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Saturday, April 13, 2024

More Of Little Joe (Winder)



More Of Little Joe and His Calypsonians
At The World Famous Royal Victoria
Engineer: Eric Gibson
Photography: Burshill Bradshaw
Elite Records, Ltd. LPOE-17

From the back cover: Five years ago, Royal Victoria Hotel manager Denis Hickman discovered the calypso world of Little Joe and his Calypsonians. Today at Nassau's most famous resort in the Bahamas – Daily 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM, Little Joe and His Calypsonians entertain luncheon guests of the Royal Victoria Hotel, from their unique, atmospheric perch in the heart of a giant silk cotton tree reputed to be as old as Nassau itself. Nightly 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Little Joe, Fletch Ferguson and Alfred Collie provide ideal, stimulating cocktail music on the patio beside the Hotel's famous Blockade Runner Bar.

Prolific and naturally talented Little Joe is the first Bahamian Musician to master the circular steel drum, a musical product of Trinidad and this third long play album of his calypso trio easily provides the most authentic calypso entertainment and the only perfect relaxation for you his precious listener and delightful fans. Whereas the first album "Little Joe's Steel Pan at the Royal Victoria" proved to be the prefect introduction to this distinctive and delightful brand of calypso music; the second collection "Little Joe and his Calypsonians at the Royal Victoria" featured many of Little Joe's own compositions as well as standard favorite calypso songs. Here and now you get calypso music by the masters... "Little Joe, The Bad Fletch, and the Lover," a combination of the most requested calypsos of all times, and your favorite American hit tunes, which are re-styled and re-arranged to suit the mood and  view of Little Joe and his Calypsonians. Possibly the greatest arrangements on Little Joe's current third long play record are "What Now Love?", "Maria Elena", "Do Re Mi", and "Merci Cherie". These are musical challenges, but little Joe, Fletch Ferguson and Alfred Collie are at ease and at home, as when they play Bahamian calypso songs.

"Little Joe" Winder has been playing the fascinating pleasant sounding steel drum for the past 10 years and a natural professional he is on all selections. Fletch "The Bad Fletch" Ferguson with seven years professional experience, is one of the most highly respected guitarists in the Bahamas, Alfred "The Lover" Collie, bass artist, is in a class by himself, five years after he began his professional career. Need I say more? You'll need to purchase "Little Joe and His Calypsonians at the Royal Victoria", which is currently one of the best selling Elite Record Albums in the Bahamas, in order to see and hear how limitless the talents of this calypso trio are. You must buy "More of Little Joe and His Calypsonians at the Royal Victoria" in order to see and hear how institutional Little Joe and His Calypsonians are at this world renowned resort. I'm certainly tempted to say "Little Joe and His Calypsonians are indispensable". – Basil Cooper, Nassau Bahamas, May 1967

Merci Cheri
Going Home Tonight
Nassau Or Jamaica 
Big Bamboo
Nosey Mother-In-Law
Island In The Sun
What Now My Love
I Adore Her
Do Re Mi
Maria Elena
Archie Buck 'Em Up
Danny Boy

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