A staple of Jamaican café society since the mid-1950s, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires have weathered multiple shifts in the island's musical tastes, performing ska, rock steady, reggae, and soca. A few elements of their eclectic songbook are displayed on this infectiously enjoyable set, ideal for holiday parties and no doubt best experienced with the accompaniment of a few rum-based refreshments. Crowd-friendly fare like "Calypso Classics in Pan" and the risqué "The Dentist" are guaranteed ice-breakers, while for purists the '60s-flavored rock steady beat of "Can't Blame De Youth" and "Girl I've Got a Date" conjures the wonder years of Jamaican music.
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