Lord Melody with the Cook Calypso Combo
Calypso Through the Looking Glass
Cook 1960

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Lord Melody was born Fitzroy Alexander in 1926, San Fernando,
Trinidad and Tobago. He had his training to calypsonian by Alwyn
Roberts, better known as Lord Kitchener. On this record from 1960
we find Belmont Jackass in which Melody berates Mighty Sparrows
wife. It is Melody’s third album for Cook and fourth overall. In Trinidad
this elpee was released under the name Melody’s Top Ten with different
sleeve and track order. We have the US version. Get it & spread it..

Geboren als Fitzroy Alexander in 1926, San Fernando, Trinidad and
Tobago, is dit Lord Melody. Hij kreeg zijn opleiding tot calypsonian
van niemand minder dan Alwyn Roberts, beter bekend als Lord
Kitchener. Op deze plaat uit 1960 vinden we onder andere het
nummer Belmont Jackass waarin Melody spot met de omvang
van Mighty Sprrow’s vrouw. Het is zijn derde album voor Cook
en vierde in totaal. In Trinidad kwam deze uit onder de naam
Melody’s Top Ten, met andere hoes en track volgorde..

tracks ;

01 – The letter
02 – Belmont jackass
03 – Hungry barbers
04 – Turn back melody
05 – The river
06 – Si señor
07 – Joseph
08 – The jumbie
09 – Alexander the murderer
12 – Kathleen
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Calypso Cavalcade vol. 1
Request Records SLP 731

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This is part one from a series of three albums with classic calypso
songs. It has been posted by others in the past but they are worth
being here once more. It opens with a song by the Sparrow which
I heard first on Van Dyke Parks ‘Discover America’ without knowing
what I was listening to. Meantime this is history, listen..
BTW, you can find Van Dyke Parks here as well.

Hier hebben we deel 1 van een serie van drie platen vol klassieke
calypso hits. Hij is in het verleden reeds door anderen geplaatst
maar verdient het nog eens opnieuw onder de aandacht gebracht
te worden. De plaat opent met een nummer van de Sparow welk
ik voor het eerst hoorde op Van Dyke Parks’ ‘Discover America’.
Toen wist ik nog niet waar ik naar luisterde, nu gelukkig
jaren wijzer. Je vindt Van Dyke Parks hier ook..

tracks ;

01 – The Sparrow – Give the yougsters a chance
02 – Lord Melody – Life in brazil
03 – Lord Beginner – Mama me belly a hurt me
04 – The Terror – Chinese children call me daddy
05 – George Brown – Origin of calypso
06 – George Brown – Mary anne
07 – The Sparrow – Trinidad carnival
08 – Lord Melody – Can can
09 – The Lion – Wash your hands
10 – Lord Beginner – Louise
11 – George Brown – She likes it, he likes it

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Lord Kitchener and his Calypso All Stars
Kitch – King of Calypso vol. 2
Melodisc Records 1957

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Deze ten inch met Lord Kitchener stamt uit 1957. Helaas is de
voorkant van de hoes na 61 jaar gesneuveld en heb ik hem van
het web af moeten halen. Daarom is de resolutie niet wat u hier
gewend bent te vinden. Achterkantje was nog wel in tact. Acht
nummers waarvan we de meeste nog niet eerder hadden.
Altijd weer luisteren met een smile naar de King of Calypso..
P.S. de stukke hoes zit in de file.

This ten inch record with Lord Kitchener and his Calypso All Stars
is from 1957. Unfortunately its frontsleeve was damaged after 61
years so I had to take it from the web. That’s why the image’s
resolution is not what you’re used to find here. The backsleeve
is still good though. Eight songs of which we didn’t see the most
yet. Always a pleasure listening to the King of Calypso..
P.S. the broken sleeve is in the file.

tracks ;

01 – Excuse me sandra
02 – Life begins at 40
03 – Kitch
04 – Romeo
05 – Marjories flirtation
06 – Rebound wife
07 – Nosey mother in law
08 – Short skirts

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Sparrow Come Back
RCA Victor 1962

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Later beter bekend als Mighty Sparrow begon Slinger Francisco
zijn carrière onder de naam Sparrow. Het was de gewoonte dat
zangers rustig stonden als ze zongen. Slinger echter schudde met
z’n lichaam waarop hij de bijnaam ‘Mus’ kreeg welke vervolgens
een eigen leven ging leiden. Deze plaat is uit 1962, een periode
van grote populariteit voor de jonge Sparrow. Rond 1961 was hij
nog King gekroond. Mighty Sparrow is nu 83 jaar en nog steeds
actief. Acht jaar geleden heb ik hem nog zien optreden. Ook
toen nog kon de oude man z’n onderlichaam niet stil houden..

Later better known as Mighty Sparrow, Slinger Francisco started
his career as Sparrow. Singers used to just stand still and sing but
the young Slinger kept moving his body which gave him the name
of Sparrow. This record is from 1962, just after he had lost the title
of King in 1961. It was a period of great popularity though. Mighty
Sparrow now reached the age of 83 and is still active. I saw him in
the Amsterdam Paradiso eight years ago. The old man was even
then flirting with his public, making obscene moves all the time..

tracks ;

01 – Federation
02 – Hangman’s cemetery
03 – Smart bajan
04 – Robbery with V
05 – B.G. war
06 – Renegades
07 – Take your bundle and go
08 – No. 69
09 – Wahbeen and grog
10 – Sparrow come back

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Let’s Love a Little with Cool Calypsos
from the West Indies, Various Artists
Monogram Supertone Records 838

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Often when we discover another calypso album we find
some well known and some lesser known songs on it. On
this one, same story. Man smart, woman smarter and Bed
Bug Calypso are two songs we heard before but the rest of
this old slice of vinyl brings us a bunch of songs less familiar.
Always a joy listening to the naughty anecdotes of the guys
from Trinidad. Get surprised by them Cool Calypsos..

