Southern Tropical Harmony Steel Band ‘Limbo Party’

Limbo Party front cover
Limbo Party back cover
Record in polyetheylene bag

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.

Sidney Frey01 Cachita 2:55
02 Pepe 2:25
03 Look for a Star 3:25
04 Never on Sunday 2:10
05 Pachanga 2:30
06 Caramelos 2:10
07 Limbo 14:15

Total time 30:50
LP released by Audio Fidelity, USA, 1962


7 Responses to “Southern Tropical Harmony Steel Band ‘Limbo Party’”

  1. 1 Lucky February 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

    groovy! nice to see a rarity like this included in your assorted secrets. no holy cows.

  2. 2 icastico February 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    The only sensible way to choose a successor is with a limbo contest.

    Hermes Conrad

  3. 3 Daniel February 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I have a question, is posible to found Samantha’s Song by Cathie Stebbins? here is all details:'s_song.htm

    Thanks in advice for all future beautifull posts.

  4. 4 continuo February 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Daniel, I know you’re a faithful reader of this blog and commented favorably on a number of occasions before, for which I thank you. But, frankly, this question sucks.

  5. 5 Team 68 February 28, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Hey Continou,

    Thanks for this!


    Always feel free to link
    in your side-bar;
    on suggestive-profit basis:)

    unless you feel it would make you loose your cool..

    Best Regards,fratello!

  6. 6 Daniel March 2, 2010 at 6:14 am

    thanks for sincerity

  7. 7 Pendecho March 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I hear no difference;Traditionals man!

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