Legends of Calypso

Legends of Calypso


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A collection licensed from the Goombay Life archives featuring some of the greats of calypso's early days. Andre Toussaint, Calypso Mama, Blind Blake, and Mighty Panther all hand in a number of performances. As usual, the lyrical fare deals with gossip of the day and/or a good deal of sexual innuendos and double entendres. The music is a basic two-beat lope with guitars, drums, and any other nearby instrument, depending on the song. These are the classic standards of the genre -- from Mighty Panther's "Big Bamboo" to a number of songs made famous later by Harry Belafonte. The performances are all above the standard, with the legends putting out their most famous pieces. There are a number of old calypso compilations available, most of which come from the same archives. It's the song choices that separate one from the next. As such, this one makes a good show for the lead against its rival compilations, featuring the best shows of the various aspects of the old genre while staying relatively clear of non-Trinidadian items (though not completely, of course).

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the kind of glimpse into the glamour days of the Caribbean that I have been looking for for years! If you like wonderful playing, catchy lyrics and innocent innuendos, this is your album. Added to the mix, songs by the likes of Blind Blake, drumming legend "Peanuts" Taylor (who actually sings on this album!) and Andre Toussaint and you have a slice of the James-Bond-In-"Thunderball" that we all love so much. The clarity is impressive, especially considering that most of these songs have never been widely heard on anything but obscure records. If you like the calypso age of the 50s, get this album!