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Various Artists: Sing De Chorus: Calypso from Trinidad and Tobago

Track List

>Country Club Scandal
>Madame Khan
>Songs of Long Ago
>Dew and Rain
>Workers' Plea
>St. Peter's Day
>Black Market
>Leave Me Alone Dorothy
>Ugly Woman / Trouble And Misery
>Los Iros
>Gold in Africa, The
>Treasury Scandal
>Reign Too Long
>Graf Zeppelin
>Adolf Hitler
>Love Me or Leave Me
>Money Is King
>Victory Calypso
>Coldness of the Water
>Let the White People Fight
>Sedition Law
>Mother's Love
>Woman Called Dorothy
>Tribute to Executor
>Sing de Chorus

Album Notes

This, from a recording made during Carnival 1991, is a collection of re-creations of the calypsos written by the greats of the 1930s -- Lord Executor, Lord Beginner, Atilla the Hun, Roaring Lion, Growling Tiger, Destroyer, Invader, Caresser, and others. Many of the greatest songs of the era are present. On top of re-using the lyrics of the greats, fully acoustic bands were set up to attempt at a re-creation of the full sound. The movement of the music is unmistakably calypso, and the topics of protest from the '30s (between the Depression and WWII, along with a ban on performing and recording calypso in Trinidad) all show through well. Not a bad rendition of most of the songs, though the originals can in some cases be found. Take a listen if you like the original versions of similar works. ~ Adam Greenberg


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