Telkens als we zo’n calypso album ontdekken blijken er
bekende en minder bekende nummers op te staan. Zo
ook dit keer weer. Man smart, woman smarter en Bed
bug Calypso hebben we vaker gehoord maar verder een
rij minder ingesleten spul op deze oude kraker. Altijd weer
genieten met de ondeugende anekdotes van die jongens
uit Trinidad. Laat je verrassen door deze Cool Calypsos..

tracks ;

01 – Duke of iron – Man smart, woman smarter
02 – Duke of Iron – Lost watch
03 – Lloyd Thomas – Bed bug
04 – Unknown – Mambo walk
05 – Lloyd Thomas – Mary had no little lamb
06 – Lord Invader – Social Party
07 – Charmer – Brown skin gal
08 – Lloyd Thomas – Sex changing
09 – Charmer – Mary anne
10 – Lord Kitchener – Lady want rent
11 – Lloyd Thomas – German calypso
12 – Charmer – Take me

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Indian Cultural Pageant of Trinidad & Tobago
Souvenir Album 1980, Windsor Records 1980

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Het jaar 2018 heeft van begin af aan een zweem van creatieve
inspiratie over zich. Door het zien van films van Roald Dahl en
gisteren ‘Finding Neverland’ borrelt er iets in de achtergrond.
Toen ik vanmorgen vervolgens weer eens een bericht aantrof
van Gerrit’s Lola Radio en verdwaalde in zijn ongeregelde
verzameling geluid kreeg ik helemaal de kriebels in hoofd, lijf
en leden. In dit jaar van de hond gaan er nog mooie dingen
gebeuren, zoveel is zeker. Keep on dreaming, of het nu dag
is of nacht. Schilder met verf, papier en muziek. Boetseer,
fantaseer, krepeer in nostalgie en droom weg op zigeuner-
klanken. Kijk naar ‘Black Cat, White Cat’ en laat de kleuren
los. Ga terug in de tijd en laat Owl Qaeda en Holy Warbles
je meenemen naar de waving meadows van de denkbeeldige
eeuwige jachtvelden. Ik meander nu helemaal weg..
..mooie naam hè, Donald Mohammed, ( wat jij Trump.. )
en wat een toffe track, net als
Kishore Maharadj..
( met dank aan Edo
van Vintage Voodoo )

The year 2018 has a touch of creative inspiration over itself
so far. Seeing movies of Roald Dahl stories and ‘Finding Never-
land’ made stuff bubble in the background. When I woke up
this morning and found another post on Gerrit’s Lola Radio,
and got lost in his odd and irregular collection of sounds
my head started spinning and my body trembling. This
year of the dog will surely bring us some wonderful
experiences, that much is clear. Keep on dreaming
whether it is day or night. Paint with oil, paper or
music. Model, fantasize, crawl in nostalgia en dream
away on gypsie fidel. Watch ‘Black Cat, White Cat’ and
free your colours. Go back in time and let Owl Qaeda
and Holy Warbles take you to the waving meadows
of imaginary eternal hunting grounds, oh my, I’m
spacing away now..what great name, Donald Mohammed,
( don’t you think Trump..hihi ..)
and what a nice song too, and also
Kishore Maharadj..
( many thanks to Edo
of Vintage Voodoo )

tracks;

01 – Sundar popo
02 – Tony mairam
03 – Krishna ramphal
04 – Basdeo Jaikaran
05 – Yusuff khan
06 – Basdeo ramnarine
07 – Donald mohammed
08 – Dean rajkumar
09 – Salina ali
10 – Kishore maharaj

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Lord Kitchener – Lord kitchener
RCA Victor 1964

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If we speak of calypso, I think the sixties. If we speak of calypso
from the sixties, I think Lord Kitchener. He was the man that
made my heart beat faster time and time again, such nice
melodies, his lyrics are always full of surprises and loaded
with fun. This record is from 1964 and is still in prime
condition. I was very lucky finding it, do not let it pass..

Als we het hebben over calypso, denk ik jaren zestig. Als we het
hebben over calypso jaren zestig, denk ik Lord kitchener. Hij was
de man die mijn hart telkens weer sneller deed kloppen, zulke
lekkere tunes, zijn teksten zijn keer op keer verrassend en vol
humor. Deze komt uit 1964 en verkeert nog in prima staat. Een
gelukkie dat ik er tegen aan liep. Laat hem niet liggen..

tracks ;

01 – Lenoir’s well
02 – Mama this is ma’s
03 – Easter in trinidad
04 – Dance in the lent
05 – Robbie
06 – Belmont young girl
07 – Steel band music
08 – The cricket song
09 – No melda
10 – A bad impression

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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

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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 Kitchener’s Greatest Calypso Hits
RCA Victor 1967

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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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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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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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Lord Nelson – Ah, ha,Richie’s Music Production 1977

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In general I like the calypsos from the sixties better
than I do that seventies soca. Lord Nelson is one of
the always present exeptions. I must admit this LP
of 1977 is most enjoyable. From Trinidad
for your pleasure, dance away..with
Lord Nelson, ..ah, ha…

tracks;

1 Ah, ha
2 Boat ride
3 King liar
4 Sweet Tobago
5 All day, all night
6 The big man
7 Send them back
8 Sweet carnaval

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