Again!

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The original release of Again! in 1975 was a reunion of sorts for Trinidad's Slinger Francisco known to most of the world as Mighty Sparrow and Jamaica's Byron Lee, who had first marketed themselves together on 1967's Only a Fool. Marketed is the right word here, since the two don't really collaborate but sort of do their respective things side by side, and with their vastly differing approaches -- Sparrow is a modern calypso singer with an occasional barbed tongue while Lee & His Dragonaires specialize in soft, string-laden pop ballad fare with just enough Caribbean lilt to keep the tourists happy -- these two artists don't necessarily fit together well. Sparrow's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The original release of Again! in 1975 was a reunion of sorts for Trinidad's Slinger Francisco known to most of the world as Mighty Sparrow and Jamaica's Byron Lee, who had first marketed themselves together on 1967's Only a Fool. Marketed is the right word here, since the two don't really collaborate but sort of do their respective things side by side, and with their vastly differing approaches -- Sparrow is a modern calypso singer with an occasional barbed tongue while Lee & His Dragonaires specialize in soft, string-laden pop ballad fare with just enough Caribbean lilt to keep the tourists happy -- these two artists don't necessarily fit together well. Sparrow's tracks he uses his own musicians on them, which include "Dragon Dance," "Obeah Wedding," and "No Kind of Man at All," have a kind of good-time dance energy and feature an engaging calypso lingo that makes each of them feel like they're done with a wink of the eye and a tongue half in cheek. Lee's tracks, on the other hand, which include a cover of Bread's "If" and a surprisingly lame elevator version of the disco hit "The Hustle," sound bleached out and bland, full of keyboard-programmed string arrangements that numb everything down rather than constructively augment anything. One gets the impression of being at a wedding reception where the band has been given the instruction to keep the lid on and not get anyone too excited. Even Sparrow's tracks, while far more animated and interesting than Lee's pieces, are a good deal toned down from what the singer normally delivers. In the end, this reissue which adds no new tracks, and one might be thankful for that is hardly worth the bother.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645236423
  • Catalog Number: 2364
  • Sales rank: 387,132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dragon Dance (3:42)
  2. 2 Let Me Try Again (3:43)
  3. 3 Sad Sweet Dreamer (3:08)
  4. 4 Obeah Wedding (3:32)
  5. 5 And I Love Her So (3:22)
  6. 6 The Hustle (3:46)
  7. 7 My Way (4:38)
  8. 8 No Kind of Man at All (3:05)
  9. 9 If (3:22)
  10. 10 Again (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mighty Sparrow Primary Artist
J. Daniel Smith Background Vocals
L. Williams Trumpet
Ulvin Belfast Organ, Conductor
Jerome Francisque Trombone
M. Wilson Bass, Bass Guitar
J. Carson Gray Percussion
Y.T. Smith Background Vocals
C. Headley Percussion
J. Samarth Background Vocals
J. Smorth Saxophone
K. Tsiasasue Drums
C. Wears Guitar
J. Franscique Trombone
P. DOUGLAS Drums
K. Lyn Percussion
G. Bailey Drums
D. Bowen Piano
C. Brady Percussion
G. Mendoza Guitar
C. Robb Bass Guitar
N. Hinds Cello
Y. Smith Background Vocals
U. Johnson Trombone
U. Belfast Organ
A. Sommers Saxophone
A. Francis Trumpet
O. Scott Saxophone
W. Thomas Trumpet
J. Gray Percussion
J. Smith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Byron Lee Producer, Remixing, Audio Production
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires Composer
Ulvin Belfast Arranger
Graeme Goodall Engineer, Remixing
R.L. Logan Engineer
Howard Moo Young Cover Design
S. Francisco Audio Production
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