West Indian Rhythm: Trinidad Calypsos

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Decca Records, to compete with a similar venture by RCA, sent a recording crew to Trinidad in 1938 to record local calypso artists for commercial release on the island and beyond. West Indian Rhythm compiles all but one of the resulting calypsos from 1938-1940 on ten discs, featuring many of the most popular calypso artists of the day: Atilla the Hun, the Lion, the Caresser, and King Radio. Certainly one of the heaviest box sets Bear Family Records has ever produced, West Indian Rhythm comes with an immense 316-page LP-sized hardback book that might be the most impressive achievement in Bear Family's history. The exhaustively sourced text not only provides historical ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Decca Records, to compete with a similar venture by RCA, sent a recording crew to Trinidad in 1938 to record local calypso artists for commercial release on the island and beyond. West Indian Rhythm compiles all but one of the resulting calypsos from 1938-1940 on ten discs, featuring many of the most popular calypso artists of the day: Atilla the Hun, the Lion, the Caresser, and King Radio. Certainly one of the heaviest box sets Bear Family Records has ever produced, West Indian Rhythm comes with an immense 316-page LP-sized hardback book that might be the most impressive achievement in Bear Family's history. The exhaustively sourced text not only provides historical background and biographical notes on the performers, but provides lyrics for every vocal selection and explanations of the cultural, geographical, and historical references therein that might elude modern listeners. Of the 268 calypso titles recorded for Decca during this period released and unreleased, the compilers were able to locate the masters for 265, while two of the remaining titles turned up on an acetate in a private collection. As a result, this is an astonishingly complete set of Trinidadian calypsos lovingly restored and presented in remarkable sound quality, unlike previous anthologies of this material mastered from commercial 78s. Many of the unreleased recordings were censored for political reasons or for alleged obscenity; two examples of the former -- Atilla the Hun's "The Banning of Records" and the Lord Executor's sarcastic "The Censoring of Calypso Makes Us Glad," were censored for commenting on censorship itself. Aside from the lyrically rich topical calypsos listeners would expect, the set offers a wide variety of music issued under Decca's calypso series, including gospel, instrumental, and dance tunes that reflect the diversity of Trinidad's carnival music scene. The time, expense, and attention to detail that obviously went into this set are almost beyond belief, and the result is an unrivaled tribute to what many consider to be the greatest calypso catalog ever recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2006
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051662325
  • Catalog Number: 16623

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold Your Hand Madam Khan (2:53)
  2. 2 Bastardy (3:11)
  3. 3 Ida, Ida Let Me Know (2:50)
  4. 4 The History of Man (2:56)
  5. 5 Sunny Grenada (2:46)
  6. 6 Anything for Love (2:42)
  7. 7 Don't Touch Me (3:05)
  8. 8 Jacks' Broth (2:50)
  9. 9 Madam Khan (2:54)
  10. 10 The More They Try to Do Me Bad (2:51)
  11. 11 I Want to Build a Bungalow (2:44)
  12. 12 Excursion to Grenada (2:55)
  13. 13 Ba Boo La La (2:58)
