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Calypso Is Like So [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Robert MitchumAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 5, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1957
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Scamp
  • ASIN: B000000IAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Mitchum! Calypso? December 17, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, I know. I was skeptical when I first spied the cover of this disc. Visions of Felix Unger doing the "Oscar, Oscar, Oscar" song bumrushed my consciousness.
The fact is, not only can Robert Mitchum sing (his prior vocal effort "Thunder Road" is included here), he can really swing out with that calypso beat. If you can listen to "Jean and Dinah" and "Tick, Tick Tick" (my two personal favorites) without bouncing around the room, take your pulse -- you might not be alive!
This may look like a novelty item to the uninitiated, but there is not a bad song on this very entertaining album.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mitchum's Cool Calypso April 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Dig that album cover! The King of Cool doesn't disgrace himself with this 1957 release. What should have been a bizarre novelty emerges as a surprisingly enjoyable foray into the calypso milieu. Among the standout tracks are "What Is This Generation Coming To?" and "From a Logical Point of View." Robert Mitchum fans will not be disappointed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shut your mouth, go away! July 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
So, how good does Robert Mitchum do de calypso, mon? Well, he's a more authentic calypso singer than Vanilla Ice was a rapper. He does a decent job on the tongue-twisting lyrics, especially on the up-tempo "What's This Generation Coming To?", a lament about how da crazy teenagers got da nation in a state of con-fyoo-shun wit' dere rockin' 'n' rollin'. On other tunes, his vocals aren't as powerful as his fists, but as Johnny Mercer once said, if Mitchum can't reach a high note, "he can act his way through it." And if that doesn't work...well, who's gonna tell him? Here is the track listing:

1. Jean and Dinah

2. From a Logical Point of View

3. Not Me

4. What is This Generation Coming To?

5. Tic, Tic, Tic

6. Beauty is Only Skin Deep

7. I Learn a Merengue, Mama

8. Take Me Down to Lover's Row

9. Mama, Looka Boo Boo

10. Coconut Water

11. Matilda, Matilda

12. They Dance All Night

13. The Ballad of Thunder Road

14. My Honey's Lovin' Arms

13 & 14 are bonus tracks. "The Ballad of Thunder Road" was a non-calypso single released about a year after this album, and "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" was it's b-side.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Logical POV, One of the Best LPs Ever November 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Forget "Sgt. Pepper's," "Electric Ladyland" and the third Kraftwerk album; for that matter, who needs the artiness of Veloso or Buarque when you have the Mitch? This 1957 effort is simply one of the best LPs ever recorded, and it works on many levels. The man who did the best version of "Sunny" ever recorded (sure beat Bobby Hebb) and who terrorized children, mothers and nubile teenagers in films like "Cape Fear" and "Night of the Hunter" (and who was one of the heaviest film-noir anti-heroes in classics like "Out of the Past" and "Angel Face") proves his versatility by tackling these calypso songs and rendering them to perfection. The angular, avant-garde banjo on "I Learn a Meringue, Mama" beats anything DNA or Robert Fripp ever put on wax; Robert Fripp never had Jane Greer or Jane Russell as a love interest, and he ever got busted for weed he wouldn't have taken it in stride as well as Mitchum did back in 1947. The fact is, this is one solid platter and anyone who snickers and laughs at this masterpiece, or tries to parade her "hipster" credentials by calling it a camp classic, needs to have a talk with the Mitch, who is still dispensing his brand of wisdom, and a nightly version of "Mama Look a Boo Boo," from the right hand of Yaweh up in tough-guy heaven. Buy this before you buy anything else, and if you're lucky, maybe you'll find a woman you can call "Chiquita!"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Believe Your Ears! July 4, 2003
By asfhgwt
Format:Audio CD
While vacationing in the Bahamas recently, my hotel's Muzak track played a Calypso song which was obviously entitled "From a Logical Point of View." Something immediately clicked, and the song was unquestionably a version of the early 60's U.S. hit "If You Wanna Be Happy" by one Jimmy Soul. As I listened intently, I found the Calypso version's lyrics funnier and far more clever; I suspected that it preceded the somewhat sanitized U.S. version.... but who was the singer?
My interest in the song was sidetracked until I returned from vacation, whereupon I promptly tracked it down on the web. Much to my surprise the vocal artist was Robert Mitchum! At first I thought it wasn't possible, but after repeated playings of the CD, I actually can manage to hear a tiny bit of Mitchum's real, actor's voice in the songs. Your first time through it, though, you simply won't believe your ears.
Mitchum does a surprisingly fantastic job. The tunes are catchy and infectious, and one is better than the other. Yes, they're politically incorrect, but that isn't a bad thing, IMHO. Sure, they're a tad "naughty" by 1950's standards, but hardly so by the standards of today. Thematically interesting, one song is about a group of popular bar girls' return to normal status after the American naval base in Trinidad is closed. Another concerns a father's musings over his kids disbelief that he's so darn ugly (and possibly that he's not their real father). A third is about a stolen watch and where it's hidden on (or should I say "in") a native lass' body. A particularly catchy tune recounts a lad's being taught the dance called "the merengue" (or could this be code for something else?) and of course there's the "Logical Point of View" number, which advises you to "always marry a woman uglier than you."
Happy, fun music from a bygone era. Great stuff!
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Speedy transaction and terrific product. Sorry, I thought I was reviewing the purchase.
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Published 2 months ago by 'da Hui
5.0 out of 5 stars Its an awesome album. I would recommend it to anyone interested- ...
Its an awesome album. I would recommend it to anyone interested- a good purchase. It took a while to arrive but not longer than they said it would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
That is a good CD, very good to dance and for parties. I always have a good time listening to it.
Published 7 months ago by Anna Pighinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat this -- it's great, great, great
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I fell into this while listening to my Harry Belafonte channel on Pandora, and I was so pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bancheromedia
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like so cool
Another reason why Mitchum was cool, singing in a style that you don't expect from a guy who grew up in the Midwest during the depression. Read more
Published 20 months ago by RayRay
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT AN ABSOLUTE SURPRISE
I recently watched NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. Robert Mitchum does a lot of singing and I see that he could, indeed, carry a tune. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jack E. Levic
Published on December 15, 2007 by Brad F. Stender
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally surpassed expectations!
I always thought this was a "Golden Throats" candidate, but had never before heard the album. When I did, I was amazed. Read more
Published on October 15, 2006 by C. Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars A sunny good time!
Whenever I'm feeling blue or in need of sunshine on a rainy day... THIS is the cd I put on. Tons of fun and guraunteed to make you smile. Read more
Published on June 30, 2005 by Elseless
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