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Chin's Calypso CD 5

by Chin's

Calypso / mento
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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1. Calypso Merengue Ivan S Chin
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2. Melda Ivan S Chin
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3:17 album only
3. Rufus's Honeymoon Ivan S Chin
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3:33 album only
4. My Red Shoes Ivan S Chin
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3:09 album only
5. Mussu Instrumental Ivan S Chin
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6. Rock And Roll Calypso Ivan S Chin
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3:26 album only
7. I Want Love Ivan S Chin
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8. Night Food Recipe Ivan S Chin
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9. No Money No Music Ivan S Chin
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10. Honey Bowl Ivan S Chin
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11. Big Boy And Teacher Ivan S Chin
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12. Woman Ghost Fool Man Ivan S Chin
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13. Big Boy Instrumental Ivan S Chin
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14. Woman's Style Ivan S Chin
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15. I Visited A Wedding Ivan S Chin
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16. Jamaica's Folk Tune Ivan S Chin
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Album Notes
All Chin's Calypso/Mento Recordings were produced by

Chin's Radio Service of 48 Church Street Kingston Jamaica
in the 50s. Producer Ivan S Chin.

All Rights Reserved--Unauthorized Copying Prohibited.


I almost suffered cardiac arrest when I was informed by my friend, of the existence of four Chin's Calypso CDs, I sent off for them right away, and have played them countless times during the past three weeks.

I still can't believe that I own four such historically important and priceless cultural artefacts. Chin's Calypso Sextet are my favourite Mento Artists.The musicianship is always first class, and as for those wonderful lyrics!.

Mr Chin you should feel very proud of yourself for playing a prominent part in the creation of such wonderful music, and for making it available to all Jamaican music fanatics, such as myself.

I'm overjoyed to hear that you're still going strong, and thank you immensely for e-mailing me. It's a great honour to be contacted by such an historically important figure in the history of Jamaican music.

First let me say what a great pleasure it is for me to have contact with you, the 5 CD set is without a question one of my favourite collections of music ever.

Not until I discovered the MENTO MUSIC SITE had I ever heard any of Alerth Bedasse's vocals, man he is one slick vocalist. I can only imagine hanging out with those cool Jamaican cats, tearing it up after hours at your shop, that must have been really something.

Listening to the recordings gives me a great feeling of being right there 50+ years ago, I love my red shoes and rough rider but my absolute favourite up to this point is calypso pepperpot.

On that note let me once again express my sincerest gratitude to you for still having the passion to re-release the coolest music I've ever had the pleasure of listening to,CHIN'S CALYPSO SEXTET.
Thanks for your e-mail and for the great music on those
5 CDs I've got from you. It is a great pleasure to listen to them.

Although I'm normally a record collector avoiding to buy CDs,this time it was different, as this was the only chance for me to get your mento records.

I would like to thank you again for making these recordings available, for producing them and putting these CDs together. Now I feel like the proud owner of these


It has been a big surprise to receive an e-mail from you.
Long time I have been looking for your recordings,I had some of your records from the latest Mento CD collections and some recorded from some collector friend.

I think your CDs are an exceptional document for Jamaican
Music lovers like me. EXCELENT.It is a pleasure for me to
be in contact with you. Keep on the good work.
Such an honour for me to hear from you directly, I love all 4 of your CDs and have now played each of them through at least twice. Each time my favourite changes, but I think CD2 is the best, I like the change in styles from slow to fast on that particular CD.

I am so thrilled that you have made them available after all these years, because they are such an important part of world musical history, not just of Jamaica itself. You must be very proud of the work you did at the time, and many thanks for allowing me to share in the enjoyment.
Thanks for your note, I am honored to hear from someone who is making such beautiful contributions to Canada, Jamaica and Jamaican Music. I enjoyed CD1 & CD2 immensely, I had just bought CD3 & CD4.

I am a Canadian living in the USA with long standing ties to Jamaica, it's so fortunate that you and those fine musicians made and preserved those recordings. Thanks for your foresight, good taste and business acumen.

The STEREO recordings on this CD were the last recordings done with the Chin's Calypso Sextet Band.

The members of the band were told that there would not be
any other recordings in the future, that this one was the last recording session.

It was a sad time for everyone, there was no work for the band as a complete unit. SKA had just come in and calypso
was going out.

Bedasse had put the band together and directed the other musicians, he also composed the melodies for each song along with them.

Williams was manager of the band, he was also a great talented composer. Williams was also a very stabilizing influence for the band.

The end of the calypso recordings was June 1957. These seven CDs will represent all the work done by this group of very talented musicians. Over the years, Chin's Calypsos were enjoyed by many people in Jamaica and many other Countries. Even now, the old Chin's 78 calypso records are being traded on E-Bay at very high prices.
Reviewer Peto
------------Well worth the price if you like ska or reggae.
If you want to get a feel for the musical roots of ska and/or reggae music, then this is the CD series for you.

You can enjoy the beat and the lyrics and even dance to the rhythm that surround you as the calypso percussions and singing ring out from the past.

