Stacks o' Wax #1


Calypso Sparrow (RCA Victor, 1962)

Picked up last week in the dusty bins of a crusty local used book/used video/used record/used porn emporium. This RCA Trinidad release of songs by the one and only Mighty Sparrow was a mighty fine find for $1. This is Sparrow's fifth album for RCA, and in typical form he touches on political topics like the end of colonialism in Trinidad, and the onslaught of democracy in his home of Grenada, but also the wiles of women on Angelina and the Yankee--a Caribbean girl dumps an American sailor for a Canadian!--and Yvonne Sorry Now. The arrangements are a little on the slick side, but Sparrow's humour and personality cut through the gloss.
"Now the restless 'bird', who flies higher than anyone in the realm of calypso, has dipped into his well of creative power, to startle the ear and assault the eye and imagination of even the most critical observer with an album rich enough in content to sell itself readily to calypso record lovers; persons who have a philiosophical approach to life: to others who hunt after 'museum pieces' and to the listening type--the man who appreciates an album, not only for its 'vocal value', but for the music which enriches the disc."
-from the liner notes

3 comments:

Brent McKee said...

And after all, why wouldn't a Caribbean girl dump an American sailor for a Canadian, particularly in the late '50s or ealy '60s.

swac said...

My sentiments exactly! You never know when America's going to go all Santo Domingo on your ass.

tim said...

I saw Sparrow a year ago on his
"70th Birthday Tour". He's still great and still writes acerbic calypsos when prompted by events.


Check out "Don't Touch meh President" for the best political analysis of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal I heard, NY Times, New Yorker and CNN notwithstanding.

He also released "The Juice is Loose" about OJ, but I've never heard it.