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This is a stereo Columbia release from 1962 featuring ‘authentic Trinidad steel band, the Trinidad Serenaders.’ Good stuff here for your next Limbo party. Here are the helpful instructions from the back of the jacket:

Easy peasy!

Have a listen to Old Lady Walk a Mile and a Half:

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Limbo Craze.zip (43 MB)

Side One:
Medley (Limbo Like Me; La Mer;  Skokiaan)
Beats There a Heart So True?
Liebesfreud

Side Two:
Old Lady Walk a Mile and a Half
Doctor D’Limbo
Junior’s Jamboree
Alone
Anna

La Pachanga

Here is the authentic gaiety of one of the most bombastic dances to ever come out of the Caribbean. Twelve exciting tunes in true Charanga instrumentation Dressed in colorful arrangements — recorded in brilliant sound. La Pachanga is the dance craze that is sweeping the world and gaining new favor over the mambo and cha-cha.

Or so claims the back cover.

Here’s the title track:

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Pachanga.zip (48MB)

Side One
La Pachanga
Piano Charanga
Pachanga Brasilera
Ole Ole Pachanga
La Moruna
Cuatro Palomas

Side Two
La Charanga
Balada
Sinfonia de Pachanga
Para la Fiesta Voy
Pachanga Montuno
Chi Chi Charanga

Limbo!

Limbo!

Another Diplomat release. This time we visit Trinidad with the “Caribbeanas” and “Lord Rhumbago.” They didn’t even bother spelling their made-up band name correctly on the cover. Truly the height of indifference! The music is pleasant though. I have a few “Limbo” albums, and this one is the best of the lot.

Instructions: “You can dance the Limbo to the dynamic music of the Caribbeans by simply placing a 6 ft. bamboo pole or dowel rod between two upright supports, with a provision for the gradual lowering of the pole after each passage of the dancers. The last dancer to pass beneath the pole without touching the floor with any part of the body other than the feet is crowned the King or Queen of the Limbo. ”

If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can set the pole on fire like a true Limbo professional.

Listen to Whirling ‘Round:

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Limbo.zip (43MB)

Side One
Limbo Like Me
Arima Tonight
Gounod’s Waltz
Gaza
Melodious Overtones

Side Two
Santa Manite
Melody De Amour
Whirling ‘Round
Claire Is Where
The Heat