Trinidad - Calypso 1939-1959
"CD1 : MATILDA - KING RADIO o GIN & COCONUT WATER - WILMOTH HOUDINI o RUM AND COCA COLA - LORD INVADER o YANKEE DOLLARS - LORD INVADER o KITCH (COME GO TO BED) - LORD KITCHENER o MY WIFE'S NIGHTIE - LORD KITCHENER o CAN CAN - LORD MELODY o REPLY TO MELODY - MIGHTY SPARROW o TRINIDAD CARNIVAL - MIGHTY SPARROW o LOUISE - LORD BEGINNER o FEMALE BOXER - THE CHARMER o MY ADVICE TO MEN - THE ISLAND CHAMPIONS o RIVER DEN COME DOWN - THE ISLAND CHAMPIONS o BIG BAMBOO - THE DUKE OF IRON o MARY ANN - THE ROARING LION o BROWN SKIN GAL - THE SPARROW o HOL' EM JOE (DONKEY WANTS WATER) - THE SPARROW o TRINIDAD - YOUNG TIGER o DRINK-A-RUM - LORD KITCHENER o CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - LORD MELODY o KALENDA MARCH - THE ROARING LION.
"The very influential calypso first spread throughout the Caribbean and was further popularized by Harry Belafonte. But before it reached the whole world, it formed the popular music of Trinidad & Tobago. Its Golden Age revealed dancing songs that were remarkably well-written, and also artists of international class such as Lord Kitchener or Mighty Sparrow. These champions of authentic calypso created a refined, urban sound that was more basic than the foreign calypso hits it inspired. In this delicious anthology, Bruno Blum (with the help of Fabrice Uriac) has collected some of the genre's essential classics - in their original versions." Patrick FRÉMEAUX