US producer Sidney Frey (1920–1968) created the Audio Fidelity record company in 1954 and eventually released the 1st stereo LP in 1958: The Dukes of Dixieland Volume 1, ref.# AFSD 5823 (the mono version had appeared in 1957). Strangely enough, side B had railroad sound effects. An example of AF’s mastery technique is available on WFMU’s blog, in a post about their Stereophonic Demonstration Record. On ‘Limbo Party’, Sidney Frey offers recordings of a steel band playing American standards and a few traditionals. I’m not able to assess if Frey actually had the technology to go to the Trinidad & Tobago Carribean Islands for location recordings or if the tracks were recorded in a US studio. Anyway, the music is lively and expertly recorded, carrying a great sense of immediacy and ‘out-of-the-speaker-ness’. While side A is a fine collection of standards played by a steel band, the B-side really stands out, a 14-mns tour de force of precise, obsessive rhythm and intoxicating steel drums. Not being credited to any US composer, the spectacular ‘Limbo’ is possibly a genuine Carribean classic – for those who can hear the difference, that is.
Total time 30:50
LP released by Audio Fidelity, USA, 1962