Calypsoes by the Mighty Sparrow

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This album is a compilation of some of the Mighty Sparrow's earliest recordings, made in Trinidad. Most date from around 1956–57, and originated from several sources: a four-song EP on the Balisier label titled Calypsoes by the Mighty Sparrow (whose cover is used for this album); a various artists compilation on Balisier titled Calypso Madness; and two Cook Records various artists compilations.

All of these songs are the early definitive recorded versions of these songs. Sparrow later re-recorded "Sailor Man," "Trinidad Carnival," "Carnival Boycott" and "No, Doctor, No."

"Picong Duel" features a duet with Sparrow's longtime friend Lord Melody, with whom he had a longtime, affectionate musical "feud." This song, along with "No, Doctor, No" and "Attempt is as Good as the Act" were recorded live.

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released December 3, 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, James Brown, or Brian Wilson of Calypso. He's the MIGHTY SPARROW. Often categorized as "World Music," for Sparrow the classification "World" is simply too small. 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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