A neat glimpse into the musical history that is enjoyable to listen to and great to share with those with similar interest. From reviewer Peto.
From Ivan Chin


To all Jamaicans living abroad and all my Jamaican friends, let me leave this poem with you, I do not know who wrote it , but I think it may mean something to you.

As I think of the hills and the clear blue sea, memories of Jamaica rush back to me, as I think of the rivers and fertile earth, I remember the land of my birth.

I re-live in my mind, a distant past and my heart laments the times I've lost, I think of a time and a place I feel gone, but etched in memories surreal.

I long to return to a simpler way in that sunshine land I used to play and the most primitive ways and means, these are the things that fill my dreams.

The beaches, the mountains, a caressing breeze, cane fields, banana and coconut trees, long and winding country roads and country busses with heavy loads, the hand cart man selling his wares.

The Jolly Bus and penny ha- penny bus fare, a fudge man riding to and fro shouting icicle, ice-cream cake and choca mo. The market stalls filled with fruits, the laughter, the innocence of my youth.

Things that I Miss and long for so, things that remind me of long ago, at nights I recall the star filled sky and peenie wallie's flittering by, in whispered tones we'd spend the night, telling duppy stories that filled with fright.

On a windy day the kites would soar, while angry waves lashed at the shore, swaying trees in the howling wind.
God how much I miss these things, the way the rain slowed everything down, the earthy smell as it hit the ground.
Refreshing the land and watering crops, the exciting clangor on the zinc roof tops, oh Jamaica, I miss your ways, I miss your climate and sunny days, in a foreign land where I've come to rest, spurned by an economic quest.
Though no turning back, on this travelled way, for you my homeland, I'll always pray, my memories of you will never depart. JAMAICA JAMAICA THE BEAT OF MY HEART
Farewell Alerth

The passing of Alerth Rockford Bedasse on March 5, 2007 marked the end of a chapter in Jamaica's great musical heritage. Alerth fell ill at his home in Harbour View, East Kingston, while preparing a meal in his kitchen and was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he eventually died.
Those who came out of the 1950s will remember the golden years of the foundation music known as the Mento/Calypso, the island's first recorded indigenous music form. Alerth Bedasse, in tandem with the prolific writer, the late Everard Williams and backed by the Chin's Calypso Sextet recorded some of the most popular songs of the time. In fact, there is presently a resurgence of the Mento/Calypso as a new generation is getting to appreciate the music, due mainly to the reissuing of the Ivan Chin owned Chin's Calypso Sextet Catalogue. Classics numbers such as `Big Boy & Teacher`, `Guzoo Doctor`, `Red Tomato`,`Monkey's Opinion`, and the highly controversial `Night Food` are now a regular part of play sheets on radio stations in Jamaica and abroad.
Alerth was born in May Kraal, Clarendon on February 21, 1928 and started playing the guitar at events such as weddings and parties while in his mid teen. In 1949 he moved to Kingston and settled in the culturally rich section of the city known as the West End, and it was not long before he was introduced to Everard Williams who needed a partner. The two teamed and in the process succeeded the famous street singing pair known as Slim & Sam. They traversed the entire island singing and selling music tracts until they went into the recording studio to record `Night Food`, reputed to be one of the biggest ever selling record in Jamaica. By 1958 the music changed and Bedasse went into business administration, working as an accountant at the National Workers Union (NWU) until the time of his death.
The Webster Memorial United Church overflowed with mourners paying their last respect to the great man on Saturday, March 17. Interestingly, the majority of the mourners were from the NWU and its affiliates while the music fraternity had few from that sector. Noticeable from the music fraternity were Kingsley Goodison (King Omar Promotions), Colin Leslie, Roy Black, Herbie Miller and Daniel Neely who travelled from New York. Internment took place at his family plot at Mount Hindmost, Pennants in Clarendon.
Thanks to Alerth there are taped and printed interviews to be made available. The DVD series, `The Mento Pioneer`, and a cover feature in the `Vintage Boss Magazine`, along with additional features the `Vintage Boss` special series, The Mento Pioneers Pt. 1&2
Rest Well Alerth.
Vintage Boss.

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All 5 cd's in this series are excellent. Mento OF THE HIGHEST

Maxine Eldemire

Treasure unearthed
The music is great and well arranged. I grew up in Clarendon and in the 1970s heard from older folks how my uncle Alerth could sing. When I migrated to Kingston in the 80s and Cayman Islands in the 90s Uncle Alerth told me stories of the band and the hit"night food" made but had none of his own record. I have heard a cassete tape by another uncle in the US but was a poor quality. This CD 5 is really great for me to hear his voice now that he is dead. I will certainly share this site with my friends and famiy.


Like A Treasure Left in a Time Capsule
4 stars because of the sound quality. The music is a treasure.

wallace pryor

A little bit more of this beautiful historical music
I already had all four of the other CDs, and I was very pleasantly surprised that there was a 5th. A lot of the songs are on the other four, but the sound quality is better on #5, for the most part. There is still some surface noise, more on some cuts than others, but I found I cut out almost all of this by turning down the high end of my stereo equalizer. This may be the best sampler of the five if you are a casual listener. Beaufiful and historical music. Highly recommended.