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Various Artists - Calypso: Vintage Songs From the Caribbean

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Calypso: Vintage Songs From the Caribbean  

By Various Artists

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This admirable compilation concentrates on recordings from the '50s, when the toothsome melodies, infectious rhythms, and bawdy double-entendres of calypso and related West Indian styles were on the verge of becoming an international craze. Fun fact: at the height of his popularity, Harry Belafonte was outselling Elvis Presley! However, the tunes on this set are far more authentic than "Day-O." Most of the material comes from the Bahamas, but there are also flying visits to Trinidad, Jamaica, and Grenada. George Simonette's ragtime-inflected "Touch Me Tomato," Mighty Sparrow's "No More Rocking and Rolling," and Lord Shorty's "Kim" are as uproarious as they are danceable. Meanwhile, Calypso Mama comes across as a deadpan Bahamian blues woman on the ribald "Yes, Yes, Yes." Despite the vintage sound quality, these mellow, mischievous tunes are delightful listening from start to finish. --Christina Roden

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Touch Me Tomato - George Symonette
  2. Yes, Yes, Yes - Calypso Mama
  3. Take Me Back To Jamaica - The Jolly Boys
  4. Crazy Like Mad - Leslie Scott & Irene Williams
  5. Peas And Rice - Blind Blake And His Royal Victorians
  6. Linstead Market - Lord Composer
  7. No More Rocking And Rolling - King Sparrow
  8. Goombay Drum - The Percentie Brothers
  9. Fed-A-Ray - Lord Beginner
  10. Kim - Lord Shorty
  11. Little Nassau/Bahama Mama - Andre Toussaint
  12. Barbados Carnival - Mighty Panther
  13. J.P. Morgan - The Percentie Brothers
  14. The Limbo Song - Frankie Anderson
  15. It's Always Springtime In Nassau - Delbon Johnson

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