« A fascinating release ! » by Blues in Britain

Calypso, mento and occasionally R&B collide on Bahamas Goombay 1951-1959 (Frémeaux-FA5302) which includes a cover of The Drifters’ « Honey Love » by Eloise Lewis, and there is Blind Blake (not to be confused with any other Blind Blake you may know) This is Blind Blake Higgs, a singer/ guitarist/Banjo player. A few of his numbers are certainly blues-based and his other material sometimes sounds like The Memphis Jug Band – plus he was a huge influence on Joseph Spence, a major inspiration for Ry Cooder and others. Vincent Martin sounds uncannily like Bob Brozman on his calypso numbers, and there is Harold McNair, a Jamaican who played on many UK rock, jazz and blues sessions in the 60s. A fascinating release ! Norman DARWEN – BLUES IN BRITAIN