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Lord Invader: There's a Brown Boy in the Ring
Lord Invader: There's a Brown Boy in the Ring

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Lord Invader
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Various Artists: Castilianne Maracas Waltz: Dance and Music from the Island Tropics
Various Artists: Castilianne Maracas Waltz: Dance and Music from the Island Tropics

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Start with a suave terra s+¬ca, a sensual Brazilian lament and follow with a battery of easily danceable Venezuelan waltzes called castilianne that are actually...continue...
This contains several cuts by the Grand Curucaye String Orchestra that show the Venezuelan influence on the calypso of the 1890s and early 1900s. ~ Don Hill...continue...
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Various Artists: Hellish Calypso
Various Artists: Hellish Calypso

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Why Hellish? The liner notes explain that it's in part because of the very apparent pear-shaped atrocities a listener hears in out-of-tune melodies and unintelligible...continue...
More Small Island Pride and the Mighty Cypher, Bomber (singing, among others, the beautiful "Gloria," later recorded by Harry Belafonte), Striker (Percy Oblington), Nat Hepburn, Wrangler, Fighter (Shu...continue...
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Mighty Sparrow: King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival
Mighty Sparrow: King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Mighty Sparrow

Calypso King Mighty Sparrow (n+¬e Slinger Francisco) is known for provocative and often bawdy lyrics, at one point describing rival Lord Melody's face as ugly...like...continue...
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Various Artists: Calypso Atrocities
Various Artists: Calypso Atrocities

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Saucy, ballsy, outspoken, yes, but not exactly an atrocity. Pay close attention to these calypso lyrics by Small Island Pride and Mighty Cypher....continue...
Six more selections by Small Island Pride and others by Killer, Commander, Wrangler, and Cypher. ~ Don Hill...continue...
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Various Artists: Calypso Kings and Pink Gin
Various Artists: Calypso Kings and Pink Gin

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

In a tent somewhere in Port of Spain, calypso kings of past years gather to exchange extemporaneous lyrical insults, just like a game of ping...continue...
Many fine songs recorded in the Young Brigade tent, including Melody's "Jonah and the Bake" (about child abuse) and a calypso war (trading verbal insults) between Melody and Sparrow. ~ Don Hill...continue...
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Various Artists: Calypso Lore & Legend
Various Artists: Calypso Lore & Legend

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

71-year old Chinee Patrick Jones, one of the most famous old-time Calypsonians to pass through Port of Spain, tells stories from his singing days and...continue...
The history of calypso and some of the early songs from about 1890 to 1910, is recounted by Chiney Patrick Jones on this album, which also contains early string band music. ~ Don Hill...continue...
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Lord Melody: Calypso Through the Looking Glass
Lord Melody: Calypso Through the Looking Glass

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Lord Melody

This recording features ten favorite calypso songs by Lord Melody, including The Letter, Alexander the Murderer and The River. No listener can escape the ribald...continue...
Personnel: Lord Melody (vocals).

This early album is from a fine and unjustly forgotten calypsonian who was a fierce competitor of Sparrow in the 1950s. ~ Don Hill...continue...
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Lord Invader: Calypso
Lord Invader: Calypso

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Lord Invader
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Lord Invader: West Indian Folk Songs for Children
Lord Invader: West Indian Folk Songs for Children

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Lord Invader
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Various Artists: Calypso Cross-Section: Ironclad Calypso with Written Guaranty!
Various Artists: Calypso Cross-Section: Ironclad Calypso with Written Guaranty!

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Juxtaposing the musical talents of vocalists Bomber, Wrangler, Killer and Small Island Pride, the art of the 1950s Trinidadian calypso resonates on this recording. These...continue...
Along with the surrealist title, this one is full of Killer ("Baptist Funeral"), Bomber (C.F. Ryan), Wrangler, and Small Island Pride. ~ Don Hill...continue...
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