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

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 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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Calypso Carnival – Various Artists,Melodisc

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Being a calypso lover, I got thrilled finding this crackly 10″ record.
It contains some of the funniest songs. They are not new of course
and although I already knew some of them and the quality is bad,
I’m still very happy. 60’s Trinidad records are hard to find.

track;

1 Lord Kitchener – Big toe
2 George Brown – Single man
3 Eric Hayden – Give her the No.1
4 The Lion – Come Punksie
5 The Charmer – Stone cold man
6 Little Nora – Tomato
7 The Mighty Terror – Chinese children
8 Tony Johnson – Man smart, woman smarter

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More Calypsos by The Duke of Iron,Sounds of the Caribbean

If we speak about calypso from Trinidad, I think the best material is
that from the late sixties. Quite hard to find are the albums on ‘Sounds
of the Caribbean’, such as this LP. The Duke of Iron is one of those
great artists from that era who really made a difference. Check them
naughty lyrics and you won’t be able to get that grin of your face all day.
Sorry, I’m secretly peeping into your room, hè hè.

tracks;

1 Miss Constance
2 Monkey calypso
3 Under cover man
4 One gone
5 Rye saly water
6 Samson and Delilah
7 Wide screen
8 Tie up me dress
9 The postman
10 Woman police
11 Coldest woman
12 Rock cum babe

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This is Calypso – Duke, Canary, Fighterand Blakie, RA 1968

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…and now for something completely different…
This is Calypso, you already know ? sure you do but really ?
Calypso is more than meets the ear, Duke, Canary,
Fighter and Blakie explain.

tracks;

1 The Mighty Duke – What is Calypso ?
2 The Mighty Duke – Woman baccanal
3 Canary – Beatnik generation
4 Canary – Tribute to Luther King
5 Fighter – What you sow you reap
6 Fighter – Pom pom
7 Fighter – Send me instead
8 Blakie – Monica
9 Blakie – We ain’t going back again
10 The Mighty Duke – Send them girls by me

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Mighty Sparrow – the Calypso Genius vol. 1,National Recording Company Limited 1966

When I was a youngster I used to listen to an LP by Van Dyke Parks,
called ‘Discover America’. It opens with ‘Jack Palance’ by Mighty Sparrow,
it was my first encounter with the man eventhough I did not realize who
I was listening to in those days. Slinger Francisco alias Mighty Sparrow
is a local hero in Trinidad, with his 74 years of age he’s still performing.
I saw him last year in Amsterdam’s ‘Paradiso’. It was great to see the
living legend in person eventhough the old pervert embarrassed the joint,
shaking his lower parts the whole evening through. It is inherent to calypso
music to speak words with double meaning, I guess if you sing that kind of
lyrics your whole life it becomes part of you. It was good fun to witness.
Check out this 1966 LP of ‘Birdie’ the Calypso Genius, it
contains his massive hit, ‘Obeah Wedding’.

tracks;

1 Bag ah sugar
2 Shanty Town people
3 Going home tonight
4 The rebel
5 Honesty
6 B G Plantain
7 Obeah wedding
8 Papa Jack
9 Sir Garfield sobers
10 Bikini girl

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