2001 - The Original Turtle Shell Band "The Beginning"

The Original Turtle Shell Band was recorded in a Belize City radio studio between 1980 and 1982, just as Belize gained its independence from Great Britain. Digitally remastered in Germany, the recording retains the raw quality of live low-tech, projecting the raucous vitality of an emergent music. After jamming at Pen's art studio and perfecting their chops at what they called "roadblocks" on the streets of Dangriga, the band took a bus to Belize City and set up in a park to play. A passing technician invited them to the Belize Radio One studios, which sessions fortuitously captured the group in its genesis. - Michael Stone