Calypso Carnival

by The Mighty Sparrow

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This album opens with the line: “You’re worse than a dog, Teresa.” Welcome to the lyrical—and often combative—world of the Mighty Sparrow.

Recorded around 1958 and originally issued on the Balisier label, this is one of Sparrow's earliest collections (and his first official album), after he established himself as a young first-tier star on the calypso scene. Several of these songs were later re-recorded for RCA Victor with different arrangements. Sparrow recorded "Give the Youngsters a Chance" a number of times, often under the alternate title "Jack Palance."

"Reply to Melody" is aimed at his friendly rival calypsonian, Lord Melody, with whom Sparrow conducted a comical musical feud for years.

As always, Sparrow offers a few songs about topical issues of the day: "Russian Satellite," "Mad Bomber," and "Pay As You Earn" delve into local politics, international relations, and headline news.

He also writes rhapsodies to women: "Teresa," "Eve," "Stella" and Dorothy," because a Sparrow album wouldn't be complete without songs about love and sex. Sparrow's lyrics are always unapologetically macho. You've been warned.

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released June 4, 2019

All compositions by Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow)
© Railroad Town Music / Zalytron Music (BMI)

ERASMUS BLACK RECORDS
Issued under exclusive license from Slinger Francisco
New digital restoration 2019

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The Mighty Sparrow Trinidad and Tobago

He's not the Elvis of Calypso. He's not the Sinatra of Calypso. He's not the Beatles, Dylan, Cole Porter, James Brown, or Brian Wilson of Calypso. He's the MIGHTY SPARROW of Calypso. He's the Last Great Calypsonian and we're working with Slinger Francisco (Sparrow) to preserve his recorded legacy. All releases digitally restored from best available sources. ... more

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