Lord Melody - Caribbean Limbo Music

Lord Melody
Folk, World, & Country
Caribbean Limbo Music
Label: Cook ‎– 1280
Series: Sounds Of Our Times –
Type: Vinyl, Album, LP, Stereo
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Date of released: 1963
Category: Jazz, Reggae, Latin, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Calypso


A1 Overture
A2 Primitif
A3 Tabu
A4 Choro
A5 Kiss Me
B1 Bongo Mood
B2 Limbo Basso
B3 Eight Hours A Day
B4 Shaver Man


Melody's last album for Cook Records. Cook info lists the recording date as 1962, but the release date as 1963, which means it may have been delayed.

Probably a contractual obligation - it's a compilation of previously released instrumentals recorded by several Cook artists, but with Melody and another artist named Sam providing commentary. The album appears to have been compiled with the intent of producing a limbo dancing album, but it is much closer to easy listening. It's easy to assume this was done to suit the tourist market who would expect calypso to be more laid back.

Interestingly, this style of commentary is similar to the 'toasting' style that would be popular in Jamaican reggae.

Available in both Stereo and Mono. The Stereo version makes particularly inventive use of the stereo field, and is nothing like the 'vocals on left, instruments on right' standard of the time.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
1280 Lord Melody Caribbean Limbo Music ‎(LP, Album, Mono) Cook 1280 Trinidad & Tobago 1963