Les léopards de St. Pierre
Meilleur Ensemble Martiniquais 1970
Parade 1970

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Isn’t this fun ? Tumbèlé, mazurka, bolero, guaguanco, merengue,
biguine, compas and calypso by Les Léopards de St. Pierre, Martinique.
Third entry by this hot group and hopefully not the last. On Nouveautés
Disques, Hit parade from 1970. Get it & spread it..

Kijk, dat gaat lekker los, Tumbèlé, mazurka, guaguanco, merengue,
biguine, compas and calypso gespeeld door deze ene super groep.
Les Léopards de St. Pierre, Martinique. Dit is de derde schijf die we
van ze hebben en als het meezit niet de laatste. Op Nouveautés
Disques, Hit Parade uit 1970, verdorie wat een fijne plaat..

tracks ;

01 – Intro
02 – Coza ï na
03 – Mazouk Léopards
04 – Jaloux
05 – Si tu lo tiene
06 – Dansez an bel merengue
07 – Helena
08 – Appiyé
09 – Petite fille
10 – nector pati
11 – Didi

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Calypsos for Adam and Eve – Various Artists
Monogram Supertone Records 1961

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Zo af en toe kom je er eens eentje tegen, zo’n verzamelaar
met calypso’s die de moeite waard zijn. Dit is er zo een. Wat
Adam en Eva ermee te maken hebben ontgaat me eventjes,
‘alleen voor volwassenen!’ staat er op de achterkant maar dat
is bij calypso geen uitzondering. Hoe dan ook, lekker spul..

Every now and then we find us one, the type of collector
with calypsos really worth a spin. This is such a record. I
have no idea what Adam and Eve have to do with it, ‘for
adults only!’ is written on the backsleeve but that is no
exception in calypso. One way or the other, nice stuff..

tracks ;

01 – Lord Kitchener – Romeo
02 – Lord melody – Calypso life in brazil
03 – Young Invader – Give her banana
04 – Lord Kitchener – Big toe
05 – Mighty Dictator – Mathematical brother
06 – Beginner – Injection
07 – Sparrow – Give the youngsters a chance
08 – Lord Melody – Missing frozen chicken
09 – Hepburn – Plastic surgery
10 – Lord Kitchener – Woman like saxophone
11 – Lloyd Thomas – German calypso
12 – Sparrow – Family size coke

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Lord Kitchener – Play Mas’ with Kitch
Tropico 1967

Kitch, voorkant

Dat was een gelukkie, wat een heerlijk moment om tegen een
plaat als deze aan te lopen. Als ik calypso zoek kijk ik in het
bijzonder uit naar spul uit de jaren zestig, op de een of andere
manier vind ik dat de lekkerste sound. Als het dan ook nog eens
werk van Kitch betreft ben ik direkt verkocht. Dit is de elpee die
volgt op Kitch 67 die al eerder geplaatst was. Deze komt ook uit
dat mooie jaar, op Tropico en in prima conditie..

What a great moment when walking into an album like this one.
When searching for calypso, the sixties is the period I want to find
stuff from. Somehow I love the calypso from that era best. If it
concerns the work of Kitch on top of that, it pleases me extra.
This is the album that follows up Kitch 67, which you may find
at this page as well. The record we have today is from that same
year, on Tropico and in fine condition..

titels ;

01 – Miss tourist
02 – Mama have papa have
03 – The wrecker
04 – Come back molly
05 – Big belly woman
06 – No hurricane in trinidad
07 – Best things in life are free
08 – Who tell me man
09 – The handyman
10 – Mazican

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Lord Cobra con the Beachers – Calipsos
Tamayo

Lord Cobra, voorkant

De plaat die we hier hebben is een tamelijk aparte, hoe serieus
hem te nemen weet ik even niet. Het is een behoorlijk clownesque
uitgave van de Panamese Lord Cobra. Wel een vrij zeldzame en
voor ons meegebracht daar vandaan door blog vriend Gonzalez.
Op Tamayo en met the Beachers, nogmaals dank kameraad.
De laatste twee titels staan omgekeerd op de achterkant
vermeld, ik heb ze voor je gecorrigeerd natuurlijk..

