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Mighty Sparrow: Sparrowmania! Wit, Wisdom And SoulFrom The King Of Calypso, 1962-1974

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    • Release Date: Jan 24, 2012
    • Record Label: Strut Records
    • Barcode: 730003309021
    • Item #: STRUT090CD

    • Featuring: Byron Lee

    Summary

    Strut present a brand new retrospective of one of the Caribbean's most towering musical figures, Mighty Sparrow, covering 1962 to 1974. During a career of over 40 years, Sparrow has been an unmatchable figure in the world of calypso and a constant backdrop to Caribbean life, recording over 300 albums and winning eleven Calypso Monarch and eight Road March titles at the annual Trinidad Carnival during one of the most competitive times in its history.

    Scoring his first hit, 'Jean And Dinah', aged 20, Sparrow's style drew on influences from US street harmony quartets to crooners like Nat King Cole, jazz greats - Ella, Sinatra - and the early calypso generation including Lord Melody and Lord Kitchener. By the late '50s and in his early 20s, he was already an influential figure, encouraging Trinidad's people to pay taxes with Carnival hit 'P.A.Y.E.' and highlighting cruelty to animals on 'Russian Satellite'.

    This new collection hones in on Sparrow's most creative years as he effortlessly surfed musical styles from calypso party jams to hard-hitting boogaloo and soul. He had become a confident political commentator, tackling subjects as varied as domestic economic hardship ('Ah Diggin' Horrors'), slavery ('The Slave') and the Cuban missile crisis ('Kennedy And Kruschev'). Other tracks serve as a vital reference point for today's music. On 'Picong Duel', we hear Sparrow and fellow calypso legend, Lord Melody, trade insults, a direct forerunner to later mic battles in hip hop culture. Elsewhere, Sparrow just plain rocks the party ('Calypso Boogaloo', 'Jook For Jook') and turns in the odd choice cover - we feature here his lilting version of Otis Redding's 'Try A Little Tenderness' with Byron Lee. The album also documents Sparrow's fearsome live reputation with two firing tracks from a late '60s gig at the Barbados Hilton and excerpts from a '70s concert in Brooklyn featuring Sparrow's dynamite backing band, The Troubadours, at the peak of their game.

    This is a long overdue retrospective placing Sparrow in his rightful position as a true Caribbean great, a cultural and social icon on a par with Fela Kuti in Nigeria or Miriam Makeba in South Africa. As journalist Ric Hernandez wrote in 1967, "It's all there with Sparrow - wit, wisdom and an earthy irreverence for the established order. He sings life as he sees it, as one long boisterous contact sport."

    Track Listing

    DISC 1:
     
    1. Bongo
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    2. Zinah
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    3. Fool Fool Fool
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    4. Calypso Boogaloo
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    5. Congo Man
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    6. The Slave
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    7. Kennedy And Krushchev
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    8. Ten To One Is Murder
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    9. She's Been Gone Too Long
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    10. Mi Son Cha (Sparrow & His Troubadours)
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    11. Sweet Loving
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    12. Shango Man
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    13. Oriental Touch
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    14. Ah Diggin' Horrors
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    15. Try A Little Tenderness
    featuring Byron Lee
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    DISC 2:
     
    1. Bois Bande
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    2. Sparrow Dead
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    3. Renegades
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    4. Picong Duel (Sparrow and Melody)
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    5. Jook For Jook
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    6. Lion & Donkey (Re-Match)
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    7. Marajhin
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    8. Big Bamboo
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    9. Sparrow Come Back Home
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    10. Rose
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    11. No Money, No Love (Live At The Hilton, Barbados)
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    12. Letter From Miami
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    13. Dancehall Brawl
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    14. What's The Use Of Getting Sober
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