  14. 14 I Don't Want No Bungalow (2:34)
  15. 15 Tres Bemoles (2:21)
  16. 16 Commission's Report (2:45)
  17. 17 Joe Louis (3:05)
  18. 18 Ruby Canera (2:54)
  19. 19 I Am Going to Buy a Bungalow (2:37)
  20. 20 Emmalene (2:40)
  21. 21 Seven Skeletons Found in the Yard (2:50)
  22. 22 My Troubles with Dorothy (2:52)
  23. 23 Clear the Way When the Bamboo Play (2:42)
  24. 24 Me and My Neighbor Don't Agree (2:47)
  25. 25 Will Dispute (3:11)
  26. 26 Shout All Guiana (3:05)
  27. 27 Why I Killed Winifred (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 O Lil', Lil' Gal (3:08)
  2. 2 The Orphan Children (3:02)
  3. 3 Rubina (3:17)
  4. 4 Back to Grenada (2:45)
  5. 5 The Lajebeless Woman (2:42)
  6. 6 Theresa (3:08)
  7. 7 Show Me What You Could Do (2:40)
  8. 8 The Bushwoman Come to Town (3:04)
  9. 9 Lillian (2:39)
  10. 10 The Censoring of Calypso Makes Us Glad (3:09)
  11. 11 The Bamboo Band (3:00)
  12. 12 Shango (2:57)
  13. 13 Deliso (2:47)
  14. 14 Mr. Nankivell's Speech (2:56)
  15. 15 Cicilia (3:01)
  16. 16 Exploiting (2:50)
  17. 17 My Wedding Celebration (2:47)
  18. 18 School Boys' Adventure (3:01)
  19. 19 The Banning of Records (2:59)
  20. 20 West Indian Rhythm (2:57)
  21. 21 The Governor's Resignation (2:56)
  22. 22 The Horrors of War (2:39)
  23. 23 Victoria (2:38)
  24. 24 Jimpy's Ingratitude (2:33)
  25. 25 Not Me with Matrimony (3:09)
  26. 26 The League of Nations (2:51)
  27. 27 Tobago's Scandal (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Captain, Put Me Ashore (3:02)
  2. 2 Give Me Back Me Ring (2:33)
  3. 3 Ancient Carnival (2:30)
  4. 4 Hojoe (2:48)
  5. 5 Sa Gomes' Emporiums (2:38)
  6. 6 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (2:40)
  7. 7 Heroes of Old (2:56)
  8. 8 Vitalogy (2:42)
  9. 9 I Am Happy to Be in Love (2:18)
  10. 10 Poppy Day (2:56)
  11. 11 We Mourn the Loss of Sir Murchison Fletcher (2:56)
  12. 12 The Strike (2:25)
  13. 13 The Normandie (2:25)
  14. 14 We Want Sa Gomes (3:02)
  15. 15 The Drinker and the Gambler (2:59)
  16. 16 How I Spent My Time at the Hospital (2:54)
  17. 17 Peter, Go Ring dem Bells (3:07)
  18. 18 What Kind of Shoes You Going to Wear (3:14)
  19. 19 When Me Body Lay Down in the Grave (2:44)
  20. 20 Jonah, Come out the Wilderness (2:38)
  21. 21 Mamy Mine My Baby for Me (3:08)
  22. 22 Ting a Ling Mi Bangola (3:05)
  23. 23 African War Call (2:53)
  24. 24 Play Mass, Don't Do Me That (2:42)
  25. 25 Little Gal, Mother Is Calling You (2:44)
  26. 26 Fire Brigade (2:32)
  27. 27 Archie Boulay (2:42)
  28. 28 They Say I Reign Too Long (3:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Manuelita (3:04)
  2. 2 The Beautiful Land of Iere (2:46)
  3. 3 Civil War in Spain (2:42)
  4. 4 I Don't Want Them to Stand Me Bail (2:59)
  5. 5 Next Door Neighbour (2:54)
  6. 6 I Want a Radio at Home (2:48)
  7. 7 Where Was Butler? (2:48)
  8. 8 The Vendor's Song (2:48)
  9. 9 Guests of Rudy Vallee (2:52)
  10. 10 Why Me Craf Vex with Me (2:22)
  11. 11 Under the British Commander (2:27)
  12. 12 Tina (2:24)
  13. 13 Tropical Heat (2:58)
  14. 14 Barre-A-Oh (2:44)
  15. 15 Marian (2:39)
  16. 16 Girls of Today (3:08)
  17. 17 Man, Man, Man Peter (2:45)
  18. 18 Nellie Go out Mi Door (3:11)
  19. 19 Down the Road (2:50)
  20. 20 Darling Kimberlin (2:49)
  21. 21 Senorita Panchita (3:02)
  22. 22 Emilia (3:00)
  23. 23 El Suspiro del Pobre (3:02)
  24. 24 Love Has Done for Me (2:32)
  25. 25 Jim Congo Myer (2:52)
  26. 26 Gertrude (3:05)
  27. 27 Miss Marie's Advice (3:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Lopez Contreras (3:05)
