February 2011

Orange Blossom Jug Five: A Miss-named Blues

What an odd and wonderful record. If you’re me – and thankfully, you’re not – the word skiffle immediately summons the concept of pre-Beatles England in which loads of bands were working on odd combination of acoustic blues and a primitive idea of what ensemble playing should have been. Apparently, though, the word skiffle was in use Stateside prior to the sixties’ folk and blues explosion gave way to psychedelia. So, the fact that the only recording released by the Orange Blossom Jug Five was titled Skiffle In Stereo is probably less surprising than initially believed. The weird thing is, though, that the disc was one of, if not the first stereo albums released in the US.