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The venerable mento outfit The Jolly Boys have been honing their craft since the mid-‘50s, when they first took their inimitable brand of rough-hewn Jamaican folk music into the fashionable supper clubs and hotels of Port Antonio and Kingston. Legend has it that island-hopping playboy Errol Flynn took a particular shine to The Jolly Boys and often enlisted them to play his private parties. Though The Jolly Boys performed continuously through the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, their discography is surprisingly slim. When Great Expectations appeared on the GeeJam label in 2010, the group hadn't recorded an official studio album for almost two decades. The album is something of a left turn for the group. Instead of dipping into their deep repertoire of mento standards, they offer up a dozen island-flavored covers of rock and punk classics like Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day,” The Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought the Law,” and Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger.” The results are much stronger than one might expect, as The Jolly Boys are seasoned veterans who infuse all their performances with the relaxed confidence and effortless charisma that come with decades of experience.

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Amazing find :-p

Just wished there was more. The singers voice and the songs just make you feel good. By the way the singers 72!

A diamond in the rough!

I can't express how much I love these guys. I wonder how many other "undiscovered" artists there are our there, just waiting to shower our ears with their greatness?
Jolly Boys forever! Thanks guys!

wow!!! a must buy!

just read about these guys a few minutes ago as I was checking the latest hurricane news online,they are really good!! their rendition of "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse is awesome! she would've been honored...


Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Jolly Boys are the foremost performers of mento, the ribald, witty first cousin of Jamaican reggae. Like reggae, mento is marked by a shuffling, syncopated guitar strum, an irreverent attitude, and a lazy, swaying danceability. Unlike reggae, mento has no sacramental roots, nor does it strain after profundity. Instead, mento makes a religion of sexual braggadocio, drinking, and good times. The Jolly Boys have been composing and performing mentos for decades; indeed, they used to perform for Errol...
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Great Expectation (Deluxe Edition), The Jolly Boys
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, World
  • Released: May 03, 2011

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