  2. 2 Tierras Lejanas (3:01)
  3. 3 Linda Vista (2:54)
  4. 4 Mi Vida (2:58)
  5. 5 Old Man (2:50)
  6. 6 Only Foreigners (2:54)
  7. 7 Calypso Behind the Wall (2:54)
  8. 8 Too Botheration (2:29)
  9. 9 History of Woodbrook Vicinity (2:45)
  10. 10 Happy Man (2:37)
  11. 11 Hitler Demands (2:44)
  12. 12 Bosie Darling (3:14)
  13. 13 Trinidad Loves to Play Carnival (2:38)
  14. 14 The Coldness of the Water (3:09)
  15. 15 In the Morning (3:02)
  16. 16 Police Diplomacy (2:42)
  17. 17 The Diamond Ring for Emmaline (3:05)
  18. 18 Demasbar (2:48)
  19. 19 Ten Thousand to Bar Me One (2:29)
  20. 20 Buddy Abraham (2:18)
  21. 21 They Talk About Nora's Badness (2:51)
  22. 22 Who Has Done the Best for Humanity (2:46)
  23. 23 Love Me Emily (2:37)
  24. 24 The Five Year Plan (3:05)
  25. 25 Home Sweet Home (3:10)
  26. 26 Time for Man Go Home (3:10)
  27. 27 So Many Women (3:06)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Fare Thee Well (3:12)
  2. 2 Woman Headache (3:01)
  3. 3 Malicious Neighbours (2:31)
  4. 4 After the Bachanal (2:56)
  5. 5 Chamberlain Says Peace (3:08)
  6. 6 Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning (3:08)
  7. 7 Don't Tickle Me Dorothy (2:41)
  8. 8 In the Dew and the Rain (3:00)
  9. 9 I Don't Want No Calaloo (2:45)
  10. 10 Mois La Travy (2:44)
  11. 11 Peggy Dearie (2:52)
  12. 12 Death (2:55)
  13. 13 Bee (2:35)
  14. 14 Sweet Emily (2:35)
  15. 15 Old Woman (2:23)
  16. 16 Hooray Hoorah (2:24)
  17. 17 Fire Girls (3:02)
  18. 18 Elsie Jambie (3:14)
  19. 19 Elsie (3:02)
  20. 20 Old Men Come Back Again (2:55)
  21. 21 Matilda (2:43)
  22. 22 John O'Carr (2:23)
  23. 23 It's the Rhythm We Want (3:10)
  24. 24 The West Indian Sheik (3:01)
  25. 25 Dem Policeman (2:30)
  26. 26 La Belle Trinidad (2:52)
  27. 27 Inequality of Life (3:00)
Disc 7
  1. 1 My Life of Matrimony (3:07)
  2. 2 No Surrender (2:28)
  3. 3 Fire, Fire in Port-Of-Spain (2:55)
  4. 4 If the Follow Me They Get Fever (2:40)
  5. 5 Freddo (2:46)
  6. 6 La Reine Maribone (2:51)
  7. 7 Charming Trinidad (2:31)
  8. 8 Gabilan Bombay (2:25)
  9. 9 Alla Nom (2:49)
  10. 10 You Better Let Me Go (2:33)
  11. 11 I Am Free, Single and Disengaged (2:55)
  12. 12 Don't Stop the Carnaval (2:26)
  13. 13 Soffie Bellah (2:28)
  14. 14 Too Much Sorry and Pain (2:31)
  15. 15 Joe Louis-Schmeling Fight (3:00)
  16. 16 Soup in Bottle (2:57)
  17. 17 High Brown (3:05)
  18. 18 Bad Woman Oh (2:39)
  19. 19 Blow Wind Blow (2:42)
  20. 20 Kash Kash Kmona (2:54)
  21. 21 Customs Fire (2:40)
  22. 22 The Power of the Lion (2:59)
  23. 23 Where Is My Sister This Morning (2:30)
  24. 24 Ara Da Da (2:55)
  25. 25 Scorpion (2:24)
  26. 26 The New Shop Law (2:48)
  27. 27 My Indian Girl Love (2:58)
  28. 28 Bing Crosby (2:53)
  29. 29 Mama I Want It (2:34)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Memories of Trinidad (2:32)
  2. 2 Amanja Soqua Me (2:31)
  3. 3 Two Bad Men in the World (2:48)
  4. 4 Gambo Lai Lai Before the Court (2:51)
  5. 5 Leave Me Alone Dorothy (2:36)
  6. 6 Advantageous Young Girls (2:34)
  7. 7 Adeline (2:27)
  8. 8 You Pelt Me Bundle Before the Dro (2:39)
  9. 9 Hitler (2:28)
  10. 10 My Intention Is to Join the Volunteers (3:06)
  11. 11 Hitler Demanded Trinidad (3:00)
  12. 12 Romance in the Moonlight (2:26)
  13. 13 Caro at Point Cumana (2:32)
  14. 14 Ochro and Rice (2:35)
  15. 15 The Invasion of Poland (2:39)
  16. 16 Sir Neville Chamberlain (2:42)
  17. 17 Hitler's Mistake (3:11)
  18. 18 Freedom and Liberty (3:06)
