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Calypso Breakaway 1927-1941

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The second volume of early calypso music on Rounder brings us twenty classic tracks, each an eloquent and witty musical observation on the issues, events, and scandals of the golden era of calypso. Here are 1927-41 recordings by Lord Beginner, Atilla the Hun, the Lion, the Tiger, King Radio, Lord Executor, the Caresser and more.

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Born out of the postslavery kalinda songs of stick-fighting competitions, Calypso has evolved into today's techno-tinted soca, with several major shifts along the way. These 20 songs are representative of an extremely musically sophisticated period in the evolution, with references from swing jazz and Cuba in abundance. They are transcribed from vintage recordings, and there is plenty of humor, wisdom, and wit inherent in the Calypsonians' lyrics to relate to the human condition in any age. Calypso has always documented politics, weather, and news stories (intermixed with racy double-entendres), and these tunes are no exception, save being from a slower, more naive period of history. Although the instrumentation has changed over the years, much of this classic music swings hard and will stand the test of time long after the overly synthesized treatments of today's "road songs" have been forgotten. Many of these artists performed in cabarets and nightclubs in New York and London at the time, and several went on to great international acclaim. Calypso Breakaway is both a great introduction and a priceless, carefully mastered record for the aficionado, despite uninformative liner notes. --Derek Rath

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Le' Me Mother Know - Keskidee Trio
  2. Ma Maria - King Radio
  3. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen - Felix And His Krazy Kats
  4. An Excursion To Grenada - The Growler
  5. Tina - The Lion
  6. Seven Skeletons Found In the Yard - Lord Executor
  7. Little Gal, Mother Is Calling You - Al Philip Lere Syncopators
  8. Maraval Girls - The Tiger
  9. Anacaona - Lord Begineer
  10. Dynamite - Atilla The Hun
  11. Caro At Point Cumana - Lord Invader
  12. Violets-Venezuelan Waltz - Lionel Belasco's Orchestra
  13. Guests of Rudy Vallee - The Lion And Atilla The Hun
  14. How I Speny My Time At The Hospital - Lord Executor
  15. Old Men Come Back Again - King Radio
  16. Johnnie Take My Wife - Wilmouth Houdini And His Caribbean Orchestra
  17. The More They Try To Do Me Bad - The Caresser
  18. Love Thy Neighbor - The Lion
  19. Tropical Heat-Paseo - Codall's Top Hatters Orchestra
  20. The Whe Whe Banker Wedding - The Tiger

Product details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1927
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000002RE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,642 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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