Sparrow in Hi​-​Fi

by The Mighty Sparrow

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This is Sparrow's second album, on the heels of Calypso Carnival the previous year. By now Sparrow was established as one of the foremost calypsonians in Trinidad. So what did his label do? They tried to groom him for international pop stardom. It didn't work.

The first six tracks on this album are stellar calypsos, prime early Sparrow, with wide-ranging topics and satirical lyrics. "Gun Slingers" deals with violent teen gangs; "Carlton Peeping at Me" is about perverse voyeurism; "Mr. Herbert" chronicles the erotic sounds emanating from a neighbor's house; "Mango Vert" is a song about "sweet fruit"; "Jean Marrabunta" is a nasty piece of work; and "Harry in the Piggery" is Sparrow's first (but not last) song about bestiality.

The last four tracks are truly The Worst of Sparrow, a quartet of dumb love songs in lame, late 1950s teen-crooner style. Clearly the Balisier label was targeting the crossover pop market, and these are the most cliché-ridden songs imaginable (all, sadly, written by Sparrow). Sparrow's voice is fine, but his delivery is unconvincing. He sounds like he's going thru the motions to finish these tracks and get back to songs about loose women, stupid men, and sex with animals.

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released July 29, 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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