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Calypso Carnival

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Twenty-five classic performances from the golden age of Trinidadian calypso. A good-timey music on the surface, much of calypso's depth comes from the incisive intellect and verbal wit of its master vocalists. "Calypso traditionally takes a jaundiced view of life. Though praise is meted out when deserved, calypsonians normally assume a stance somewhere between reporter, editorialist, moralist, and satirist. . . . Lion, Tiger, Atilla, Executor, Invader and Radio were power names taken by calypsonians as compensation for their status at the bottom of the social and economic ladder." --from Dick Spottswood's liner notes

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Collecting tunes from 1936 through 1941, this set is appropriately subtitled "25 Classic Performances from the Golden Age of Trinidadian Calypso" and it lives up to expectations. The required stars are in abundance; Atilla the Hun, The Lion, and The Tiger all have tracks, although some of the chosen tunes are pleasant surprises. Lionel Belasco and his orchestra churn up a wonderful pasillo called "Depression," an instrumental with a great jazz-age sound recorded in 1932. It features Belasco's light and pleasing piano and some great violin by Cyril Monrose. King Radio dominates this collection with knowing lyrics and delivery in a number of great tracks. There are sessions recorded in both Port au Prince and New York City. The NYC dates feature the fuller, more lush band of Gerald Clark, while the island sides feature the local talent in a slightly rougher and more direct sound. --Louis Gibson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ba Boo La La - The Lion
  2. Neighbour - King Radio
  3. Si-O-No-Valse - Gerald Clark And His Caribbean Serenaders
  4. Bandandea - The Tiger
  5. High Brown - The Growler
  6. Depression-Pasillo - Lionel Belasco And His Orchestra
  7. I Am Going To Buy A Bungalow - The Lion
  8. I Don't Want No Bungalow - Atilla The Hun
  9. I Want To Build A Bungalow - Codallo's Top Hatters Orchestra
  10. John Thomas - The Caresser
  11. It's The Rhythm We Want - King Radio
  12. Tres Bemoles-Valse - Cyril Monrose String Orchestra
  13. Marabella Wedding - The Tiger
  14. Mama, Call The Fire Brigade - Wilmoth Houdini
  15. Anything For Love-Tango Calypso - Harmony King
  16. Vitalogy - The Lion
  17. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie - The Lion
  18. Saga Boy's In Town - Lord Invader
  19. John O'Carr - King Radio
  20. La Rosa-Valse - Gerald Clark And His Caribbean Serenaders
  21. In The Dew And The Rain - The Growler
  22. Point Cumana - The Tiger
  23. Freddo - Atilla The Hun
  24. Wanga - The Lion
  25. Old Ginger - Lord Executor And The Caresser


Product details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000002SC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,688 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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