Dekker & The Aces,Hopeful Village - The Tennors
5 Move Up (Festival Time) - Al & The Vibrators,Feel All Right - The Cables
6 I'm A Big Man - The Maytals,Another Festival - The Maytones
13 Great '68 - Marva Moore & The Gaysters,Peace (In Jamaica) - Chenley Duffus & The Soul Avengers
14 Festival '68 - Clancy Eccles,Blue Boot - Eric Donaldson
15 Sweet And Dandy - The Maytals,Festival Wise - U-Roy
16 Feel The Festive Spirit - The Jamaicans,King Man Is Back, The - The Hoffner Brothers
27 Pound Get A Bow - The Soul Twins,Joyful Festival - Johnny Clarke
7 Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
8 Don't Be Prejudice - Max Romeo
9 Pomps And Pride - Toots & The Maytals
10 Festival Da Da - Junior Byles
11 Festival 10 - Derrick Morgan
12 Unity Is Love - Billy Dyce/The Untouchables
17 Festival Power - Lional "Shorty" James
18 Festival Time (Jump In Line) - Murvin Brooks
19 What A Festival - Eric Donaldson
20 Version Festival - I-Roy
21 Love I Festival - Adina Edwards
22 Festival Rock - Dillinger
23 Play Da Music - Tinga Stewart
24 Irie Festival - Turnell McCormack & The Cordells
25 Hooray Festival - Roman Stewart
26 This Is Another Festival - Jackie Edwards
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