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Mighty Sparrow 1970

by The Mighty Sparrow

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This album was originally issued around 1970 under the title "The Mighty Sparrow Live, Vol. 2." For this album, Sparrow did perform live—in the studio. A fake-sounding cheering audience was mixed in at the beginning, in between all tracks, and at the end. Once the "audience" exuberance abates, what's revealed are some excellent studio remakes of Sparrow classics from the 1960s. The orchestra is tight, there are female backing singers, and Sparrow is animated and playful.

We managed to cleanly (in most cases) remove the overdubbed audience so you can enjoy the recordings as they were produced in the studio. Two tracks (both ballads) appear on this album and nowhere else: "World on an Island" and "Blame It On Me."


released February 1, 2020

Recorded ca. 1969–70
Accompaniment by Sparrow's Famous Troubadours
Arrangements by Eddie Hooper
Produced by Henry de Freitas for RA Records

Digitally issued on Erasmus Black Records
Issued under exclusive license from Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow)
Audio restoration by Irwin Chusid

All compositions by Slinger Francisco
© Railroad Town Music / Zalytron Music (BMI)
"World on an Island" by F. Torialba
"Blame it On Me" by unknown


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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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