I’m not completely sure how to take this entry by calypsonian
Lord Cobra from Panama. It is quite clownesque in words and
sound. Funny party stuff if you like it. With the Beachers on
Tamayo. Another rare record brought from Panama for us
by our buddy Gonzalez, thank you once more Speedy.
The last two titles were printed switched around on
the backsleeve, I switched them back for you..

titels ;

01 – Congoman
02 – Patois town
03 – Sexy ld lady
04 – Hindu
05 – China children
06 – Water the garden
07 – Was an a ful sight to see
08 – Bed bug

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Lord Cobra y Los Hermanos Duncan
Tamayo

Lord Cobra, voorkant

Tsjonge jonge, dat is me een turbulent begin van het nieuwe jaar.
Waarom toch altijd zoveel tumult om Afrikaanse muziek, het zou
prachtig zijn als er ook eens wat meer discussie zou ontstaan over
muziek uit andere gebieden. Wat bijvoorbeeld van Panamese
calypso ? Dit is de eerste plaat van Lord Cobra op deze pagina
en ik ben blij deze te mogen brengen vandaag. Onze oude vriend
Gonzalez uit Rotterdam heeft hem mee gebracht onlangs. Sinds
de drie Panama cd’s, Panama 1,2 en 3 ben ik ernaar op zoek
geweest. Lord Cobra begint al direkt goed met een liedje van
Lloyd Thomas genaamd ‘German’. Puur toeval hoor. De meeste
nummers zijn overigens van zijn eigen hand. Alleen nummer 8
is er een van Lord Flee en nummer 4 is een samenwerkings-
project met Sparrow geweest. Namens de wereld Gonzalez,
nogmaals dank voor het meebrengen van deze toffe carnavals
muziek. We gaan tenslotte alweer langzaam die kant op.
Luister naar Lord Cobra en de gebroeders Duncan..

titels;

01 – German
02 – Say say
03 – Love letters
04 – Chatters box
05 – Banana
06 – I’ll pray for you
07 – Cristy
08 – Wicked money
09 – Greedy woman
10 – Nicromancy

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“Les Leopards”
Hit Parade 1975

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Records by Les Leopards are quite hard to find, I got
lucky at the fair and found two. From Martinique and
containing various styles, this album is very pleasant.
Mazurka, cadence, reggae, calypso and biguine, this
one’s got it all, listen and make up your own mind..

tracks;

01 – Incertitude
02 – Clair de lune
03 – Pas maille
04 – Mon vieux
05 – En le la levee
06 – Alphabet
07 – Midnight
08 – Pinceau

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Lord Kitchener’s Greatest Calypso Hits
RCA Victor 1967

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Lord Kitchener

When hunting for records I always keep an eye open
for sixties calypso. So when I found this Lord Kitchener
it made me very happy. Calypso from this period is the
hardest to find and has the nicest sound to my opinion.
There are still many records to encounter but for now
we can sit and enjoy this fine lp. It must be from 1967
according to the internet, we had the album ’67 from
the same year obviously. It was my favourite Kitchener
for a long time and I’m glad to be able to extend that
Trinidad feel today, get it & spread it..

tracks;

01 – Nora
02 – Tie tongue mopsie
03 – Marjorie’s flirtation
04 – Trouble in arima
05 – Elsie’s river
06 – Mount olga
07 – Chinese never had a v.j. day
08 – Walk a mile and a half
09 – Black or white
10 – Mango tree

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Dr. Kitch – Various Artists
Island Records ILP 954

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Calypso has always been one of my favourite music styles,
especially when from the sixties which period I think brought
forth the best sound. When calypso turned into ‘soka’, what
means Soul Calypso, it changed the sound in an irreversible
way. Today I’m happy to bring you this slice of sixties calypso
which contains both known and some lesser known songs.
‘Shame and Scandal’ by the Wailers was new to me, nice
version, shame about the soundquality. Like mostly the
songs tell us little stories, not seldom hiding a
second story between the lines. Enjoy them
and share them if you can..

tracks;

1 Lord Kitchener – Dr. Kitch
2 Lord Creator – Big bamboo
3 The Wailers – Shame and scandal
4 Lord Cristo – Dumb boy and the parrot
5 Lord Kitchener – The road
6 Mighty Dougla – Teacher, teacher
7 Mighty Sparrow – Village ram
8 Lord Kitchener – Neighbour, neighbour
9 Lord Kitchener – Love in the cemetery
10 Mighty Sparrow – Harry, elaine and mama
11 Lord Kitchener – Jamaica woman
12 Lord Kitchener – Kitch you so sweet

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E.T. Mensah and his Tempos Band
Mensah’s African Rhythms
Decca West Africa 1969

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This lp on Decca West Africa is from 1969. It managed to
remain fully intact for 45 years and plays just wonderful.
Trumpeteer E.T. Mensah’s and his Tempos Band played in
various styles, but the traditionals, calypsos and even
soul takes come with highlife toppings. Highlife is his
main thing but E.T. Mensah loved to broaden his horizons.
On this album he gives us some examples of that very
appreciated variety. Get it, spread it
and give it a spin..

tracks;

