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The Jolly Boys are in France to headline their Paris premiere tonight at La Maroquinerie. Prior to the French launch of their album “Great Expectation” last month The Jolly Boys visited the city of romance and were kept busy doing numerous appearances, promotions, interviews and even recording a couple of television specials along the way. Here’s a clip of The Jolly Boys doing an acoustic session for Rosebuzz Magazine:
The Jolly Boys’ latest album release “Great Expectation” is doing well according to the charts at amazon.co.uk. We are now ranked #9 among the Bestsellers in Folk & Songwriter category. The album features 12 stunning mento interpretations of contemporary classic rock and roll hits including Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger”, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”.
Congratulations to The Jolly Boys on their success, it comes as no surprize that the world is responding so well to the rebirth of mento music. Let’s keep them climbing to the top! If you haven’t gotten your copy of “Great Expectation” yet you can get it in the UK at any one of these locations: itunes, amazon.co.uk, play.com, hmv.com and 7digital.com .
The album from Jamaica’s mento ambassadors The Jolly Boys “Great Expectation” is now out and attracting attention from the international press.
Here’s what the folks at BBC Music have to say about “Great Expectation”:
Mento, overshadowed by its more danceable Trinidadian neighbour calypso, has yet to enjoy the wider recognition of ska, rocksteady and reggae. This album of lyrically gloomy rock standards by Jamaica’s longest running mento group The Jolly Boys doesn’t showcase the style in its purest form, but should help put it on the mainstream musical map.
Mento was the first-recorded Jamaican music, and a means of spreading news and bawdy tales (often featuring long-suffering male protagonists). Port Antonio’s Jolly Boys began in the 1950s playing to celebrity visitors such as JP Morgan and Errol Flynn, and have continued off and on ever since.
Produced by Jon Baker and Dale Virgo at Geejam studios in Portland (where the Boys are house band) the album marries mento arrangements (banjo, acoustic guitar and rhumba box) with digital beats to interpret songs from the rock canon. Years of playing for tourists mean this material isn’t as much of a stretch as one might assume.
The darker side of mento lyrics is reflected in stories of excess and urban woe from Lou Reed (Perfect Day), The Stranglers (Golden Brown) and Amy Winehouse (given a minor key makeover for Rehab). Yet, transplanted, they lack the humour-in-the-face-of-hardship associated with the style.
The second half of the album is a more comfortable fit with less self-consciously cynical works such as Sonny Curtis’ I Fought the Law and Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire (which, sharing a horn motif with The Skatalites’ Occupation, is practically Jamaican anyway). But simple pop songs are simple pop songs and more modern compositions like New Order’s Blue Monday benefit greatly from Dan Neely and Egbert Watson’s banjo and Albert Minott’s rich, grizzled voice – akin to a pitched-down version of Culture’s Joseph Hill.
Mento purists who draw the line after Stanley Beckford’s reggae-mento fusions might think this a blatant gimmick. And in many ways it is. For most listeners, however, Great Expectation will be an intriguing introduction to – or reminder of – this wonderful, under-exposed form of music, as well as lots of sing-along fun.
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It’s been only hours since the release of The Jolly Boys’ album “Great Expectation” and fans from all over the world are already hitting up cyberspace to let everyone know how excited they are to finally have their hands on a copy of the album and to encourage those who haven’t yet made the purchase to get out there and do so.
The folks at In the Spotlight in an article published earlier had this to say about the release of “Great Expectation”:
Describing their music as “Jamaican Mento meets Modern Contemporary” the Jolly Boys new album “GREAT EXPECTATION” is out today and fans can hardly wait to order online. Congrats on the success, Jolly Boys, and especially to the man who put it all together, music producer and hotelier GeeJam’s Jon Baker.
Read the rest of the article here.
Here’s just a taste of what the fans on Twitter are saying:
@The1nbetweener: If you want a brilliant album get the new Jolly Boys. It’ll put a smile on your face.
@thetylerpeters: Does anyone else want the new Jolly Boys album? It sounds ‘rad’!
@corkdavid1970: Jolly Boys CD yesterday. Loving it right now. Highly recommended. Getting a Buena Vista vibe going here in the rain
@mjcotty: Everyone go out and buy Great Expectation by the Jolly Boys. These lads will make you happy with their music – guaranteed. @jollyboysmusic
Also, here are some reviews by some customers on itunes:
Richard Spencer: Nice (4 stars). Some great takes on some good songs, some songs, like rehab, are better than the original! If you like easy star all stars, get downloading!
countossie:Great Album (5 stars). Superb Album. Go and buy it right now
You’ve all been waiting for so long and the moment is finally here! The mento masters The Jolly Boys have released their album “Great Expectation” on Wall of Sound Records and already the International press is giving the album praise. The highly anticipated new album is a collaborative project between Geejam’s Jon Baker and Wall Of Sound’s Mark Jones and features Mento interpretations of 12 contemporary classics including Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”, Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”.
Here’s what The Guardian UK has to say about “Great Expectation”:
There’s already no contest for cover version of the year; it’s Amy’s “Rehab”, as delivered by the champions of Jamaican mento, the calypso-flavoured folk precursor of reggae. Fronted by the charismatic, gravel-voiced Albert Minott, the Port Antonio veterans apply their banjo ‘n’ maracas shuffle to another dozen numbers from the rock canon; songs by Blondie, the Doors, Iggy Pop and more. The results are erratic, if always charming. Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” fits their earthy style perfectly, and Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” is transformed into a lilting Caribbean reflection.
See the review for yourselves here.
Mento is officially reborn and the world is ready! The album is available for purchase on itunes, amazon.co.uk, play.com, hmv.com and 7digital.com so what are you waiting for? Get your hands on a copy right now!