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Live at 85!

by The Mighty Sparrow

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Mr. Walker 04:11
Mae Mae 05:06
Saltfish 03:44
Bois Bande 03:30
Sparrow Dead 03:40
Bag Ah Sugar 04:33
Sa Sa Ay 03:10
Congo Man 05:15


In celebration of his 85th birthday, this brand-new live recording, captured at Joe's Pub in New York City a few weeks before Christmas 2019, features a fully fired up Mighty Sparrow running through twelve choice selections from his enormous catalog (plus "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town") before an appreciative hometown crowd. The excitement of this rare night is palpable on every track of this historic recording.

Three tracks are available for single download purchase: Mr. Walker, Sparrow Dead, and No Money No Love. The rest can be streamed but are only available for download with the full album purchase.


released July 9, 2020

Recorded live to 24-track at Joe's Pub/The Public Theater, New York City, December 7, 2019.

The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco): lead vocals
Phillip Nichols: grand piano
Lane Steinberg: electric guitar, vocals, music director
David Foster: acoustic guitar, vocals
Louis Fouché: alto saxophone
Tommy Devito: drums
Tom Shad: acoustic bass
Larry McDonald: percussion
Erica Smith and Rembert Block: backing chorus

Produced and mixed by Lane Steinberg
Cover photo by Ed Foster

All songs composed by Slinger Francisco
© Railroad Town Music (BMI) and Zalytron Music (BMI)
except track 13: Coots/Gillespie (EMI Music/ASCAP)

Special thanks to Irwin Chusid, Van Dyke Parks, Leslie Goldfarb, Elizabeth Forte

Also available on CD


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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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