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Various Artists / Legends of Calypso
Album:Legends of Calypso Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:03/2003
Label:Arc Music Inc. 

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Add Date:2003-07-28 Pull Date:2003-09-29 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:5 Oct28 Sep7 Sep31 Aug24 Aug17 Aug10 Aug3 Aug
Airplays:11121223

 Recent Airplay
1.Jul 24, 2010:Music Casserole
Monkey Song, the
4.Sep 29, 2003:Told You So!
Don't Touch Me Tomato
2.Jul 22, 2010:Elite Syncopations
Bellamena
5.Sep 23, 2003:Baptism of Solitude
Court House Scandal
3.Sep 30, 2003:At the Cafe Bohemian
Barbados Carnival
6.Sep 01, 2003:Labor Day Music
Court House Scandal

Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2003-07-07 
[coll]: LEGENDS OF CALYPSO
Arc Music, 2002

This is a charming collection of tracks from the golden age of Calypso, before it was derailed by cheesy renditions of "Day-O" and eventually replaced by reggae as the sound of the Caribbean. The recordings are culled from the 1940s and '50s, so the sound is just a bit muddy. The songs bear all the trademarks of calypso: sly humor, sexual commentary, a perky beat, and a folksy/jazzy vibe. This is a fine introduction to a neglected, but really fun, form of music. Play any track!

Fo's Picks: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 19

1. lazy air, just a guy & his guitar
2. man assaults woman, she goes to jail
3. a classic lightweight ditty
4. upbeat and silly fun, very catchy
7. the most famous song of all, fast
8. another fun one you might recognize
9. jazzy, with very odd Carnival lyrics
10. a very naughty reincarnation song...
14. Eek! Rats! Rats everywhere!
15. a dirty classic (don’t touch her tomato, get it?)
16. very nice solo voice/guitar, relaxed
19. I have no clue what this is. But it sounds great!
20. upbeat, a classic-style "story song"
22. unusual, fast & jazzy; almost a rhumba
23. simple call & response, but catchy
24. another dirty classic (big bamboo, get it?)

[ Fo ] - 7/7/03

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Toussaint, AndreCalypso Island
2.Calypso MamaCourt House Scandal
3.Taylor, PeanutsLizzie Carry Basket
4.Blind BlakeDe Pig An' Goat
5.Blind BlakeBrown Skin Gal/Mary Ann
6.Scott, Leslie & Irene WilliamsCrazy Like Mad
7.Calypso EddieMatilda
8.Mcnair, Harold "Digby"Bak to Back/Zombie Jamboree
9.Mighty PantherBarbados Carnival
10.BrownieBedbug Song, the
11.Calypso MamaDe Peas 'n' De Rice
12.Blind BlakeGin & Coconut Water
13.Toussaint, AndreYellow Bird
14.Mighty PantherMama Hold De Light
15.Blind BlakeBahama Lullaby Rock
16.Calypso MamaDon't Touch Me Tomato
17.Toussaint, AndreHold 'em Joe
18.Scott, Lesie & Irene WilliamsScratch My Back
19.Blind BlakeBellamena
20.Mighty PantherNora Nora
21.Blind BlakeO' Look Misery
22.Toussaint, AndreWatermelon Spoilin'
23.Blind BlakeMonkey Song, the
24.Mighty PantherBig Bamboo, the
25.Kelly, ColinSnorkel Song, the