Calypso Carnival '68

by The Mighty Sparrow

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This fabulous collection of Mighty Sparrow originals was issued in 1968, and contains the first recording of “Mr. Walker,” which Sparrow re-recorded a number of times over the years. The song satirizes a loser who thinks romance is all about money; he wants to marry an unattractive woman with a rich father ("Every time I take a good look / at she face I see a bankbook").

Calypso Carnival '68 is one of Sparrow’s most high-energy albums, veering at times into rock stylings (e.g. "Calypso Boogaloo" and "Wood in the Fire"). As always Sparrow profiles odd characters who symbolize archetypes in Trinidad culture ("Duncan," "Macco Man," "Crazy John"), and has plenty to say about women and their sexual proclivities ("One Hand Man" and "Jook for Jook").

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released June 13, 2019

Erasmus Black Records
Issued under exclusive license from Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow)

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

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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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