1 Medzi medzi
2 Abodzin
3 Daavi loloto
4 Save me
5 Bibiara wone bre
6 Mee bei obaaba
7 205
8 Kaa no wa
9 Señorita
10 Gbee bleo
11 Day by day
12 1914

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Lord Flea and his Calypsonians
Swingin’ Calypsos, Capitol 1957

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This is the band of Norman Thomas, better known as Lord Flea.
They were very popular playing in Jamaican nightclubs during
the fifties and moved to the United States of America. While
Trinidadian calypso was upcoming Lord Flea was Capitol’s
trump card, he appeared in tv shows and in films. This
lp was made in 1957, only two years later he was victim
of Hodgkin’s disease and died just 25 years old.
I think this is one of the best mento
albums I ever heard, enjoy..

tracks;

1 Shake shake sonora
2 Shi-du-bi-du-bab
3 Bachelor’s wife
4 I can’t cross over
5 Out de fire
6 Mister, give me de rent
7 Monkey
8 Love
9 Calypso be bop
10 Pretty woman
11 Magic composer
12 Naughty little flea

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Lord Melody – Calypso 1962 Cook 1962

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..remember that sweet calypso 60’s sound ? I think the sixties
were the years calypso tasted best. Lord Melody is here to make
you realise again. We are very lucky with the near mint condition of
this lp. 52 years old and it still spins like new, pure luck I’d say.
It contains some famous songs like ‘Happy Harry’ and off course
the hilarious ‘Wau Wau’. I hope you like it as much as I do,
get it & spread it..

tracks;

1 Melody twist
2 New York
3 Wau, wau
4 Bong bong bong
5 Blackbird
6 The seagull and the mule
7 Georgie Porgie
8 Yours sincerely
9 Nylon
10 Donkey race
11 Happy Harry

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Ryco-Jazz – Fantastique Ryco-Jazz Hit Parade

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Ryco-Jazz was founded by Henri Bowane in 1958. The name was
composed from Rythme Congolais, Ry-Co in short. From 1960 to
1964 they toured west Africa and later moved to Martinique where
they were very popular. Their styles varied from tumbele, biguine,
bolero and rumba. Back in Paris in 1971 the group splits up and
spreads. Jean Serge Essous for instance went back to join Les
Bantous de la Capitale..enjoy..

tracks;

1 Mimi
2 Bana biafra
3 Nabenga yo nani
4 An drole di chance
5 Blue sugar
6 Basi na angola
7 Desarmement
8 N’doto kitoko
9 M’puli mua munie
10 Ivecia

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Three Minute Magic – Various Artists

Three Minute Magic

tracks;

1 Kiskedee Trio – Congo bara
2 J.B. Lenoir – Sitting down thinking
3 Buddie Johnson – It’s the gold
4 Orquesta casino de la Playa – Bruca manigua
5 Carmen Dela Dipini – Dimelo
6 Teddy Wilson – You showed me the way
7 Slim Gaillard – Beatin’ the board
8 Count Lasher – Talking parrot
9 Bemi – Nabosani ndako
10 Cab Calloway – Reefer man
11 Robert Johnson – Terraplane blues
12 Xavier Cugat & his Orchestra – Rumba rumbero
13 Roberto Ledesma – Con mi corazon te espero
14 Mildred Bailey – I see your face before me
15 Earl Hines – Blue drag
16 Alex Konadu – Owuo mpe silka
17 Wrangler – Limbo teacher
18 Effie Smith – Gettin’ out
19 Big Joe Turner – Lucille, Lucille
20 Louis Jordan – Psycho-loco
21 Edmundo Arias – Chituchi
22 Jimmy Pedroso – El loro
23 Angel Luis Torruellas – El abusador
24 Sunny Adé and his Green Spot Band – O le ku
25 Miguel Aceves Mejia – Orgullosa y bonita
26 Humphrey Eshitool – Jirani waganga

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Sparrow,RCA 1959

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It is not an easy task to find sixties Trinidad stuff let alone
even older. This Lp by Sparrow is from 1959 and before he
was called ‘Mighty Sparrow’. It has 1959 Hi-Fidelity which
didn’t have a whole lot of dynamics and that shows. Still,
eventhough it doesn’t sound fantastic, this album is a rare
piece of old calypso, in fact it is Sparrow’s first recording
for RCA. Click on the backsleeve to read it properly
and get it while you can. I am especially happy to
finally have the original ‘Benwood Dick’, been
searching for that a long time.
Have a nice sunday.

1 Lulu
2 Keep the city clean
3 Cowboy Melo
4 Maria
5 Charlie
6 Leave the dam doctor
7 Monica doo doo
8 May May
9 Benwood Dick
10 Raphaela

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