  19. 19 Clementina (2:31)
  20. 20 Not So Carolina (2:51)
  21. 21 Finland (2:50)
  22. 22 My Impressions of Demerara (3:01)
  23. 23 Sedition Law (3:03)
  24. 24 Two Sisters Scandal (2:47)
  25. 25 Run Your Run Hitler (3:08)
  26. 26 Hitler's Attitude (2:59)
  27. 27 Brambroocoo Dance (2:49)
  28. 28 Appetite (2:33)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Let Them Fight for Ten Thousand Years (3:03)
  2. 2 Lion Oh (2:22)
  3. 3 Carnival Revue (3:03)
  4. 4 Run Your Run Hitler (2:35)
  5. 5 Do You Remember Me? (2:57)
  6. 6 Second Hand Girls (2:54)
  7. 7 Cocoa Tea Puzzle to Me (2:21)
  8. 8 No No No Miss Angeline (2:28)
  9. 9 In My Own Native Land (2:23)
  10. 10 When I Marry Dorothy (3:04)
  11. 11 Emily (2:50)
  12. 12 Germany Invade Poland (2:38)
  13. 13 Story of Mr. Paul (3:14)
  14. 14 Leave Me Alone Dorothy (3:05)
  15. 15 Matrimony Becomes a Papyshow (2:43)
  16. 16 Lillian's Slackness (2:29)
  17. 17 Don't Worry with Me (2:43)
  18. 18 Bertha I Feel You (2:50)
  19. 19 No, No, Mirie (3:04)
  20. 20 Demi Gal (2:47)
  21. 21 Nazi Spy Ring (2:41)
  22. 22 Deliso (2:36)
  23. 23 Ah Neighbours, Neighbours (2:50)
  24. 24 Happy Land of Canaan (2:39)
  25. 25 Suzi Qu (2:15)
  26. 26 I Send My Wife to the Market (2:37)
  27. 27 Shango Dance (2:30)
  28. 28 Rada Dance (2:26)
Disc 10
  1. 1 La Vieja Mia (3:00)
  2. 2 Carnival Again (2:52)
  3. 3 Sambo Why You Are Go (3:09)
  4. 4 Patria Preferida (2:37)
  5. 5 Gambie Law Ray (2:25)
  6. 6 The Admiral Graf Spee (3:12)
  7. 7 No Wedding Bells for Me (2:34)
  8. 8 Li Li Pierrot Darrie (2:34)
  9. 9 Send Hitler to St. Helena (2:38)
  10. 10 Teener Have Sympathy (2:26)
  11. 11 The Guardian Contest (3:01)
  12. 12 The War (2:52)
  13. 13 Harold Change Your Mind (3:05)
  14. 14 Women Diplomacy (2:48)
  15. 15 Orphan Home (2:32)
  16. 16 Ellis Nottingham (2:36)
  17. 17 Policeman (2:59)
  18. 18 General Contreras (3:10)
  19. 19 Mi Quiero Casar (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cyril Monrose Bass, Piano, Violin, cuatro
Clemons Smith Alto Saxophone
Cecil Bonnes Banjo
Bill Verwayne Cymbals, Drums, Wood Block
John "Buddy" Williams Bass
Will West Clarinet
Cyril Monrose String Orchestra Accompaniment
Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds Piano, Accompaniment
George Mutoo & His Demerara Orchestra Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Kevin Burke Illustrations
Don Hill Illustrations, Essay
Roaring Lion Composer
Charles Grant Composer
Richard G. Johnson Illustrations
Cyril Monrose Composer
Richard K. Spottswood Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Essay
T.A. Codallo Composer
Neville Marcano Composer
Egbert Moore Composer
Raymond Quevedo Composer
Dr. David Evans Illustrations
Ray Funk Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
John Cowley Illustrations, Essay, Executive Editing
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Norman Span Composer
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Ralph Perez Producer
Hollis Liverpool Introduction
Alric Farrell Composer
Alain Boulanger Illustrations
Art Zimmerman Illustrations
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Traditional Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Restoration, Photo Scanning
Richard Noblett Illustrations
Lise Winer Illustrations, Essay
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Will West Composer
Rufus Callender Composer
Errol Duke Composer
Philip Garcia Composer
Rupert Grant Composer
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